Cape Buffalo hunting

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Where to hunt Cape Buffalo

Considered as one of the most dangerous “Big Five”. Cape Buffalo are the most common wild bovine species on the African continent widely distributed throughout Southern and East Africa. Free range Cape Buffalo can be hunted in Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Even when hunted on the enclosed territories of South Africa, these Buffalo can be quite a challenge to hunt.

Price distribution

Cape Buffalo prices range significantly from an all-inclusive game ranch hunt in South Africa to a full blown traditional East African safari. A typical Cape Buffalo 5 - 10 day package hunt cost will range from $9,000 - $20,000. Often the lower end prices are for management bulls. Research your hunt thoroughly to find the hunting conditions that most suit your needs and take note of the excluded extra costs involved in the hunt. On the bigger open territories of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, the buffalo package prices range from $12,000 - $20,000. Dangerous game daily rates range from $600 - $1200 per day with a trophy fee of approximately $6,000 - $8,500. Note, the latest trend on the South African ranch hunts is to sell trophies by the inch.

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When to hunt Cape Buffalo?

Cape Buffalo may be hunted all year round In South Africa and Zimbabwe. In Namibia hunting is closed in January and February, and in Mozambique the season is open from April 1 to November 30. In Zambia the hunting season runs from I May until 30 November and in Tanzania from the 1 July to 31 December.. The best months for hunting Buffalo are the dry autumn months, especially when the grass is short and water becomes scarcer. In areas where tracked and hunted on foot, the drier the conditions, the better. Hunting in the swamps of the Zambezi Delta of Mozambique and the Luangwa areas of Zambia may be unpleasantly hot in October and November.


Hunting methods All hunting methods (15)

Hunting Cape Buffalo the traditional way requires a certain amount of fitness and time on your feet. First your tracker needs to break the tracks of a big bull. The best place to look is around waterholes and along the hunting tracks. Then the follow-up tracking process will begin. Once your tracker indicates the bull is nearby you need to go into stalk mode. This often leads you into very thick bush. Now things get up close and personal and you are totally reliant on the swirling wind to not give your position away. Hand signals will now become the order of the day, as you can see the Buffalos feet or a dark patch in the bush but cannot make out the shape of the Buffalo. Make sure your first shot counts as these docile animals can become extremely aggressive, vindictive and cunning when wounded. Always take a back-up shot. Bow hunters can also walk and stalk, or wait in a blind over water as Buffalo are a water dependent species.

Why hunt Cape Buffalo?

Cape buffalo aren't known as “Black Death” without reason. The Zulu people of South Africa call a Cape Buffalo an “Inyati” as a sign of respect for its strength and hunters say that if your first shot is a bad one, the next 14 will only annoy him even more. A wounded Buffalo hunt can make for an exciting hunt and in some instances end in a deadly experience. This is the most enthralling dangerous game hunt where shot placement is critically important. This is likely to be your hunt of a lifetime, a bucket list hunt for most hunters and for some Buffalo hunting becomes an addiction. Buffalo make great shoulder mounts as each animal has their own characteristic markings, some with broomed off horns, torn ears and battle scars.

8 Day - Deluxe Buffalo Hunt Package

8 Day - Deluxe Buffalo Hunt Package South Africa

DELUXE BUFFALO HUNT PACKAGE INCLUDES DURATION: 8 days - 7 x nights luxury tented accommodation, 6 x full hunting days, 1 x arrival day and 1 x departure day TROPHY FEE: 1 x Buffalo Bull up to 40" HUNTER: 1 x Hunter guided by 1 x Professional Hunter NON-HUNTERS: 1 x Observer FREE: Helicopter flight over the hunting area OPTIONAL: 1 x night's fly camping, a "True African Bush Experience" We guarantee an unforgettable hunting safari on 17 000 acres of pure African bush. The hunting package is customized to the preferences of the hunter, whether it is by bow or rifle, on foot or from a vehicle. Apart from Buffalo, We also offer trophy Kudu, Impala, Waterbuck, Gemsbuck and Sable. The exclusivity of one hunter only at any given time is guaranteed. A qualified professional hunter and tracker will be provided. Experienced skinners and administrative personnel will provide further support with the trophies. ADDITIONAL DAYS: May be booked at the standard rate of $ 450 per hunter and $ 180 per Observer. BOOKINGS: We prefer Sunday to Sunday bookings as we do not allow hunting on Sundays. Sundays can be taken as rest days at Observer rates ($180 per person) or alternatively we can arrange a sightseeing or game viewing trip for you to Pilanesberg National Park (a "Big 5" game reserve) and/or Sun City Casino and Resort or other venues of your choice at your cost.

Trip duration: 8 days

Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2021

Price from $8,900 for 8 days, 1 hunter, 1 guest
1:1 KZN Bushveld Safari

1:1 KZN Bushveld Safari South Africa

Hunts are usually conducted in the early morning and mid to late afternoon. The client, PH and tracker will drive with the hunting vehicle until they find/see the desired animals or their tracks. From here the hunt will take place on foot.

Trip duration: 5 - 14 days

Hunting season: 23 Aug 2020 31 Dec 2021

Price from $8,500 for 5 days, 1 hunter
10 Day Buffalo Hunt

10 Day Buffalo Hunt Namibia

PACKAGE INCLUDES DURATION: 10 Days HUNTER(S): 1 Hunter x 1 Professional Hunter TROPHY: 1 x Buffalo Bull ADDITIONAL DAYS/ANIMALS: Available on request. ABOUT THE SAFARI This is a walk and stalk hunt with experienced bushmen trackers and an experienced professional hunter.

Trip duration: 10 days

Hunting season: 1 Feb 2021 30 Nov 2021

Price from $21,500 for 10 days, 1 hunter
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