Where to hunt Hartebeest
Hartebeest is an African antelope of relatively large size, yellow to red color, and unusual bracket-shaped horns. Its small herds are found in a variety of habitats across sub-Saharan Africa. Coke’s Hartebeest, or Kongoni, inhabits Tanzania and Kenya. Western Hartebeest, the biggest subspecies, can be hunted in Cameroon. Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest’s range covers south-eastern Africa, with hunting opportunities existing in Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Red Hartebeest, that occupies the south-west of the continent, is by far the most numerous subspecies; it can be hunted in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.
Pricing of Hartebeest hunting depends greatly upon the subspecies and location. The most common, Red Hartebeest, is also the most affordable, with shooting fees starting at $500, and a complete Hartebeest hunt in South Africa or Namibia may cost well under $2,000. To harvest a Lichtenstein Hartebeest in Mozambique and Zambia, be prepared to pay $7,500 and up, and a Western Hartebeest hunt in Cameroon will cost you about $10,000. The most expensive Hartebeest hunts are the old-fashioned safaris in Tanzania, which start at $20,000 and go all the way up to six figures depending on the length and the trophy list.
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When to hunt Hartebeest?
Opportunities to hunt Hartebeest exist all year round, especially in South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. Hunting Western Hartebeest in Cameroon takes place during the savannah hunting season, from January 1 to April 30, and in Tanzania hunting is open from July 1 to December 31. On the balance, the best time for hunting Africa is probably the southern hemisphere autumn and winter, from April to August.
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Hartebeest, like most plains game species, is usually taken by the spot-and-stalk method. The hunter and the PH will begin with occupying the commanding height, and from there glass the area for a herd that contains a reasonably big male, or an old male that is way past his prime (such animals are usually found on the edge of Hartebeest habitat). Hartebeest can inhabit a variety of landscapes, from tall grass to miombo woodlands, but are usually found in the open spaces. The shape of their head makes it easy for them to keep both eyes on the surroundings, even as they graze, so the stalk can be quite a challenge, and the hunter must be prepared for a long shot.
Why hunt Hartebeest?
Hartebeest are grazers, and highly efficient at that. With their long, pointed muzzle they can pick the most nutritious parts of the plants. Thus, they require less food, and if the plants are juicy enough, are less dependent on water sources, as compared to other antelopes. As efficient grazers, they compete with domestic cattle, and in fact it is this competition that is the major reason for the decreasing numbers of Hartebeest across its range. Hunting concessions play an invaluable role in preserving the habitat, taking the cattle out of the picture, and are especially effective in conservation of such a relatively sedentary species as the Hartebeest. Studies show that Hartebeest meat is one of the most nutritionally valuable, and the long head with peculiar face markings and uncommon bracket-shaped horns make Hartebeest an impressive trophy.
Bushveld and Plains Game Hunt South Africa
Our hunting season runs all year round, with certain species being more successful during certain times of the year, enquire with us directly for the best times of year to book. All huntable species are subject to availability and we reserve the right to remove one of the species on offer according to the sustainability of that animal at the time. Clients will be designated a professional hunter for the duration of their stay. Most of our hunting is undertaken using the ‘spot and stalk, ‘stand’ and ‘still’ method. Our hunts are fair-chase and we pride ourselves in ethical and respectful hunting practices. Shots vary between 100-300 yards, we recommend you practice shooting from the long bipod shooting sticks as they are often used. We have traditionally been a rifle-hunting destination but in recent years, the bow-hunting trend has made its mark at us too. Success has been recorded with Impala, Bushbuck, Warthog and Bush Pig have also often featured in the bow hunters’ bags. Species are abundant so no traveling beyond the reserve is required to begin the hunt, enabling multiple attempts at these species with the bow during the entire safari. Various other species can provide hunters with surprise opportunities.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2019 31 Dec 2020
Karoo Dream Hunt 2x1 '2020 South Africa
The Eastern Cape boasts 6 out of 7 vegetation biomes and is the most ecologically diverse of South Africa's provinces. This diversity in turn supports a large number of plains game species; from kudu in savannah bushveld, to klipspringer in the craggy mountain peaks and bushbuck in the coastal forests. The Eastern Cape offers an unrivalled variety of hunting opportunities. The area from Uitenhage to Steytlerville is acknowledged as having the highest density of kudu in the world. Every year, 25,000 kudu are hunted in the Eastern Cape. We enjoyed a 100% success rate for kudu in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. During this period 24 out of 24 hunters who had a kudu on their wish list shot a trophy kudu, some chose to hunt a second one.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
Plains Game Hunt 1x1 Namibia
This is the ideal place for a combined hunting and family holiday, but is of course also suitable "just" for hunters. Here you can experience 2 very different hunting areas on one and the same trip. Their Luxury Main Lodge is situated about 5 hours drive from the Airport and at their Conservancy tented camp in the North West of Namibia you can experience true free range hunting that covers more than 1 million acres of free range hunting grounds! This gives you the opportunity of enjoying a very exciting and varied safari experience, spending four to six hunting days in each location. Depending on your trophy wish list, they will decide where it is best to hunt. We also have one of the rare opportunities in Namibia where you can encounter free roaming Elephants, desert lions and black Rhino, which provides wonderful photographic opportunities.
Trip duration: 3 - 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 30 Nov 2020
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