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. Lesser Kudu may be hunted in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. 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 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 South of Africa than in the North.
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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 September to October, 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.
Plainsgame Hunt/3 Free Hunting Days 1:1 South Africa
HUNT SPECIAL BOOK FOR A MINIMUM OF 7 DAYS AND GET AN ADDITIONAL 3 DAYS FREE Only available to the first 5 clients booking this offer. The Eastern Cape is blessed with large game populations that are constantly growing in number. The exquisite hunting terrain, from rugged mountains and thickly bushed valleys, to long stretches of open grassland plains, offers a challenging African hunt for the inexperienced or professional hunter alike. Best suited to “spot and stalk” or “walk and stalk” rifle hunting, the additional opportunity to bow hunt is available. Bow hunting is mainly done in well-constructed blinds, but as most of our hunting is done in the dryer months, the option to walk and stalk is available. Our game management plan, with conservation as the main outcome, ensures that the game is in prime condition. Our dry and cool season coincides with the main hunting season (April to October) which provides comfortable hunting conditions. Trophy Hunting Hunting is conducted in an efficient and ethical manner and the large variety of prime condition species makes trophy hunting with us, a truly memorable experience. Using well trained trackers and skinners, your trophy will be cared for and correctly handled. Your PH will offer you as much advice as you deem necessary to be certain in your animal selection. All PHs used by us are qualified and where possible a member of an accredited association. Cull Hunting With our management plan, there are opportunities for management (cull) hunting. These hunts are very important as they keep the biodiversity and animal populations in harmony with the land. Combined Cull and Trophy packages are available.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2021
"Build your own hunt" 1x1 South Africa
South Africa is one of the most diversified countries in Africa, mainly because of its variety of habitats, eco system, cultures and traditions. We offer most of our hunting from our main camp in the Limpopo valley, known as the mecca of the hunting in South Africa. We offer hunting to more than 30 huntable species roaming over thousands of unspoiled acres. Let us guide you to the area where your dream trophy is likely to be found. Our hunting season is between March and October, with June and July the middle of winter. Choose the length (between 5-14 days plus arrival and departure days what are free of charge, only airport pick up and drop off fees) of your hunt and the species you wish to harvest from the trophy list. Non hunters are welcome! Please inquire for available dates!
Trip duration: 7 - 16 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 31 Oct 2021
Kudu & Sable package in 5* lodge on 1x1 South Africa
The package includes 8 nights at our 5* Lodge Free stay and access to our photo-safari program for 1 observer Full board at a high gastronomic level 7 hunting days with professional hunter 1:1 and 4WD hunting car Transfer to and from Johannesburg airport and all other transportation. 1 Kudu up to 54” (extra $750 per inch bigger than 54”) 1 Sable up to 40” (Sable more than 40” extra $350 per inch)
Trip duration: 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2022
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