Where to hunt Southern Greater Kudu
Kudu can be found in many countries of the sub-Saharan Africa. The Southern Greater Kudu is the subspecies that has the widest distribution. Southern Greater Kudu hunting opportunities exist in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s usually considered that Kudu trophies are bigger in the South of Africa than in the North.
Southern Greater Kudu is one of the most popular antelopes to hunt, and is included in numerous “plains game” package hunts (that also include other species such as Gnu, Impala or Warthog). Such packages typically start at around $3,000, and go up to circa $10,000 for a comprehensive hunt in a remote wilderness area with five to seven iconic animals such as Sable or Oryx. Few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope, but should that be your desire, budget from $1350 for the trophy fee, and after the daily rates the dedicated Kudu hunt would start at $2,000 or so.
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When to hunt Southern Greater Kudu?
In South Africa Kudu hunting opportunities exist all year on enclosed territories, and may be subject to hunting seasons in free-range areas, depending on the province. Most African countries have hunting seasons, but they are usually generous; for example, in Namibia the season is closed in January and February, the hottest months of the year, when hunting is nearly impossible anyway. 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.
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Kudu prefers broken, wooded landscapes, and can be hunted both from a blind, especially positioned over a waterhole or salt lick, and by the classical spot-and-stalk method. The typical Kudu habitat is well adapted for stalking, but spotting could be a problem, and so is the now-classic African way of spotting from vehicles, so you should be prepared to do a fair deal of walking. Protective coloring and natural wariness result in Kudu’s almost supernatural ability to disappear, earning it the nickname “Grey Ghost”, so Kudu hunting is always a challenge.
Why hunt Southern Greater Kudu?
Kudu is the second biggest African antelope, and is remarkably agile for its age. A Kudu can jump over an 8 -foot fence that marks the borders of South African “enclosures” (although on many such operations the fences only exist to legally classify the area as “enclosure” and to keep poachers out, not to confine the animals). The great spiral horns of Kudu are treasured by many African peoples as vessels, musical instruments, and for ceremonial purposes, while for most visiting hunters few trophies have the same effect, perfectly symbolizing Africa without being pompous or pretentious, like a good Kudu cape mount. But even more valuable are the memories of pursuing this elusive and coveted animal.
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