My name is Debbie Vermaak. I was born in the small town of Ellisras, in Limpopo, South Africa.

While growing up, our family spent weekends, school holidays & Christmas times with Grandpa and Grandma on the family farm in Bulgerivier, a few miles South of Ellisras. My grandfather had a dairy which supplied the town with milk. He also grew mielies, peanuts & quinces, until a terrible drought hit the country. Grandpa regularly took us hunting when all the cousins came together for visits.

Most hunting took place at night, but only for springhare. As each year passed and we became more responsible, we had the occasional opportunity to hunt Impala, Kudu and Warthog. We were taught that you eat what you kill and therefor knew from a young age that you don’t just kill because you can or want to.

There was an abundance of clay on the farm at the Malmaniers river banks, which Grandpa used to make clay oxen with his hands. He tried teaching me the art of making an ox, but being in the bush, hunting for Yellow hornbills and Go-away birds interested me way more. I believe my love for the bush and African Game developed because of these experiences growing up.

My husband Jan Vermaak has an equal love for the bush, African Game and all types of art he sculpts, from African game parts. Jan lived with his grandparents in the small town of Potgietersrus, today known as Mokopane for a few years. His grandfather built donkey carts without any special machinery, which he then sold locally and exported to Botswana.

His grandmother worked at a the local dairy, where Jan occasionally joined her as a small boy after school. She usually treated him with a slice of bread, covered with cream and a huge cup of coffee. Untill today, this is still his favourite treat.

Growing up in Ellisras for the remainder of his life, his love for the bushveld grew enormously. Weekends and holidays were spent on the farm with friends, hunting & fishing. Jan’s mother was the local hairdresser, and as her love for the bush and African Game ran deep in her veins she also did numerous African themed paintings.

As we grew up, we became best friends and after years realised we both shared a great love for Animals, Hunting, Fishing & African sunsets. We got married in 2012.

In 2013 an opportunity presented itself, by being offered management positions in the Taxidermy Industry. During the following several years we gained a lot of experience, during which we realised that this is the industry we love and could easily build our lives living out our passion. Jan’s attention to detail evolved in the quality-output on hunting trophies over the years and he became fond of being able to bring hunted trophies in different poses and expressions alive again. I worked closely with National, as well as International clients, exporters & importers.

I gained experience in the customer service field where I made a number new friends. During the month of June 2020, three months after the announcement of our National “Covid-19 Lockdown” we discussed goals, dreams and future plans. That’s when we realised we’ve already found our passion.

We believe, we have what it takes to offer trophy hunters an out-of-this-world quality product and service.

“Something Africa” Taxidermy Arts & Crafts was born on the 16th of June 2020.

We will be offering our services to Local, as well as International trophy hunters. Our main focuses are artistry and care of every trophy or task, with all it entails, including the highest possible quality. As the company Directors, with a combined taxidermy experience of 14 years, we pride ourselves with a shining reputation within the hunting industry with regards to quality and service. Our team is made up of highly trained, capable and experienced staff who take pride in each and every trophy they work on. As a family-owned and managed company, we believe in working closely with all our artists, ensuring an “out of this world” quality hunting trophy & service experience to hunters, big and small, around the Globe. We strive to exceed each client’s expectations by taking care of every trophy, as if it’s our own. Our processing time for mounted trophies is estimated at 10-12 months calculated from date of deposit received and 4-6 months for dipping and disinfecting.

Our aim is to warm up your hunter-heart in such a way that you walk out of our workshop feeling like a million dollars! Our most recommended shipping company is Zingela Forwarders, who has more than 10 years experience in the field, and we have formed a strong working relationship with them over the years. We do however believe the final decision with regards to the preferred shippers ultimately remains with the client.

Be assure of our best service and assistance throughout your journey with us!