Meet the Duvenhage-family
of Uitspan Hunting Ranch

We are the Duvenhage-family and live in the Kalahari of Namibia, Africa.

Uitspan is our hunting ranch and located on the eastern border of Namibia, next to Botswana. We border also the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana and from our accommodation facilities you have a spectacular view over part of the park.

Long ago our ancestors were part of a huge immigration of farmers from South Africa. These farmers trekked long, arduous shifts with ox wagons.

Whenever they found a place to overnight or a nice setting to camp for a period of time and also give the animals a good rest, they put up camp there.

This action, to find a place to relax and rest, is called "Uitspan" in Afrikaans, our native language.

UITSPAN is the name of our ranch and we do everything possible to provide every visitor to our place with that sense of unwinding and rest.

As a family, we love to introduce visitors to nature and to our way of living. You will take home a lot with your actual trophies: pictures, friends, scenery, information on the Kalahari and a wonderful hunting experience.

Let me introduce you to all of us aboard

Hendrik is the owner of this ranch and started the conservation of wild animals on the ranch long ago. We honor him for that, since it incited in us a love and passion for these animals, for the Kalahari and for hunting.

Hendrik has tremendous experience with all the animals of the Kalahari. He knows their ways and their behavior thoroughly. We are time and again astounded by his knowledge of every part of the ranch and the movements and location of all the animals at any time.

(Picture: Hendrik and Isabel)

Isabel  is the wife of Hendrik and a worthy and admirable example for any woman.

She loves her husband, her children and grandchildren and care for them in a very special way.

In our business, she helps with cooking and the preparation of some of the meals. Under her hands every dish prepared for guests is a feast. Isabel maintains her home with flair and fine touches of decoration. You will taste and enjoy Isabel's dainty and delicious dishes.

Michael  is my DH (you know.... dear husband!) and the PH (licensed Professional Hunter) of our ranch. He is a nature- and animal-lover like his father, Hendrik. He grew up in and received refined education in the classroom of the Kalahari.

By Namibian law, any hunter to hunt a trophy in Namibia has to have an accompanying PH to ensure ethical hunting.

Michael does all these arrangements of hunting permits, field preparation of trophies and also the actual guiding of clients. (You can click here to get info on Namibia's Hunting regulations.)

Michael appreciates and knows our animals and their customs and will enlighten your hunting experience with special information and knowledge. This will contribute to an unforgettable African trophy hunting adventure.

I am Tienie, married to Michael and we have 3 children: Maria (born 1998), Jan-Hendrik (born 2002) and Isabel (born 2005). I qualified as a Master Hunting Guide and also love to hunt

In our business I do the preparation of meals. I also assist in other chores, such as the laundry and the cleaning of our accommodation facilities. Since any business has quite enough paperwork, I go through as the “secretary”.

Our children also help with different chores and activities during hunts. They enjoy socializing with all the hunting friends from all over the globe.

It is our wish that all of you will feel invited to
an African Hunting Safari with us
and that you will hear the call
of this unique region in Namibia.

May the information on this website enrich your lives and make you aware of God and the wonderful animal kingdom he created for us to enjoy.

About our website

I started this website out of the sheer love and passion for the Kalahari, for hunting and for my family. Click here to read about the history and results of our website... YOU CAN BUILD A SITE TOO!

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Meaning of "Uitspan"

'Uitspan' is an Afrikaans word that means place of rest.

When the Boer settlers moved inland in Southern Africa in the 1800's, they used ox carts. When they found a spot with game, water and green grass, they arranged their ox carts into a circular laager for protection against wild animals and stopped for a rest.

They referred to such an action of relaxation for man and beast, as Uitspan.

(Picture above of our ancestors.)

Did you know?

Greater Souther Kudu
Greater Southern Kudus are famous for their ability to jump high fences. A 2 m (6.56 ft) fence is easily jumped while a 3 m (9.84 ft) high fence is jumped spontaneously. These strong jumpers are known to jump up to 3.5 m (11.48 ft) under stress.

Read detailed info on the Kudu antelope

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Kalahari Lion

Some animals have one sense more than man!

The flehmen response is a particular type of curling of the upper lip in ungulates, felids and many other mammals. This action facilitates the transfer of pheromones and other scents into the vomeronasal organ, also called the Jacobson's Organ.
This behavior allows animals to detect scents (for example from urine) of other members of their species or clues to the presence of prey. Flehming allows the animals to determine several factors, including the presence or absence of estrus, the physiological state of the animal, and how long ago the animal passed by. This particular response is recognizable in males when smelling the urine of a females in heat.

Click here to read how the Kudu antelope use this sense.