Vallambrosa Plantation in Savannah Georgia is 8,218 acres of uplands and brackish tidal wetlands that represent some of the most diverse and rarest micro ecosystems in the United States. Situated in the true brackish tidal zone between the Atlantic Ocean along the outflow of the Ogeechee River, Vallambrosa is home to over 90 species of birds, with 40 more migrating through, and every fresh and saltwater fish in the region. One can stand in the same spot, with the same bait and in a single day catch saltwater trophy redfish, rockfish, saltwater speckled trout and flounder and then catch freshwater bluegill, bream, crappie, freshwater catfish and largemouth bass.With a cast net, beautiful shrimp and abundant mullet are quickly amassed. Crab traps baited are filled with huge blue crabs in season. Dolphins frequently feed on the abundant fish in Vallambrosa’s waters. The wetlands also are home to trophy alligators and wild hogs! Both of which are sought after table fare.

While only 15 minutes from Historic Savannah and within the city limits, Vallambrosa’s uplands are rare.  The wild Bobwhite Quail thrives at Vallambrosa Plantation. A carefully executed quail management plan in association with Tall Timbers Quail Research Station out of Tallahassee, Florida will ensure the presence of these true Southern treasures for generations to come. No pen-raised birds here! Wild turkey are also doing well as prescribed burning, predator management and wildlife agricultural projects continue year round. Mourning doves make annual Labor Day dove shoots over benne, millet, milo, sunflowers and corn the long-awaited late Summer opening of the hunting season–another Southern tradition.

Trophy whitetail deer are also thriving on Vallambrosa Plantation. A year-round feeding/nutrition program, predator control and agricultural/farming practices are already showing incredible strides in an already heralded coastal whitetail herd. The Property was previously managed largely for bow hunting whitetail for many years. In fact, Vallambrosa Plantation holds an over-20-year-record for the largest whitetail buck ever harvested in Chatham County. Fawn survival is excellent and herd health is exceptional.

Vallambrosa Outfitters Hogs in a field

Birding is incredible on Vallambrosa. In addition to the game birds previously mentioned, the song birds, raptors, coastal water birds and woodpeckers thrive as well. From ruby-throated hummingbirds and painted buntings, screech owls to great-horned owls, to every water bird the region has, to bald eagles and ospreys; Vallambrosa Plantation represents some of the most important and diverse ornithological habitat on the entire Eastern Seaboard.

A rare plant survey conducted by one of the top botanists and field taxonomists in the state has revealed dozens of rare plants and several endangered plant species. The true maritime forests of centuries-old live oaks draped in Spanish moss mixed with palms and palmettos set the stage for the overall Southern, Low-country outdoor experience.


Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan HughesProfessional Wildlife Guide
Jonathan Hughes was born and raised in Savannah, Ga. Some of his earliest memories are hunting with his father, which he did almost every weekend during hunting season until he left for college. He graduated from Calvary Day School in 2005. Jonathan went on to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and later attended Ogeechee Technical College for Construction Management. Jonathan has several years’ experience guiding hunts for deer, hog, and quail at several plantations in the low country of South Carolina. The most memorable hunt Jonathan ever guided was an alligator hunt in Ashepoo River of Green Pond, SC, which ended in success after 2 sleepless nights pursuing the 10 foot 6 inch alligator estimated to be about 60 years old. Jonathan was married to his wife, Amy, in 2010 and had a son, Tripp, shortly after. Tripp shares in his father’s passion for the outdoors. Jonathan began practicing agricultural and wildlife management at Vallambrosa Plantation in October of 2015.