The beauty of the Karoo landscape combined with the excitement of the hunt delivers a truly unique and unforgettable experience

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About Us

Classic Karoo Safaris (CKS) is a safari business owned and run by Ryan Phelan and Peter Wenham. Ryan and Peter are life long friends with 38 years of professional hunting experience between them.

CKS is based in the Great Karoo on 12 000 acres of stunning Karoo landscape with adjoining concessions of another 10 000 acres as well as additional concessions in the surrounding areas.

Quality and Integrity form the cornerstone of our business.

By personally managing a small, highly personalised operation, we are able to deliver an individually tailored experience that fits our clients specific needs. At the end of the day, it is the little personal touches that really make a difference! 

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Classic Karoo Safaris offer tailor-made hunting packages in the beautiful Karoo landscape of South Africa.


As part of our tailored service, we will be able to advise on what species are available to hunt directly on our properties. We can also provide options for travelling further afield to obtain other species. 

We will always provide an honest opinion and plan based on what species are available and what is logistically possible. 

We believe strongly in ethical hunting and all hunting is conducted on foot whilst 4×4 vehicles are used to access various areas. We want to ensure that our clients take away incredible memories created by two passionate hunting conservationists.


Your visit

We provide travel plans based on the ideal time frames for the requested animals and will advise on whether this can be achieved in one visit.  We will guide you through all the stages of the trip from travel insurance to assistance with getting permits to clear your rifles.
You will be advised upon booking exactly what clothing to bring for the specific time of the year as well as all other requirements. Should you not wish to bring your own rifles, you can also rent a rifle from us. We have a large selection of calibres available.

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Set amidst the beautiful Karoo landscape and offering magnificent vistas, our stone safari lodge combines simple forms with comfortable elegance, truly complementing the stark beauty of its Karoo surroundings.

Our lodge accommodates up to 8 people in 4 separate bedrooms.

Relax in the open living spaces and enjoy food around the open fire at night. We offer you the opportunity to sample and enjoy traditional South African fair accompanied by local wines and beers and we will always accommodate any special dietary requirements.

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Ryan Phelan

Ryan is a Professional Hunter with extensive experience hunting in
South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, USA, Scotland, Germany, Austria and Russia.

Ryan grew up in the game reserves of Northern Zululand and the Northern Cape with his father who worked in conservation and hunting. He started learning about hunting and outfitting from the age of 9, accompanying his father on hunting trips. Ryan attained his professional hunters license in 1997 and also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in nature conservation and zoology at Stellenbosch University.


Pete is a qualified Professional Hunter (PH) who has hunted extensively in all corners of South Africa.

Peter was born in Zimbabwe where his family had land in the south eastern corner, farming cattle and game in the Save Conservancy. His passion for outdoors, conservation and hunting led him to study nature conservation at Cape Town University and complete his PH and outfitter’s license in Zululand in 2002. Pete also farms game and cattle in the Great Karoo where he does the large majority of his hunting.