Where to hunt Nyasa Wildebeest
Uncountable herds of a stubborn-looking, hump-backed antelope with short, curving horns, during their annual migration, are among the most recognizable images of Africa, and popular with all TV channels and illustrated magazines. The antelope in question is the Blue Wildebeest, a.k.a. Gnu. The herds of this antelope dwell in the savannas and open spaces of Eastern and Southern Africa. Nyasa Wildebeest is a subspecies of the Blue Wildebeest common to the region of Nyasaland. Hunting opportunities for this animal exist in parts of Tanzania.
Tanzanian outfitters still carry out their safaris in the old-fashioned way, as a big journey. The trophy fee for Nyasa Wildebeest run at around $1,500, which is about on par with other antelope species, but you will have to book at least a 7-day safari as well, which brings the bottom line to about $20,000. This is hardly practical, but adding a few other species to the bucket list, and considering the unique environment from the old classic safari books, makes the hunt a better value.
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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.August 17, 2017 All said and done: What’s the bottom line for an average South African hunt?
When to hunt Nyasa 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 Nyasa Wildebeest safari, as the hunter still has the chance to catch the end of the rut.
Typically for the denizens of savannah, by far the most popular way of Nyasa 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 Nyasa Wildebeest? All hunts (14)
The distinguishing feature of the Nyasa Wildebeest is a white stripe across the muzzle. However, in some individuals this feature is not so clearly pronounced as in others. Wildebeest is the staple food for many creatures, from lions and crocodiles to humans (especially in the form of biltong), and 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. It’s not hunting, however, that is the biggest threat for the species, but human encroachment. Fences across migration routes spell big problems, and habitat fragmentation works against big herds (it’s been proven that calf survival rates in Wildebeest are positively correlated to the size of the herd). Hunting concessions play an important part in conservation of the species. Nyasa Wildebeest hunting will take you to the iconic East Africa, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway and other classic safari writers. With Nyasa Wildebeest hunting, you will see the pages from these books come alive before your own eyes!
7 Day Buffalo Safari 1x1 Tanzania
We hunt on 480 000 hectares(118 610 583 acres) of pristine African Wilderness specifically set aside for world-class safaris without equal and designed by nature to challenge you and your senses. Our season in Tanzania opens on 1 July and runs through to the end of November. Species available to hunt on license: 1 Buffalo, Hartebeest, Impala, Warthog, Wildebeest and Zebra. PRICE: 1X1-$18 700 / 2X1-$16 700.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 July 2019 30 November 2019
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