Where to hunt Black Wildebeest
As the Dutch colonists began to explore the African continent, among the animals they discovered was a dark-colored, stubborn-looking, hump-backed antelope they called Wildebeest, because its looks reminded them of their domestic cattle. An alternative name, Gnu, was borrowed from one of the local languages; the sound is supposed to resemble the alarm call of the animals. Black, or white-tailed Wildebeest (as it is called today to distinguish it from the the Blue Wildebeest found further on to the North of the continent), has since become the iconic hunting quarry for South Africa, and has also been introduced to game farms in Namibia and Botswana.
You can find a cull Wildebeest hunt for under $1,000, but usually the trophy fee alone costs $850-$1,100. With daily rates, and a few other species (few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope), a complete plains game hunt will cost from $2,500-$3,000, or more, depending on the hunter’s budget and desires. The most expensive Black Wildebeest hunting offers are usually combination hunts that also include a dangerous game species or a rare and expensive color variant.
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When you’re only beginning to consider your first African hunting adventure, it’s easy to get lost in all those “package deals”, “trophy fees” and “daily rates” in the hunt descriptions. How much to budget for travel, tips, taxidermy, and whatnot, is also an equation with many unknowns. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, this blog post covers all items of a safari budget and gives average spending figures for each, to help you plan your trip.17 Aug 2017 All said and done: What’s the bottom line for an average South African hunt?
When to hunt Black Wildebeest?
Typically for Africa, Black Wildebeest hunting opportunities exist pretty much year round. December to February, however, are usually too hot for most African countries. Like with many other ungulates, the best time for hunting is the rut, when bulls display themselves on their small mating territories and fight with other bulls for them. The rut usually happens in May to July
Hunting methods All hunting methods (12)
Wildebeest typically stick to savannah type habitat, and by far the most popular way of hunting the Black Wildebeest it is the traditional spot-and-stalk. The hunter and the PH cover the ground (often in vehicles) trying to find the herd with a good bull in it. Usually the quest is to find a small bachelor group rather than that huge herd from TV screens, because in a big herd it could be easy to lose track of the bull of your dream as the animals move about. Wildebeest is a tough animal, nicknamed “a poor man’s buffalo”, and most PHs advise a rifle of the 7 mm - .300 Magnum class to hunt it. Hump on the shoulder makes hunters unaccustomed to this animal aim too high.
Why hunt Black Wildebeest? All hunts (295)
With its dark brown (rather than actually black) skin, and characteristic horns that curl forward, the Black Wildebeest is an iconic South African species. Wildebeest biltong is highly prized, although when fresh the Wildebeest venison is said to be tough and dry. Long journeys in teams of friends to hunt Wildebeest for biltong is an old tradition of South Africans. The indigenous hunters-gatherers track and stalk it or sit over waterholes with their primitive bows and arrows. The skin is the source for high-quality leather, and the tail of the black wildebeest, long and flowing, is used for traditional fly-whisks. And for the international hunter, the hornswill be a long-lasting memento of the outlandish experience of hunting in Africa.
Hunt along the Indian Ocean South Africa
The Eastern Cape province is home to an array of wildlife species, differing vegetation biomes and spectacular mountain ranges. Being a malaria free area allows for easy movement through out the province, providing hunters with a great opportunity to see all that the Eastern Cape has to offer. With access to various concessions totaling over 150,000 acres of both high fenced and free range opportunities, we cater for both rifle and bow hunters. Promoting ethical and sustainable hunting is vitally important to us while ensuring our guests experience the real thrill of the hunt, which is why our hunting is done through walk and stalk. Hunt with the Indian Ocean as your background in this stunning area. Once you pull the trigger, all you hear is the waves crashing onto the golden beach.
Trip duration: 1 - 10 days
Hunting season: 15 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2020
Plains Game in Camp, 1x1 Namibia
Our farm boasts a wide variety of game, including Eland, Kudu, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Springbuck, Zebra, Warthog, Klipspringer, Ostrich, Black Backed Jackal, Baboon and Leopard. In addition, we offer an even greater variety of game on our concession areas such as Blue and Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Impala, Waterbuck and much more. If we don’t have what you are looking for, we’ll go out of our way to find it for you. Guests on our farm can choose between the luxuriously appointed guest suites at the main farmhouse, or, for the more adventurous or budget conscious amongst you, at our tented chalets at Bobbejaan Dam. Meals are served in our well - appointed lapa, or around the campfire at Bobbejaan Dam; where you can enjoy traditional African cuisine whilst admiring our spectacular evening sunsets, overlooking a waterhole. This offer includes Bobbejam Dam tented camp daily rates.
Trip duration: 5 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2019 30 Nov 2019
Plains Game Hunt 2x1 Namibia
We invite you to join us on your next safari. You will leave with premier trophies, great memories, and experience even more than what you had imagined. Dedication, sustainable hunting, fair chase and good hunting ethics provide the basis for hunting with us. The Professional hunters will guide you on your hunt with expert advice and sensitivity, offering each client the best chances of success, resulting in outstanding trophies. Namibia is a great destination for the first time hunter to Africa. For the second and third time hunter, it allows you time to hunt and explore the smallest of antelope in the African bush, to our majestic plains and our breath taking rivers,desert and mountains. Namibia is a hunters paradise with over 40 plains game species to choose from. From the sought after Spiral Horn Collection, Kudu, Eland, Nyala and Bushbuck, to the Springbuck , Blue Wilde Beest, Black WildeBeest, Gemsbuck, Red Harte Beest, Waterbuck, Zebra, Warthog, Giraffe, Steenbuck, Duiker, Common Blesbuck, and many more Days of arrival and departure will be considered each as 1 resting day and charged as $150 p/day. Your stay should include a minimum of 5 hunting days. Please select the desired trophies from the price list what are not included. We prefer to do bow hunting on a 1:1 basis. Hunts are not conducted at night! Please contact us for more information and availability. Our experienced Professional Hunter (rifle and bow) will make the hunting safari an unforgettable experience. Safaris are custom made to fit each and every client’s dream of their Africa Safari! Hunting takes place from hides or/and on stalking walks according to the hunter’s preference. Let us compile an individual hunt according to your wishes(as far as possible)
Trip duration: 7 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2019 25 Nov 2019
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