Our father, Douglas H Fletcher, grew up on a hunting farm in the area. In the late 1980’s, he was looking to expand his hunting interests, and was looking for more property. The opportunity arose here in the Molopo area, (Kalahari), where a large piece of land came up for sale. He took the opportunity, and purchased the first piece of land, namely “Sandhurst”. Within a few years, the land next door became available and he was fortunate to be in the position to purchase it.
Because of Sandhursts’ remoteness, and the various species of game, it quickly grew into the company that it is today. When he bought “Sandhurst”, everything here was strictly cattle farming, and so started the long and tiresome process to transform the ranch into what it is today. The ranches are a stones throw away from the Botswana border, and farmers were eager to sell in those days due to the amount of predators killing off livestock, and the threat of terrorists coming over the border. In those days South Africa and South West Africa, (Namibia today) were still at war, and rebels broke away from the army to go solo. Nevertheless, he took the plunge and it worked. The name “Sandhurst” was given during the Anglo- Boer war in the early 1900`s. The English army was stationed on the land, today known as “Sandhurst”. Because of the thick sand and scarcity of water, they called it “Sandhurst”. The Boers were stationed only a few kilometers away, behind a hill where the statue of Gen. de Wet is still erected there to this day. The late Douglas Fletcher slowly started fencing in and relocating game. A lot of species occurred here naturally, such as Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Eland, Gemsbuck, Lion, Leopard and Blue Wildebeest. The rest were purchased elsewhere and relocated to Sandhurst. The biggest challenge of all was the relocation and introduction of the elephant onto the property. Today, the herds are settled, and the second group of calves have just made their arrival at Sandhurst. The rest of the Big 5 were also introduced, and have adapted very well over the years.

Sandhurst is here today because of hard work, conservation, and the idea to provide hunters with the ultimate hunting experience. Over the years, several new hunters were introduced and convinced that hunting is the only way to go about conserving what we have left today. Although times have become modern and hunting has commercialized a lot since those days, Sandhurst still aims to provide the client with old world hunting challenges that have proven to work over the years. Although Douglas Fletcher passed away in a motor car accident in 2001, the family has continued to build on his legacy. It is our aim to provide every hunter with a world class experience, and at the same time giving them the pleasure of our interesting and diverse culture. Every hunter must leave, feeling like he has seen a different world, and we want them to experience our heritage, hunting, culture and traditions. Clients that have been here, have experienced the dreaded South African experience of been “christened” with a shot of “mampoer” or “barbed wire” as our American clients like to call it. Some clients say it`s worse having a shot of “barbed wire” than it is to miss a blesbuck at 30 yards!

Sandhurts has always aimed to keep our operation personal and intimate, and do not rush groups of hunters through camp. We try and do one group at a time, especially if it is a large group. The guides involved with Sandhurst have been with the company for years, and have helped it through its growing pains.The guides have been raised in and taught their hunting skills in the area, and know the hunting terrain like the back of their hands. Clayton Fletcher, Danie Bruwer and Pierre Bonnet do the bulk of the hunting at Sandhurst, and occasionaly a younger PH will accompany them for experience. Sandhurst only employs guides that are familiar with the area, and have grown up in the Kalahari. Our skinners and trackers have been with the company forever. Some have been here before the Fletcher kids were even born. They know the bush, the animals and terrain, and you can be sure that when it comes to tracking your animals, it will be done correctly. Due to client requests, we at Sandhurst started our own dip and pack company 5 years ago. It is always a huge frustration for clients when you have to contact a company in the middle and get the “run around” on the whereabouts of your trophies. All the “dip and pack’ is done right here, so all correspondence, from the beginning to the end, is done though one offi ce.. The camp staff are dedicated to ensuring your stay is a comfortable one, and that you have all the amenities to make it more pleasant. Every staff member, from the lady doing the laundry, to the guy cutting up wood for the camp fi re, are dedicated to their work.