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East African Sitatunga hunting

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Where to hunt East African Sitatunga

East African Sitatunga, a swamp dwelling-antelope and closely related to the Kudu, Nyala and Bushbuck. Its distribution is limited to the swampy and marshy habitats of central Africa. Hunting records split the Sitantunga species into four groups: 1. The Forest Sitatunga which is hunted in Cameroon and the Central African Republic (CAR) 2. The Island Sitatunga of the Ssese Islands of Uganda 3. The East African Sitatunga of Western Tanzania and Uganda 4. The Zambezi Sitatunga of Zambia was also formerly hunted in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

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Normally hunted by a select few. Usually, these hunts are combined with a few other specialist species. In Tanzania, you are required to buy a 21-day hunting license which includes a Sitatunga. The shortest duration hunt available for Sitatunga is 10 days with a daily rate of $2,500 and a trophy fee of $7,000. In Uganda, the trophy fee for a Sitatunga is $16,500 and daily rates of around $1,900 per day.

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When to hunt East African Sitatunga?

The best time to hunt Sitatunga is the driest time of the year when the marshy areas start to dry out and the Sitatunga are more concentrated in the remaining areas. The official hunting season in Uganda and Tanzania starts in July and runs to the end of December with the back end of the season being the best Sitatunga hunting.


Hunting methods

As with most antelope species they are most active at dawn and dusk. During the day they disappear into the papyrus reedbeds and only break cover to feed. The best is to try to pattern an animal and then build a blind or high stand overlooking the area where the animal has been spotted. Many outfitters have permanently built high stands, called machans, overlooking cleared areas in the reedbeds. If you are stalking a Sitatunga from a boat you need a small non-motorised craft like a dugout (native wooden canoe) that can be silently poled like a gondola through the reeds to make a silent approach.

Why hunt East African Sitatunga?

Also known as a “Marshbuck’, this must be one of the most secretive, under-studied antelope in Africa. This and Bongo hunting are probably Africa’s two most challenging hunts. Having elongated, splayed hooves this animal is well adapted to its aquatic habitat. When disturbed they are likely to dive into deep water and disappear with only their nostrils above the water surface. For the same reason, you do not want to wound a Sitatunga as you are likely to lose the animal in this watery undergrowth. If you are a spiral horn collector, this species is a must-have in your collection. They make great shoulder and full mounts.

Classic Sitatunga Safari

Classic Sitatunga Safari

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East African sitatunga
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2022 - 30 Nov 2022
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2:2 Nile Buffalo & Sitatunga Safari

2:2 Nile Buffalo & Sitatunga Safari

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Bushpig, Chandler's mountain reedbuck, Crocodile, East African bush duiker, East African bushbuck...
Trip duration: 16 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2022
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Nile Buffalo & Sitatunga Safari

Nile Buffalo & Sitatunga Safari

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East African sitatunga, Nile buffalo
Trip duration: 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2022 - 30 Nov 2022
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East African Sitatunga

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