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Drag Hunting in South Africa

The Rand Hunt in South Africa has its origins in the Germiston Hunt Club established in 1886—the year of the discovery of the Rand Gold Fields. In 1914 the hunt was moved to Johannesburg and renamed the Rand Hunt. Today, though most members are wealthy white South Africans, the hunt field is integrated. Typically attracting about fifty riders, up to one hundred may be in the field for special meets such as Boxing Day.

The hunt has followed the drag from the start, but since there are few foxes in South Africa, jackal urine is used for the scent instead. Click for more photos by Antony Kaminju in BBC Focus on Africa magazine.

Posted December 17, 2012

south africa drag huntLaying the Drag in South Africa  /  Antony Kaminju photo