Where to hunt East African Greater Kudu
There are two kinds of Kudu that go by the name of “Eastern”. One is the East African Greater Kudu, the officially recognized subspecies that occupies the savannah of Eastern Africa. Within its natural range hunting opportunities exist in Tanzania. The other is Eastern Cape Kudu; this kind of the animal is recognized by trophy books, but not singled out by biologists; it is found in the South African province of the same name.
The East African Greater Kudu hunting in Tanzania is one of the most coveted, but also most expensive hunting experiences; a 10-day hunt starts at about $30,000, before trophy fees. Typically, a trophy fee for a Greater Kudu in Tanzania is about $4,000.
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When to hunt East African Greater Kudu?
The rut is not an option for hunting East African Kudu in Tanzania, as the hunting season opens July 1 and closes December 31. The best time for Kudu hunting in East Africa is the dry season, when the animals congregate around waterholes.
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The first choice for Kudu hunting is spot-and-stalk. The typical African way is to scout the area from vehicles, stopping to glass the area, and once the animal is located, to approach it on foot. In the case of Kudu, this is easier said than done, because the animal prefers broken terrain, which isn’t easily accessible on wheels. At that, the protective coloring of the Kudu makes it hard to see, and acute senses and natural wariness allow it to escape predators, of both two-legged and four-legged variety. Hunting from a blind over salt licks and water holes is also possible, and many hunters, especially bowhunters, find the opportunity to observe the African nature from concealment an exciting bonus to the hunt itself.
Why hunt East African Greater Kudu?
Kudu has earned the nickname “Grey Ghost” for the seemingly supernatural ability to disappear in the bush, surprising for an animal of such size (the second biggest African antelope after eland), and equipped with such impressive spiral horns. The natives of Africa and the visitors are equally awed by these horns, which are used as vessels, musical instruments, and for ceremonial purposes by the former, and have great ability to impress the grandeur of the African wildlife on the latter. Hunting Kudu is quite a challenge, as evidenced by many classic safari books, and Greater Kudu hunting connects you to a very old tradition.
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