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777 Ranch Jeff Rann, OwnerJeff 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 1995 the Botswana Government awarded Rann Safaris a 15 year renewable lease in concessions in the Okavango Delta. During the 1995 and 1997 seasons he guided Steven E. Chancellor to the CI #1 and #2 lion; and the #1 leopard.

In 1998 Jeff purchased Safari South, the longest operating safari company in Africa. During that year he was also named SCI International Professional Hunter of the Year.

777 Ranch Jeff Rann, OwnerIn 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 has had the privilege of hunting with Kings, Presidents, Generals, movie stars and world leading businessmen; as well as producing The African Adventure Video series and the first video with Peter Hathaway Capstick.

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 although he continues to operate professionally in Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa.

Jeff has retained is concessions in Botswana, with leases extended out for an additional 30 years. Jeff also offers, Ivory Safaris in Zambia, and Palahala Safaris in Tanzania.

History and Timeline

1977 - Jeff's professional hunting career started in Zambia on completing a 3 year apprenticeship with Zambia Safaris and senior professional hunter Franz Coupe.

1981 - Jeff moved to South Africa hunting the primarily Letaba Ranch in the Transvaal bordering the Kruger National Park for Limpopo Safaris and John Coleman.

1983 - Jeff joined Hunters Africa and hunted Tanzania until 1985. He began hunting in Botswana during the 1984 season.

1989 - Jeff began to operate predominately in the Okavango Delta

1994 - Jeff was awarded the lease on the community area, CH 1 and 2, known as the Chobe Enclave, which is surrounded by the world famous Chobe Game Reserve

1995 - The Botswana Government awarded Rann Safaris a 15 year renewable lease on a multi-purpose concession in the Okavango Delta.

1998 - Saw Jeff as 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.

2002 - Jeff purchased the 777 Ranch in Texas. The 777 Ranch has more SCI record book entries then any other outfitter in the world. The 777 Ranch is the marketing base and offices for Rann Safaris, Safari South and 777 Ranch.

2010 - Botswana NG 29 and Ng 30

2011 - Ivory Safaris Zambia

2013 - Palahala Safaris Tanzania

Jeff's professional achievements include:

1998 - SCI International Professional Hunter of the Year

1995 - guided client to SCI number #1 lion

1987 - Hunter of the Year award Botswana Professional Hunters Association

Botswana has been Jeff's home and primary area of operation, although Jeff continues to operate professionally in Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroun and Zimbabwe.