Encyclopedia of African Huntable Animals
- Black Wildebeest
- Blue Wildebeest
- Eland (Common)
- Fallow Deer
- Kudu (Greater)
- Nyala (Common)
- Red Hatebeest
- Reedbuck (Common)
- Waterbuck (Common)
Plains Game Hunting in Africa
Plains game hunting in Africa is one of the greatest hunting experiences on the planet. The sheer number of huntable species is mind numbing to the first-time African hunter. There are over 170 huntable species in Africa, and every few years it seems like a new color variation of some species emerges. Hunting plains game in Africa can be a lifelong pursuit for many hunters and those that are unable to participate are surely dreaming about it!
African plains game hunting is the most popular hunt in today’s Africa, primarily due to its affordability. A first-time hunter to Africa will normally book a plains game hunt ranging in duration from 7 – 14 days. The average initial safari is 10 days, and the first-time hunter will usually take from 6-10 trophy animals on this safari. The cost of an African plains game hunting safari is comparable to the cost of a quality guided elk hunt in the western United States.
There are many countries for hunting plains game in Africa. The country that receives the largest share of plains game hunters is South Africa, followed by Namibia. South Africa is a primary plains game hunting destination for several reasons.
First, South Africa is a relatively stable country featuring first-world infrastructure. Featuring well developed road systems and first class medical facilities and doctors, South Africa is a relatively safe and convenient destination for hunting plains game.
Second, South Africa has a well-developed internal air link system that is served by South African Air and its affiliates. This makes getting to one’s destination fairly convenient. Many of the best hunting locations are reachable by vehicle from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, thereby eliminating the need for layovers and additional flights.
Finally, South Africa has the largest plains game populations and species variety in all of Africa. Many concessions that offer plains game hunting boast of having 25 -30 species available to hunt. Between daytime and nighttime hunting, a wide array of trophies are available to grace your trophy room. There are millions upon millions of plains game animals in South Africa. Between the varied terrains to hunt in, the wide variety of species available and the sheer numbers of animals, South Africa is the greatest country to hunt plains game in all of Africa!
Namibia has world class plains game hunting and is a great destination for many of the same reasons that make South Africa a prime destination for hunting plains game in Africa. Other countries that support viable plains game hunting operations include Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe (in certain areas), Mozambique and Botswana (on private land).
The African plains game species available to be hunted range from the tiny Royal Antelope to the 2,500 pound Eland. The vast array of available plains game trophies is incredible and one can literally spend a career pursuing the taking of all the various species and sub-species of plains game. Specialty quests have evolved within the plains game arena. Some of these quests include the 9-animal spiral horned antelopes of Africa, the 4-animal South Africa spiral horned slam, the tiny ten small antelopes, the small cats of Africa and others. Organizations such as SCI offer awards and recognition for hunters that achieve these hunting milestones.
Plains game hunting in Africa provides a great opportunity to bring along your family, parents, hunting buddies or friends to share in the adventure. Even non-hunters can enjoy a week or two in the African bushveld. A great time can be had by all while enjoying the great levels of service, food and acommodations that typically accompany plains game hunting in Africa.
Your battery for African plains game hunting should include your favorite .30 caliber rifle and two to three boxes of quality soft point ammunition. When offered in different weights, it is best to opt for the heavier grained bullets. It is also good to bring a few solids, if available, for taking those small trophies that you do not want to damage because of too much bullet expansion or velocity.