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In Wintershoek, Yvan Nieuwoudt is usually referred to as “the Big Man”. Over 6’5 feet tall, Yvan is certainly a big man! But Yvan is also a big on wildlife, conservation and ethical hunting. He loves people and likes to spend the evening after the hunt around the campfire reflecting the day in the bush.
Yvan was born in the Kalahari Desert and was raised by a family that are firm believers in the importance of sustainable hunting for the conservation of wildlife. After he did his professional hunters course with well-known professional hunter, Johan Calitz in 2005, he returned to the Kalahari for his hunter’s apprenticeship. Under the watchful eye of his uncle, Hans De Klerk he was taught the ins and outs of the hunting industry and also how to really appreciate what Africa has to offer.
He joined Wintershoek Safaris after his internship. “After my apprenticeship I was privileged enough to become part of the world renowned Wintershoek Safaris team where I’m currently still based at. Wintershoek Safaris allowed me the honours to hunt in countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, and the USA. I’ve gained extensive experience on dangerous game hunting in Africa over the years. I have and always will have the utmost respect for these animals as well as the rest of Africa’s fauna and flora.”
Wintershoek Safaris values Yvan for his dedication and passion, as well as the professional services he always offers. He has also been awarded the 2017 “Best PH of the Year” award from PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa)!