Cape Buffalo hunting

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372 hunts
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Where to hunt Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo is considered to be one of the most dangerous members of the “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 on the enclosed territories of South Africa, these animals 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.

Buffalo Solid Boss Bull Package

Buffalo Solid Boss Bull Package South Africa

The package includes 7 days hunt all-inclusive and 1 Buffalo bull up to 40" We welcome a great number of clients every year to hunt on some of the most rewarding areas you will find in South Africa. By promising quality, we have found that more and more people want to take part in the experience of hunting our areas, as we constantly produce trophies that any hunter can be proud of. This did not come as a given, we spent countless hours driving for thousands of kilometers to get to the point where we can honestly say, we found the perfect areas for our hunters. Offering the best of everything, everywhere. Our headquarters are based in Marloth Park, a game reserve neighbouring the Southern Kruger National Park. Our part of the world is known as the Lowveld and is situated in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The tropical weather we experience provides an abundance of water that allows us to specialise in Nile Crocodile hunting.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 30 Nov 2021

Package price $8,500 for 7 days, 1 hunter
Corona Special: Buff/Sable/Croc Package

Corona Special: Buff/Sable/Croc Package South Africa

CORONA SPECIAL INCLUDES: 1 x Buffalo, 1 x Sable and 1 x Crocodile DURATION: 7 days, 6 nights accommodation and 5 full hunting days This special is available for a limited time only from 1 May 2019 - 1 March 2021. Package payment is payable prior to the commencement of the hunt.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2020 31 Dec 2021

Package price $13,000 for 7 days, 1 hunter
Buffalo / Sable Combo

Buffalo / Sable Combo South Africa

This one is for the real hunting enthusiast. Once you have claimed many of the plains game species turn your sights onto 2 of Africa's more discerning animals. The Cape Buffalo and a Sable.

Trip duration: 6 days

Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 1 Nov 2021

Package price $14,000 for 6 days, 1 hunter
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