Where to hunt Tsessebe
Tsessebe are the fastest antelope found in Africa and can attain speeds of over 90 km/h. They are closely related to the Topi, Korrigum, Tiang, Blesbok and Bontebok. There is also a subspecies known as the Bangweulu Tsessebe found on the Bangweulu Flats, Zambia. This species naturally occurs from Angola, across the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, to Northern Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. They can be hunted on concessions in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, plus they are also available on numerous game ranches in South Africa and Namibia.
In Zambia numerous 6-11 day combo packages are available with combinations including plains game, Sitatunga and Buffalo. These packages range in cost from $17,000-37,800. In Botswana a ranch hunt goes for $300 per day with a trophy fee of $2,500. In South Africa and Namibia the ranch daily rates range from $350-450 per day. In Namibia, Tsessebe trophy fees range from $2,750-3,350 as compared to $2,000- 2,825 in South Africa.
When to hunt Tsessebe?
Tsessebe may be hunted year round In South Africa and Zimbabwe. In Namibia, hunting is closed in January and February. The Zambian hunting season runs from the beginning of May to the end of November. Autumn is the best time to hunt Tsessebe when food is scarce and the natural waterholes start to dry up. By October/November the heat is intense in these parts of Africa so be prepared if you hunt later in the year.
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Spot and stalk is usually the best way to hunt a Tsessebe. Generally found in relatively open areas and near water in the late afternoon. Quiet often spotted from the truck which can be parked away out of sight and then a planned approach can be made to stalk these animals. If you are bowhunting, your best bet is to hunt from a blind overlooking water. The use of mineral blocks and salt licks will also attract the animals to such a site.
Why hunt Tsessebe?
Tsessebe belong to the Wildebeest and Hartebeest families which are normally hunted by collectors of these bigger sized species. Although not a highly sought after trophy it is popular with collectors. The most common way to mount a Tsessebe is a shoulder mount which makes it very difficult to identify from other closely related species, especially Topi. Therefore, you may be tempted to skull mount your trophy and rather display the skin which make for a rather beautiful rug.
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