Hippo hunting

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177 hunts
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Where to hunt Hippo

Hippo, is the third largest terrestrial animal in Africa and found in many sub-Saharan Africa countries. Hippos are split into two groups, the more commonly known Hippo and the endangered Pygmy Hippos of West Africa. Hippos may be hunted in seven African countries, namely, Benin, Cameroon, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa, with the highest concentration of Hippos being found in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Although they occur in the Central African Republic, they are listed locally as a protected species and may not be hunted. In Uganda they may only be hunted as a PAC (Problem Animal Control) animal and it is unlikely that a permit will be issued in such instance.

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Footage of Hippo's in the Luangwa River, Zambia. Looking for a Hippo hunt for your next safari?

Price distribution

In Zambia you will be required to book a minimum of a 7 day hunt with daily rates around 1,800 per day, excluding licenses, community levies and a trophy fee of approximately $3,850. Some of the Zimbabwe territories offer combo deal with a 10-day Buffalo/Hippo combo costing $26,400 and a 7-day Hippo/Croc selling for $10,250. Daily rates for a Hippo hunt in Zimbabwe run at $750 per day and a trophy fee of between $4,500-5,000. A Tanzanian Hippo hunt requires a 21 day licence with a daily rate of approximately $1,700 and trophy fees around $3,350. In South Africa, the best advertised deal is a 4-day hunt with a daily rate of $350 per day and trophy fee of $6,000 or you could buy a 7-day package for $11,480.

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When to hunt Hippo?

Hippo hunting season is open year round in Zimbabwe and for the enclosed areas in South Africa. In Mozambique the season is open from April 1 to November 30. The Zambian hunting season runs from the beginning of May to the end of November. In Tanzania the hunting season is from 1 July to 31 December. Crop raiders may be hunted at night but in general, the best time to hunt Hippos is early morning. Being a nocturnal grazer, they tend to bloat quicker when hunted in the morning if shot in the water making for a quicker retrieval process.


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Trying to hunt Hippo on land can be quite challenging as they have good hearing and will dart off into the water for security. Once in the water they can hold their breath for longer than five minutes and will breathe by keeping their head submerged and taking a gulp of air with just their nostrils emerging above the water surface. If you were detected during your stalk you may need to build a temporary hide or disguise yourself behind some of the riverine vegetation. Once the Hippos start to relax they will start keeping their head above the water for a longer period of time. Your Professional Hunter will then identify the bull and you will be able to take a brain shot. If you are a bowhunter, you will need to find a territory that is able to feed these animals to encourage them out of the water where you can take aim from a blind. An alternative is to wait along a Hippo path, a method also used to hunt problem Hippos at night.

Why hunt Hippo?

They derive their name from the ancient Greek word for ‘River Horse’. Prior to our modern day convenience stores, these animals were sought after for their fat. If you are into cooking, one of the best meals is a Hippo/Buffalo tail combination. Hippos are responsible for killing more people in Africa than any other species. For this reason they are often hunted as problem animals to appease the community who also benefit from the meat. Due to their sheer bulk, most hunters do not have space in their trophy room for a full mounted Hippo, so replica head mounts are the norm. Hippo skulls with their teeth also make impressive mounts. When smoking was in vogue, the feet were used for ashtrays and also make impressive bookends

Plains Game Hunt

Plains Game Hunt Zimbabwe

The Matetsi Units are the best remaining wild, free range, fair chase hunting areas in Africa today, there is no doubt in my mind about that fact, this is true for all big game species. Unit 5 has natural drinking water all year around making the unit a hot spot to animals from the adjoining Hwange National Park that is the biggest National Park in Zimbabwe and home to an overwhelming number of wild, free roaming animals. The rolling hills and valleys in Unit 5 are a perfect area for the resident elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, sable, roan and a whole host of plains game. Found in Unit 5 there are migratory animals moving into and out of the Unit at all times of the year from the adjoining National park and other Units. Our Professional Hunters guiding the hunts in Unit 5 are all Zimbabweans. Book these Matetsi Unit hunts with confidence that these are/this is the best remaining free range uninhabited safari area in Southern Africa. Matetsi Unit 5 is around 40.000 hectares in extent, this is it folks.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2021

Price from $9,600 for 7 days, 1 hunter
Sable / Plains Game - Niassa 2022

Sable / Plains Game - Niassa 2022 Mozambique

2022 - All inclusive - Free Range Sable hunt in Mozambique's world renowned Niassa Game Reserve. Unique and endemic species, available to hunt include Roosevelt Sable, Niassa Wildebeest, Böhm's Zebra, Livingstone Eland, Lichtenstein Hartebeest and many more...

Trip duration: 10 days

Hunting season: 1 Jul 2022 15 Nov 2022

Price from $21,500 for 10 days, 1 hunter
The Best of both Worlds Special

The Best of both Worlds Special South Africa

HUNTING AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA PRICE: $1,100 PER HUNTER PACKAGE VALID UNTIL 2022. BOOKINGS CLOSE 1 AUGUST 2020 TOTAL DURATION: 10 days, 9 nights accommodation, 5 full hunting days and 4 touring days Rifle or Bow hunting | 1x1 hunting | 2 hunters (Each hunter is allowed to bring 1 extra hunter/non-hunter for free) Additional hunters/non-hunters @ $100 per day—Max. 20 people per group TOUR ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Full day Kruger National Park Tour, Cultural Village Tour, Visit to a Wildlife rehabilitation Centre (not a zoo), Visit to Jessica the Hippo, Tour of local Distillery in Phalaborwa

Trip duration: 10 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2020 31 Dec 2022

Price from $12,700 for 10 days, 2 hunters, 2 guests

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