Since 1995 Gavin Lipjes has been intimately occupied with tracking the elusive African leopard. Initially as a field guide in some of Southern Africa’s epic wilderness areas, later as a Professional hunter and finally as a Professional Houndsman. Per the controlled efforts of his specialist tracking hounds, he has for many years assisted hunting outfits, scientific projects and cattle ranchers to reveal the cryptic movements of the African leopard.
The combination of extensive time dedicated to following the footsteps of the secretive leopard and broad exposure to deposited leopard scent traversing numerous environments have resulted in his hounds reputation for being one of the best bred and trained tracking canines for this specialist task.
The Bushveldhounds are bred from a unique strain of scent hound - the renowned French Gascon Saintongeois, a true tracking hound breed with origins dating back to 1000AD. These hounds are selected for their immense tracking ability, determination, courage and intelligence. The Bushveldhounds have been constantly tested in some of Africa’s most challenging environments, from Eastern coastal forests to Western semi-arid deserts and their continued successes are testament to their efficacy.
A sincere team of man and hounds, passionate about tracking the sign and scent of the mysterious Panthera Pardus, deliver a quality experience that reaches far beyond the simple collection of a trophy. A leopard hunt booked with the Xosha Bushveld Hounds is a classic adventure conducted in the wildest of African wildernesses always observing a sustainable custom.