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.August 17, 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 (7)
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.All types (7)
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.
Eastern Cape Safari 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.
Trip duration: 1 - 10 days
Trip available on: 15 November 2015 1 December 2020
Namibian Plains Game 1x1 Namibia
We offer hunters and outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the rich diversity of Namibia's wildlife and landscapes in different regions. For the experienced hunter as well as for the beginner it will be a memorable experience. Your family and friends are highly welcome to join the hunting safari as non- hunting observers. We offer mainly the traditional stalk hunt, but hunting from hides is possible as well.
Trip duration: 6 - 28 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 30 November 2019
Ivory Camp Exclusive Free Range Hunting Namibia
Following old Hartmann Mountain Zebra paths through the rough granite kopjes and mountains, you feel the freedom and isolation in this remote destination in north western Namibia offering TRUE FREE RANGE hunting. We constantly do research for some of the best concessions in order to source the best quality trophy animals for our clients. IVORY CAMP HUNTING CONCESSION is located in north western Namibia and is a wilderness area without fences, where game can truly roam free. ELEPHANT herds quite frequently roams through this area, as they are not harassed firstly and secondly the concession has large open waters, which they quite frequently visits. Hunters can expect to see elephant during their hunts. Our company is committed to and promotes Old Style Authentic Hunting experiences, thus we have very strict ethics when it comes to the hunt itself. We believe in the whole hunting experience, therefore we promote quality trophies, rather than quantity. Each of our hunts are individually planned, and we scout our concessions before every hunt. We also operates with a small staff compliment and do all our hunts personally. Each hunting party have the entire concession to themselves. We never mixed clients. This is a minimum 6 hunting days for plains game safari we offer on our hunting ranch called Ivory Camp. All hunting is done on foot. Day of arrival and day of departure does not count as hunting days. Excursions can be organised to Etosha National Park which is a mere 90 minutes drive away as well as visits to a traditional Himba village or cheetah farm.
Trip duration: 6 - 14 days
Trip available on: 1 February 2019 30 November 2019
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