White Bearded Wildebeest hunting

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Where to hunt White Bearded Wildebeest

Who hasn’t seen, at least on TV or in an illustrated magazine, the breathtaking scene of an uncountable herds of Wildebeest during their annual migration? If these scenes are filmed in Tanzania, the animal in question is most likely to be a subspecies of Blue Wildebeest: Eastern or Western White-Bearded Wildebeest. The Eastern variety is said to differ from the Western by somewhat lighter color and longer horns, however, the differences are minimal and it would take an expert to tell one from the other. Some trophy books list both subspecies in the same category. Both can be hunted in Tanzania, to the East and West of the Gregory Rift Valley.

Price distribution

Tanzanian outfitters still carry out their safaris in the old-fashioned way, as a big journey. The trophy fee for White-Bearded Wildebeest run at around $1,800, which is about on par with other antelope species, but the minimum cost of a Tanzanian safari before the trophy fees is about $18,000. It’s hardly practical just one animal this way, so most hunters add a few other species to the trophy list, which, considering the unique environment from the old classic safari books, makes the hunt a better value.

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Learn more from our blog story

When you’re only beginning to consider your first African hunting adventure, it’s easy to get lost in all those “package deals”, “trophy fees” and “daily rates” in the hunt descriptions. How much to budget for travel, tips, taxidermy, and whatnot, is also an equation with many unknowns. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, this blog post covers all items of a safari budget and gives average spending figures for each, to help you plan your trip.

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When to hunt White Bearded Wildebeest?

Hunting season in Tanzania runs from July 1 to December 31. The amount of precipitation is more important for planning a safari than temperature, as some areas are difficult to access and hunt during the rain season, which starts in November. The dry season often works better for plains game hunting, as the animals are easier to see and concentrate over sources of water. July is perhaps the best month to book a White-Bearded Wildebeest safari, as the hunter still has the chance to catch the end of the rut.

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Hunting methods

Typically for the denizens of savannah, by far the most popular way of White-Bearded Wildebeest hunting it is the traditional spot-and-stalk. The hunter and the PH cruising the area in a vehicle or on foot, and stop to glass for a herd with a good bull in it. This part is the easiest, even though the abundance might pose a problem for a dedicated trophy hunter who is after record-book class horns. The big one may be hard to identify in a big herd, and harder to keep track on as the herd moves about. Fooling a thousand eyes and ears in the herd to stalk in range is also a challenge, and so is shooting. Wildebeest’s hump on the shoulder makes unaccustomed hunters miss high. The antelope is hard to bring down, too; most PHs advise a rifle of the 7 mm - .300 Magnum class for it.

Why hunt White Bearded Wildebeest?

Formerly a part of British East Africa, the modern Tanzania was the place where a large share of safaris in the old days actually took place. So, White-Bearded Wildebeest hunting will take you to the iconic areas you’ve read about in the classic safari books. Following the trails of the elders, perhaps, overshadows other reasons why Wildebeest is hunted: meat (which is said to be tough and dry when fresh but a delicacy when converted to biltong) and the skin, a source for high-quality leather. And the short, curved horns of your trophy will become a material reminder of the moment when the yellow pages and TV shows came alive before your eyes!

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 $36,750 for 10 days, 1 hunter
14 Day Leopard & Masai Plains Game

14 Day Leopard & Masai Plains Game Tanzania

14 DAY SAFARI – PREMIUM LICENSE HUNTING AREA: This hunt takes place in MASAILAND SPECIES: 1 x Leopard and Plains Game can be hunted. PRICE PER HUNTER: (1:1) 1 Hunter x 1 PH 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: 14 days

Hunting season: 1 May 2021 31 Dec 2021

Price from $59,650 for 14 days, 1 hunter
28 Day 2:1 Classic Safari - Two areas

28 Day 2:1 Classic Safari - Two areas Tanzania

28 DAY CLASSIC SAFARI - PREMIUM LICENSE CHOOSE ANY TWO HUNTING AREAS FROM: MASAILAND, SELOUS & WESTERN TANZANIA HUNTER(S): 2 Hunters x 1 PH. Quoted price is per hunter. SPECIES: All species can be hunted on this license. Species selection will depend on the areas to be hunted. MORE HUNTS FROM THIS OUTFITTER: Area and species list descriptions are available in this outfitters other advertised hunts below. MASAILAND (Season: 1 May - 31 December) This 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. This area boasts many specials. SELOUS (Season: 1 June - 31 December) The Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in southern of Tanzania. The reserve covers a total area of 34,600 km2 (21,100 sqm). M2 on the Kilombero River, of which we enjoy almost 20 miles of river frontage) hosts an abundant number of wildlife, including Hippo and Crocodile and the elusive Puku. WESTERN TANZANIA (Season: 1 July - 31 December) Bordering the Moyowosi River to the east. We’ve been hunting this area since 2004, having gained knowledge of the area like no one else. Western Tanzania is known to be prime lion area, the best in all of Africa.

Trip duration: 28 days

Hunting season: 1 Jul 2021 31 Dec 2021

Price from $68,750 for 28 days, 1 hunter
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