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Plains Game Hunts


Highly Discounted Eastern Cape Hunting Package

Rifle / Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $4,850 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This outfitter has created one of the best deals in all of Africa with this 7 day / 7 animal package. You can switch out animals in the package dollar for dollar with his price list and observer rates are only $80 / day. Free rifle rental and free airport pick-up and return make this incredible hunt from a 4-star lodge on 55,000 acres the deal of a lifetime! Not to mention the concession features over 60 species of animals including white rhino and Cape buffalo!


South Africa 7 Day / 6 Animal Eastern Cape Hunting Safari

Rifle Only 1 x 1 Only $3,995 per Hunter!


2019 / 2020
In my opinion, this is the greatest value in a plains game hunt in all of southern Africa!. The hunt includes trophy fees for 6 animals, including the highly sought after kudu and gemsbok. The hunt will take place on a 75,000 acre concession teeming with animals. You will stay in a four-star lodge that features 8 individual chalets and 8 couples chalets. It just doesn't get much better than this!


7 Day 5 Star Limpopo Plains Game Package

Rifle-Bow-Crossbow 1x1 ONLY $4,250!


2019 / 2020
This 7-day plains game package in South Africa is a heck of a deal! The hunt includes five plains game trophy fees and a FREE OBSERVER! And if you want to bring even more observers, the outfitter has made it very affrodable. I have hunted here and it is fabulous! They even have a companion's program to keep your non-hunters occupied while you are hunting. Daily photographic safaris, curio shopping, tribal night and more!


10 Day / 10 Animal Eastern Cape Hunting Safari

Rifle / Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $6,300 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This 10-day package which includes 10 trophy fees is one of the best values for a quality hunt in all of Africa. The plains game hunt will take place on a 55,000 acre concession that features a 4-star lodge and over 60 species of animals. With the animals being exchangeable for other equal or higher priced animals from the trophy fee list, this is a fabulous deal with a reputable outfitter!


Shoot 10 Animals | Daily Rates are FREE

Rifle Only 2 x 1 - Shoot 10 – Daily Rates are FREE!!


2019 / 2020
This exclusive 2x1 plains game hunting safari in the Eastern Cape offers a unique twist. You and your hunting companion shoot a minimum of 10 animals on this 7 day hunt and the daily rates are FREE! THe lodge is 4-star and the hunting is 5-star. This outfitter typically only takes 1 group at a time and you will have access to both private concessions and massive low-fence free-range areas totaling over 300,000 acres.


5 Star Trophy Kudu Hunting Safari

Rifle-Bow-Crossbow 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide ) ONLY $2,950!


2019 / 2020
This is an incredible price at a true 5-star lodge for a 7-day trophy kudu hunt. The Waterburg Mountains in the Limpopo Province of South Africa are known for producing some giant kudu. This is your chance to get one for your trophy room regardless of whether you are hunting with a bow or a rifle. And to top it off, this hunt includes a free observer! With a companion's program designed to keep your companion occupied and happy, this is the place to go hunt some plains game in luxury!


Build Your Own Safari Hunting Package

Rifle-Black Powder-Bow 1x1 ONLY $5,500!!!


2019 / 2020
This flexible safari hunting package in the Northwest Province near Rustemburg lets you customize the list of animals you want while maintaining a pacjkage discount. You will stay at a nice 3.5 star lodge and hunt various nearby concessions for trophy quality animals. This outfitter also has lots of Cape buffalo and sable should you want to expand your list while hunting there. It also includes a free observer and there are a lot of activities close by to keep your non-hunters busy.


Beginner's African Hunting Safari Package

Rifle-Bow-Crossbow 1x1 Starting at ONLY $2,695!


2019 / 2020
This is a discounted 3-animal plains game hunting safari package in Limpopo's Waterburg Mountains. It offers 7 full days of hunting along with the ability to take a free observer with you. You will stay at a 5-star lodge with an on-site animal museum, pool and spa, world-class wine cellar, full-time bartender and a Companion's Program to keep your non-hunting observer occupied while you are out hunting.


Father & Son African Hunting Safari

Rifle Only – 2X1 -Only $4,750 per hunter!


2019 / 2020
this 2x1 father and son / daughter / wife sfari in South Africa's Eastern Cape offers each of you the flexibility of choosing the animals you like while keeping the price down. The hunting is good here and you can expect to take some great trophies while staying at a 4 star lodge.


Discounted Plains Game Hunt in South Africa

Rifle Only 1x1 ONLY $6,300!!!


2019 / 2020
Take 6 trophy animals including a zebra and a kudu on this 8 day discounted plains game in South Africa's Northwest Province. With 5 large animals included along with a duiker, this is not your normal package hunt. Add in a beautiful lodge and it's convenience to Johannesburg and this deal on a discounted plains game safari is hard to beat!


Affordable 5 Day Eastern Cape Hunting Safari Package

Rifle Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $3,500 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This highly-discounted plains game safari in South Africa's Eastern cape will take place on a 55,000 acre concession that is home to over 70 species of game. This 5 full hunting days package is all-inclusive and includes trophy fees for a kudu, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and a common springbuck. And with some of the lowest trophy fees in Africa, if you want to take an extra trophy or two, this is the place to do it!


Ultimate African Plains Game Hunting Safari

Rifle Only 1x1 ONLY $10,600 PER HUNTER


2019 / 2020
This is the ultimate safari in the Eastern Cape at an unheard of price. You will hunt on a 50,000+ acre concession that has over 80 species of animals living on it. With a 4-star lodge, free rifle rental and thousands of animals to hunt, this is truly the ultimate plains game safari.


Spiral Horn Grand Slam Hunting Safari

Rifle – Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $5,650 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This is the best priced spiral-horned grand slam in all of South Africa. With trophy fees for a kudu, eland, nyala and kudu included in the price, this is a plains game hunting safari that shouldn't be missed. The hunt will occur on a 55,000 acre private game reserve that has seventy species of animals on it.


Discounted Kudu, Oryx and Mountain Zebra Hunt in Namibia

Bow-Rifle Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $3,800 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This is a highly discounted 7-day free-range hunting package that includes 3 trophy fees for each hunter at an unbelievable price! Take a kudu, oryx and mountain zebra for a fraction of what other outfitters are charging. This is one of the best deals in Africa!


Free-Range Safari Package Hunt in Namibia

Bow-Rifle Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $4,900 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This free-range package hunt includes 6 animals that most hunters want. With a kudu, mountain zebra, gemsbok, red hartebeest, warthog and a springbok included in the price, this is a great deal at an affordable price. You will hunt from a 4-star luxury lodge set in the Namibia bushveld and featuring electrical power and in-suite bathrooms. Sit around the capmpfire reliving the day's hunt under the desert stars on this safari that you will never forget!


Namibia 10 Day Hunting Safari

Bow, Rifle or Black Powder 1x1 Only $5,200 / Hunter !!!


2019 / 2020
This is a great discounted plains game hunt in Namibia with a famous outfitter! This renowned Namibian plains game outfitter is located aapproximately 2 hours Northeast of acres Windhoek.. He owns 109,000 of game filled habitat and has access to many other prime hunting properties. With a kudu, gemsbok, mountain zebra and three other animals included, this is a great deal on a free-range Namibia plains game hunt.!


Namibia Budget 5 Day Hunting Safari

Rifle-Black Powder-Bow 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $1,500!!!


2019 / 2020
This is an incredible value in African plains game hunting. With 5 full hunting days, a 4-star lodge and trophy fees included for a gemsbok, springbok, warthog and a baboon for an unbelievable price, this is just one of the best deals on a beginner's safari that I have ever seen. You will hunt on 109,000 acres that is only 2 hours from Windhoek in the Khomas region. The terrain consists of mountains, valleys and vast plains.


Discounted Kudu Hunting Package

Rifle – Bow – Crossbow 1x1 Only $3,000


2019 / 2020
This is a heck of a deal on a 7 day kudu hunt on a 25,000 acre hunting concession. The lodge was built for the heads of state back in the 70's and is still a 4-star lodge that is in excellent condition. You will hunt in the mountains in an area known for its big kudu!


Tented Camp Plains Game Hunting Safari in South Africa

Rifle / Black Powder 1x1 ONLY $5,500 / HUNTER !!


2019 / 2020
This is a traditional tented safari for plains game in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The outfitter has discounted this package and this is a great deal for a package that includes a greater southern kudu, nyala, zebra, warthog and impala along with a FREE observer. The tented living quarters offer comfortable beds, in-suite bathrooms and showers and a large thatch covered dining area that mixes some of the modern amenities with the traditional feel of an old-time African hunting safari.


Discounted Springbuck Slam

Rifle Only 1 x 1 Only $2,750 !


2019 / 2020
Hunt all 4 color variations of springbok for less than what other outfitters charge for just a copper springbuck. This 5-day hunt will take place on a 55,000 acre hunting concession in South Africa's Eastern Cape. With free rifle rental and airport P/U and return, this is the best deal on a springbock slam in all of Africa!


7 Day / 6 Animal Southern Namibia Hunting Safari

Rifle Only 1 x 1 Only $3,995 per HUNTER!


2019 / 2020
This is a value packed hunting safari with a long-established outfitter 40 miles east of Keetmanshoop in Southern Namibia. This discounted hunting safari will take place on a 96,000 acre game ranch with tented chalets.. This large concession is home to 16 species of game, including over 1,000 springbok. With a trophy game management plan that has been in place for many years, the trophy quality is excellent! Other animals may be taken during this safari per the Trophy Fee Pricelist.


7 Day / 6 Animal Northern Namibia Hunting Safari

Rifle Only 1 x 1 Only $3,995 per Hunter!


2019 / 2020
This is a value packed all-inclusive plains game safari with a long-established outfitter. The hunt will take place 30 miles south of Etosha National Park in Northern Namibia. This discounted hunting safari will take place on a 30,000 acre game ranch featuring tented chalets with in-suite bathrooms. This large concession is home to 15 species of game, and is known for its large herds of both Kudu and Gemsbok. Trophy quality on this ranch is excellent!


Hunt Giant Kudu in Limpopo

Rifle-Black Powder Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide ) ONLY $4,700


2019 / 2020
This hunt for trophy Greater Southern Kudu will take place on a 9,900 acre concession in the Soutpansberg Mountains in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The concession is known for producing some giant kudu, and the outfitter feels that he can get you a 55" plus kudu on a 10 day hunt. The lodge is 4 Star and I feel this is your best chance at taking a huge kudu in South Africa today!


Free-Range Spiral Horn Hunting Safari in Kwazulu-Natal

Rifle-Black Powder 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $6,000 !!!


2019 / 2020
This is a free-range hunting safari in Kazulu Natal's Umkomass valley. You will hunt for 7 days and take trophy Nyala, Kudu and Bushbuck while being guided 1 x 1 by an experienced free-range PH. This is real hunting with no fences! Due to a strict quota system, there are a lot of trophy animals here. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!


South Africa 10-Day 5 Animal Limpopo Hunting Safari

Bow or Rifle 1x1 ONLY $5,400 / HUNTER!


2019 / 2020
This is a steal of a deal on a Limpopo plains game hunting safari! This hunt takes place outside of Polokwane in the famous Limpopo Province of South Africa. You will see a lot of animals with this outfitter. In addition to the animals in the package, he has many other plains game species available and he also has bushpig, genet, civet, honey badger and spotted and brown hyena on bait available.


South Africa 3 Day Hunting Safari

1x1 Rifle only! ONLY $1,200 / HUNTER!


2019 / 2020
This is the greatest value for the lowest price in all of Africa. A 3 day hunting safari for only $1,200? Yes it is true. You can take two iconic African animals for only $1,200! This safari will take place in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and is all-inclusive. Gun rental is available and you will have a blast hunting these animals in their native habitat. R/T airport transportation from Port Elizabet is included.


Springbok Slam Hunting Safari

Rifle-Black Powder Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide ) ONLY $3,950!!


2019 / 2020
This springbok slam hunting safari takes place in the Free State province of South Africa. The all-inclusive package includes trophy fees for all 4 color variations of South Africa's iconic national animal. You will stay at a luxurious 4-star lodge and will hunt 10,000 acres that is also home to a herd of over 200 cape buffalo.


Wildebeest Slam Hunting Safari

Rifle-Black Powder Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide ) ONLY $2,850!!


2019 / 2020
This 6-day wildebeest and hartebeest slam hunting safari includes trophy fees for all three beests at a discounted rate that is hard to beat! You will stay in a 4-star lodge while hunting this 10,000 acre ranch. Lots of plains game and a large herd of Cape buffalo also roam this property.


Free-Range Reedbuck Slam Hunting Safari in South Africa

Rifle-Black Powder Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $5,000!!


2019 / 2020
This is a discounted free-range hunt for all 3 of South Africa's Reedbuck species in one value packed hunt! This outfitter's clients have enjoyed a high rate of success in the past. The hunt will occur in hilly and mountainous terrain, so you need to be in good shape to ensure your success while on this hunt. Obtaining all three species of Reedbuck on one hunt is an achievement you will be proud of!


South Africa Spiral Horn Slam Hunting Safari

Rifle-Black Powder Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $8,500!!


2019 / 2020
This is a free-range hunt for the South Africa Spiral Horn Slam. This hunt will take place in Kwazulu-Natal's Umkomaas Valley and in Natal's Midland Mountains. These areas are known for producing great spiral horned trophies. Why hunt high-fence when you can target wild free-range trophy antelopes?


Hunt Giraffe in South Africa

Rifle – Bow – Crossbow 1x1 Only $3,000


2019 / 2020
This is a great deal on a mature bull giraffe hunt on a 20,000-acre private reserve in South Africa's Limpopo Province near Polokwane. You will stay at a comfortable lodge that will be your headquarters for this 7-day hunt. Once you have taken your giraffe, there are many other species of plains game available to hunt at reasonable prices.


Johannesburg 2 Day Hunting Safari

Rifle Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $1,500!!!


2019 / 2020
Whether you are on vacation or are visiting Johannesburg on business, this two-day / three-night hunting safari is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy a little African hunting. With two trophy fees, free rifle rental and free airport pick-up and return, this all-inclusive mini safari at a 3-star lodge for plains game is sure to be a winner! And there is plenty to do to keep your non-hunting companion busy while you hunt.


Hunt Trophy Waterbuck in South Africa

Rifle-Black Powder -Bow 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $3,500 !!!


2019 / 2020
This is your best bet to get an exceptional trophy waterbuck. Waterbuck up to 34" have been taken by this outfitter in the recent past. With the outfitter's contacts with local farmers, you will hunt properties that are infrequently hunted, with some of them being exclusive to this outfitter. This is my go-to guy for big trophy plains game animals.


Discounted Free State Plains Game Safari

Rifle Only 1x1 (1 Hunter–1 Guide) ONLY $1,750 / HUNTER !


2019 / 2020
This is your chance to hunt plains game at a discount. This 7 day hunt will take place in South Africa's Free State Province. There are a lot of animals on the concession. I have personally hunted there and you will see a lot of game. Both the daily rates and the trophy fees have been discounted, making this hunting safari one of the best bargains in all of southern Africa.


South Africa Plains Game Hunting Safari

Rifle only 1x1 ONLY $4200 / HUNTER


2019/ 2020
This is an incredible deal on a 7 Day / 6 Animal hunting package in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Your main focus of your hunt will be on a 20,000 acre privately owned concession that consists of rugged bushveld. There is a good road system here that allows access to many areas of the concession. The lodge is a Cape Dutch farmhouse that has been converted into a hunting lodge. A separate gathering area and watering hole has just been completed for relaxing after the hunt. The food is great and the hunting is even better. More than 80% of the trophies harvested with this outfitter make the SCI record book. And best of all, the proceeds from your hunt will help support an orphanage and to improve the indigenous people of South Africa's lives.


10 Day Eastern Cape Plains Game Hunting Package

Rifle-Black Powder Only 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $7,500!!


2019 / 2020
This is a discounted 10 day plains game hunting package in South Africa's Eastern Cape that includes trophy fees for 7 animals. This is the perfect package for a first time Africa Hunter. It is also a great hunting safari to take an observer on, as the outfitter has dropped his observer rate to only $100 per day. I have personally hunted here twice and I give this hunt my personal stamp of approval!


Plains Game Hunting Package in South Africa's Northwest Province

Rifle-Black Powder-Bow 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $7,788!


2018 / 2019
This is a great package deal on a 10 day hunting safari in South Africa's Northwest Province. The hunt includes 7 trophy fees and takes place on a privately owned 20,000 acre concession. You will stay in luxury in a 4-star lodge. Best of all, this hunt includes FREE observer rates for all 10 days. Bring your wife, child or friend along. It is free!!!


Plains Game Hunting Package in South Africa

Rifle-Black Powder 1x1 ( 1 Hunter – 1 Guide) ONLY $9,800 / HUNTER !!!


2019 / 2020
This is a 9-day discounted hunting safari package in South Africa's Limpopo Province near Thambazimbi. This is wild Africa and true down-to-earth hunting. The tented camp is 3 stars, the food is 4 stars, and the hunting is 5 stars! Great trophies roam this concession and this is your chance to experience real African hunting as it was meant to be!


South Africa Kalahari Desert Gemsbok Hunting Safari

Rifle Only 2x1 ONLY $3,700 / HUNTER !!!


2017 / 2018
This is an incredible 2x1 hunt at a great price! This renowned South African outfitter has reduced the price of this hunt and it is available at this price only through Discount African Hunts. This Oryx hunt takes place in the Kalahari Desert region of the Northern Province of South Africa. A small finger of South Africa extends north between Botswana and Namibia. Sandwiched between Botswana's Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park on the east and Namibia on the West, this concession is home to thousands of free range trophy desert animals Although the concession is fenced, it is a low fence on the Namibia side and most species are easily able to leap the fence and cross back and forth at will.

African Plains Game Hunting Packages

African plains game hunting packages are how most hunters receive their introduction to African hunting.  By taking one to three plains game hunts, a hunter is properly introduced to most of the experiences they need to acquire before graduating to more serious matters like hunting for Africa’s big five or dangerous seven.  Taking that first plains game hunting safari is a wonderful experience.  As renowned author Craig Boddington so succinctly put it, ‟The first safari to Africa is a magical experience and most of us spend the rest of our lives going back and trying to recapture that magic.” 

The variety of plains game species on the African continent is amazing.  There are over 170 huntable species in Africa, and the bulk of them fall into the plains game category.  A hunter could spend a lifetime (and a fortune) hunting Africa and trying to collect a trophy or representative animal from each species.  It would be nearly impossible and would offer one of the greatest hunting challenges on the planet.

African plains game hunting packages are available all over the African Continent.  From Ethiopia all the way south to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, plains game is distributed widely.  Due to their game ranching industries, South Africa and Namibia account for the bulk of the plains game hunts in Africa, but other countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Zambia draw their fair share of hunters.  It is hard to find an African country that is open to hunting that does not offer some type of plains game hunts

Popular species for African plains game hunting packages include the spiral horn antelopes.  The kudu has to be the number one target of most African plains game hunters due to its lengthy and distinctive curled horns.  Nyala, bushbuck and eland are other popular spiral horn antelopes that most hunters will take at some point in their career.  Mid-size animals such as gemsbok, wildebeest, hartebeest and zebra also make most hunters lists. Smaller antelopes such as blesbok and impalas also end up in the typical plains game hunter’s trophy room.  Many hunters will then turn to the smaller antelopes.  A popular modern plains game quest has evolved which is referred to as the tiny ten.  The tiny ten is composed of small antelopes such as the blue duiker, suni, Damara Dik-Dik and others.  The sheer variety of animals available makes African plains game hunting packages some of the more affordable and satisfying hunts of modern Africa.

Plains Game Hunts Overview

By and large, most safari hunters in sub-Saharan Africa are plains game hunters.  A lot of hunters who have never been to Africa are put off in part by the perceived thought that it’s just too expensive to go on an African safari.  However, this is not true.  It is entirely possible to book a plains game hunt for less than the cost of an elk hunt in the United States. 

African plains game hunting brings more hunters to Africa than all of the Big Five hunting combined.  Sub-Saharan Africa contains more species of animals than any other hunting destination in the world.  The phrase “African plains game” covers animals from the 2,000+ pound giant eland to the 25 pound dik-dik, and many medium-sized game animals in between. 

African plains game hunting takes place over a wide variety of geographical areas ranging from heavily wooded savanna to high barren plateaus, and a wide range of grasslands between the two.  All of these areas offer their particular type of animal with their unique challenge for the hunter.  Sometimes the animal can be taken at distances less than 50 yards; sometimes the shot must be taken at ranges exceeding 300 yards.  It all depends on which animal is hunted, and what its habitat holds.

In this article, we will cover plains game hunting by country.  We’ll discuss hunting in seven of the most popular countries for plains game – Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Botswana Plains Game Hunts

There are two major hunting areas in Botswana, the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.  The Okavango Delta is home to a very diverse animal population, and is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  The Kalahari Game reserve is home to some of the largest and most beautiful antelopes on earth, such as the Cape eland, gemsbok, and greater kudu.

Botswana also offers the opportunity to hunt on private game ranches.  As a matter of fact, bushbuck, black wildebeest, and blesbok can only be hunted on these ranches.

Recently (2019) Botswana reopened the country to hunting again after a five-year closure.  This happened for a number of reasons.  Among them are; the negative impact of the hunting suspension on livelihoods, particularly for community-based organizations that were previously benefitting from hunter utilization; a general consensus from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks that the hunting ban should be lifted; and the fact that predators were increasing and causing a lot of damage as they killed livestock.

Hunting will be reinstated only in designated Concession Hunting Areas.  An efficient hunting quota allocation system will be developed based on science.  Animals to be included in the hunting quota shall be those currently in Schedule 7 of the Wildlife and National Parks Act of 1992.

Most plains game hunting in Botswana begins with an airplane flight to Johannesburg South Africa.  A lot of hunters elect to overnight in J’burg after long hours of being cramped in an aluminum tube with 250 new friends.  There are numerous hotels near the airport, or the hunter can stay at a lodge.  It’s only a short flight the next morning to travel to Maun, or Gaborone, where your Professional Hunter will meet you and transport you to the hunting area. 

At this time, it’s not known if animals like the Zambezi sitatunga, delisted years ago, will be off limits, or if parts of the Okavango Delta will be re-opened to hunting.  From current information it appears that all previously huntable species will be available.

Plains game species that were available to hunt before the ban, and will presumably be available in the future, include: blesbok, bushbuck, bushpig, duiker, eland, gemsbok, giraffe, hartebeest, hyena, impala, jackal, kudu, lechwe, ostrich, porcupine, reedbuck, springbok, tsessebe, warthog, waterbuck, wildebeest, and zebra.

Mozambique Plains Game Hunts

Mozambique is a relative newcomer to the safari hunting scene due to a civil war fought from 1977 to 1992.  The game population was greatly reduced during this period, but it is making a fantastic recovery.  Located on the southeast coast of sub-Saharan Africa, Mozambique has excellent hunting on the huge government concessions that make up most of the hunting areas in the country.  Mozambique’s hunting concessions consist of the government areas, known as coutadas, and game ranches.  Hunting areas are mostly unfenced.  Their average size is in excess of 150,000 acres.  In most areas, the terrain is flat, and hunting isn’t very difficult.

Hunting access in the northern and western areas is usually done by plane, then a safari truck to camp.  The camps near Beria are only accessible by car, a three to six hour drive.  The safari season runs from May to the end of September.

No automatic or semi-automatic firearms are allowed.  However, handguns can be brought into the country strictly for hunting purposes.  A special permit which must be obtained before the hunter arrives in Mozambique is available through the Ministry of Interior.  Be prepared to pay for the privilege.   No weapons that chamber military calibers such as 7.62 NATO are allowed. 

Some of the plains game on license in Mozambique include; Bushbuck (Chobe & Limpopo), Bushpig, Duiker (blue & red), Cape & Livingstone Eland, Chobe & Sharpe Grysbok, Hartebeest, Hyena, Impala, Kudu, Nyala, Oribi, Suni and numerous others.

Of all the sub-Saharan countries in this article, Mozambique is probably the least developed, or improved.  Some of the hunting lodges can only be reached via air charter.  Travel to Mozambique (Malavane International Airport, Maputo) is difficult as there are no direct flights from the United States.  You have to fly into Johannesburg, or another African country like Ethiopia, or Kenya before transiting to Mozambique via another flight.  There are flights from Europe, or Qatar, but connections are sometimes tedious.  Factor in the in-country transportation, and a Mozambique safari can get expensive.

One way to hunt plains game in Mozambique would be to tie the hunt together with a dangerous game hunt.  The country is hip-deep in buffalo, and a combination hunt would be a great adventure.

Namibia Plains Game Hunts

Since independence in March of 1990, Namibia has enjoyed great political stability.  It’s a safe and affordable destination for a plains game hunt.  Annually, more than 5,000 hunters visit Namibia.  It is an excellent destination for first time hunters, and those who want to bring their families.

The majority of hunting safaris take place on countrywide private game ranches, conservancies where hunting is permitted, and in government hunting concession areas located in the northern part of the country near the Caprivi Strip in the east, and in northwestern Namibia above Walvis Bay. Hunting areas range from a few thousand acres on private lands, to hunting concessions covering more than a million acres.  Most of the hunting areas consist of heavily-brushed savanna, and large desert plains.  Some areas are quite challenging due to the elevation changes.  Hunters need to be aware that the high plains where a lot of hunting takes place can be very demanding to those who aren’t used to high altitudes.

Namibia is a great destination for plains game hunting.  The country is well-known for its famous Oryx (gemsbok) which is the national animal, and featured on Namibia’s Coat of Arms.  They are found all over Namibia and can live in climates unsuitable for other animals.  Other animals found in great numbers include; greater kudu, Cape eland, blue and black wildebeest, blesbok, impala, steenbok, springbok and many others.

Hunting plains game in Namibia is usually done by driving to the hunting area, then tracking on foot.  Most of the private hunting areas have comfortable lodges serving excellent food.  Average driving time from the Windhoek airport to a lodge is two to five hours.  Some hunting is done out of remote tent camps, but these are quite nice.  Namibia’s hunting season runs from February 1st to November 30th.  Hunting takes place from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  Hunting lights are allowed, but not for cats.  It is legal to hunt from a vehicle.  If large plains game is on the list, a hunter would be best served by using a rifle with similar energy and muzzle velocity as a .375 H&H Magnum.

A partial list of plains game, and similar, animals available in Namibia include; African wild cat, chacma baboon, blesbok, bushbuck, bushpig, dik-dik, duiker, eland, gemsbok, giraffe, grysbok, hartebeest, hyena, impala, klipspringer, kudu, lechwe, nyala, oribi, ostrich, puku, reedbuck, roan, sable, sitatunga, springbok, steenbok, tsessebe, warthog, waterbuck, wildebeest, and zebra.  Plus, there’s a whole host of other animals that fall into the medium-sized game list, with perhaps, the hippo being the largest. 

South Africa Plains Game Hunts

South Africa has long been the most popular hunting destination in the world.  It is a perfect venue for the first time hunter, especially for plains game.  Most of the hunting in South Africa takes place on private game farms, with some hunting areas in provincial game reserves.  Private fenced farms have over twice as much game as what is on public land.

More than half of the most popular plains game species are taken in just two South African provinces, the Limpopo, and Eastern Cape.  There are over 30 species of antelope alone that are available to hunt.  A number of game farms offer the opportunity to hunt non-indigenous exotic species; some that aren’t even from Africa.

South African hunting areas are spread over all of the country.  A lot of them can be reached by car, but sometimes the distance from Johannesburg makes it much more practical to travel by air charter. 

As in other African countries, South African plains game hunting is mostly done on foot, with a safari truck used to travel from the lodge to the hunting area.  The habitat is grassy plains filled with thorn bush and acacia.  Some areas are quite rocky and can require serious climbing.  Good boots, well broken in, are a necessity no matter what you see your PH is wearing.  He’s been walking the hills all his life – you haven’t.

South African plains game can be hunted year around.  June through August are the most popular months. These are the coldest winter months, so warm clothing in layers is a must.  There can be frost on the ground in the early morning, and the temperature can climb 40 degrees by late afternoon.

South Africa offers the greatest diversity of plains game hunting in all of Africa.  The most commonly hunted plains game are: impala, warthog, Greater kudu, springbok, blesbok, gemsbok, and blue wildebeest.  But, a plains game safari in South Africa offers something for everybody.

Tanzania Plains Game Hunts

Theodore Roosevelt hunted in Tanzania on his famous 1909 safari.  Ever since, hunters have dreamed about a safari in Tanzania.  When planning a plains game hunt, visions of huge herds of countless animals comes to mind.  Tanzania has a wild life population that no other African country can equal both in numbers and variety.  Tanzania has over fifty species of animals that can be hunted.  That’s why it is considered one of the pre-eminent hunting destinations in the world.

Tanzania has a beautiful coastline on the Indian Ocean.  It’s bordered by Kenya and Uganda in the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Zambia and Malawi in the southwest, and Mozambique to the south.

There are three main hunting areas in Tanzania; Masai Land in the north, the Selous to the south (named after big game hunter Frederick Selous, and encompasses 19,000 sq. miles), and the central and western regions. Trophy quality is outstanding and many animals have made it into the record books.  There are more than 150 hunting concessions in Tanzania, some of which encompass more than two million acres.  All of them are free range – no fences.  The land in Tanzania consists of grasslands, shrub savanna, and areas of dense forests.  The northern land can be extremely arid with weather like a desert.

Lodging is primarily tent camp, but is usually quite nice.  The tents are set up before the start of safari season, and removed after it closes. Both the Selous and the western and central areas can only be reached by aircraft. A flight to most camps from Dar es Salaam requires one to three hours.  Tanzania’s hunting season runs from July 1 to December 31st. 

The Tanzanian government strictly controls the minimum number of days for a hunting safari, depending on the specie being hunted.  A 7-day hunting safari is the minimum allowed, and can include up to two buffalo and some of the most common plains game species.  The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting is .240 caliber for any game other than dangerous game. Dangerous game or big game hunting requires a .375 caliber.  Game licenses will only be issued to hunters in possession of the minimum caliber required for the game listed.  No handguns or semi-automatic rifles are allowed.

A few of the animals that can be taken on a plains game hunt in Tanzania include: East African bushbuck, Kirks dik-dik, Abbotts Duiker, blue duiker, Harvey’s red duiker, red Natal duiker, Patterson eland, Roberts gazelle, southern gerenuk, Lichtenstein hartebeest, silver back jackal, greater East African kudu, puku, Roosevelt sable antelope, suni – and a host of others.  The only limit to what you hunt is your budget.  Here’s another case where planning a joint hunt of dangerous game/big game and plains game makes sense. 

The wildlife authorities and the Tanzanian government allocate quotas by each plains game species to each hunting block or hunting territory on an individual basis. The cost of hunting permits and licenses in Tanzania are very high and may, or may not, be included in the cost of the hunting safari.

The biggest downside to hunting in Tanzania is the cost.  Overall, Tanzania is the most expensive country in Africa to hunt.  On the plus side, you really do get what you pay for – the opportunity to not only shoot a trophy animal, but also to view an immense number of different animals.  Tanzania is home to some really large Cape buffalo and elephant.  Recent surveys put the buffalo population at over 270,000.  Herds of hundreds of buffalo are not uncommon.

Zambia Plains Game Hunts

The history of modern game hunting in Zambia is a short one.  Zambia only opened its borders to safari hunting when it created Game Management Areas (GMA) in the 1970s.  Then, in 2001, Zambia revoked all the licenses previously sold to the safari industry, and all hunting came to an abrupt halt.  In 2003, Zambia reopened for hunting and licenses were again granted.  This happened only after a redistribution of the safari concessions.

Hunting in Zambia occurs in three different areas; GMAs, conservancies and private hunting areas.  This amounts to approximately 6.5 million acres, mostly GMAs.  Hunting in Zambia takes place for the most part in the Luangwa Valley or in the Kafue plateau region.  The balance of hunting takes place around Bangweueu Lake on the North Zambian Plateau, a wetland area of 15,000 square kilometers.  The lake averages 12 feet in depth.  Some safari hunting is done in western Zambia.  Most hunting areas are unfenced.

Zambia is home to a large variety of plains game/antelope, including several species that are found nowhere else.  They include; the black lechwe, the Kafue lechwe, and Cookson’s wildebeest.  In addition, Zambia is host to a large population of sable antelope that has been known to produce some very impressive trophies.  It is this author’s humble opinion that the sable is the most beautiful of all the plains game in Africa, and a most worthy trophy.

Most Zambian safaris are done on foot.  The hunting concessions are fairly flat, and the hunting is relatively easy.  A safari truck may be employed to take the hunter to a game area, but the hunt will be walk-and-stalk.

A lot of the camps in Zambia are the ubiquitous tent camps.  Some of them are quite nice.  The idea of staying in a tent instead of a lodge may sound strange, but it’s actually quite pleasant.  Lying in bed at night, listening to a lion growling on the other side of a flimsy piece of canvas will give a hunter a true appreciation of Africa’s wildlife.  Actually, it IS quite pleasant to sleep in a tent, and quite safe.

In some private hunting camps the accommodations are either bungalows or permanent lodges, so a hunter can choose either type.  The best hunting in Zambia is from June to November.

Zimbabwe Plains Game Hunts

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country bordered by Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia.  It has long been a favored destination for hunters worldwide.  There are no direct flights from the United States to Zimbabwe.  Our last hunt saw us fly Delta to Johannesburg, South Africa, then overnight at a nearby hotel, and take the morning South African Airways flight to Victoria Falls, where we met out Professional Hunter, and travelled to the Matetsi hunting area.

There is good plains game hunting in Zimbabwe.  On our safari, we saw sable, kudu, bushbuck, waterbuck, and numerous other species of plains game. As an aside, we counted over 1400 elephants during our trip. The camera got a good workout.

The hunting areas in Zimbabwe are spread out over a large area, and there’s no fencing for the most part.  Zimbabwe is mostly mopane forests, or grassy open areas.  Hunting takes place in one of three different types of areas: tribal hunting lands, private hunting concessions, or governmental hunting areas, each with their own set of rules and regulations.  Private concessions and government hunting areas can measure in hundreds of thousands of acres – all open land.

Zimbabwe hunting is done by foot.  Due to the vast hunting areas, travel by safari truck to some of the areas is necessary, but the hunting areas are not very rugged, and the hunting is not especially hard.  Most hunting areas are accessible by vehicle from Harare, or, as we did it, from Victoria Falls.  Lodging can run the gamut from rondavals with thatched roofs to extremely nice lodges.  Most of the government hunting areas have large tent camps including electricity (generator).

Plains game hunting runs year around.  However, due to the rainy season, most hunting is conducted between April and October.  June and July are the best hunting months. 

There are no limits to the number of firearms that may be imported into Zimbabwe.  But, if you are travelling through South Africa, you will only be allowed to bring two firearms through that country, even if you are just in transit.  Black powder firearms are allowed, but travelling with black powder is prohibited as it is considered an explosive.  Handguns can be brought in for hunting purposes, but they are only allowed in certain hunting areas. That, plus a required $1500.00 import permit, does limit their usefulness.

Some of the available plains game include: Chobe/Limpopo bushbuck, blue/red/common duiker, Livingstone eland, gemsbok, grysbok, southern/common impala, klipspringer, greater/southern kudu, Nyala – and the list goes on.

Plains Game Hunts Summary

The African continent offers fabulous hunting for plains game.  With a vast variety of habitats, myriads of species and subspecies, there is something for everyone that calls themselves a hunter.  No matter whether you are a first-timer or an experienced veteran of multiple safaris, Africa offers something for all of us.  The allure of plains game hunts along with the dangerous game of Africa make this continent the greatest destination on earth and one of the worlds last truly great adventures!


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