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Plainsgame Hunts - 2023!!

CMS is excited to add a new area under our umbrella. Traditionally CMS is known as a dangerous game hunting operation with some plainsgame hunting to complement a client's dangerous game bag. As a result we have not catered for clients wanting to hunt a plainsgame bag exclusively - usually first time hunters to Africa. When we did get an inquiry we referred them to other operators. One of the main reasons is that we never found a plains game area that met our criteria of free range, unfenced, community - orientated and ethical hunting in an attractive area. CMS is excited to announce that we have found that gem of an area that ticks all our boxes and more!

Sentinel Ranch is situated in southwestern Zimbabwe. This pristine wilderness area is on the north bank of the  Limpopo River and has been privately managed by the Bristow family for over 50 years.  The ranch, which is 32,000 hectares (81,000 acres), operates as a hunting area in association with the local community under CAMPFIRE. This stunning area has varied and multiple habitat types including towering riverine and Malala palm forests, gold and copper sandstone hills and gorges, vast scrub savannah, grassy plains, mopane woodlands, numerous perennial natural springs and seasonal waterholes.

At Sentinel you can enjoy a rich abundance and variety of iconic African animals. This stunning area is so unlike many plains game areas in Zimbabwe that have pumped water holes in flat, boring mopane scrub surrounded by a perimeter fence! Sentinel has incredible natural biodiversity ranging from African elephants, Livingstone eland, giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, blue wildebeest, greater kudu, impala, bushbuck, steenbok, grey duiker, nyala, waterbuck, black-backed jackal, spotted and brown hyena, warthog, bushpig and klipspringers.

Smaller mammals such as chacma baboons, vervet monkeys, civets, genets, porcupines, hyraxes, red rock rabbits, honey badgers, scrub hares, antbears, springhares, bat-eared foxes, striped, slender, dwarf and white-tailed mongooses, and various rodent and bat species are common.  Leopards, lions, cheetahs and, occasionally, the African wild dog, may also be seen.

As a result the  plains game hunter that joins CMS at Sentinel Ranch will not only be able to collect a wide variety of plains game but they will also experience  the excitement of hunting plains game in and amongst dangerous game in a huge unfenced area on foot. This is what hunting is supposed to be and as a result the hunter will have a far more fulfilling experience all round!

Sentinel Ranch has been declared core wildlife area in the Zimbabwean component of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area which straddles the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers between Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

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The picturesque stone-and-thatch lodge nestles between giant baobabs and boulders at the foot of a magnificent sandstone cliff and is barely perceptible in the landscape from a distance.  Each of the four stone-and-thatch chalets (one sharing, three twin - all with ceiling fans, bathrooms ensuite, hot and cold running water), are simple yet comfortable, and very private

Sandstone Camp really blends into its natural environment.  The open-fronted dining room, living room and fire-pit overlook a sprawling plain and a not-too-distant waterhole frequented by elephants and antelope. While hunting Sentinel Ranch with CMS clients will experience the same high standard of food and service that we have become famous for! You will be guided by one of our CMS PHs who are all well known to be amongst the top PHs hunting in Zimbabawe and you will have exclutivity of the hunting area during your stay.

CMS also encourages hunters to bring observers with them as Sentinel has so much more to offer apart from the beautiful camp and oustanding hunting!!

There are over 400 species of  birds, including ostriches, which makes for a birders paradise.

There are at least fifteen different dinosaur fossil sites that date back to the late Triassic (250-208 million years ago) and early Jurassic Ages (208 -144 million years ago).

The numerous archaeological sites on Sentinel Ranch are pristine and well-protected. Sentinel Ranch boasts some of the most magnificent bushman paintings and a number of famous bushmen shelters - all well worth visiting!

Both Digby and Vanessa are absoluetly authorities on this area. They are both passionate about the wildlife and people that live here and trips with them to the various sites certainly can be organised which is well recommended to hunters and non-hunters alike!

Come join CMS for your next plainsgame hunt in a true wilderness area!



DSC Names Charlton McCallum Safaris 2021 Outfitter of the Year

(Nov. 24, 2020 – DALLAS) — Please join DSC in congratulating Charlton McCallum Safaris as the DSC 2021 Outfitter of the Year. DSC is proud to announce the winner in advance of the DSC Convention, Reflections. The convention will run from Feb. 11-14 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Dallas hotel in Downtown Dallas.

This year, DSC will present the award to Buzz Charlton and Myles McCallum, owners of Charlton McCallum Safaris, at the Thursday night banquet, Feb. 11, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

DSC Executive Director Corey Mason said, “We had a very strong list of nominations, but Charlton McCallum Safaris’ reputation, conservation and anti-poaching work stood out to the selection committee. Specifically, what they have accomplished with their anti-poaching unit has been extraordinary. From removing elephant poachers to snare lines, they have made great strides in protecting the Zambezi Valley.”

Charlton and McCallum formed the company in 2004, have grown it organically over the past 18 years and now operate approximately 500,000 acres in the Zambezi Valley region of Zimbabwe.

Charlton, McCallum and all the Professional Hunters hunt hard and fair, giving the game, the areas and the hunting heritage the full respect that they deserve.

“Our guiding principle is to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage through sensible, effective and sustainable utilization of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations,” McCallum said.

Charlton has 28 years of experience in the hunting industry. He started his apprenticeship in 1992 under PH Dengesai Makoni of Zambezi Hunters in Dande and received his full Zimbabwe Professional Hunters License in 1995. He has produced four best-selling DVD’s “Hunting the African Elephant,” “Giants in the Jesse,” “The Essence of Elephant hunting” and “Zambezi Extremes.” He has also written and released a book “Tall Tales” relating his personal hunting experiences over a 25-year period.

McCallum has 25 years’ experience in the hunting industry. He started his apprenticeship in 1995 under Magara Dirapenga of Roger Whittall Safaris and received his full Zimbabwean hunters license in 1999. McCallum has also been licensed in the Republics of Tanzania and Mozambique. He has been invited to international events as keynote speaker (guests included US Senators, various government delegations and NGO’s) to talk about the role of hunting in conservation-related issues and has been an executive member of Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) for six years.

“One of our proudest achievements is the Dande Anti-Poaching Unit, which has been instrumental in rehabilitating our Concessions,” McCallum said. “Over the last seven years, they have removed 9,000 snares, convicted 140 meat poachers and put 20 elephant poachers behind bars. Probably the most striking number is how DAPU helped reduce poached elephants from 40 in 2010.


TALL TALES - The Life of a Professional Hunter in the Zambezi Valley - Email us for a copy today!


Links to some incredible articles and videos about CMS & DAPU

Articles Videos

Sports Afield Article - The Good Fight

Dallas Safari Club Video - Conservation Perspective
Daily Caller article by Catherine E Smencer Safari Classics Production Video - The Guardians
Heym USA article on Buzz Charlton, PH Safari Classics Production Video - The Unheard Voice
SCI Foundation Article - Conservation Success Safari Classics Production Video - The Response
DAPU newsletter & 10 year Success Story This the Proof: Zimbabwe
A Quest for an Old Dugga Boy  

Links to amazing videos of the 2 primary schools rebuilt by CMS, DAPU and amazing donations