BEST ANIMALS TO HUNT IN AFRICA
Impala are a medium-sized antelope and are possibly the most popular animal to hunt in Africa. They are gregarious animals and large herds of them are commonly observed feeding in the open grasslands that they love. Most often weighing 100-150 pounds, they are approximately the same size and build as a white-tailed deer.
Blue Wildebeest are a large species of antelope that are particularly well known in Tanzania thanks to their long migrations following the rains. Blue Wildebeest are grazing animals and live in herds ranging in size from a handful of individuals to thousands of wildebeest. They are most often found in open terrain and are usually in the company of zebra, springbok, and impala.Blue Wildebeest typically weigh 500-600 pounds and are recognized as exceptionally tough animals.
Possibly the most graceful and majestic animal on the continent, Greater Kudu have been the objective of many hunters over the years. Greater Kudu are probably best known for their extremely long, spiraling horns. The size of the horn varies, but most adult kudu bulls have horns that measure 45-55 inches. Kudu are among the largest antelope on the continent and usually weigh 600-700 pounds.
Due to their distinctive black and white stripes, zebra are one of the most recognizable animals in Africa. Weighing up to 800 pounds, zebra are a species of equids that are somewhat related to horses and donkeys. Though they do not have horns, zebra are often hunted for their unique hides. Since they are also a food source for many predators in Africa, zebra are also hunted to use as bait when hunting leopard and lion.
Gemsbok are a large species of antelope and usually weigh 500-700 pounds. Both male and female gemsbok have long, straight horns. However, males usually have horns that are shorter and thicker than the horns on females. This makes the Gemsbok unusual because females are often pursued instead of males for their longer, more desirable horns.
The first member of the “Big 5” species of big game on the list, Buffalo are a very popular species of dangerous game among hunters journeying to Africa. Distantly related to domesticated cattle, Buffalo are known for being extremely large, tough, and ill tempered. Big bulls can weigh nearly 2,000 pounds have large horns that sweep down before curving upwards and to the rear.
Similar in some ways to impala, springbok are a medium sized species of antelope that usually weigh 75-100 pounds. Like Gemsbok, they inhabit arid and semi-arid areas of South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. Depending on the season, they are either grazers or browsers and are often seen in large herds of up to several hundred animals on the open grasslands of their habitat.
The warthog is a medium sized member of the pig family and typically weighs 150-300 pounds. They are found all over Africa except for dense forests and deserts. They are among the most reliant of all species in Africa on water and must drink daily to survive. Unfortunately, this also means they are among the first animals to suffer during an extended drought.
The eland is the largest species of antelope in the world and big bulls may weigh in excess of 2,200 pounds (bigger than a Cape Buffalo). Eland are also a species of spiral horned antelope and both males and females have horns, though the horns on a female are smaller than those on a male. Eland inhabit large portions of central, eastern, and southern Africa.
More Species Available at Siswati
- African wildcat
- Buﬀalo <44”
- Gemsbuck (Oryx)
- Black Impala
- Red Hartebeest
- Reedbuck (Common)
- Reedbuck (Mountain)