African Hunting

Rob Bowker Biography- Best Plains Game Hunting in Africa

Rob Bowker is the co-founder and director of Nick Bowker Hunting in conjunction with his brother Nick Bowker.

Rob is responsible for all marketing and finance arrangements for Nick Bowker Hunting.

About Rob Bowker

Rob is also a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist. Rob has a passion for overlanding and unfenced camping in remote African reserves. Following and observing the big five in their native surroundings with out any other tourists.

Rob is also a keen angler for both deep-sea and shore-based lure fishing.

Rob is a retired Finance professional splitting his time between the Czech Republic in Europe and South Africa.

Rob is a qualified Chartered Accountant or CPA equivalent. Rob is also a qualified CFA.

Rob Bowker is a director of Nick Bowker Hunting, a limited liability company formed in the Republic of South Africa. The company’s registration number is 2023/965995/07  

Rob can be contacted at the company’s registered address, which is as follows:

Registered Postal Address

Nick Bowker Hunting (Pty Ltd)
24 Hope street 
Eastern Cape
South Africa

Contact details

Email [email protected]
Tel +420 777 589 209 or +27 72 939 7902

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African Hunting

Best Dog Breeds for African Hunting – Your Plains Game Hunt Companion

For the last 12,000 years, dog breeds for African hunting have been present as partners, companions to lift heavy items, and guard dogs. They are an expert in flushing, tracking, or retrieving games.

However, out of various popular hunting dog breeds, there are two uncommon yet incredible hunting dog breeds: Beagles and Parsons Terriers. These adorable-looking dogs may deceive you with their looks, but they are excellent when pursuing games.

Nonetheless, both have their unique characteristics and histories. In this blog post, we will explore their roles in the hunting world and their use so you can introduce a new breed to your hunting pack! So, let’s get started!

Parsons Terriers is on the couch with Rifle.

Parsons Terrier: One of the Best Dog Breeds for African Hunting

Dog breeds for African hunting. Black Jack, the parson's terrier

The Parson Terrier, or the Parson Russell Terrier, is a small and lively breed. They have an active and charming spirit with a passion for hunting.

It came into being as Jack Russell Terriers but was later changed to Parson Russell Terriers by AKC in 1997. They were initially hunting dogs. But later, their friendly and affectionate demeanor turned them into a loving family dog. Let’s dive deep into the world of Parson Terriers and learn about their distinctive characteristics and hunting nature.

Parson Terrier on shooting bench.

Basic Characteristics

  • Size: Parsons are small to medium-sized dogs, varying between 33-36 cm or 12-15 inches.
  • Weight: Their tiny weights may vary between 13-17 pounds or around 5-8 kg.
  • Coat: They have a shiny double coat. It’s a dense undercoat with a short -smooth, or rough- top coat. Parsons come in white with different color markings such as black, tan, lemon, brown, or tricolor.
  • Shedding: They are moderate shedders all year. However, if you’re looking for hypoallergenic hunting dogs, jump to
  • Temperament: A small packet full of energy, loyalty, and eagerness to please. It has a lifespan of 13-15 years. PRTs require lots of fun activities, mental simulations, and training to keep them entertained and save your furniture. If they get bored, PRTs get very vocal (high barking level sometimes) and may become destructive.
Parsons terriers with hunting vehicles in the background.

They are known for their active and intelligent personalities. PRTs are not a good option for first-time owners as these tricky pets may jump off the fence or disappear down the hole with their tiny bodies. They require attentive owners and good training.


The history of Parson Terriers goes back to the 18th century when Reverend John Russell was aiming for a dog companion for fox hunting. Hence, the breed got its name from its owner, “Reverend John (The Sporting Parson) Rusell.

The British gentleman had two interests in life: ministry and fox hunting. So, he was searching for a perfect dog breed with long legs (to keep up with his horse’s pace) and small bodies to flush foxes from under the ground and holes. And have the resilience to confront and hunt the foxes.

Parson Terrier puppy.

After countless breeding, Russell found the perfect match and his way to fame. Rusell bred this dog to be an independent problem solver (which they have been to date).

Nonetheless, this breed took long enough to be recognized by any Kennel club. It was in 1990 that this breed got official recognition as a “Parson Jack Russell Terrier” of the Terrier group. Finally, the formal name changed to “Parson Russell Terrier” in 1999.

Parson terrier on a bushbuck hunt.

Hunting Instinct

As history suggests, this breed participates in England’s traditional “fox hunting” sport. They have a high drive to chase and catch prey.

They have intelligent expression with long legs and small bodies that makes them look like a stuffed toy. But don’t give in to the illusion of their appearance. They have the speed to keep up with Hounds and the strength to flush foxes from their lair.

They have high energy levels and a determined personality. But it also means leaving them under supervision around small animals such as small cats or dogs, rabbits, rats, or birds on the ground.

Parsons Terrier is chasing a reedbuck into the water.

Did You Know

  • PRTs are AKC’s 145th breed.
  • Regardless of their hunting instinct, PRTs are great with children and make good family pets.
  • They are experts in canine sports, including agility, obedience, and tracking.
  • They can be good farm dogs as they are not afraid of big animals (horses, cattle, sheep).

The Parson Terrier is a small breed with notorious hunting abilities. With their distinctive combination of persistent attitude and cuddle-worthy appearance, this breed became famous as hunting dogs and lovable family pets.

Parson terrier on an Eland hunt.

Beagle: Feisty Hunter with Amiable Face Mask

Beagle scent dog with Fallow Deer.

This adorable breed ranks 8 in the AKC “Popular dog breeds” list. Have you seen Snoopy from Peanuts? That is a Beagle! This breed is famous for its cute appearance, but little are they known for their hunting abilities.

They have friendly behavior with families with a nose for everything good (at least good for them). They are perfect companions if you are going on a rabbit hunt. However, if you are aiming for a Coyote this time, we would still suggest an addition of Beagle to the pack.

Dog breeds to assist you on your African plains game hunt.

Basic Characteristics

  • Size: A small-sized breed varying between 13-16 inches.
  • Weight: Slightly heavier than a Parson Terrier. Beagles weigh between 20-30 pounds.
  • Coat: A dog breed with a dense double coat. Beagles have smooth, weather-resistant short coats, commonly tricolor (black, white, and brown patches).
  • Shedding: They are among the top producers of dander. Sorry for people with allergies.
  • Temperament: Beagles are famous for their friendly and social personalities. Although initially reserved with strangers, they enjoy making friends with pets and humans.

Their good temperament (with adorable faces and large pleading brown eyes) makes them a good family dog. However, what is the point of a guard dog if yours (Beagle) will befriend anyone after a minute? Nonetheless, they are naturally loud pets and bark at unusual things, making them good watchdogs.

Beagle hunt dog


During the 16th century, people of England had pack hounds for hunting. There were larger dog breeds to hunt deer and smaller breeds for rabbits. This smaller and compact breed is the ancestor of a Beagle.

The 19th-century Beagle we are familiar with today is the modern result of selective English importation and breeding. The previous Beagles were more similar to Dachshunds and beagles but with weaker heads.

Nonetheless, their spectacular sense of smell can track down injured or small prey and catch them. And they are ever since bred and renowned for their cunning nose.

Beagle with Kudu.

Hunting Uses

People have been using Beagle’s ancestors to hunt small prey since before 55 B.C. To this day, they are primarily known to hunt small games.

Beagles are scent hounds, they use their nose to track and hunt. However, a hunter will own at least two Beagles for efficient hunting. And their friendly nature makes them great dogs to work in groups.

Beagles can also hunt (other than rabbits and hares) birds, squirrels, or bobcats. Or they can hunt larger animals such as wild boar, foxes, deer, and coyotes.

Beagle on a couch in our lodge.

Did You Know

  • The Beagles are known for their “Bay” hunting method. It is when they melodiously howl to share locations while hunting.
  • Their smart nose has led them to different professions. They work as detectives to search for drugs or bedbugs. They are also found in airport security to search for food in passengers’ bags.
  • In 2013, a Beagle named “Elvis” could smell to determine if a Polar bear was pregnant.
  • Beagles were introduced in South Africa in the 20th century (and Parson Terriers in the 19th century). Both breeds were adaptable to Africa’s climate and soon became an integral part of their hunting programs.

A small breed with pleading eyes that looks like a plush toy; do we need more convincing to get a Beagle addition at home? Their amiable personality makes them great with kids. Although keeping their scent prowess in mind, you have to keep an eye on them because they find and eat anything that smells good.

Beagle in the bar area in our lodge.

Beagles And PRT in South Africa

With South Africa’s ample territory and diverse animals, hunting has a long history. They consider hunting as a sport, as well as protection.

South Africa has various kinds of hunting games. And Beagles and Parson Terriers have found their role in these games. Here are some names;

Jack Russel with Bushpig
  1. Small Game: Small games like rabbits and hares are abundant there. Beagles and Parson Terrier’s tracking skills help them to hunt small prey.
  2. Birds: Beagle’s scent skills aid them in tracking waterfowl and non-waterfowl birds.
  3. Farm Protection: Agriculture is among the top professions in Africa. And Parson Terriers are a valuable asset to hunt down rodents and keep the farm safe.
  4. Sports: Africa also has various opportunities for sport hunting. Both breeds are advantageous in such competitions and events.
Parsons Terriers sleeping.


Parson Terriers and Beagles have a rich history of hunting. But they have unique characteristics and hunting skills. But their versatility to hunt small games, with larger animals like foxes and deer, make them an asset to the hunting world. But it doesn’t change them from being an affectionate family dog.

So, as a professional hunter or a dog lover, this blog post will give you an insight into these incredible breeds. They have contributed to a history of hunting. So, the next time you see a Beagle or a Parson Terrier, don’t forget that they are experts with an age-old hunting skill.

African Hunting

African Management and Trophy Hunt

Back from superb African management and trophy hunt trip with Nick Bowker. The start was in 2019 when Nick posted a 20-animal cull hunt. My buddy and I booked for March 2020. Well, we all know what happened, so we went for 2021.

Thanks to our Prime Monster, traveling was too risky. Now, in 2022 we finally put it together. My self and my Great Nephew and buddy arrived on the 25th of May in Port Elizabeth, where Nick was waiting for us, and off to Bedford, we went for our African hunting safari.

We arrived at Nick’s home, a very British-style, rambling 170 yr old home. Nick has put a lot of effort into upgrades and renovations beautiful, comfy accommodations with great views.

We unpacked and checked the rifles. Once everyone was happy, we went out for a little afternoon drive for orientation. The rest will follow!

So as we left Nick’s place, I was impressed with the number of animals. Very few high fences and an amazing country. Open pastures to hills and valleys with heavy brush. As we came over one hill, we stopped to glass, and the 1st animal we spot is a large Sable. Not far away was another large Sable that was wide. As this had become an add-on Trophy for me, I immediately got interested.

First hunt on our Management and Trophy Hunt.

Nick said let’s keep looking, as one of his PHs keeps seeing a large Bull hanging around one of the main herds. A little farther and we spot another large Sable. As we are glassing, Nick says damn. He has broken 3-4 inches off one side. As I already have an excellent Sable, I am more than impressed with this old warrior.

Nick offers me a discount, and the chase is on. Exit the Bakkie and work into position. We finally get a decent shot at 275 yards; he buckles and then comes running toward us.

I shoot again, and it is a hit, but there is not much reaction. He stops, and I put the 3rd round in. He goes a short way and is down. Finishing shot and done old Bull shredded ear and battle scars. I couldn’t be happier at the start of our African management and trophy hunt.

Loaded and returned to Nicks for a refreshment, an excellent dinner, and a couple more refreshments. Not bad, considering our official hunt didn’t start till tomorrow.

Sable antelope management hunt with Nick Bowker.

About Nicks African Management and Trophy Package

So Nick’s 20-animal Cull package is five species- 4 of each Warthog, Springbok, Impala, Mountain Reed Buck, and Blesbok. 3 Culls of each and one trophy. The amount of animals is phenomenal, and Nick and crew make each trophy you take Proper. Todd and I were hunting two-on-1 with Nick for the 1st seven days until Nick’s Bakkie blew its brakes.

The only problem was his backup was a single Cab, as his other double cab had an engagement with a Kudu the week before and was in the body shop. My great-nephew was on a seven-animal Trophy package and hunting with his PH Nadine, a fine young lady from the area whose father is also a PH, and she is carrying on the family tradition. 30 yrs young but very skilled and a 9 yr Veteran as a PH. My great-nephew is a young Texan of 20 who grew up hunting and shares an outfitting operation in the family.

20 Animal South African Management Hunt Package

1 Hunter $6000

Eight days of hunting are all-inclusive for the following 20 animals. No day fee & inclusive of accommodation and meals

  • 4 Impala Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 6Springbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 4 Warthog Boars
    (1 Trophy Boar)
  • 2 Common Blesbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 2 White Blesbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 2 Mountain Reedbuck Rams(1 Trophy Ram)
  • Add any Kudu Bulls at $400 per cull
    (All Non-Trophy
  • Add any Trophy Animals from our Trophy Fees Price List.

I was happy as I wanted to spend some time with Call hunting. I brought him because he is one of the finest young men I know, and it was a privilege to share the trip with him. Memories to last us forever. So Nick asked Nadine if she would mind if I were added to her duties. No problem, so off we went.

Trophy Hunts

Call was down to a Gemsbok and a Zebra, an add-on. We went to another property near Bedford a well-managed cattle ranch. The farm tracker hopped in, and off we went.

It constantly amazed me how these trackers/farmhands knew every little 2 track on the property. I had shot a Cull Fallow Deer stag here two days earlier lots of hills and beautiful brushy valleys.

As we approached the area we were to hunt, we bumped into a herd of Fallow Deer. The amount of game was phenomenal. I could shoot one more as a Cull. Nadine suggested a stalk as they seemed not very spooked. I declined as I wanted Call to get his Gemsbok.

The Bakkie parked on top of a tall hill. Nadine and Call headed for the valleys. They hadn’t been gone 5 minutes when out of the bottom came a nice Fallow Stag and stopped at 40 yards. I advised him he should move on as I can be tempted easily.

Springbok hunt with Nick Bowker.

Gemsbok Trophy Hunt

Two and half hours later, we hear a shot followed by a call on the radio. I was to bring the Bakkie down as Call had his Gemsbok. We had no sooner crested the hill when a large herd of Gemsbok was calmly watching us. They had been within 4o hundred yds of the Bakkie all the time.

It took a while to get down to call Nadine. After a difficult stalk avoiding other animals and working the terrain, Call took a very old female with worn-down teeth, one shot at 90 yards. Call was very cautious of his shots and was proud of his patience.

We were heading to the skinning shed when we spotted a herd of fallows. A short stalk and I got a 225 yd shot. Hit a little back and not the best angle. No worries, as Nadine sent Flip her Jack Russel and had the Fallow bayed in no time. After a finishing shot, we went to the skinning shed and back to the Lodge for lunch. Fabulous lunch of Kudu burgers and chips a short nap, and we were off for my Trophy Impala.

Gemsbok management hunt.

Trophy Impala Hunt

As we were heading to the property, we spotted a herd of Springbok. As we glassed, Nadine and Call both said there he is. There was an excellent male that had outwitted them on three previous stalks.

After some stalking and careful locating, I was on the sticks. 256 Nadine says. One shot and the Springbok is mine. Beautiful animals. We carry on and start spotting Impala. 1st group doesn’t like our company.

Nadine says we need to get to the valley, where we have more cover. We start spotting Impala moving thru the brush, and a good Ram is located. We begin to stalk, but we constantly try to sort out which.

Nadine suggests we continue as they pass by us and see if they continue uphill. As we sneak down, I spot our Ram in the bush. I whisper to Nadine, and she says that’s him. One for me to beat the PH!

After he clears the tree, he turns full frontal at 100 yards. One shot off the sticks, and we are headed back for the skinning shed, followed by several adult beverages, appy’s, and a great dinner of sirloin steak cooked to perfection by Nick, another great day in the Eastern Cape on our African management and trophy hunt.

Impala hunting with Nick Bowker.

Kudu Trophy Hunt

Call’s main target animal was a Kudu. I believe it was the second day I had passed on the morning hunt. Jet lag and pre-trip work had me exhausted. Todd and Nick headed out, as did Call and Nadine. As Todd and Nick were spotting, they saw a great Cape Kudu on a steep brushy hillside.

Call, and Nadine went down the Cliff and steep hillside while Nick and Todd moved along the edge of the Cliff. The call was made as Nadine and Call were about 20 mins away. They hustled over, and the Kudu was still feeding. Nadine and Call made a stalk, and Call had to shoot at a steep downhill angle. At the shot, the Bull disappeared, but only several cows ran out.

The Kudu was spotted, and the location was radioed to Call and Nadine. Call’s admiration and appreciation for this trophy were worth the whole trip. He thought if that were all he got, his trip would be complete. Boy, was he in for a surprise?

Kudu trophy hunt.

Zebra Trophy Hunt

The following morning Nadine, Call, and I headed out for his add on Zebra. Another ranch close to Bedford. Beautiful property and buildings were immaculate. They had also added a guest lodge for holidays and hiking clients.

Not sure how big this property was, but it was huge it also held some monster Kudu! The 1st herd of Zebra we spotted had a lot of mares with young foals, so we left them alone. We picked up the property tracker and headed for the hills.

We found a second herd that had a good stallion. Off Call and Nadine went. These Zebra were spooky and took them down a valley, up a steep hill, back down a ravine, and onto a flat where Call finally got a full-frontal shot off the sticks at 175 yds. One-shot and DRT. Good job, young man. Beautiful Zebra with good markings. Loaded and headed back to the Lodge by 11:30 for lunch and nap.

Zebra trophy and management hunt.

African Management and Trophy hunt

After a nap, we left a little early for the afternoon hunt. With Call having completed his list, we were focused on finishing my Cull/Trophy list. I still had Warthog, Mtn Reedbuck, and Blessbok on my list. But we had seen some super Gemsbok, so away we went to add another trophy.

I got to the area close to Nick’s and found a herd immediately. In a bushy valley, but were able to have a good look. Nadine said there is a huge Bull and some old trophy Cows. As soon as they spotted the Bakkie, they got nervous. I got out of sight and gave them time to calm down. I started a stalk but got spotted. Too far for a shot, and getting nervous.

Nadine said we need to back out as we don’t want to spook them. She said the Bull was huge, and she wanted to get him. Hmm, very focused PH=large trophy! Nadine said we could get ahead of them with the Bakkie. Well, almost they were already there. Back off again, but this time we get ahead of them. Start a stalk but get spotted again.

My Monster Gemsbok

By this time, Nadine had got me revved. I had already had the lecture on shot placement and how tough these animals can be. We don’t want to be tracking a wounded Gemsbok till dark. More revved, thanks.

Nadine suggests we go to the top of the hill as the Gemsbok will be coming out on a flat just over the hill where we can get a good look. The shot might have some distance but lots of time for a calm, well-placed shot. Off we go and stop at the top of the about 200 yds from the edge looking over the flat. Exit the Bakkie and grab the sticks. We don’t make 10 ft, and the Gemsbok is on top of the hill.

We freeze, and they walk up in two groups. Look at the Bakkie and are not concerned. Nadine quickly spots the Bull and points him out to me. I am no Gemsbok pro, but I am a little concerned. He has very thick horns but is long for a Bull. Nadine assures me it is a Bull.

42 inch gemsbok hunted with Nick Bowker.

42-inch Gemsbok

About 180yds but is in a group of 4 or 5. I am waiting for a clear shot. Finally, clear and broadside. One-shot. Solid hit. It makes a small circle and is broadside again. Nadine says shoot again at the same time, and my gun goes off. Drops right there.

I always get an adrenaline rush after shooting an animal and would quit if I didn’t, but I hadn’t had the shakes since I was 25. I look over at Nadine; she is shaking as badly as I am. Call is trying to film it too. We all start laughing at each other. Call says Uncle Graham, and I didn’t think you ever got that excited. After 10 mins of calming down, we go over to see our trophy. 42″ Bull and not as old as we thought. He was well into his prime but not old and in great shape.

Blesbok African Management and Trophy Hunt

This morning we head out to hunt Blesbok. We had seen several herds in the previous days, but man, were they spooky. We arrived with Todd and Nick in one Bakkie and Nadine, Call, and I in the other. The idea was to split up and set up for an ambush as the trackers moved them around. Five minutes later, we got a call from Nick to get our butts over to them as they had spotted a large Warthog, and I was the only one left without a trophy.

Nick’s knowledge of his properties is incredible. He had got in front of the Warty to cut him off. When he turned back, I was ready. He stopped for a moment, trying to decide which way to go. Quick shot and a solid hit, but he took off running and knowing how tuff these critters can be. I tried a running shot but only got a termite mound. In mid-stride, he just dropped. Proper Boar, as Nick would put it.

Warthog management and trophy hunt.

African Management and Trophy Hunt

We carried on for Blesbok. The plan was for Todd and Nick to set up in one spot for an ambush and Nadine and me in another. We set up by a pond, and our sniper’s nest was a bank that Warthogs had dug out. It seemed like a good plan, but nobody had told the Blesbok. As the trackers tried to move the Gemsbok, they did, and twice they were within range and too bunched up for me to take a shot. After 2 hrs, we called it a day and searched for some culls.

Nadine found me an Impala. This was my best distance shot at 458 yds. DRT. After lunch and a nap, we head out for more culls. We go thru the hills and find a group of 4 Mountain ReedBok. Nadine says shoot that old female. 200 yards but not the best angle; hit but takes off over the hill. We looked for a while, and I said I don’t think it went this far. We start back to the start, and Nadine turns Flip loose downwind. 2 minutes and Flip has found it. Very tall grass and it is hard to see. Thanks, Flip.

Management Hunt

Head for another area and glass from the hilltop, move down and glass, and when we reach the bottom, we spot 2 Warthogs. As we glass, two more come on the same opening but closer. We head out to stalk them. As we move closer, we spot a duiker in a green patch of grass. Nice duiker, and it’s on my trophy list.

We work closely to get a good look, and Nadine says let’s go back and check the Warty. As we start back, another Duiker comes out and is immediately chased by the 1st. Nadine says that was an excellent Ram and was I willing to sneak around and forego the Warts for a bit. You bet, and slowly we move thru the flat from bush to tree to bush. As we both are about to clear a tree there, he is 50 yds and feeding,

We back up to the tree, and Nadine says can you shoot thru the bush. Bang, she jumped and said damn, you’re fast. I had made her jump, and she lost sight of the Ram. Did you hit it? I don’t know, but there is a little white patch in the grass where it was standing. Beautiful Duiker Ram. When we returned to the Bakkie, Call said we looked like we were drunk with all our back and forth and wobbling around. Off to the Lodge for Appys, beverages, and supper. Life is tough here on the Eastern Cape!

Grey Duiker hunting.

African Management and Trophy Hunt

2nd last morning. I still have 2 Trophies on my Cull Hunt. Blesbok and Mtn Reed Buck. Off we go in search of Mtn. Reedbuck. The short drive behind Nick’s house, we spot an excellent Ram. Three hundred twenty-five yds, solid rest with the 6.5-06. 1st shot is high, 2nd shot is to the right, and 412 is just over the top.

There was some wind, but not that bad. I had the 06 riding in the back for the last few days as I wanted to use my 7×64 and make a bullet comparison. Maybe it got bumped; perhaps I was having a bad morning. I’ll figure it out when I get home. As we continue, we spot numerous groups of Reedbuck, but Nadine says no exceptional Rams.

Off to glass some distant hills. We spot a group in the valley that has an outstanding Ram. We get spotted, and they head for the open top of the mountain. Nadine says we are going to back out and come back after lunch as they will come back here to bed as this is their little valley. OK? As we approach the same area, they are all bedded in the same little valley. Back to the Lodge for lunch, nap, and head out early.

Mountain Reedbuck Hunt

We try a different approach and get to a spot where we can glass. Some are lying down, some are moving, and Nadine spots the Ram lying down behind a bush. She says we need to wait as he will get up and give us a clear shot versus trying to stalk them with too many eyes. We are watching and waiting when I catch movement out of the corner of my eye.

I swing over, and it’s another Ram. He runs 35 yards and stops broadside. Nadine taps my shoulder, and bang. DRT. She looks at me and says damn, your fast. Guess she’s never hunted coyotes in Alberta or Saskatchewan. He had been bedded 80 yards from where we were glassing. Not sure if he was as big as the one we were watching, but he still went over 7″.

Drop him off at the skinning shed, and we head out for a cull of Springbok and Warthog. 10 mins later, a Cull Springbok runs out and stops at 125 yds. Last Springbok down on to find a Warty. The afternoon had turned windy and cool. Only saw 3 Wart’s off and running. I cruised around some more but did not see much. We headed back for the evening.

Mountain Reedbuck management and trophy hunt with Nick Bowker.

Last Day

Unfortunately, this is the last day. Todd, Nick, Nadine, and I head out for our Blesbok. We split up when we arrive. Trying to get up on the Blessbok is difficult. The wind is blowing, and they are spooky. Todd manages to snipe a Trophy as we move them around. I am on them several times, but either to group up or take off before I can get a shot. Finally, get a long shot well over 300 and make a bad shot. Spend another 20 mins before I get another distant shot that stops him. We move closer and a finishing shot. We keep going for my last Blessbok Cull, and I drop one at just under 400, which requires a finishing shot a beautiful white female.

Warthog African Management and Trophy Hunt

Management hunt with Nick Bowker.r.

Todd got his cull, and we were off. I still had 2 Warthog Culls left. Nadine had said that morning when we left that it would not be a good Warthog day as it was cool, overcast, and windy. As we were driving back, we started to see Warty’s. The sun had come out, and it had warmed up a bit. We were driving thru open pastures, and every time we spotted Warthogs, they took off with no shot. We came to a little Valley that went for a mile or so. Nadine suggested we walk as the Warthogs should be heading for a midday Siesta.

We had walked about 50 yds when we spotted a pig in the valley. As we glassed him, he got into some brush and didn’t come out. A little farther and a Sow with piglets. Then another 100yds, and I said, Nadine. 175 yards to our right, headed for the valley, was a big boar. Up went the sticks. As I got him in the scope, I noticed a large tusk. Damn trophy. Then he turned and had broken off his other tusk. I heard shoot. About 150 yds, one shot and done. Huge old Boar with scars and a calloused face with trophy warts as big as his ears. Loaded in the Bakkie and on the way back to the Lodge, we spot another group, and Nadine picks out a female and done in one. Back for lunch and the end of our African management and trophy hunt.

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African Hunting

Cape Buffalo Hunting Packages and Prices – Hunt Cape Buffalo

Summary – Cape Buffalo Packages

Nick Bowker has a dangerous game license and offers a wide selection of Cape buffalo Hunting Packages. Hunting Cape Buffalo is one of Africa’s most iconic safari hunts. We have outstanding hunting areas for buffalo.

Our concession area is in the mountains with very thick brush in a large area. This Buffalo hunt is proper. The bulls are challenging to find and shot at close range. Be prepared to be charged! We do not offer buffalo bow hunting.

We offer a comprehensive selection of Cape Buffalo Hunt Packages and prices for both first-time and repeat African hunters.

Our hunting packages are clear and transparent, without any hidden costs. The day fee and trophy fee are included in the below packages. Hunters are welcome to request a tailored hunt and price to suit their needs.

Large Cape Buffalo

Also, we provide detailed prices on taxidermy and ensure you have no surprises at the end of your African Hunting Safari.

All our packages offer 7 trophies over 8 days of hunting. Each Package is named after the two signature trophies.

We also offer a standalone all-inclusive 5-day Cape Buffalo Hunt for $12500.

In addition, hunting Cape Buffalo can be added to any of our Plains Game hunts at the following prices.

  • Buffalo (Hard Boss) – $12,500
  • Management Cape Buffalo (Hard Boss) – $9500
  • Management Cape Buffalo (Soft Boss) – $7500
  • Buffalo Cow (Mature) – $3500
Hunting Cape Buffalo with Nick Bowker

What is included in Your Trophy Cape Buffalo Hunt?

  • Nick Bowker, your Licensed Oufitter at all times
  • Includes daily rates and trophy fee
  • A Licensed Hunting Guide (Nick Bowker or Benjamin Pringle)
  • Skinners, trackers, and dogs for retrieval of wounded animals
  • Transport for pick-up and drop-off at Port Elizabeth airport
  • 4×4 hunting vehicles and fuel for the duration of the safari
  • Use of high-end rifles, scopes, and ammunition (Sako and Swarovski)
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks, and daily laundry
  • Field preparation of trophies and delivery to the taxidermy
  • All taxes, hunting permits, and hunting licenses.
  • Observer rates are $150 per day
  • Does not include taxidermy and travel to Port Elizabeth South Africa

Summary of Cape Buffalo Hunts

All packages 8 Days Hunting and 7 Trophies

  1. $8500 Buffalo Cow & Gemsbok hunts Package
  2. $15000 Buffalo & Waterbuck hunts Package
  3. $16000 Buffalo & Nyala hunts Package
  4. $17000 Buffalo & Lechwe hunts Package
  5. $18000 Buffalo & Big Game hunts Package
  6. $20000 Buffalo & Roan hunts Package

Our South African Cape Buffalo Hunting Packages and Prices

Cost of hunting cape buffalo in Africa with Nick Bowker.

Buffalo Cow and Gemsbok Package

South AfricaCape Buffalo Hunts

$8500 per Hunter

Buffalo cow in the grass lands. Buffalo cow gemsbok hunting package.

Buffalo Cow & 6 Plains Trophies to Hunt

  • Buffalo Cow hunting
  • Gemsbok hunting
  • Bushbuck hunting
  • Zebra hunting
  • White Blesbok hunting
  • Fallow Deer or Warthog
  • Springbok hunt
Buffalo cow shot as part of a Cape Buffalo package. Prices are all inclusive.
Gemsbok trophy taken with Nick Bowker in South Africa.
Gemsbok Hunts

Buffalo Waterbuck Hunting Package

South AfricaCape Buffalo Hunts

$15000 per Hunter

Buffalo bull. Old Buffalo male. Buffalo waterbuck hunting package.

Cape Buffalo & 6 Plains Trophies to Hunt

  • Cape Buffalo hunting
  • Waterbuck hunting
  • Bushbuck hunting
  • Zebra hunting
  • Impala hunting
  • Fallow Deer or Warthog
  • White Blesbok hunt
African buffalo trophy
Waterbuck trophy taken with Nick Bowker in South Africa.
Waterbuck Hunts

Buffalo and Nyala Hunting Package

South AfricaCape Buffalo Hunts

$16000 per Hunter

Buffalo chasing lion. Buffalo Nyala hunting package.

Cape Buffalo & 6 Plains Trophies to Hunt

  • Cape Buffalo hunting
  • Nyala hunting
  • Waterbuck hunting
  • Bushbuck hunting
  • Black Wildebeest hunt
  • Impala hunting
  • Copper Springbok hunt
Buffalo trophy shot as part of a Cape Buffalo package
Nyala trophy taken with Nick Bowker in South Africa.
Nyala Hunts
Cape Buffalo hunts with Nick Bowker

Buffalo Lechwe Package

South AfricaCape Buffalo Hunts

$17000 per Hunter

Buffalo bull near water. Buffalo Lechwe hunting package.

Cape Buffalo & 6 Plains Trophies to Hunt

  • Cape Buffalo hunting
  • Red Lechwe hunting
  • Nyala hunting
  • Waterbuck hunting
  • Bushbuck hunt
  • Black Wildebeest hunt
  • Black Springbok hunt
Cape Buffalo trophy shot as part of a Cape Buffalo package
Red Lechwe trophy taken with Nick Bowker in South Africa.
Red Lechwe Hunts

Buffalo Big Game Package

South AfricaCape Buffalo Hunts

$18000 per Hunter

Buffalo male in the savanna. Buffalo big game hunting package

Cape Buffalo & 6 Plains Trophies to Hunt

  • Cape Buffalo hunting
  • Red Lechwe hunting
  • Nyala hunting
  • Waterbuck hunting
  • Bushbuck hunt
  • Gemsbok hunt
  • Black Wildebeest hunt
African Buffalo trophy shot as part of a Cape Buffalo package
Black Wildebeest trophy taken with Nick Bowker in South Africa.
Black Wildebeest Hunts

Buffalo Roan Package

South AfricaCape Buffalo Hunts

$20000 per Hunter

Buffalo male in the bush. Buffalo roan hunting package.

Cape Buffalo & 6 Plains Trophies to Hunt

  • Cape Buffalo hunting
  • Roan Antelope hunting
  • Red Lechwe hunting
  • Black Wildebeest hunting
  • Bushbuck hunt
  • Common Reedbuck hunt
  • Grey Rhebok hunt
Large buffalo trophy shot with Nick Bowker Hunting.
Grey Rhebok trophy taken with Nick Bowker in South Africa.
Grey Rhebok Hunts

Cape Buffalo hunt

Cape Buffalo Hunting Prices in South Africa

A 375-caliber rifle is the minimum legal requirement to hunt a Cape buffalo. Professional hunters (Guides) are required to have a dangerous game hunt license.

Cape Buffalo is now widespread across the Eastern Cape. Buffalo hunting in South Africa is generally in high-fenced areas, and the size of the areas varies widely.

If you want authentic free-range Cape Buffalo, your African safari should be in other southern African countries like Zimbabwe or Mozambique or, alternatively, Tanzania.

However, the trade-off is that Cape Buffalo Hunt Prices in South Africa are substantially cheaper on an all-in basis.

The day rates in countries like Zimbabwe are expensive and dramatically increase the package hunt cost.

Day rates reflect the taxes and fees paid to the government. In most cases, the land is not private, and the government owns the animals.

In South Africa, most land is private, including the game, resulting in a value-for-money Cape buffalo hunting package.

Cape Buffalo hunting in South Africa is still tremendously exciting.

In particular, the Buffalo has learned to avoid humans, feed at night, and hide during daylight hours in thickly wooded areas.

Cape Buffalo is considered a dangerous game rather than a plains game, although they have all the same characteristics.

Mature Buffalo should always have a solid boss. Shot placement is critical for Buffalo hunting. Cape Buffalo is called black death for a good reason.

Cape Buffalo Hunt
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Taxidermy for Cape Buffalo Hunters

Taxidermy cost for Cape Buffalo cow and Gemsbok package.
Taxidermy cost for Cape Buffalo and Waterbuck package.

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber for Hunting Cape Buffalo

As with most African game hunting, shot placement should always be in the bottom third of the shoulder. As a result, a well-placed shot, a rifle of .375 caliber, is adequate for shooting the Cape Buffalo.

Nick Bowker Hunting has 375 rifles and ammunition for hunters who don’t wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle to South Africa. I’ve included the rifles and ammunition for you free of charge.

Robert Ruak famously wrote, “When coming face to face with a big Cape buffalo, he will look at you as if you owe him money”;… enough said.

A buffalo bull is the number one desired African trophy for international hunters worldwide dangerous animals to hunt.

A wounded Cape buffalo bull can sometimes circle back, wait for the hunter along its track, and charge the hunter without warning.

Loud death bellows are the best sign of a dying buffalo, but not all will give this bellow.

With age, one will find old solitary bulls move off from the herd; these Cape buffalo bulls are called “Dagga Boys” due to their enjoyment of regular mud baths, leaving caked mud on their backs, giving the appearance of dried cement (“Dagga”).

These bulls are the most challenging and fun to hunt and may sometimes form small “Dagga” buffalo groups.

A hard and solid boss for a Cape buffalo is the number one sign of a great trophy. I want you to know that your professional hunter will be invaluable here.

Sometimes, these old Cape buffalo won’t carry a spread beyond 30 inches, as horns will wear down with age. These are, in fact, the best and most memorable trophies on a buffalo trophy hunt.

Taxidermy cost for Cape Buffalo and Nyala package.
Taxidermy cost for Cape Buffalo and Red Lechwe package.
Taxidermy cost for Cape Buffalo Big game package.
Taxidermy cost for Cape Buffalo and Roan package.

Frequently Asked Questions About Buffalo Hunts

How much does a Cape Buffalo hunt cost?

Cape buffalo hunting safari.

Trophy fees as a standalone Cape Buffalo hunt are between $11000  and $13000, depending on the size of the trophy. Daily rates vary between $250 and $500 per day.

Included in the trophy fee is a licensed guide. As well as a hunting license and all permits. Your guide needs to have a dangerous game hunting license.

When can you hunt Cape Buffalo in South Africa?

There are no seasonal restrictions on hunting in South Africa. Most hunting land is privately owned.

What is the best time of year to hunt Cape Buffalo?

Hunting for Buffalo takes place from March through October.

What Caliber do you recommend for Cape Buffalo hunting?

If you are hunting dangerous game, you must have a .375 minimum. For Plains Game, we recommend a 300 mag or similar.

How many sets of clothes should I bring?

You will have daily laundry service while staying at our lodge, so no more than 2-3 sets of safari clothes are needed. 

Can I rent a rifle for my Safari?

Rifles are free of charge in our hunt package, including .375 for Cape Buffalo hunting.

African Hunting

Film your African Hunting Safari and share with friends

Film your African Hunting Safari and share your African hunting and wildlife video with friends and family for future generations!

Nick Bowker Hunting uses Igala Productions to film your African hunting adventure. Igala charges $350 per day, All-Inclusive.

Please get in touch with Nick Bowker directly to film your hunt.

Your african hunting adventure on film.

What to Expect when you Film your African Hunting Safari?

Your iGala Productions cameraman will meet you at your final arrival airport and travel with you either on a charter plane or by vehicle back to camp.

Experienced camera persons capture the action without influencing any part of the hunt.

Equally important, they know when to move, stalk, and quickly read African animal behavior, in particular when you pursue dangerous game animals.

Dangerous game hunting captured on video.

Importantly, our camera operators also capture the entire Spirit of your safari.

Moreover, this includes wildlife, scenery, camp, and all the emotions which create your true African adventure.

We are friendly and passionate about outdoor filming.

While at the same time, they are discreet and respect your personal space during your safari.

Capture the spirit of your african hunting safari on film

What your Final Video Will Look Like

You will receive your video on the disk of choice: DVD and/or BluRay. A color-printed disk and cover are provided together with a personalized design of your African hunt safari.

Your African hunting video will start with a menu to select the entire video or an action-packed summary highlight clip.

On an average seven to ten-day safari, video duration will be 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the required action and editing requests.

The highlight clip is usually about three to four minutes.

Capture your African hunting adventure on video

We also deliver the highlight clip as a separate MP4 for iPhone.

In addition, your video is professionally edited with suitable music and personalized motion graphics designed specifically for your video, including an introduction, maps, name straps, etc.

Videos are color graded, and all sound is professionally checked to ensure a high-quality end product.

Furthermore, your camerapersons will also take high-quality still photos for you in addition to filming your African hunting safari.

Video your gemsbok hunt with Nick Bowker Hunting

What will your video look like once completed

A safari in Africa is usually exclusive, far away from over-commercialized tourist destinations and tour groups.

You need a trained camera operator to capture the essence of such a safari.

A cameraman who understands Africa and dangerous game behavior. A cameraman who can accompany you on foot in the wilderness, who has the vision to film what the normal eye doesn’t see.

Enjoy memories of your safari for ever.

Puren Joubert Igala Productions

Client recommendation

“I also hired a videographer company with Nicks’s recommendation. Igala Productions was very cost-effective and assisted in spotting game that I had trouble locating, even with binoculars. Igala provided their regular video expert plus a trainee for only $2,600.

That figure was exceptional. I can’t recommend Igala enough unless you can request Nadeen to be your videographer, although Steven and Purin were fantastic. Nadeen was an excellent addition to our hunt and has eagle eyes to locate animals.”

Film Your African hunting Safari with Puren & Janine Joubert

We established iGala Productions in 2005 due to the high demand of international clients who wanted their safaris in Africa professionally filmed.

Puren is passionate about exploring Africa’s remote wilderness areas. He spends most of his time outdoors, turning his passion into the profession through outdoor filmmaking.

Janine’s deep understanding of Africa and passion for conservation brings a unique dimension to iGala Productions. She can truly bring Africa to life through their videos! Her fresh ideas and creative thinking can be seen throughout the production process.

Puren & Janine are experienced in the filmmaking world and except for marketing and personal client videos they produced TV Shows for various international channels.

African Hunting

African Plains Game Safari – A Dream come True

An African plains game safari is something I have always dreamt of. My name is Sol Griffith, and I run Diamond Z Outdoors. We are a small (but growing) organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, promoting fair-chase hunting, preservation, and care of public land, and introducing the sportsman way of life to new hunters.

Trophy Kudu shot on an African plains game safari

Growing up, I was an avid reader, and Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway and African Game Trails by Theodore Roosevelt were always my first choices. I read both ten times each. I had a deep passion for hunting in Africa from an early age, and hunting the Dark Continent has always been a dream.

Trophy Impala shot on a plains game safari

Video from our Hunt in Africa

When are you planning your African Plains Game Safari?

This last fall, I finally had the opportunity to make that dream a reality and booked an African plains game safari with Nick Bowker Hunting in South Africa.

I chose to hunt with Nick because, first and foremost, he runs a low-fence, free-range operation with no captive-bred or planted animals.

The second reason was the hunting value – 7 animals for an unbeatable price

Nick was great to work with, and very understanding as we ran into some difficulties with getting dates worked out, but it all came together.

My wife shot a beautiful impala ram and a cull warthog as well. I have already booked my next African plains game safari, and I cannot wait to return to South Africa.

I have an easy time telling a story with video than words. So I will let the videos tell the story.

As an amateur movie maker, I captured all the hunts on video and have the videos attached. I hope you will enjoy watching them, and please leave any comments below.

It was a real hunt, we got lucky with a few animals, but we worked for the others. All-in-all, I ended up harvesting eight animals, seven trophy animals, and one cull on my African plains game safari.

African Hunting

Review – Nick Bowker Hunting – Fantastic Experince

The Hunt of a Lifetime in South Africa and review – Nick Bowker Hunting

After much research for my African Hunt, I chose Nick Bowker Hunting in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Here is my African hunting review of Nick Bowker Hunting.

It took me nearly 68 years to determine I could hunt in South Africa. And it didn’t require being a millionaire to make it happen. I took eight trophies and was treated like a king. All this for less than a guided Montana Elk Hunt, a far lower percentage of taking just one trophy class bull.

Don’t get me wrong. I will never stop chasing the great Wapiti in my home state. I have 400+ bulls hanging on my wall; however, South Africa is the answer when it all comes down to the hunt of a lifetime.

Fallow Deer trophy and review - Nick Bowker Hunting
My son Daniel is pictured above with his fallow deer trophy.

Covid delayed our hunt by a year. My wife Wendy, my son Daniel, and my daughter-in-law Jodi accompanied me. We departed Billings, Montana, on March 29, 2021. Our flight took us to Denver, then, after 11 hours, to Frankfurt, Germany. Followed by a 13-hour layover, then on to Johannesburg for a 10+ hour flight, then a 4-hour layover in Joberg, then a short 1½-hour flight to Port Elizabeth. Nick Bowker met us at the airport himself in his Land Cruiser. I need to own one someday.

Warthog trophy
My daughter-in-law Jodie is pictured above with her warthog trophy

Arrival in South Africa

Following a 90-minute drive to OliveFountain Farm, we were met by Ben, another PH. As well as Nick’s wife, Elizabeth, and their twin daughters. They were on holiday from school and were an absolute delight. I also hired a videographer company with Nick’s recommendation. Igala Productions was very cost-effective and assisted in spotting game that I had trouble locating, even with binoculars. Igala provided their regular video expert plus a trainee for only $2,600.

That figure was exceptional. I can’t recommend Igala enough if you can request Nadeen to be your videographer, although Steven and Purin were fantastic. Nadeen was an excellent addition to our hunt and has “eagle eyes” to locate animals.

Nyala trophy
Jodi and Daniel with Jodie’s Nyala trophy

Accommodation Review – Nick Bowker Hunting

The facilities at OliveFountain can only be described as “simply the best.” Homesteaded in the early 1800s, the complex has been in Nick’s family for five generations and has significant updates. Hence, you experience all the modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, plenty of hot water, and private rooms with beds that will make you sleep like a baby.

Embarrassingly, our kids were up and checking out rifles only about 5 yards from my cabin on the first morning of our hunt. They were firing .300 Winchester Magnums rounds downrange, and I did not wake up. I might add my wife slept through my shooting as well. Suddenly, I awoke to find the sun shining in my window and the Land Cruiser leaving with Ben at the wheel and the kids loaded up. I quickly dressed, demonstrated I could at least hit a Barn Door off sticks, grabbed a coffee, and headed out for my first hunting session.

Relaxed about my sleeping in, Nick just passed it off as jet lag. I made sure it didn’t happen again. We then loaded up with Nick, myself, and Nadeen, searching for whatever was presented that day. Our three trackers, plus “Bella” and “Black Jack,” were in the back of the rig, anxiously awaiting what beast would present itself. Bella is a beagle with an incredible nose, and Black Jack is a Jack Russel Terrier that I have trouble describing. He is tough and fast, yet when HE decides to snuggle you, he is lying on your lap and expecting a good scratch.

Sable antelope trophy
Daniel’s beautiful sable antelope trophy

Some tips

In session 1, Nick suggested we go on a walkabout and look for a warthog since it was later in the morning. He spotted a great hog in the creek bottom before long that presented a broadside shot at a little over 200 yards. Here is where I learned my first lesson. I used Nick’s Saco .300 Winchester Magnum with a top-end Swaroski range finder scope. I ranged the “tusker,” then promptly used the cross-hairs instead of the red ranged cross and shot a few inches under the hog. Rule number one pay attention to Nick’s explanation. I did not make that mistake again.

Rule number two, if Nick or Ben says it is a “photogenic animal,” shoot it. You will not be disappointed. On the other hand, if they tell you, it needs another year or two to grow, listen, then come back another year to take that trophy when it has grown up. I quickly learned that the eye-site of the PH, Videographer, and Trackers is better without binos than mine with them. At times I swear they pulled animals from underground for me to stalk.

Review of nick bowker hunting and a white blesbok trophy.
Jodie’s white blesbok trophy

Session 2: After a great brunch and a nap, we headed out for the afternoon and evening hunt. Although we saw hundreds of animals of all species literally, Nick kept informing me, “there are better ones to pursue. So, we headed back to the farm headquarters for an evening of getting better acquainted, having a glass of relaxing agent, and a dinner that exceeds anything you could find in New York, although I think New York Sucks.

Food Review

At this point, I need to interject a message about Elizabeth, Nick’s better half, that spends hours in the kitchen with her assistants preparing side dishes and desserts that are nothing short of fabulous. She is a real “keeper.” Elizabeth also took Wendy and Jodi to Addo Elephant Park and Port Elizabeth to see elephants and for some shopping.

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - Mountain Reedbuck trophy.
Daniel and Jodie with Jodie’s mountain Reedbuck trophy.

Black Wildebeest

Session 3: I want you to know I was up in time for coffee and to catch my ride at 6:30 am. Nick promptly took me to a pasture with again hundreds of animals, and 2 Black Wildebeest appeared; junior and grandpa. By no means did Nick pressure me to shoot one, but he did say he would trade me out for other animals in my package since this beast was not on my list. So, how could I say no? I gave him the go-ahead, and he led my stalk into a reasonable distance for a shot.

Nick sent the trackers around the back of the beasts when “grampa” and “Junior” started in our direction. Placed on sticks, I punched a hole in the beast, of which he reared up in the air and sold out for distance regions. At about 160 yards, I gave him a heart attack and put my first animal in the books.

Gemsbok hunt review – Nick Bowker Hunting

Session 4: We were off again after a great brunch and rest. This time, I had told Nick if a Gemsbok got in the way, I would certainly be interested, even though it was not on my package. So, I guess it was inevitable a herd of gemsbok appeared, and after a long stalk, Nick told me which one was a shooter. I dumped a beautiful Gemsbok off the sticks at 206 yards in its tracks.

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - gemsbok trophy.
My gemsbok trophy

Nyala hunt review – Nick Bowker Hunting

Session 5: In pursuit of a Kudu or Nyala, we got into a bachelor herd of Nyala Bulls, which Nick led me into a shooting position, and again I dropped the bull at 244 yards in his tracks. He had no idea we were even there. Ironically, following my shot, a nice Kudu Bull blew out no more than 10 yards to my right; however, I had no time to get a shot off. By now, I was feeling like a great hunter when it was the leadership of Nick, our trackers, and videographers.

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - Nyala trophy
My Nyala trophy


Session 6: After Coffee and Toast, we headed for another day. We had not traveled more than a couple of miles from camp before we found a herd of Impala. Somehow, I was brought back to earth after missing a 150-yard shot-off sticks. When I pulled the trigger, I knew my bullet would land in another time zone. Why? I sucked. So Nick took me on a short stalk and located where the herd of Impala went. I didn’t mess up this time at 260 yards, and we had another animal for the bag.

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - Impala trophy
My impala trophy
Impala trophy.
Jodies impala trophy

Session 7: Out we went, and I had an excellent opportunity to take a Springbok. I don’t know how I missed it, as I swear it was nearly sitting on the rifle’s barrel. Possibly, it had nine lives like a cat because I will never know how I missed it. I blamed Nick for a faulty loaded bullet, and he just agreed and said we needed to move on. His patience with me was beyond believable.

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - springbok trophy.
Jodies springbok trophy


Session 8: Although we saw hundreds of animals, none of them met Nick’s standards., Again, his knowledge and expertise far exceeded anyone I have hunted with. He is ethical, safety-minded, and patient with guys like me.

Session 9: So many animals, but none meet Nick’s standards. Something I want to point out is that it is not about trophy class animals; it is about taking animals over the hill. Nick won’t shoot breeding animals with great genetics, he is only about taking out the old guys that likely would not make it through the winter, and yes, South Africa does have winter.

Session 10: Again, no trophy class animals. That wasn’t the case with my kids, as my son took an incredible Kudu and Sable. I’m jealous.

Session 11: we traveled north a bit and saw many good Kudu but not great animals, according to Nick. He kept telling us there was a better trophy, so the other Land Cruiser brought us lunch; session 12 changed things completely.

We came upon a herd of 7 bulls, of which three broke off. The remainder made my blood pressure sky-rocket. A white-horned bull was in front of the bull Nick told me to take. For the following 15 minutes, whenever the white-horned bull would move, the one I was supposed to shoot moved with him. Finally, I had a few seconds, and Nick said to drop the hammer. He went down like a ton, then up he came, and I had to finish the job after covering about 50 yards.

Fallow Deer hunt review

Session 12: we pursued a Fallow Deer Buck but didn’t find the big guy, although my interpretation and Nick’s differed. Fortunately, I had the sense to shut up and listen to Nick. We saw several good bucks, but my slow preparation to shoot exceeded the bucks’ willingness to stay put. Again, Nick was calm and put up with my screw-up.

Session 13: We sought a nice fallow deer, and I connected at 160 yards. I pulled the trigger. It is a beautiful animal and will make a great mount. I am proud of the beast and owe my success to everyone else.

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - Fallow deer trophy.
My fallow deer trophy


Session 14: Understand that a short, fat English-Irishman nearly 68 years old is not an outfitters/guide’s ideal candidate for a hunt. That said, Nick and his crew did everything to make my (our) hunt exceptional. That describes me perfectly.

That afternoon, Nick spotted a trophy waterbuck above us, along with several Kudu and waterbok Cows. He “nursed” me into position up a steep grade and at quite a distance. Yes, he kept telling me it was only another 100 yards when it was 600 yards, but I bought into it.

Finally, we arrived at a point where I would have a shot if and when the bull came out of the brush. After a long wait, Nick said, don’t move and be silent; a cow had moved down within 10 yards of us. I could not see her, but I followed Nick’s lead, and when the bull stepped out at 286 yards, I put one in the boiler room. He went down, back up, and I put another round far back. He again went down, and I put another in his boiler room for good.

Session 15: Off to Grahamstown for a Covid Test. Although Nick never complained, and it worked out, what a waste of a hunting session.


Session 16: The last two animals we pursued were a warthog for me and a Fallow Deer for my son. Thanks to Ben, my son dropped a monster Fallow Deer in the late hours of his last session, and I dropped a Warthog at 4:00 p.m. of our previous session at 386 yards.

Everything else aside, it was about something other than getting our animals. It was about the experience of getting to know people halfway around the world. I can’t say enough about the excellent treatment we received and the friendships we gained. Before I cross over, I must go and spend time with our new friends they are: “simply the best.”

Review of Nick Bowker Hunting - Warthog trophy.
My warthog trophy

Thank you, Nick, Ben, Elizabeth, Nadeen, Purin, Steven, and everyone else. God’s best blessings to you and yours.

African Hunting

Site Map

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Nick Bowker Hunting Site Map

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African Hunting

Low-Fenced African Hunting

Hunting with no fences or low-fenced African hunting (meant to control sheep, not the wild game) was a priority. Nick’s hunting areas fit the bill. The number and variety of animals blew us away.

Gemsbok low fenced African Hunting
Gemsbok Hunting with Nick Bowker

Low-Fenced African Hunting with Nick Bowker

This was my first African hunt, but I’ve hunted with outfitters in the Midwest and the Western US. The outbreak of Covid 19 made an extraordinary hunting trip.

The world seemed to turn on its head during the seven days we were in South Africa. Despite the fact COVID-19 was hanging over most of the hunt, I couldn’t be happier with how it all went.

The quick progressions of world events related to Covid-19 made the hunt a bit more surreal. We were not looking at our phones on purpose, but that didn’t last once we heard about the travel bans. Nick had clients start canceling because they couldn’t get to SA or faced a quarantine once they got home.

It was a stressful time for both Nick and Benjamin, and while we could tell it was causing problems. They in no way let it impact our trip. We all did our best to have a great hunt despite the world seemingly grinding toward a halt.

Our flight out of Johannesburg had 60+ open seats two days before we left. But it was loaded to the gills as people changed plans to get home once SA travel bans were announced. We ended up leaving on schedule two days before South Africa essentially closed its “airline” borders to foreign travelers.

Kudu Hunting with Nick Bowker
Kudu Hunting with Nick Bowker

Planning and Logistics for our Low fenced African Hunting Trip

My fiance planned This trip relatively last minute as a 50th birthday present.

She contacted a few Outfitters. Nick responded quickly and indicated he had a recent cancellation the week we were looking at.

We tossed a few hunting ideas around before settling on a package. The package included a Nyala, Impala, Kudu, Gemsbok, and Warthog. Since my fiance wanted to be along on the hunts, we added a daily rate and Warthog for her.

We contacted Nick initially through and used that as our primary communication source. We switched to using WhatsApp the day before our arrival.

Nick did a great job of keeping in touch and updated. He is the one that pointed out that South African airlines were having trouble. And suggested we might want to rebook British Airways for the flight from JHB to Port Elizabeth.

Warthog Hunting
Warthog Hunting with Nick Bowker


Nick was standing outside the arrival doors when we got there, helped us with our bags, and drove us to the lodge.

It was a tremendous 2-hour drive, although it rained most of the way there. We could ask questions, understand the daily routine, and get acquainted.

Nick was easy to talk to and didn’t seem the least bothered by getting peppered with questions by enthusiastic rookies!

Upon arrival, we met Benjamin, a PH that works with Nick.

Nyala Free Range Hunting
Nyala Hunting with Nick Bowker


Nick’s clients stay at his home, a sprawling group of separate and connected buildings. These include the main house, guest rooms, a cabin for 1-2 guests, a bar, a braai/dinner area, as well as work sheds, garages, staff quarters, etc.

We stayed in a separate cabin, which was terrific small, rustic, modern at the same time, and extremely comfortable. The bed was amazingly comfortable; there was a great walk-in shower, a huge tub, a bathroom, and a sink.

The house seems like an older farm/ranch house, with additions to accommodate larger hunting parties.

Nick has WiFi that runs on power when it is on. (It sounds like consistent power in many parts of SA is tough to come by). When the power is off, Nick kicks on the generator.

The inconsistent power didn’t impact us at all. Nick made it relatively seamless with the generator. We loved the house and couldn’t have felt more comfortable.

We weren’t there to stay connected we wanted the opposite. We were doing well with that until the news of COVID’s expansion started, making it necessary for us to connect.

Accommodation for Hunting with Nick Bowker
Hunting Accommodation


Nick has a great staff. The people preparing breakfast and cleaning the rooms were on top of it.

Our room was cleaned each time we left (in the morning and again in the afternoon), and our laundry was done daily. Nick’s hunting staff were also great.

Cheerful and helpful, they helped make each hunt better. Benjamin is also an excellent PH (more on that later), easy to talk to, friendly, and always looking for ways to improve your trip.

He often said while doing something for you, “Don’t worry about it; I’ll do it. You’re on holiday!”

Food and Routine

The food was incredible. There were always baked goods available, and we usually ate a muffin before heading out in the morning. We typically were back by 11 or 12 for brunch, which was also excellent.

Over the six days of hunting, we had kudu sausage, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, hamburgers, fries, pork, and probably five other things. Dinners were made by a woman Nick has hired only to handle dinners, and she crushes them.

Every dinner consisted of appetizers, a main dish often cooked by Nick or Benjamin over the Braai, and dessert.

We ate lots of wild game, beef, and lamb, and there was always at least one perfect side dish, often South African favorites.

We drank beer and wine each night (Nick asked what we liked to drink before arriving) and had a blast at dinner time by the fire.


We opted to use Nick’s rifles rather than bring our own. A great choice in light of all the airline issues and COVID-19. As a result, we could also travel light (only carry-ons)

We shot from a bench and sticks. After I shot, I went out with Benjamin to look around/hunt while my fiance stayed back to ensure she was comfortable shooting from the sticks.

We had gone shooting before, but this allowed her to get comfortable with Nick’s guns and for him to get comfortable with her shooting.

After that morning, we hunted together during our low-fenced African hunting safari.

Low-fenced African Hunting Area

Nick hunts on his land, his family’s land, and other extensive tracts with hunting rights. There is a great variety of land, and we didn’t see all of it by any means.

Nick has a big sheep operation and runs the hunting on his property, so there are some low fences for the sheep.

Hunting with no fences or low-fenced African hunting (meant to control sheep, not the wild game) was a priority.

Nick’s low-fenced African hunting areas fit the bill. The number and variety of animals blew us away.

Selective Hunting

This being my first time hunting in Africa, I was excited. Rather than discuss each hunt, I wanted to pull out some things that stood out to me. Nick and Benjamin were very selective.

Everyone is different, but for me, the hunt is essential. I like to shoot nice trophies, but not at the expense of a good hunt. I prefer to shoot an average trophy on a great hunt instead of a great trophy on an average hunt.

That said, Benjamin and Nick didn’t want to compromise on either. The Nyala hunt was in an area that was pretty easy to get to (the first day). We worked hard for all the other trophies in the low-fenced African hunting area.

Nick and Benjamin did their best to ensure we got the best of both worlds.

Low-Fenced African Impala Hunt

Nick and Benjamin worked their butts off, ensuring we got the animals we came for. My impala hunt was terrific.

Benjamin kept getting us close to a large ram, but something always messed it up: hogs busting out of the bush, an unforeseen Mountain Reedbuck, and skittish Springbok.

We chased it back and forth across the valley. We could get in a position for a great shot, and we had no idea where we were.

Benjamin did a great job keeping us on the ram; it was a fantastic hunt.

Kudu Hunt

I made a shot that wasn’t ideal on my kudu hunt. The animal wasn’t going anywhere, but it needed another shot. Wound up; I pulled the trigger for the second shot. There was that loud “click” that only comes from not having reloaded.

Benjamin recognized I wasn’t squeezing the trigger but yanking it back excitedly. He perfectly said, “Squeeze the trigger. It’s just what I needed then, but it stayed with me for the rest of the trip.

Warthog Hunt

We spent the last couple of days chasing Warthogs. It sounded like they were generally shot while pursuing something else; that was not our situation.

Given the vast amount of rain (Drought-ending) falling in our hunting area, the hogs didn’t need to move much to get food and water.

We were early, and the boars weren’t pushing the sows. This made it so that getting a big Warthog was the most challenging part of the hunt.

They did not give up despite the weather not wanting to cooperate. We pushed hard for hogs, resulting in a gnarly old boy for my fiance and an excellent pig for me.

Nick and Benjamin did a great job with her. They put her in a great position, and she made a great shot. (I think she is better off the sticks than I am.)

Warthog Low fenced Hunting
Warthog Hunting with Nick Bowker Hunting

Final Hunt on our low-fenced African Hunting Safari

The last hunt (for my hog) displayed Nick and Benjamin’s hunting skills. We saw good pigs at least a mile away and started the quest.

Given the weather (some rain, but cool and overcast) and that it was the last day of our hunt, the pursuit of this boar seemed to be the last pig chase we were going to get.

We had a strong wind, which helped a ton, but we knew it would be tricky given the distance we had to travel. We ran into duiker, rabbits, mountain reedbuck, and impala.

Each time I thought we were screwed, but Nick and Benjamin played it perfectly, and we could thread the needle and catch up to the hogs.

After the boar was down, we all started laughing. None of us could believe we made it through all those eyes, ears, and noses that seemed to threaten the hunt constantly.

We laughed a ton. Nick and Benjamin are a lot of fun by the end of the trip, it felt like hunting with old friends. That only adds to the low-fenced African hunting experience and memories and is precisely what I’m looking for in this trip: great hosts, intelligent and talented guides, and good people.

Business Wrap-Up and Departure 

After the hog hunt and before dinner last night, Nick and I wrapped up and settled the bill. This was a painless process; he walked me through the account without surprises. (Other than my bank not authorizing purchases in SA like they said they did on the phone and email). But we got that sorted out, and Nick made it easy.

The next day our flight out of Port Elizabeth didn’t leave until 3:30 pm, so Nick offered to drive us through Addo elephant park on our way to the airport.

He was a fantastic Park guide as well. We had a blast, and we’re very thankful for his generosity and time, which was a great way to end the trip. Since we left, Nick has texted to make sure we made it back alright, check how we deal with COVID, and keep me updated on taxidermy stuff.

Bottom Line

I’m already trying to figure out when I can get back and which friends I can talk to join me. Nick Bowker receives my highest recommendation for the reasons I’ve mentioned (And probably 50 other minor reasons I haven’t). He is better than any Outfitter I’ve ever used.

I’m an adventurous person and love meeting new people; however, because Nick and his PH Benjamin made this trip so incredibly, I wonder if I’ll ever hunt with anyone else in South Africa. We had a great hunt with great people. What else can you ask for?


African Hunting

Choosing an African Outfitter for a Guided Hunt

Are you considering an African Hunting Safari for Plains Game? Are you overwhelmed and don’t know how to choose an African Outfitter for an Africa-guided hunt?

A list of questions to ask your African outfitter.

How to choose an African outfitter.

What is the Real Cost of my Safari

How to determine the real cost of your safari?

Questions to ask when choosing an African outfitter

  1. Is the hunt cost based on a daily fee plus a trophy fee or a hunting package?
  2. What is the daily fee for observers and the gratuities policy?
  3. How many days will my African guided hunt be?
  4. Should I be using my taxidermist or a taxidermist in Africa?

Is the cost of the hunt based on a daily fee plus trophy fee or a hunting package?

Is the hunt cost based on a daily fee or a hunting package?

The cost of hunting in Africa is structured in two ways:

A Day Fee plus an individual Trophy Fee.

  • A day fee is paid, and clients select animals and pay the trophy fee for each animal.
  • Ask for the day fee and the trophy price list.

A fixed all-inclusive African Hunting Package consisting of trophy animals.

The day fee or all-inclusive African hunting package should include the services in the list below without any additional costs.

  • Your Professional Hunter at all times
  • Accommodation, meals, and drinks
  • 4x-4 hunting vehicles and fuel for the duration of the safari
  • Transport for pick-up and drop-off at the final destination airport
  • Daily laundry
  • Skinners, trackers, and dogs for retrieval of wounded animals
  • Use of rifles, scopes, and ammunition (Most outfitters will require payment for the use of rifles)
  • Field preparation of trophies and delivery to the taxidermy
  • All taxes and permit fees

Are there any other services that will incur cost.

Inquire if there are any services that will incur an additional cost.

What is the daily fee for observers and gratuities policy?

How to find an African guided hunt
  • If you bring an observer, you must determine the day fee for observers on your African guided hunt.
  • Also, find out the expectation for gratuities for the guide, trackers, and camp staff from your Africa outfitter.

How many days will I be hunting?

Choosing your African Outfitter -How many days will I be hunting?

Waterbuck guided hunt
  • Ascertain if the arrival and departure days are billed at the agreed day fee or are excluded from your African guided hunt.
  • Is there sufficient time to obtain all the required trophies, and what are the Outfitter’s success rates? How many clients did not complete the package in the last three years?

Should I be using a local taxidermist or a taxidermist in Africa?

Should I be using my taxidermist or a taxidermist in Africa?

Nyala guided hunt

Another key consideration is which taxidermist to use. Should you utilize a taxidermist in your home country or a taxidermist in southern Africa?

You may want to support your home country’s taxidermist. Nevertheless, taxidermy has come a long way in South Africa, and many South African taxidermists have trained in North America.

Taxidermy is far cheaper in South Africa, and local taxidermists work exclusively on plains game.

Obtain a quote from your Outfitter and check that against both your home country and South African taxidermists. Be aware that it is common practice for South African taxidermists to give brokerage for a referral.

How to Determine the Suitability of the Outfitter

How to determine the suitability of your outfitter?

Questions to ask when choosing an African outfitter

Blesbok guided hunt
White Blesbok
  1. Shall I deal directly with an African outfitter or an agent?
  2. How long has the African Outfitter been in the hunting business?
  3. How many hunts does the Outfitter do in a year?
  4. Will you be the only hunting party in camp?
  5. Will the Outfitter be present with you in camp, and who will be your guides?
  6. Does the Outfitter hold the required licenses?

Shall I deal directly with an outfitter or an agent?

Shall I deal directly with the Outfitter or an agent when choosing an African outfitter?

Impala guided hunt

An outfitter is a licensed business that provides services for African guided hunts.

Guides are hunting guides who scout and accompany hunters on guided hunts.

Some prospective hunters deal directly with outfitters to evaluate African outfitters’ offers and decide which best fits them.

Agents are being used in the United States by many African outfitters. The agent helps the client in choosing an African outfitter.

There is nothing inherently wrong with using an agent. Prospective hunters who use an agent should understand the relationship between the agent and the Outfitter.

South African Outfitter

How long has the outfitter been in business?

How long has the African Outfitter been in the hunting business?

How to choose your Africa outfitter?

Any hunter wishing to visit Africa for the first time should be considered an Africa outfitter with a good track record. Make sure you get a list of references.

Also, consider asking for the names and contact details of the last three hunting parties in the camp. Contact those hunters and ask them to share their experiences.

Another good source of reference is

This is the largest African hunting forum and allows hunters to ask the community for private feedback to choose an African outfitter.

The forum consists of well-informed people who hunted in Africa before and can give you impartial advice for choosing an African outfitter.

Many additional resources and blogs are available, discussing how to go about planning an African safari and choosing and selecting an African guided hunt.

How many hunts does the outfitter do a year?

How many hunts does the Outfitter do in a year?

Springbok guided hunt

An overhunted area is not what you will be looking for. Ask your Outfitter how many hunting parties are hunting the core area in a season. Ideally, it should be between 10 and 20 hunting parties per season.

Will you be the only hunting party in camp?

Will you be the only hunting party in camp?

How to choose your South African guide and outfitter.

This is an important question. Many hunters will want some exclusivity to enjoy the hunt as a closed group. Being the only hunters in camp ensures that you will not see any other hunters while out in the field.

For some of the large outfitters, it will not be possible to have any exclusivity. This may be an essential aspect for some hunters for choosing an outfitter for an African-guided hunt.

Will the outfitter be present in camp?

Will the Outfitter be present with you in camp, and who will be your guides?

African outfitter
Sable Antelope

You may also want to consider if your Outfitter will be present at camp or if there will be only your guide with you. It is an advantage to have the Outfitter in camp with you.

He will have a good feel for what’s happening and will be able to meet the hunting party’s expectations. It’s also not unusual for the Outfitter to be the guide for one of the hunting parties.

Also, establish if each hunter will have their guide or if two hunters will share a guide. This will have a cost implication. Will your Outfitter be one of the guides?

What experience do the other guides have, and how long have they been guiding? How long have the guides been working for the Outfitter, and how much of their guiding has been in the area you will be hunting? Who your guide will be is essential for choosing an outfitter for an African guided hunt.

Does your chosen Outfitter hold the required licenses?

Does your chosen Outfitter hold the required licenses?

How to hunt sable with an African hunting guide.
Sable Antelope

A valid and up-to-date outfitter license is a requirement. Ask for the certificate. It is not unreasonable for you to expect that the Outfitter is also a qualified guide. This qualification is referred to as a professional hunter or “PH” for short in South Africa.

My Outfitter and professional hunter license for South Africa.

Did the Outfitter grow up in the area?

South African guide

Another factor you may wish to consider is if the African Outfitter grew up in the area and is part of the local community, he will know the adjacent area and landowners.

This has many benefits, including gaining access to the nearby farms at short notice and following up with wounded animals.

Most land is privately owned in South Africa. He will also have an intimate knowledge of the whereabouts of animals outside the immediate area being hunted.

Your Outfitter should be able to speak all the local languages, including the local African dialect.

This is important when dealing with camp staff and the trackers.

When an animal is wounded, clear and effective communication with the trackers can make a difference.

Expert trackers working in the area can be important, from spotting trophies at a great distance or in a thick brush and leading the stalk.

This is an overlooked aspect of the African outfitting business.

How to Evaluate the Hunting Area and plains Game

How to evaluate your hunting area?

Questions to ask when choosing an African outfitter

How to choose your South African hunting oufitter.
  • Who owns the hunting area, and what size is it?
  • Is the area you will be hunting in low-fenced or high-fenced?
  • Where is the lodge situated in respect of the hunting area?
  • What is the nature of the terrain you will be hunting?
  • Are you looking for real wilderness hunting?
  • How many animals of the species you want to hunt for are on the property?

Who owns the hunting area and what size is it?

Who owns the hunting area and what size is it?

Considerations for choosing your South African hunting guide

Enquire if the core area is owned or leased by the Africa outfitter. This is an essential aspect of choosing an African outfitter.

The hunter conducting his due diligence should understand the size of the home property. A reasonable minimum size would be around 20,000 acres.

The size of the hunting area is essential for choosing an African outfitter.

Hunting will be mostly in the core area. Access to adjacent and surrounding areas is essential.

There will always be one or two trophies you might be struggling with; access to the nearby area will increase the probability of getting your trophy wish list.

Where is the lodge relative to the hunting area?

Where is the lodge relative to the hunting area?

Choosing your south African outfitter and guide
Red Hartebeest

The lodge should ideally be situated in the middle of your hunting area. Driving an hour to and from your hunting area should be avoided. The hunter should also understand how long it takes to get to the African outfitter’s other areas. This is also a crucial point when you are choosing an African outfitter.

Are you looking for a true wilderness hunting?

Are you looking for true wilderness hunting?

Questions to ask your guide in Africa.

If you are looking for a true wildness safari, you must hunt in areas like Zimbabwe and Tanzania. In these areas, you will be hunting without any fences or human-made obstacles like a barrier in the form of public roads.

This remoteness comes at a cost, with expensive day fees being mandatory and extra time and cost to get to these wilderness areas. These costs come before you have even seen an animal. For many, the cost and time are prohibitive.

Is the area you will be hunting in high-fenced or low-fenced?

Is the area you will be hunting in high-fenced or low-fenced?

How to choose your African outfitter and guide
Black Wildebeest

Most first-time African hunters on a budget will end up in Namibia or South Africa. You will struggle to find a property in South Africa or Namibia with no fences.

Hunting properties are high-fenced or low-fenced.

Areas that do not have high fences but four-foot barbed wire fences.

Designed to stop sheep and cattle movement, most wild animals can move and roam at will.

Certain species will be held in check. Typical examples are Wildebeest and Blesbok.

These low high fenced areas belong to the local farming community.

Outfitters with a low-fenced core hunting area are farmers with a dual income.

The majority of hunting in South Africa is done behind high fences.

The size of the high-fenced areas varies greatly. High fences are necessary for outfitters from an economic standpoint.

For these typically larger high-fenced outfitters, outfitting is their only source of income.

These larger high-fenced outfitters need to replenish trophies due to hunting and genetics.

This has made South Africa the most affordable safari destination in the world.

Nowhere else can you hunt as many species at a cost not dreamed about two or three decades ago?

What is the nature of the terrain you will be hunting in?

What is the nature of the terrain you will be hunting in?

Guides in Africa
Fallow Deer of

You should consider the nature of the terrain from two different angles. The first relates to the hunting parties’ physical capabilities.

Ask for the length of the stalks and how much walking will be required each day. Enquire as to the difficulty of walking. Are there steep canyons and rocky hillsides to climb?

It would be best if you inquired about the variability of the terrain. It’s always good to have different types of topography to hunt with your African outfitter.

A mixture of thick bushes and canyons as well as savanna and rolling plains.

This will make the safari more exciting, and the area will contain more endemic species, which always makes for the best hunting. Many hunting areas are plains or very thick bushes.

How many animals of the species you want to hunt for are on the property?

How many animals of the species you want to hunt for are on the property?

African hunting Safari style with Nick bowker in South Africa.
Blue Wildebeest of poor mans Cape Buffalo

Ask the Africa outfitter how many animals of individual species are in his hunting area and if the species are endemic to the area.

If the animals are endemic, the quantity and quality will be higher.

It is also good to ask for the ratio of females to males. A high male ratio would suggest a “put and take” practice.

For animals that are not endemic, you should understand when the family group was introduced.

How widespread are these animals, and how many are there? Ideally, there should be a few hundred for a great hunting experience.

Nick Bowker hunting- African Outfitter.