Plains Game Hunting in Africa

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Table of Contents

  1. What Does Plains Game Mean?
  2. African Plains Trophies
  3. Conservation & Plains Game Hunting
  4. Our Philosophy Towards Trophy Hunting
  5. 10 Best Trophies to Hunt on a Budget
Sable Antelope. Big game hunting safari with Nick Bowker.

What does Plains Game Hunting Mean?

Plains Game refers to antelope in sub Saharan Africa. The term has context because a number of antelope inhabit the plains and savanna areas of Africa. Though many ‘African plains game animals in fact live in dense brush such as the nyala.

Blue Wildebeest trophy. Blue Wildebeest big game safari hunt.

Plains game excludes the ‘Big Five’ and ‘Dangerous Game‘ animals. The Big five describes the most spectacular African animals. The big five include Cape or African buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, and rhino.

Nyala trophy. Nyala plains game safari hunt.

The big five together with a few other animals such as crocodiles, hyenas, and hippopotamuses are described or classified as Dangerous Game.

Cape Buffalo trophy. Cape Buffalo are considered dangerous game.

Plains Game includes larger species such as Eland, Kudu, Gemsbok, and Wildebeest. The term ‘Big Game‘ describes the larger species of plains game.

Kudu trophy. Kudu are considered big game and plains game.

African Plains Animals

30 different Plains Game Hunting species available in the Bedford region

Our core African plains game animal hunting list includes the following species:

Gemsbok trophy. Gemsbok are considered plains game.
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African Plains Game Hunting

Cape Buffalo Plains Game Hunting

Cape Buffalo trophy grazing in the African plains. Buffalo are considered dangerous game

Cape Buffalo is one of the most sort after African trophies. A 375-caliber rifle is the minimum legal rifle requirement for hunting a Cape buffalo. African Buffalo kill more hunters than any other species while on safari any where in Africa.

Client with a Cape Buffalo on a dangerous game hunt.

Kudu Plains Game Hunting

Kudu trophy hunting is challenging. kudu have amazing eyesight.

A truly magnificent trophy for any safari. Kudu is one of the first on any African hunter’s trophy list. They have fantastic eyesight, and the apt nickname “gray ghost” is for a good reason. Kudu simply vanish into thin air at any moment.

Client with a Kudu on a big game hunt.

Nyala Plains Game Hunting

Nyala trophy approaching a waterhole.

A very sort after and cherished trophy and one of the most beautiful African antelope. A nyala bull stepping out from the thick bush and giving you a shot will not be forgotten. This is a must ‘have’ trophy on any hunting African safari.

Client with a nyala on a plains game hunt.

Sable Antelope Trophy Hunting

African plains animals. Sable Antelope trophy hunting

A jet black mature sable bull is, without a doubt, the most impressive trophy. Sable is not indigenous to the Eastern Cape but introduced. Sable is a must-have trophy for any hunter. Trophy fees have reduced substanstially.

Client with a sable Antelope hunted in Africa.

Gemsbok Plains Game Hunt

Gemsbok trophy standing in the arid karoo after recent rains

Gemsbok males and females make for impressive trophies. Very aggressive when threatened or cornered, both sexes carry long sharp spear-like horns. Never shoot above the Gemsbok’s horizontal midline.

Client with a Gemsbok hunted in South Africa.

Black Wildebeest Plains Game Hunt

Black Wildebeest on the open plains in South Africa. African plains animals

These strange-looking animals occur only in South Africa. The black wildebeest was saved from extinction, with only 17 remaining animals. Black Wildebeest are now widespread and common. One extremely tough animal.

Client with a black wildebeest hunted with Nick Bowker.

Waterbuck Plains Game Hunt

Waterbuck standing in the savanna

A waterbuck bull is a must for any aspiring African hunter. Its sheer size, large curved horns sweeping back and hooking forward make it a very desirable trophy. Hunting a free-range waterbuck is challenging in South Africa.

Client with a waterbuck hunted safari style.

Blesbok Plains Game Hunt

African plains animals. Blesbok on the plains approaching a waterhole.

Seen by many as the perfect trophy for a hunter’s first plains game hunt. Blesbok is a true plains game. Can be difficult to approach. Longer shots may be required for your blesbok plains game hunting in South Africa.

Client with a blesbok shot on a spot and stalk hunt.

Impala Plains Game Hunt

Impala ram standing in the grasslands

Another trophy most hunters want to take on their first African hunting safari. The smooth skin and two-tone color make for a beautiful striking trophy. Impala is also included in most plains game hunting packages in Africa.

Client with an impala shot on a spot and stalk hunt.

Eland Plains Game Hunt

Eland bull in the dry season

The largest of the spiral-horned family in Africa. The larger mature males often weigh up to one ton and can be challenging to bring down. Another inspiring trophy. Eland makes for a fantastic big game hunting.

Client with an eland shot on a big game safari.

Warthog Plains Game Hunt

Warthog trophy boar at a mud hole. Warthog plains game hunting is a must.

Warthogs are great trophies for hunting, always with a very exciting stalk. They are now one of the most widely spread game animals across the Eastern Cape. Any plains game safari hunt should include a trophy warthog.

Client with a warthog a typical plains animal.

Springbok Plains Game Hunt

Springbok trophy hunting. Springbok make for the purest form of plains game hunting

The name of this antelope comes from the Afrikaans word “spring,” which means to jump. This antelope is a magnificent plains game antelope. Springbok is shot in the open plains, and stalks can be very tricky.

Client with a common springbok shot on a plains animal hunt.

Red Lechwe Plains Game Hunt

Red Lechwe trophy walking in a swamp area

Red Lechwe is a wonderful trophy with sweeping lyre horns and not abundant in South Africa. The Bedford area is fortunate to have free-ranging lechwe herds. Horns will tend to wear down with age or the tips break.

Client with a red lechwe shot while bow hunting.

Zebra Plains Game Hunt

Zebra standing in the open plains of South Africa. Zebra make for a great plains game hunting.

Plains zebra can prove very difficult in certain areas as judging stallions from mares can be very tough. Zebra are very resilient and likely will require a follow-up shot. Zebra trophy makes for beautiful flat skin.

Client with a Zebra another typical African plains animal.

Reedbuck Plains Game Hunt

Mountain Reedbuck trophy standing on a mountain side in the Eastern Cape

Mountain Reedbuck will usually be found lying in the grass or under a tree. The male will likely be lying a little way off from the females. This is a great hunt and a worthwhile for any African plains game hunter.

Client with a Mountain Reedbuck on a rocky ledge shot after a long walk and stalk.

Blue Wildebeest Trophy Hunting

Blue Wildebeest trophy hunting. Blue Wildebeest standing next to a waterhole.

Blue Wildebeest are also called the poor man’s buffalo. Wildebeest can travel a few hundred yards with a heart shot. Caution when hunting Wildebeest. They can be very aggressive when wounded or cornered.

Client with a Blue wildebeest shot on a typical safari style African plains game hunt.

Bushbuck Trophy Hunting

Bushbuck trophy hunting. Bushbuck are grouped with plains game but are not herd animals.

In the Bedford area, bushbuck are hunted in the mountain area or along river beds in thick brush. Bushbuck will live amongst human settlements and will adapt and begin feeding at night time when hunted.

Client with a Bushbuck shot while hunting in Africa.

Red Hartebeest Plains Game Hunt

Red Hartebeest trophy standing in the long grass

One of the fastest plains game species in Southern Africa. They have an excellent sense of hearing and smell but very poor sight. Be cautious of the ‘humped withers, ‘ which can result in your shot being a little high.

Client Red hartebeest shot in South Africa on a plains game hunt.

Giraffe Trophy Hunting

Giraffe trophy hunting

The giraffe is the largest ruminant and the tallest mammal on the planet. The giraffes can reach 18 feet and makes for very interesting big game hunting. Hunting will be done by walk and stalk.

Client with a giraffe trophy on an African big game hunting safari.

Steenbok Trophy Hunting

Steenbok trophy hunting

These beautiful little antelope occur widely on the plains in Africa. Only the males carry horns. A hugely underrated trophy, due to its size and few people notice them while hunting.

Client steenbok trophy taken on an African safari style hunting trip.

Fallow Deer Trophy Hunting

Fallow deer trophy hunting. Fallow deer are shot opportunistically.

Fallow Deer from were introduced by the British into South Africa in the late 1800s. They are now widespread in the Eastern Cape, particularly in the Bedford region. Fallow deer can jump 6 feet.

Client with a Fallow deer shot on an African hunting trip.

Copper Springbok Trophy Hunting

African plains animals. Springbok trophy.

Copper Springbok is a color phase and not a separate subspecies and form part of the four springbok color variations. Shooting all four springbok color variations is referred to as the “Springbok slam.”

Client with a copper springbok shot while on an African hunting trip.

Black Springbok Trophy Hunting

African plains animals. Springbok trophy.

The Black Springbok is a color phase and not a separate subspecies Forms part of the four color variations. Shooting all four springbok color variations makes for a beautiful combination wall mount.

Client with a black springbok trophy shot while hunting in Africa.

White Springbok Trophy Hunting

African plains animals. White Springbok trophy.

White Springbok is a color phase and not a separate subspecies. They form part of the four springbok color phases. Consider the springbok slam on a plains game hunt. Springbok prices have reduced.

Client with a White springbok trophy taken while hunting in South Africa.

Black Impala Trophy Hunting

Black Impala trophy which are African plains animals.

Black Impala is a color variant of the common impala. The black impala is not a sub-species. The color is all black but with the same two-tone color as the southern impala. An impressive trophy addition for the plains game hunter.

Client with a black impala on a plains animal hunt in South Africa.

White Blesbok Trophy Hunting

White Blesbok are African plains animals.

The White Blesbok displays a color mutation of the blesbok and is not a recognized subspecies. Many hunters now opt to shoot both blesboks on a plains game hunt as white blesbok are now common and affordable.

Client with a white blesbok on a plains animal hunt in South Africa.

Duiker Trophy Hunting

African plains animals. Duiker trophy.

Duikers are shy, elusive creatures with a fondness for dense cover and will dive into thickets for protection. These are solitary animals and often shot opportunistically while glassing for other larger big game trophies.

Client with a grey duiker on a plains animal safari style hunt.

Roan Antelope Trophy Hunting

Roan Antelope is an African plains animal.

After eland and kudu, the roan is Africa’s largest antelope. Roan is a large, tough, and tenacious animal. Roan, as with sable, is not indigenous to the Eastern Cape but has been introduced. Prices for roan have fallen significantly.

Client with a Roan Antelope on a plains game hunt in South Africa..

Common Reedbuck Trophy Hunting

Common Reedbuck is an African plains animal.

Common Reedbuck forms part of the reedbuck family and is the largest of the family in South Africa. The reedbuck is quick and alert out of hiding. He will tend to stop and look back at his pursuer. Take your shot – his mistake.

Client with a Common Reedbuck on a plains game hunt in South Africa..

Bushpig Trophy Hunting

African Plains animals. Bushpig trophy hunting

Bushpig is nocturnal. Bad-tempered and hostile, the bushpig is mostly hunted after dark when he is most active. Be wary of his razor-sharp tusks. He is sometimes shot in broad daylight. A unique and interesting trophy to hunt.

Client with a Bushpig on a plains game hunt in South Africa.

Conservation & Plains Game Hunting

By the 1950s, very few wild animals were found outside parks, which resulted from overhunting, the introduction of domestic animals, and overgrazing. The domestic animals introduced diseases that devastated local wildlife, and many areas became devoid of meaningful wildlife.

The fall of apartheid and related increase in tourism and private ownership of wild animals resulted in the reintroduction of many animal species and a rapid rise in the safari and game ranching industries that now surpasses East Africa.

Game ranching in South Africa is now unique in terms of species diversity. South Africa is one of only a few countries where ownership of wildlife is vested with private landowners.

South Africa accounts for a significant portion of the continent’s endangered species such as the African Wild Dog.

Over the ensuing years, an industry unique to South Africa has sprung up, occupying 20m ha (20%) of South Africa’s marginal agricultural land.

Today there is almost 20 million head of game on private ranches; in comparison, there is 14 million head of cattle in South Africa.

The State, in the form of National parks and Provincial parks, conserves only 6 million ha, on which are found only about 5 to 6 million game animals.

The tremendous growth and development of the game ranching industry are visible throughout South Africa. Supporting infrastructure development all over the country.

African plains animals are always on the increase. As well as the number of hectares dedicated to game ranching.

Our Philosophy Towards Trophy Hunting

We are conservation-oriented, owning vast numbers of established herds of wild game in their natural habitat on large land areas. This was achieved over many years of reintroducing game and conservation. Our hunts are only large free-range conservancies. We limit the amount of hunting parties to twenty per year to ensure exclusive and high-quality hunting.

Nick Bowker and his family own a significant portion of the land that you will be hunting on. You will have exclusive access to some of the best free-range hunting areas in South Africa, hunting African plains animals in their habitat, superior quality, and authentic experience, ensuring you the best African plains game trophy hunting.

10 Best South African Trophies to Hunt on a Budget

What are the 10 best plains game animals to hunt on a budget?

What are the 10 best plains game trophies to hunt on a budget in Africa?

Kudu, Nyala, Waterbuck, Springbok, Blesbok, Impala, Warthog, Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Sable