Where to hunt Kudu
Kudu, an amazing spiral-horned antelope, can be found in many countries of the sub-Saharan Africa. There are two species of Kudu: the Greater and the Lesser Kudu. The Greater Kudu, in turn, is divided into a number of subspecies, of which two, East African and Southern, are objects of sport hunting. East African Greater Kudu and Lesser Kudu hunting opportunities are limited to Tanzania, while Southern Greater Kudu hunting exist in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia. Trophy books also recognize East Cape Kudu, which is found in the South African province of the same name. It’s usually considered that Kudu trophies are bigger in the North of Africa than in the South.
Few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope; most prefer to pursue a number of “plains game” species such as kudu, impala, warthog, etc., in the course of a 5 to 10 day hunt. “Plains game packages” usually start at $3,000, and go up to circa $10,000 for a comprehensive hunt in a remote wilderness area with five to seven iconic animals. The average trophy fee for a Kudu is about $1,500, and after daily rates are added, a dedicated Kudu hunt would start at $2,000 or so. The most expensive adventures are to be found among the much-coveted old-fashioned safaris of Tanzania that may cost in the mid to high five figures.
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When to hunt Kudu?
Kudu hunting season is open year round in enclosed areas in South Africa, but may be more limited for free-range hunting grounds and in different countries. In Namibia, for instance, hunting is closed in January and February, and in Tanzania the season is open from July 1 to December 31. The best months for hunting Kudu in South Africa are April and May, when the animals have the rut, and November to December, when the bush is most open. Closer to the equator hunters tend to be more successful in the dry season, when the animals congregate around waterholes.
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Kudu is a shy and secretive antelope, that prefers broken landscapes, where its protective coloring allows it to disappear as if by supernatural powers, earning it the nickname “Grey Ghost”. The first choice of hunting methods for Kudu hunting is spot-and-stalk; however, the typical Kudu habitat, while well adapted for stalking, is not always suitable for the now-classic African way of spotting from vehicles, so you should be prepared to do a fair deal of walking. 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 Kudu?
The Kudu is an amazing animal. The second biggest African antelopes, they can jump over an 8 -foot fence that marks the borders of South African “enclosures” (so much for “high fence” hunting!). The great spiral horns of Kudu are treasured by many African peoples as vessels, musical instruments, and for ceremonial purposes. For most Westerners, few hunting trophies symbolize Africa while putting viewers in awe, without being pompous or pretentious, like a good Kudu cape mount. But this trophy is far from easy to get. Kudu is remarkably agile, wary, and master of camouflage, in spite of its size, so, whether on South African game ranch or the East African wilderness of Mozambique, a hunter would likely have to work hard to earn it. Small wonder that statistically Kudu is one of the top five most popular African species.
Management hunt - 2 South Africa
$3200.00 All inclusive (Trophy fees included) 6 Nights and 5 Days hunting 1 x Kudu 1 x Blue Wildebeest 2 x Blesbuck 3 x Impala 2 x Baboon Our management hunts takes place in the Limpopo province of South Africa, only 1 hour north of Polokwane where your Professional Hunter will meet you and drive you to the hunting area. We have an abundant of animals on all our concessions and this is your opportunity to hunt several species at a discounted rate. For the hunter, wanting to experience Africa on a budget, yet you would like to experience the outstanding service and hospitality that Africa offer this is the chance. Each year after the breeding season our landowners has more game than the areas can sustain, usually a game capture will be done, but instead we have made arrangements to harvest the excess game that is available. Usually these animals will be females or non trophy males where available.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2022
Limpopo Trophy Hunt 1x1 South Africa
We have many different animals species available to hunt in South Africa. Certain animals require permits and therefore require prior arrangement. Once you give us a list of the species you want to hunt we can apply for the required permits. A good hunt on plains game will usually be between 7 to 10 days, depending on whether you are a bow or rifle hunter and how many animals you wish to hunt.
Trip duration: 5 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020
Eastern Cape Trophy Hunt 1x1 South Africa
We offer our clients access to the best hunting areas in South Africa. We believe in ethical hunting and pride ourselves in offering the client just that. Paperwork for firearms is available and temporary import permits will be arranged before arrival. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 3 - 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
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