Elephant hunting

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107 hunting trips from 36 outfitters starting from $9,300

107 hunts
$9,300 starting from
8 countries
9429km to the nearest trip

Where to hunt Elephant

Elephants are the world’s largest terrestrial mammal and found in scattered pockets across sub-Saharan Africa. Elephants are split into three species, of which two are found on the African continent, namely the African Savanna Elephant and the African Forest Elephant. The more common of the two, the Savanna Elephant is more widely spread as the Forest Elephant is limited to the jungles of Africa. Elephants can be hunted in eight African countries, namely, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Botswana has the highest concentration of Elephants and now once again open for hunting after being closed for a number of years.

Price distribution

The following Elephant hunts include daily rates and trophy fees only: Botswana: Reopening in 2020 and prices are not available yet. Mozambique: Starting from a 10-day non trophy hunt @ $29,500 to an 18-day trophy hunt @ $44,000. Elephant and big game combos available. Namibia: A 10-day non-exportable trophy @ $17,750 to a 14-day trophy hunt ranging from $39,600-80,000 depending on tusk size. Tanzania: Full on 21-day hunt @ $46,670. South Africa: From a 5-day hunt @ $28,800 to a 7-day hunt for a plus 40lb trophy @ $65,000. Zambia: 10-day hunt @ $42,750 Zimbabwe: 7-day tuskless cow @ $14,650 to a 10-day hunt with a trophy of less than 30lbs for $22,600 and bulls with heavier ivory for $40,250. Leopard and Buffalo combos available. Note: Prices can vary considerably depending on the tusk size and length.

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When to hunt Elephant?

Elephant hunting season is open year round in Zimbabwe and for the enclosed areas in South Africa. In Mozambique the season is open from April 1 to November 30. The Zambian hunting season runs from the beginning of May to the end of November. In Tanzania the hunting season is from 1 July to 31 December. Botswana’s hunting season runs from 1 March - 30 November. The best time to hunt Elephants is the dry season as these big beasts need to drink water on a regular basis and find food for the better part of eighteen hours a day. This forces them to keep moving in their search for food and water meaning that you will have a better chance of cutting the tracks of a large bull.


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Traditional Savanna Elephant hunts are conducted on foot using trackers to find a good size spoor and the track the animal down. The starting point is normally a road or track and in some instances a watering point or salt licks. Make sure you have comfortable boots and plenty of water as it can take many hours of walking to catch up to an Elephant. Only once you have a visual will you know if this is a suitable trophy or not. If not the process starts all over the next day and the next. In many instances this exercise can be repeated up to 12 days in a row and in some cases you will even go home empty handed. Elephants are generally shot at close range so you will need to stalk in close to the animal always taking into cognisance any change of wind direction as Elephants have a great sense of smell.

Why hunt Elephant?

Elephant hunting is probably the toughest hunt you will ever experience in Africa. It’s a test of your endurance, patience and staying power to repeat the same long follow-up day after day. It can be the most frustrating and disheartening hunt until your trophy is down, then there is no bigger euphoria rush that you can experience on a hunt. Apart from the adrenalin rush of hunting these big beasts and the potential for you to become the hunted if an Elephant is wounded or meeting up with some angry tuskless cows in Zimbabwe, you will learn a lot about your capabilities and stomach to handle dangerous situations. The ivory is normally the prize goal of the hunt and has been for centuries.

Forest Elephant & Plains Game Hunt 1x1

Forest Elephant & Plains Game Hunt 1x1 Cameroon

The only way to harvest an elephant in the rain forest, is to kill it with your feet. Might take 4 or 5 days of flying camp going deep in the forest before catching up with a big boy. This elephant hunting is NOT just for anyone. Other species are challenging but reachable for anyone. You will be hunting with your dedicated PH and his team of trackers and gun bearers, and will be using a hunting vehicle to move in within the area. Usual way to hunt is to walk or drive around looking for a fresh track, and to follow it up on foot until we find the specimen hunted that day. Sometime the animal can be also spotted and stalked. Allowing one ELEPHANT + 4 secondary species Only 1 forest elephant on quota each season. Need to book well in advance!!

Trip duration: 21 days

Hunting season: 1 Feb 2022 31 May 2022

Price from $45,600 for 21 days, 1 hunter
7 Day Elephant Hunt (Non Exportable)

7 Day Elephant Hunt (Non Exportable) Namibia

We currently operate in various Concessions in the Caprivi, boasting some of Caprivi’s best hunting areas on the Chobe River. Each area is unique in its own way, offering a variety of vegetation types and zones allowing the hunter to pursue game in different areas as they move across this free-range landscape to pursue the hunt. These concessions are situated on the Namibian side north of the famous Chobe River. With a total of 145 000ha this forms the largest continuous chunk of land for elephant hunting in the Eastern Zambezi region. The area consist of open plains, coupled with Silver-Cluster leave and Mopane woodlands, in a relative undulated terrain, with no rocky outcrops or mountains, and in stark contrast to the rest of the Arid Namibian country in that it is zoned as sub-tropical vegetation, inundated with the swamps and floodplains of the 4 rivers that surround the area; Kwando in the West, Zambezi in the North, Linyanti in the South and Chobe in the East. The rich diversity of wildlife that inhabits this area is representative of these swamps and floodplains, and interspaced thick Mopane forests.The average on Elephant trophies in all of the Caprivi can vary between 45-55 lbs, while the odd 60+ pounders frequent these areas on a regular basis. Over the years we have also taken a couple of 70+ pounders. All in all, this is one of the last Elephant havens in Africa, where you can still enjoy authentic elephant hunting. MINIMUM HUNTING DAYS - See packages for more details. Click on the see more offers from this outfitter button. Elephant and Buffalo - 15 days: 1 Hunter x 1 PH@ $ 1650 per hunter per day Elephant - 13 days: 1 Hunter x 1 PH @ $ 1500 per hunter per day Leopard - 14 day: 1 Hunter x 1 PH @ $ 1250 per hunter per day (Damaraland) Cape Buffalo - 7 days: 1 Hunter x 1 PH @ $ 1350 per hunter per day Hippo/Croc - 7 days: 1 Hunter x 1 PH @ $ 1200 per hunter per day

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 Feb 2021 30 Nov 2021

Package price $17,500 for 7 days, 1 hunter
Bushveld Dangerous Game Safari

Bushveld Dangerous Game Safari South Africa

The average shot with a rifle on Plainsgame would be about 100 yards and at the top end maybe 250 yards. If you are comfortable taking longer shots, that is OK as well, but please practice shooting from sticks and standing up, as this is the scenario most of the time. If Bow Hunting, most of blinds are set up for 20-35 yards shots. Bow Hunting can be done out of various hides on the concessions or on foot by means of walking and stalking. Most shots will be between 20-30 yards, as our bow hides are all strategically placed to ensure the highest possible success rate. Any bow set up that you use for big game hunting back home, for example deer, is sufficient for our plainsgame . We prefer someone to use a bow that they are used to and very familiar with, than go out and get themselves a heavier set up, that they are not familiar with. Success is greater if you are familiar with your bow and used to using it. Fixed blade broad heads are recommended but a well-placed mechanical broad head is also deadly. Additionally for plainsgame we recommend an arrow of at least 400 grains and up and for dangerous game an arrow of at least 750 grains is recommended with a well constructed two blade cut on contact broadhead. NOTE: Although not our intention, all prices are subject to change without notice due to foreign currency fluctuations between the time of the quotation and commencement of the hunt.

Trip duration: 5 - 30 days

Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 30 Nov 2021

Price from $37,250 for 5 days, 1 hunter

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