Where to hunt Mountain Zebra
Mountain Zebra differs from the Plains Zebra in size (it’s smaller but has relatively longer legs), presence of dewlap, stripe pattern (including full white belly), and behavior: Mountain zebra doesn’t form large herds like plains zebra, and sticks to small harems and bachelor groups. Two subspecies are recognized. Cape Mountain Zebra has white stripes that are typically more narrow than its dark stripes, resulting in overall darker appearance. Unlike other species of Cape Mountain Zebra mares are bigger than stallions. They inhabit bare hills and sparsely wooded uplands of the Eastern Cape province in South Africa. Hartmann's Zebra has the lighter stripes that are more duff in color than pure white, and so the zebra sometimes looks ‘golden’. Hartmann’s Zebra is found in Namibia and on some hunting operations in South Africa.
The trophy fees for a Hartmann’s Zebra in Namibia start at about $900, although one can find a cull hunt opportunity for as low as $650. In South Africa the shooting fees are in the $1,500-$2,000 range, sometimes more. Cape Mountain Zebra is one of the most exclusive kinds of zebra. Found only on a limited number of preserves, the shooting fee for one may be as high as $2,500-$5,000. Add to this the daily rates, and perhaps the price of a few other trophies (few hunters go to Africa to hunt just one species).
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Africa provides endless opportunities for all kinds of hunting. How would you feel about trekking the Namibian mountains on foot for a few days, sleeping in the tent you carry in your backpack? Here’s a description of one such hunt, with one of the trophies being Hartmann’s Zebra.8 Mar 2018 Africa on High: A backpack hunt for plains game in the Gamsberg Mountains of Namibia
When to hunt Mountain Zebra?
Hunting in South Africa is open all year round, although in most areas December to January are a bit too hot for most hunters. In Namibia the hunting season runs from February to November. Most people prefer the southern hemisphere winter months (late May to October) for plains game hunts, and specifically for zebra try to focus on the end of the dry season.
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Spot-and-stalk is the preferred method of hunting for African plains game species in general. These animals live in small groups, which can be reproducing (with one stallion and a number of mares and offspring) or bachelor. While mares are usually bigger than stallions in Cape Mountain Zebra, from the environmental and fair-chase perspective it is probably better to target a bachelor group. The animals are always on the alert, and if one senses something wrong, it immediately gives the alarm call and all group takes flight as one animal. Bowhunters may choose to wait for the animal in a ground or elevated blind over a waterhole.
Why hunt Mountain Zebra?
Both subspecies depend on hunting operations for their well-being. Cape Mountain Zebra is listed as Vulnerable, with the free-ranging population in the Zebra Mountain National Park very small and not sufficiently genetically diverse. Herds kept on game farms are essential for the species’ survival, both in terms of numbers and supporting genetic diversity by selective breeding. A study in the early 2000s indicated that the densities of Hartmann’s Zebra in Namibia were higher, and the numbers increased faster, in areas where there were opportunities for trophy hunters and other sustainable use, as local residents viewed Zebras not as competitors with their cattle, but as valuable resource. Something to ponder as you look at the striking striped skin of a Zebra.
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
Eastern Cape Plains Game in 1x1 South Africa
The reserve encompasses 14000 ha of a variety of habitat, from steep valley ravines of thick Eastern Cape indigenous bush to open grass plains with endless sightings of roaming game. The reserve is home to the Big Four – elephant, rhino, leopard and the mighty cape buffalo. There is a wide variety of game including the notoriously shy Cape bushbuck and blue duiker, the proud kudu and a host of other specie including waterbuck, bushpig, impala, springbok, nyala, gemsbok, eland, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, sable, roan and warthog. There is an abundance of non hunting activities, both on the reserve and off site to enjoy and make your visit a memorable experience. Please let us know if you are interested in any of those listed below and we will make the necessary arrangements for you. Cultural villages San rock paintings Shopping Fishing Out of the main reserve, we offer a day spent with the our staff to experience first hand conservation work and what is involved to work with iconic endangered game species, monitoring the breeding groups of elephant, rhino and rare game species. Rates includes: a complimentary 20 minute helicopter ride over the reserve to monitor elephant and rhino movement. All transfers from airport to hunting destination and return to airport. All meals, beverages, laundry, PH services, hunting and animal recovery vehicles, and tracker / skinner services. Build your own package: Select any days you would like to hunt and choose the trophies as per price list!
Trip duration: 5 - 15 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 31 Dec 2020
African Plains Game Hunt 1x1 South Africa
We offer a wide variety of hunting opportunities throughout the Country with The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal Provinces being our most popular with a full variety of Plains Game species as well as Buffalo for those who favour the excitement of a Big Game Hunt.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020
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