Lesser Kudu hunting

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24 hunting trips from 4 outfitters starting from $31,000

24 hunts
$31,000 starting from
3 countries
11578km to the nearest trip

Where to hunt Lesser Kudu

The Lesser Kudu prefers broken, wooded terrain with low grass. Its natural distribution once stretched all over Eastern Africa, from Somali, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. However, with political instability in some countries, and closure of big-game hunting in others, Lesser Kudu hunting can be done just about only in Tanzania.

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Today Lesser Kudu is one of the most expensive African antelopes to hunt. Tanzanian outfitters typically sell their safaris in the old-fashioned way, as a big “journey” (the literal meaning of “safari”), which last at least ten days. After government fees, access fees and daily rates, the price for one hunter may go to $40,000 ($30,000 if you share the camp with another hunter), and that’s before trophy fees, which, in the case of Lesser Kudu, may run to $5,000.

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If you’re not sure what all those “package deals”, “trophy fees” and “daily rates” in the hunt descriptions stand for, and how much to budget for travel, tips, taxidermy, and whatnot, check out this blog story. It covers all items of a safari budget, and average spending figures that will help you make a rough estimate of your African adventure.

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When to hunt Lesser Kudu?

Hunting season in Tanzania opens July 1 and runs to December 31. Usually, the earlier in the season the more successful the hunting for plains game species, including Lesser Kudu, because in the dry season (that runs from July to October) the savannah is more open and the animals congregate around waterholes.

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Lesser Kudu stick to acacia forests and other broken terrain which offer good concealment. It doesn’t much care for tall grass, however. Early East African hunters often complained that in the open, where Kudu are easy to see, they are impossible to stalk, and in the bush, where stalking is easier, you can’t see them because of the protective coloring. This sums up the biggest problem in hunting Lesser Kudu by the spot-and-stalk method. Add to that that the terrain is usually too broken to cover ground in vehicles, African style. Hunting from a blind located near a waterhole or salt lick is a viable alternative, especially for bowhunters.

Why hunt Lesser Kudu?

In the Gold Age of the East African safaris, Lesser Kudu did not attract much attention, overshadowed by the bigger and more impressive Greater Kudu. Today, with the limited option and high price of Lesser Kudu hunting, it’s among the rarest African trophies. Lesser Kudu are smaller, and their antlers too, but many people say their cape, without shagginess but with beautiful spots, is even more attractive. Lesser Kudu hunting will take you to some of the best African locations, immortalized by classic safari books, including Ernest Hemingway’s Green Fields of Africa and short stories. First a German colony, after the WWI the modern Tanzania was incorporated into what was officially known as British East Africa, and colloquially called Kenia, and it was there where many early PHs took their clients. With the challenge it presents to the hunter, Lesser Kudu hunting is both an exciting pursuit and a connection to an old tradition.

1:1 Nile Buff & Lesser Kudu or Leopard

1:1 Nile Buff & Lesser Kudu or Leopard Uganda

1 HUNTER x 1 PROFESSIONAL HUNTER HUNTING AREAS: 18 days – 16 days hunting BUFFALO: Maximum 3 per hunter 1. KAFU RIVER BASIN: This stretches along Lake Kyoga, Kafu & Mayanja Rivers and covers the six districts of Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Kiryandongo and Masindi covering about 1,800,000 hectares. The landscape in Kafu consists mainly of Papyrus swamps and dense bush thickets making it a prime hunting ground for the East African Sitatunga, East African Bush Duiker, Eastern Bohor Reedbuck, Nile Bushbuck East African, Uganda Defassa Waterbuck, Leopard, Common Oribi and Bush Pig. We hunt in Kafu from January to December. 2. ASWA LOLIM RANCHES: The former Aswa Lolim Wildlife Reserve was degazetted under Idi Amin in the 70s. It covers the sub-counties of Purongo, Alero, Anaka and Koch-Goma. Although many commercial farmers have settled in this prime hunting ground, it is still realistic to get Nile Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi and warthog. Aswa Lolim lies on the eastern side of the Nile. It covers 125,000 hectares and share a 110 km direct border with Murchison Falls National Park in the South and about 78 km with the Nile in the West. The landscape is dominated by light rolling grass hills with palm trees, small valleys with creeks and light forest. Near the river you find dense forests and large stretches of papyrus swamps. We hunt in Aswa-Lolim from January to end of April/May.

Trip duration: 18 days

Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2022

Price from $47,000 for 18 days, 1 hunter
10 Day (2:1) Masai Plains Game Safari

10 Day (2:1) Masai Plains Game Safari Tanzania

10 DAY SAFARI – PREMIUM LICENSE HUNTING AREA: This hunt takes place in MASAILAND SPECIES: Only Plains Game can be hunted. PRICE PER HUNTER: (2:1) 2 Hunters x 1 PH. Quoted price is per hunter. MORE HUNTS FROM THIS OUTFITTER: Area and species list descriptions are available in this outfitters other advertised hunts below. MASAILAND The area starts south of Tarangire National park, stretching north of Lake Manyara and s northeast to the Serengeti. It is mainly Acacia bush country with great open plains, rocky outcrops and patches of thick Acacia thorn bush. Game includes African Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Masai Bushbuck, Kirk’s Dik Dik, Duiker, Eland, Grant’s and Tompson’s Gazelle, Gerenuk, Coke’s Hartebeest, East Africa Impala, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Fringe-eared Oryx, Ostrich, Bohor Reedbuck, Steenbuck, White Bearded Wildebeest and Bohme’s Zebra. This area exposes the hunter to some of Africa’s most unique plains game, only obtainable in Northern Tanzania, along with some spectacular Leopard and the occasional Cape Buffalo. Your preferred arrival city will be Arusha, from where it will be a 2 ½ – 4 hour drive to the respective hunting areas, or 35 minute charter flight. The photos above are some of the species available during this hunt.

Trip duration: 10 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2021 31 Dec 2021

Price from $41,450 for 10 days, 1 hunter
2:1 Nile Buffalo & Sitatunga Safari

2:1 Nile Buffalo & Sitatunga Safari Uganda

2 HUNTERS x 1 PROFESSIONAL HUNTER HUNTING AREAS: 16 days – 14 days hunting BUFFALO: Maximum 2 per hunter 1. KAFU RIVER BASIN: This stretches along Lake Kyoga, Kafu & Mayanja Rivers and covers the six districts of Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Kiryandongo and Masindi covering about 1,800,000 hectares. The landscape in Kafu consists mainly of Papyrus swamps and dense bush thickets making it a prime hunting ground for the East African Sitatunga, East African Bush Duiker, Eastern Bohor Reedbuck, Nile Bushbuck East African, Uganda Defassa Waterbuck, Leopard, Common Oribi and Bush Pig. We hunt in Kafu from January to December. 2. ASWA LOLIM RANCHES: The former Aswa Lolim Wildlife Reserve was degazetted under Idi Amin in the 70s. It covers the sub-counties of Purongo, Alero, Anaka and Koch-Goma. Although many commercial farmers have settled in this prime hunting ground, it is still realistic to get Nile Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi and warthog. Aswa Lolim lies on the eastern side of the Nile. It covers 125,000 hectares and share a 110 km direct border with Murchison Falls National Park in the South and about 78 km with the Nile in the West. The landscape is dominated by light rolling grass hills with palm trees, small valleys with creeks and light forest. Near the river you find dense forests and large stretches of papyrus swamps. We hunt in Aswa-Lolim from January to end of April/May. 3. KARAMOJA: Stretching over 1.2 million hectares from Kidepo National Park all the way to Central Karamoja. They include 5 Districts (Kitgum, Agago, Kaabong, Kotido and Abim) and are rich in Buffalo, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Oribi, Eastern Bohor Reedbuck, Chandler’s Mountain Reedbuck, Gunther’s Dik Dik, East African Defassa Waterbuck and Warthog. Due to increased anti-poaching, lesser and greater Kudu are as well spotted more frequently.

Trip duration: 16 days

Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2022

Price from $61,000 for 16 days, 2 hunters
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