Jeffrey Lynn Rann began his professional hunting career in 1977 after completing a 3-year apprenticeship with Zambia Safaris. In 1981, he moved to South Africa, primarily hunting Letaba Ranch for Limpopo Safaris. Two years later Jeff joined Hunters Africa and hunted Tanzania until 1985. It was during this time that he began hunting in Botswana and in 1987 was named Botswana Professional Hunter of the year. By 1989 he was hunting predominately the Okavango Delta.
In 1994, Jeff was awarded the lease on the community area, CH1 and 2, known as the Chobe Enclave, which is surrounded by the world famous Chobe Game Reserve.
In 1995, the Botswana Government awarded Rann Safaris a 15-year renewable lease in concessions in the Okavango Delta.
In 1998, Jeff purchased Safari South, the longest operating safari company in Africa.
In 2002, Jeff purchased the world-famous 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas. The 777 Ranch has been recognized for over 40 years as one of the greatest producers of record book animals. 777 Ranch has more record book entries than any other outfitter in the world to date. It has also been the filming destination of choice for many Hollywood producers with movies such as: Ace Ventura Pet Detective – When Nature Calls and most recently Syriana, staring George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Jeff is the co-founder of Rann-Force Botswana Lion Project with John Jackson of Conservation Force, which is dedicated to Jerry L. Rann, a conservationist and humanitarian who dedicated his life through his work with USAID for the betterment of African people and the African wildlife. Botswana remains Jeff’s primary area of operation
Jeff is a lifetime member of SCI, APHA, IPHA,and NRA.
History of Rann African Adventures and Okavango Developments
Rann Safaris was awarded the lease on the community area, CH1 and 2, known as the Chobe Enclave.
The Botswana Government awarded Rann Safaris a 15-year renewable lease on a multi-purpose concession in the Okavango Delta.
Jeff became the major shareholder and Managing Director of Okavango Developments, which purchased Safari South – the oldest operating safari outfitter in Africa today – which included the lease rights to the largest Okavango concession area.
Jeff became shareholder of Destination South (Pty) Ltd which was awarded the lease for CT1. When hunting was closed in the Okavango areas, this became the area of choice for our client’s elephant hunting with very large elephant produced from this semi arid area which is used as a corridor between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadigadi pans. Hunting was closed down in 2013 and was re-opened in 2020. This area promises some very successful hunting 2021.
In June 1997 I started my professional hunting career at the age of 21 in Sichifulo, Zambia a Zambia Safaris camp. As a Zambian PH I took one of the last legal black rhino in Zambia's Luangwa Valley in November 1979.
After my 1980 Zambian Season, I moved down to Natal in the Republic of South Africa and I hunted with Limpopo Safaris through the 1981, 1982, and 1983 seasons. The number on my PH license is 001, it was the first PH license issued in the province of Natal, RSA.
In 1983, I joined Hunters Africa, with concessions in Botswana and Tanzania, and Zambia. I hunted Tanzania for Hunters Africa in 1983 and first part of 1984, before moving to Botswana, where I would hunt for 30 consecutive years.
In 1985, I started Rann Safaris and have operated under that name and that of Safari South, which I bought in 1997.
I live to hunt dangerous game and have tried to specialize in dangerous game from day one. I was lucky enough to hunt Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania in the golden years of the late 1970s through the 1990s.
The best dangerous-game hunt in my opinion was tracking lion in the sandy conditions of Botswana. It was a hunt that I soon specialized in - hours of tracking big-maned lion, creeping along, often covering only a few kilometers in as many hours, sometimes having to back up to shoot a lion lying less than 5 yards away in thick cover.
It is said that a PH goes through a series of progressions during his career. As an apprentice he absorbs everything good and bad. After having hunted dangerous game for a while and achieving success, he gets bolder, taking a few short cuts. It is never one mistake, it is often a series of small mistakes. If he survives, he learns from those mistakes and does not repeat them. In his golden years, his body needs to keep up with his experience. I have always said that the ideal PH is 30 years old with 50 years of experience!
As a PH, I have been fortunate to have taken the number 1 SCI lion twice - once in 1987 and again in 1995 (currently number 12 and number 3) - as well as a number 2 SCI lion in 1997 (currently number 7), and received the Botswana PH of the Year Award in 1987. Furthermore, I took the number 1 SCI leopard (currently number 1) and received the SCI international professional Hunters Award in 1998. I also took a number 1 SCI white rhino (currently number 3), the third largest elephant (95 x 90 lbs) taken in Botswana since it reopened for elephant (I was awarded the APHA Dangerous Game Award in 2011), and many big buffalo. My biggest buffalo measured 48", shot the same day as taking my biggest kudu (60") as the PH with the same client.
Early in my career as a PH I started carrying a Holland & Holland .500/465. I shoot left-handed as I am left-eye dominant even though I am right-handed. The advantage of this has been that my strong arm holds and controls the heavy double rifle as it does not take strength to pull the trigger. I carried my H&H.500/465 for 20 years before retiring it in favor of a H&H .577.
I started carrying a purposely-built double-trigger side-by-side 12 gauge 3" shotgun with copper plated OOBuck shells; this shotgun has express rifle sights 20" barrels, when following wounded leopard. The key is letting the leopard get close on the charge and not shooting too quickly.
A safari is a journey and, taken with the right people, a remarkable and soul-satisfying experience for everyone involved. I have formed lifelong bonds with many of my clients who are now my closest friends. Sharing a dangerous-game experience with someone creates a bond that can last a lifetime.
I have a tracker who has saved my life more times that I can remember. He has seen things seconds before I have and has always stayed by my side. He is a loyal friend and companion with whom I have shared many laughs and kilometers. I have spent more hours, days, and years with him than I have with any member of my family.
My career highlights are many but one that I am proud of is that I started at the absolute bottom and learned the industry from the ground up. I was fortunate to apprentice and hunt for some of the finest PHs and companies ever to hunt Africa. What I learned from them was all different but it prepared me to achieve success in the world of professional hunting, and I thank them for that. I also thank all those PHs who said I would not make it - they only made me try harder.
As a company, we have been awarded concessions by the various governments, bringing millions of dollars into that country's economy, supporting community development through community-based sustainable hunting and supporting African wildlife by placing a value on that wildlife.
Rann Force is a sustainable conservation project for the African lion, in conjunction with John Jackson's Conservation Force. Rann Force was founded in honor of my father, Jerry Rann, and $10,000 was donated to Conservation Force through Rann Force for every lion taken by my company during the 2000s until the Botswana government closed lion hunting. This money was used to fund research and lion counts, proving a stable population that was sustainable through hunting with minimal quotas.
I filmed most of my safaris during my years as a PH. I first filmed with Peter Capstick in 1986 (these were the first African hunting videos produced), then with my own production company, African Adventure Videos, and the last seven years with the Federal Premium's Dangerous Game Series, now renamed Federal Premium's Deadliest Hunts on the Outdoor Channel.
I have had the privilege of hunting many of the great safari areas of Africa; Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, and the Cameroon and I have had the honor of hunting with my great wildlife conservationists; we have shared many camp fires and stories and I want to thank them all for sharing those memories.
- Bushbuck: Other
- Buffalo: Cape
- Buffalo: Other
- Duiker: Blue
- Duiker: Bush
- Duiker: Other
- Eland: Cape
- Eland: Livingston’s
- Grysbok: Sharpe’s
- Hartebeest: Red
- Hartebeest: Lichtenstein’s
- Hyena: Spotted
- Impala: Southern
- Lechwe: Black
- Lechwe: Kafue
- Lechwe: Red
- Reedbuck: Common
- Rhinoceros: Black
- Rhinoceros: White
- Roan: Southern
- Springbok: Common
- Waterbuck: Common
- Wildebeest: Blue
- Wildebeest: Cookson’s
- Zebra: Plains
Property & Location
It's African 5 star lodges
Zambia - Riverreen Mopane.
Botswana Chobe, Kalahari desert and Okavango desert - The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It's known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. The Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region. Here, dugout canoes are used to navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions,leopards, giraffes and rhinos.
- State Owned
- State Owned
Toyota Landcruisers with hunting rigs
Exceptional due to low quotas and highly rich wildlife concessions considered to be some of the top in Africa.
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