Trophy hunting in South Africa is like nowhere else in the world. The number and density of animals will astound any first time African hunter.
South Africa is now the number one destination for trophy hunters, with a cost that could only be dreamed about a few decades ago.
Trophy Hunting South Africa
Cape Buffalo Trophy Hunting in South Africa
Cape Buffalo weighs in at around 1400 pounds. Trophy quality lies with a hard rough, and solid boss. This should be attained at the age of 7 to 8 years. Buffalo kills more hunters than any other species.
Kudu Trophy Hunting in South Africa
Eastern Cape Kudu weighs in at 340 pounds. Good trophies have three deep turns with good shape. Bulls are mature trophies at 7 years. Kudu trophy hunting in South Africa is difficult.
Nyala Trophy Hunting in South Africa
Nyala weighs in at 200 pounds. Quality trophies have good bases, and the tips going straight up or flaring outwards. Trophy maturity is at around 7 years. Male & female nyala differ significantly.
Waterbuck Trophy Hunting in South Africa
Waterbuck weighs in at approximately 550 pounds and mature at around 5 years. Horns hooking forward and attaining a white coloring at least halfway up the horn indicate maturity.
Blesbok Trophy Hunting in South Africa
Blesbok weighs around 140 pounds. Rams mature at 3 years. Trophy quality lies in the width of the boss and horn color. The trophy should stand out in the herd. Blesbok can also be white.
Impala Trophy Hunting in South Africa
Impala weighs in at around 130 pounds. The lyre-shaped horns are carried by the males, which should be wide and standout from the other males. Trophy maturity is at about four years.
Eland weighs in around 1500 pounds and matures to trophy quality at about 8 years. Trophy quality lies in a thick neck and the color of the dewlap, as well as a darkened fringe on the forehead.
Gemsbok weighs in around 500 pounds. Trophy maturity is at around 4 years. Both males and females make for spectacular Trophies. The female’s horns are longer but more slender and will also tend to curve backward.
Red Lechwe trophies weigh in at around 200 pounds. Bulls mature at five years. The spread of the horns and the tips hooking forward indicate maturity. Red Lechwe is an introduced species and has adapted well to open savannah.
Blue Wildebeest Trophy
Blue Wildebeest weighs around 350 pounds. Trophy quality can be judged by the size of the boss and the curl. Blue Wildebeest trophies will be around 4 years. The sheer brute strength of the Blue Wildebeest when hit is amazing.
Giraffe weighs in at around 2500 pounds, makes for an interesting stalk, and is an unusual trophy. Older animals become much darker with age. The vegetation they also eat impacts color. The giraffe can become 18-foot-tall.
Black Springbok Trophy
Black Springbok form part of the four-color variations. Hunting a Black Springbok is no different from hunting a Common Springbok. Black springbok is not a subspecies but a color phase.
Warthog will weigh in at 180 pounds and are mature trophies at about 6 to 7 years. Trophies are difficult to judge. The tusk length, in combination with the size of the Warthog, needs to be considered.
Zebra weighs in at around 800 pounds. Stallions mature at around five years. You may want to consider a slightly younger animal or a mare if you are looking for a flat skin. Older stallions are often very battle-scarred.
Black Wildebeest Trophy
Black Wildebeest weighs around 320 pounds. As with his cousin, the blue wildebeest Trophy quality is judged by the size of the boss and the curl. Black Wildebeest can be very aggressive when wounded. Beware!
Bushbuck weighs in at around 100 pounds. Trophy quality lies in the length of the horns with solid bases. Maturity for a trophy is at 7 years. Bushbuck can be dangerous when wounded or cornered and will not hesitate to charge.
Steenbok should weigh in at 25 pounds. Trophies are judged by the horn length well exceeding the ears. Steenbok Trophies mature at about 4 years. Steenbok makes for very underrated trophy hunting in South Africa.
White Springbok Trophy
White springbok forms part of the four-color variations. Hunting the four-color phases is referred to as hunting the springbok slam. The white springbok is not a subspecies but a color phase.
Springbok trophies weigh in at 50 pounds. Trophies will be around three years, and trophy quality is judged by the width of the bases and the length. Look to the ram that stands out in the herd.
Mountain Reedbuck Trophy
Mountain Reedbuck weigh in at around 65 pounds. Look for horns that are clearing the ears for good trophy quality. Mountain Reedbuck are found in rocky outcrops and can make for a difficult stalk as they are very alert.
Red Hartebeest Trophy
Red Hartebeest weighs around 350 pounds. Trophy quality can be judged by the size of the bosses. Mature bulls will stand out at shoulder height. Trophies will be around 4 years—one of the fastest plains game species in South Africa.
Fallow Deer Trophy
Fallow deer weigh in at 140 pounds and was introduced by the British. The rut runs from March through June. Fallow deer are widespread in the Bedford area. Most fallow deer are shot opportunistically on other hunts.
Duiker weighs in at 25 pounds. Horn tips should be level with the ears for good quality trophies. Duikers are often shot opportunistically while hunting other larger African game animals. The duiker has very refined senses.
White Blesbok Trophy
White Blesbok is a color mutation of the common Blesbok and not a separate subspecies. Hunting tactics and the characteristics of the White Blesbok are no different from the Common Blesbok.