Where to hunt Cape Springbok
Cape springbok is a small, graceful antelope, whose annual migrations, known as “trek-bokken”, once made such an impression on European settlers that springbok has become one of the symbols of South Africa. Cape springbok is not a subspecies but a type of springbok that SCI trophy record books have a special entry for. Cape Springbok hunts are offered by outfitters located all over South Africa, mainly in the Eastern Cape province.
The trophy fee for a Cape springbok can be as low as $250, although most outfitters charge between $350 and $500. Cape springbok is often included in various plains game packages, including springbok slam, a combination hunt with an opportunity to harvest all color phase variants. Such hunts are usually priced in the $5,000-$7,000 range.
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“I beheld the boundless plains, and even the hill sides which stretched away on every side of me, thickly covered, not with" herds," but with " one vast herd" of springboks; far as the eye could strain the landscape was alive with them, until they softened down into a dim red mass of living creatures.” wrote Rouaelyn Gordon-Cumming of the springbok “trek-bokken”, or migration, he witnessed in 1843. How did they hunt springbok back then, and how have things changed since?March 24, 2019 Good Times, Bad Times: Springbok hunting in Gordon-Cumming’s “Five Years in South Africa” and today
When to hunt Cape Springbok?
It’s not easy to pinpoint the best times for springbok hunting. In many areas of South Africa hunting opportunities exist year round, and in Namibia from February to November. Springbok is one of the animals that don’t have a specific time for the rut, so this is not a factor either. If you have to pick a few months, that would probably be the end of the dry season.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (6)
Springbok are the creatures of open plains, and spot-and-stalk is the method of choice for springbok hunting. Both sexes carry horns, and the springbok have an unusual in the mammal world case of sexual dimorphism, with females larger than males, so it may not be easy to identify a good trophy in a large herds the springbok stick to. Help from the PH is invaluable here. Both the approach across open plains and the shot itself can be quite a challenge, as you’ll have to connect with tiny vitals from a considerable distance. Both your rifle and yourself must be ready for long-range shooting.
Why hunt Cape Springbok? All hunts (33)
In the XIX century hunting was often the means to “clear the land” for cattle and farms. Today, the situation is totally opposite. Hunting concessions and game farms often use the land that formerly housed pastures and fields, rewilding it to the ecosystem that existed before European colonization. Some hunters pursue springbok for their meat, which is prized in Africa above all other antelopes’, and others are seeking to collect a “slam” of all color phases of springbok. But one of the major reasons to hunt Africa is “glad feeling of unrestrained freedom”, that, according to Roualeyn Gordon-Cumming, one of the first British hunters in South Africa, one feels every day when out there.
Eastern Cape Plains Game in 1x1 South Africa
The reserve encompasses 14000 ha of a variety of habitat, from steep valley ravines of thick Eastern Cape indigenous bush to open grass plains with endless sightings of roaming game. The reserve is home to the Big Four – elephant, rhino, leopard and the mighty cape buffalo. There is a wide variety of game including the notoriously shy Cape bushbuck and blue duiker, the proud kudu and a host of other specie including waterbuck, bushpig, impala, springbok, nyala, gemsbok, eland, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, sable, roan and warthog. There is an abundance of non hunting activities, both on the reserve and off site to enjoy and make your visit a memorable experience. Please let us know if you are interested in any of those listed below and we will make the necessary arrangements for you. Cultural villages San rock paintings Shopping Fishing Out of the main reserve, we offer a day spent with the our staff to experience first hand conservation work and what is involved to work with iconic endangered game species, monitoring the breeding groups of elephant, rhino and rare game species. Rates includes: a complimentary 20 minute helicopter ride over the reserve to monitor elephant and rhino movement. All transfers from airport to hunting destination and return to airport. All meals, beverages, laundry, PH services, hunting and animal recovery vehicles, and tracker / skinner services. Build your own package: Select any days you would like to hunt and choose the trophies as per price list!
Trip duration: 5 - 15 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 December 2019
Management Special Package South Africa
The package includes 6 days, 7 nights and 5 animals: 2 Common Springbuck Common Blesbuck Black Wildebeest Mountain Reedbuck 1 day bird hunting (Grey wing with dogs, Guinea fowl and ducks)
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 30 November 2019
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