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.
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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.All types (9)
Why hunt Kudu? All hunts (553)
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.
Promo Central Namibian Plains Game 1x1 Namibia
We offer you guided hunting safaris on our exquisite game ranch just south of Windhoek, Namibia. There are 25 species of plains game on 60 000 acres of privately owned land, making this game ranch the perfect location for plains game hunting. To ensure the ultimate hunting experience combined with appreciating the unique Namibian environment we recommend planning your hunting trip to last around 10 to 12 days (hunting season starts on 1 February and ends on 30 November). Our policy of not taking double bookings can make your dream come true of being the only hunter/group on 94 square miles / 243 square km free range. Together with a success rate of 90% of the hunting trophies acquired on the ranch qualifying for gold medals according to the Namibian quality control system hunters are guaranteed of a successful hunting safari. A typical hunting day will start bright and early before sunrise with a hearty breakfast buffet. The hunting method employed is spotting and stalking. (recommended rifles - .270 thru to .300). Depending on the success of the hunt, lunch will be served either at the lodge or on the plains as not to interrupt the progress made on the hunting safari. Hunting will continue into the afternoon if so desired by the guests or visit the cheetahs and attend a cheetah feeding. For Leopard and Cheetah hunt minimum of 14 hunting days required. There is no minimum hunting days requirement but we recommend 7 hunting days. 50% discount on daily rates on any safari booked in March, April, October and November! This promo is valid only if the booking takes place in the mentioned months. Please inquire for available days!
Trip duration: 5 - 16 days
Trip available on: 1 October 2019 30 November 2019
Eastern Cape Midlands Plains Game 1x1 South Africa
The distances that we will be shooting can range between 70 and 250 meters. Flat-shooting calibers in the .270 Winchester - .300 Winchester Magnum range are preferable, although larger calibers, such as .375 Holland Magnum can come in handy. Telescopic sights with a 6x magnification are more than adequate. Most hunting is done by walking and stalking.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 October 2019
Build Your Own Hunt 1x1 South Africa
Looking to pick out the trophies you are after before your hunt. This is your opportunity. We welcome you to choose what interests you. We can accommodate both the rifle hunter as well as the bow hunter. Before commencement of the safari, clients are required to complete and sign a safari contract and a general information sheet. All clients and observers are required to read and sign our indemnity form before the commencement of any safari.
Trip duration: 8 - 12 days
Trip available on: 1 February 2019 30 November 2019
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