Where to hunt Crocodile
The Nile Crocodile is the second largest extant reptile after the Saltwater Crocodile. Unlike most other crocodile species, it is listed as “Least Concern”, and is the biggest reptile that has huntable populations. The range of the Nile Crocodile is spread all over Southern and Eastern Africa, with hunting opportunities existing from South Africa to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia.
The most affordable Crocodile hunting opportunities are to be found in South Africa, where you can find a Crocodile hunt in the $4,000-$7,000 range. However, the size of the trophies doesn’t often exceed 10-12 feet (3-3.5 meters), which is rather mediocre for the species that can get over 18 feet (5 meters) in length. Hunting opportunities in locations where spectacular trophies can be killed will cost from $8,000 to $10,000. Crocodile hunting is often combined with hunting other dangerous game animals, including Hippo and Cape Buffalo, and these combination hunts, naturally, are the most expensive.
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Alligators and crocodiles are one of the oldest creatures on this planet - they evolved as far back as 60 million years ago, and the fossils of their immediate ancestors date back to 220,000,000 b.c. These reptiles are wonderfully adapted to their environment, and perform an essential ecological function. Read more about their evolutionary history, the risk they pose for people in Africa, and how to hunt them in our post about the Nile Crocodile.17 May 2018 Immersion Into the Past: Crocodile Hunting
When to hunt Crocodile?
Crocodile hunting opportunities exist year round in Africa, but not in all countries. In Mozambique, for example, the season runs from May to November but in many areas the water levels are too high to hunt until July. Seasonal variation also plays a part in choosing the best time for hunt: crocodiles hibernate when temperatures drop below 55 F/13 C (admittedly, that doesn’t often happen in Africa), while dry season and low water make it easier to find your trophy.
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There are three main methods for crocodile hunting in Africa. By far the most popular, especially among the trophy hunters, is waiting in a blind over bait. The bait is so positioned that the crocodile has to get out of the water to get it. This makes it easier to estimate the trophy’s size, while known shooting distances and a convenient position makes a precise shot easier. Therefore, the chances of the reptile’s escaping with a mortal wound are much lower. The alternative methods, for people who prefer more activity and an element of risk, are stalking from the shore or approach in mokoro, a kind of African dugout canoe.
Why hunt Crocodile?
Crocodiles evolved before animals developed the portions of the brain that are used to process complex emotions and imagination. Knowing neither pity nor cruelty, “a mindless killing machine” is perhaps an accurate description of the creature. It’s hard for us humans to associate with reptiles in the same way we associate with other mammals. As a result, many of the people who find killing of a lion or leopard appalling will feel no remorse about killing a crocodile. A pursuit of the Nile Crocodile will immerse you in the past - as distant as the dinosaurs, and as recent as the early explorers who had to face man-eating beasts (it’s said that every crocodile over 15 feet almost definitely tasted human flesh). With an element of danger, especially when stalking or hunting from a canoe, this makes Nile Crocodile hunting a classic African safari.
Crocodile Package - 2021 South Africa
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. The package includes 8 nights all-inclusive hunt and 1x Crocodile <13ft/3.9m
Trip duration: 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2021 30 Nov 2021
Hippo & Croc Combo Safari Zambia
LUANGWA HIPPO & CROC HUNT Luangwa is renowned for its hippo population which has featured in many wildlife documenataries. As the river recedes after the rains the massive hippo pods become concentrated in the deeper sections of the river. The Luangwa River also has some monster size crocodiles. SAFARI PACKAGE INCLUDES DURATION: 5 full hunting days (6 nights) and 2 travel days. HUNTER(S): 1 Hunter x 1 Professional Hunter TROPHY FEE: Package includes 1 x Leopard trophy fee and other animals hunted to be paid for at the regular rate. OBSERVERS: Welcome at $450 per day. ABOUT THE AREA The concession is protected from access from both sides by two rivers. In the west is the Lukusashi River and in the east, the Luangwa River with the Muchinda escarpment in between. The strip has no inhabitants whatsoever for 60 km so no people except illegal fishermen and poachers which have been the problem for many years and one we intend to get under control now we are on site. The area is called Chisomo and is currently classified as understocked. However, we have plenty of elephants, hippo, croc, roan, lions, leopards, hyenas and numerous plains game species such as warthog, impala, kudu, waterbuck and Chobe bushbuck. The safari can be extended to our ranch to increase species variety after the leopard hunt. Buffalo are few and far between but with the current protection seem to be filtering back as the surrounding GMA is now well managed. All prices are in US$ and are subject to change. This Quotation is subject to any change in Government legislation and Taxes at the time of the Safari beyond our control
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2021 30 Nov 2021
1:1 Lowveld Plainsgame Hunt South Africa
Established in 2009 and situated in the north eastern part of South Africa known as the Lowveld, home to the jewel of the African Game Reserves, the iconic Kruger National Park and numerous “Big 5” privately owned parks forming the Greater Kruger National Park. We specialize in dangerous game hunting destinations in and around some of these private reserves and the Limpopo Valley with a combination of hunting options from open unfenced, to partially open and fenced areas. We offer tailor-made hunts to suit your needs and requirements. Whether you are interested in hunting elephant, Cape buffalo or pursuing the big cats, we have it all on offer along with an abundance of plains game that South Africa has to offer. The desert species that we do not have available in the Lowveld Bushveld can be hunted on our Kalahari concession. We will plan your hunt and ensure that your safari is an unforgettable one! Our total concession areas are in excess of 250,000 acres and we cater for both rifle and bowhunters. First time visitors and seasoned hunters returning to Africa are all welcome. For the non-hunters we are on the doorstep of the Greater Kruger National Park. Our sister company offers dedicated photographic safaris to the Kruger National Park and sightseeing trips to the scenic Blyde Canyon, the third biggest canyon in the world. Numerous other wildlife rehabilitation attractions and five star spar treatments are among some of the most popular add-ons to this safari. NOTE: Prices are subject to foreign currency fluctuations between the time of the quotation and the hunting date.
Trip duration: 5 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Aug 2020 31 Dec 2021
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