Where to hunt Golden Wildebeest
As the Dutch colonists began to explore the African continent, among the animals they discovered was a dark-colored, stubborn-looking, hump-backed antelope they called Wildebeest, because its looks reminded them of their domestic cattle. An alternative name, Gnu, was borrowed from one of the local languages; the sound is supposed to resemble the alarm call of the animals. Usually the Wildebeest are dark-brown in color, but other color variants are possible. One of such variants, the Golden Wildebeest, is highly prized among hunters and game ranchers in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.
Supply and demand being what they are, the Golden Wildebeest is one of the most expensive kinds of Gnu to hunt. Trophy fees are usually in the $2,300-$2,500 range, to which you should add daily rates, and perhaps the price of a few other species (few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope). The most expensive Golden Wildebeest hunting offers are usually combination hunts that also include a dangerous game species or a rare and expensive color variant.
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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.17 Aug 2017 All said and done: What’s the bottom line for an average South African hunt?
When to hunt Golden Wildebeest?
Typically for Africa, Golden Wildebeest hunting opportunities exist pretty much year round. December to February, however, are usually too hot for most African countries. Like with many other ungulates, the best time for hunting is the rut, when bulls display themselves on their small mating territories and fight with other bulls for them. The rut usually happens in May to July.
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By far the most popular way of hunting the Golden Wildebeest it is the traditional spot-and-stalk. The hunter and the PH cover the ground (often in vehicles) trying to find the herd with a good bull in it. What you’re looking for is a solitary animal or a small group, as in a really big herd from a TV screen it might not be easy to keep track of the bull of your dream as the animals move about. Wildebeest is a tough animal, and most PHs advise a rifle of the 7 mm - .300 Magnum class to hunt it. Hump on the shoulder makes hunters unaccustomed to this animal aim too high.
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The unusually light-colored skin of the Golden Wildebeest adds to the strange ugly-to-the-point-of-beautiful attractiveness of the Common Gnou. Game ranches, whatever anyone can say about them, play an important part in Wildebeest conservation, both by keeping a reserve stock and protecting habitat. Wildebeest biltong is highly prized, the skin is the source for high-quality leather, and the tail of the black wildebeest, long and flowing, is used for traditional fly-whisks. And for the international hunter, the horns will be a long-lasting memento of the outlandish experience of hunting in Africa.
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 2019 30 Nov 2019
5 Day Black Impala + Golden Wildebeest South Africa
For the serious trophy collector, hunt exotics in South Africa! This hunt includes 6 nights accomodation and 5 hunting days as well as 1 Golden Wildebeest and 1 Black Impala.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2020
"Build your own hunt" 1x1 South Africa
South Africa is one of the most diversified countries in Africa, mainly because of its variety of habitats, eco system, cultures and traditions. We offer most of our hunting from our main camp in the Limpopo valley, known as the mecca of the hunting in South Africa. We offer hunting to more than 30 huntable species roaming over thousands of unspoiled acres. Let us guide you to the area where your dream trophy is likely to be found. Our hunting season is between March and October, with June and July the middle of winter. Choose the length (between 5-14 days plus arrival and departure days what are free of charge, only airport pick up and drop off fees) of your hunt and the species you wish to harvest from the trophy list. Non hunters are welcome! Please inquire for available dates!
Trip duration: 7 - 16 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2019 31 Oct 2019
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