Where to hunt Kudu
Kudu, an amazing spiral-horned antelope, can be found in many countries of the sub-Saharan Africa. There are two species of Kudu: the Greater and the Lesser Kudu. The Greater Kudu, in turn, is divided into a number of subspecies, of which two, East African and Southern, are objects of sport hunting. East African Greater Kudu and Lesser Kudu hunting opportunities are limited to Tanzania, while Southern Greater Kudu hunting exist in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia. Trophy books also recognize East Cape Kudu, which is found in the South African province of the same name. It’s usually considered that Kudu trophies are bigger in the North of Africa than in the South.
Few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope; most prefer to pursue a number of “plains game” species such as kudu, impala, warthog, etc., in the course of a 5 to 10 day hunt. “Plains game packages” usually start at $3,000, and go up to circa $10,000 for a comprehensive hunt in a remote wilderness area with five to seven iconic animals. The average trophy fee for a Kudu is about $1,500, and after daily rates are added, a dedicated Kudu hunt would start at $2,000 or so. The most expensive adventures are to be found among the much-coveted old-fashioned safaris of Tanzania that may cost in the mid to high five figures.
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If you’re not sure what all those “package deals”, “trophy fees” and “daily rates” in the hunt descriptions stand for, and how much to budget for travel, tips, taxidermy, and whatnot, check out this blog story. It covers all items of a safari budget, and average spending figures that will help you make a rough estimate of your African adventure.August 17, 2017 All said and done: What’s the bottom line for an average South African hunt?
When to hunt Kudu?
Kudu hunting season is open year round in enclosed areas in South Africa, but may be more limited for free-range hunting grounds and in different countries. In Namibia, for instance, hunting is closed in January and February, and in Tanzania the season is open from July 1 to December 31. The best months for hunting Kudu in South Africa are April and May, when the animals have the rut, and November to December, when the bush is most open. Closer to the equator hunters tend to be more successful in the dry season, when the animals congregate around waterholes.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (10)
Kudu is a shy and secretive antelope, that prefers broken landscapes, where its protective coloring allows it to disappear as if by supernatural powers, earning it the nickname “Grey Ghost”. The first choice of hunting methods for Kudu hunting is spot-and-stalk; however, the typical Kudu habitat, while well adapted for stalking, is not always suitable for the now-classic African way of spotting from vehicles, so you should be prepared to do a fair deal of walking. Hunting from a blind over salt licks and water holes is also possible, and many hunters, especially bowhunters, find the opportunity to observe the African nature from concealment an exciting bonus to the hunt itself.
Why hunt Kudu? All hunts (585)
The Kudu is an amazing animal. The second biggest African antelopes, they can jump over an 8 -foot fence that marks the borders of South African “enclosures” (so much for “high fence” hunting!). The great spiral horns of Kudu are treasured by many African peoples as vessels, musical instruments, and for ceremonial purposes. For most Westerners, few hunting trophies symbolize Africa while putting viewers in awe, without being pompous or pretentious, like a good Kudu cape mount. But this trophy is far from easy to get. Kudu is remarkably agile, wary, and master of camouflage, in spite of its size, so, whether on South African game ranch or the East African wilderness of Mozambique, a hunter would likely have to work hard to earn it. Small wonder that statistically Kudu is one of the top five most popular African species.
Plains Game Safari South Africa
South Africa boasts over 28 hunt-able species from the Cape to the Limpopo River, and while its terrain is ideal for excellent plains game hunting. Good accommodation options, roads and general facilities make a South African hunting trip the ideal family getaway. South Africa also has a lot more to offer than hunting, and all prospective visitors should take a couple of days to tour the historic sites, national parks or just go shopping. We can arrange sightseeing trips as well as a visit to one of the highly talented wildlife artists and jewelers in our area.
Trip duration: 5 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 March 2019 31 December 2019
5 day Classic Quest Bushveld Hunt 1x1 South Africa
The 5 day Classic Quest Bushveld hunting trip is perfect for the first time hunter. The package includes 6 nights accommodation / 5 days of hunting, The following 3 trophies is included in the package 1 x Warthog, 1 x Impala, 1 x Kudu. Observer can be added to the trip for $800 per person.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 January 2019 31 December 2019
Karoo Dream Hunt 1x1 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 January 2018 31 December 2019
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