Where to hunt Zebra
Zebra thrives on every part of southern and eastern Africa where there are open grounds with grass for grazing and waterholes not far off. Of three species of Zebra, two - Plains and Mountain Zebra - can be legally hunted. Plains Zebra is bigger than Mountain Zebra but has relatively shorter legs. Mountain Zebra have dewlap, and a different stripe pattern including full white belly. Plains Zebra may form large herds, while Mountain Zebra live in small family or bachelor groups. Plains Zebra is further divided into six subspecies, including Burchell's and Chapman’s Zebra. It can be hunted in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Mountain Zebra is further divided into Cape Mountain Zebra, found the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, and Hartmann's Zebra, that can be hunted in Namibia and on some hunting operations in South Africa.
The most affordable Zebra hunting opportunities are to be found in Botswana, where the trophy fee can be as low as $500. Another good option for a price-savvy hunter is a cull hunt, as it is the skin, and not antlers and horns, that is the trophy of a Zebra hunt. Shooting fees for cull hunts are usually in the $500 range as well. For trophy hunting, the price of the more common subspecies is within $1,000-$1500 range. The more exquisite subspecies, such as Cape Mountain Zebra, may cost up to $5,000. Don’t forget to add daily rates and other associated fees.
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When to hunt Zebra?
Zebra hunting opportunities exist all year round. However, in a large part of its range, hunting is uncomfortable (and the season often is closed) in the summer and/or the wet season, because of weather conditions. Most Zebra populations don’t have a specific rut time, with mares coming into heat at random. It is usually believed that the best time for a plains game hunts is the last months of the dry season, that is, August to October.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (7)
Zebra prefer wide open spaces with grass for grazing and water not too far away. They live in family groups, either a stallion with a harem of mares and their young, or bachelor groups of males. The Zebra don’t rely on “hide” strategy to escape predators; as soon as one animal senses danger, it gives an alarm call, and the whole herd takes flight. Spot-and-stalk is the preferred method for Zebra hunting, but both Plains and Mountain Zebra have their specific challenges. The former dwells on open plains with little cover, and often forms big herds, so a hunter has to escape hundreds of attentive eyes and be ready for a quick long shot. The latter inhabit rugged terrain that sometimes make the hunt resemble a true mountain hunt, and is usually hard to cover in vehicles, so the hunter should be prepared to do a fair bit of walking. Bowhunters may choose to wait for the animal in a ground or elevated blind over a waterhole.
Why hunt Zebra? All hunts (466)
The skin of the zebra is one of the most popular trophies of African safaris, and many hunters who tried Zebra steaks say it’s some of the best meat they’ve tasted. Zebras are mostly threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and hunting concessions play an important part in their conservation. This especially concerns the Cape Mountain Zebra, which depends on herds from game farms for both numbers genetic diversity. Whether you should target the darker Cape Mountain Zebra in South Africa or the duff-colored Hartmann’s zebra in Namibia, the Chapman’s and Burchell’s Zebra with their brown “ghost” stripes or the contrasting black-and-white eastern variety in Tanzania, zebra hunting offers a unique challenge and adds a different edge to your plains game safari.
Free Daily Rate Hunt available for 2019 South Africa
We are offering a free daily rate plains game hunt again for 2019 for two hunters hunting 2X1 or one hunter (hunting 1X1) and one observer. This gives you and your hunting partner a discount of $4,800 on a plains game hunt in 2019. This only prerequisite for booking this hunt is that the hunter(s) are required to commit to spending a minimum of $10,000 on plains game trophy fees and that the hunt must be booked for 2019. This offer is for a hunt from our base camp - Sabrisa Ranch - in Limpopo Province of South Africa. We're approximately 3.5 hours drive from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and we hunt some the best areas available in the Waterberg region of Limpopo Province.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 April 2019 30 September 2019
Plains Game 1x1 '19 Botswana
Botswana is a beautiful country in Southern Africa, bordering from the North: Zambia and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia; the South: South Africa; to the East - Zimbabwe and to the West - Namibia. It is considered to be the safest and most stable African country. The hunting season in Botswana is during the winter months, between March and September. The weather during the season is pleasantly warm, sunny days, with cold evenings. There is normally no or very little rainfall during the hunting season.
Trip duration: 3 - 21 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 30 September 2019
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