Small Antelope Hunting Safaris in South Africa
Small antelope hunting in South Africa is world class. There is a wide variety of small antelopes spread across the 9 provinces of South Africa. Although hunting small antelopes in South Africa can be a hunter’s primary motivation, most of these smaller antelopes are taken as byproducts of more traditional plains game hunting safaris. Once a hunter has harvested one or two of these diminutive antelopes, have received the mounts and had time to admire them, then they realize how cool these little antelopes are.
South Africa has several members of what is known as the Tiny Ten Antelopes of Africa. Nine of these small antelopes can be taken in South Africa. It is even possible to take all nine of them on one extended safari, although the hunter will have to hunt in three or four different locations in South Africa. A couple of these small antelopes are only found in limited areas. A good example of this is the Cape Grysbok, which is only available in the Eastern Cape and limited areas of the Western Cape.
Another antelope that has limited distribution in South Africa is the Sharp’s Grysbok. The Sharp’s Grysbok is only found in the Northern areas of the Limpopo Province. It is not overly abundant, but can usually be harvested during a 5-day safari. The suni also has limited distribution in South Africa and is restricted to the northern parts of the Kruger National Park, reserves and game farms in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal. Oribi is a recovering species in South Africa and may be hunted in Mpumalanga and South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
Blue and red duiker are also limited in the areas that they can be hunted at. Klipspringer are found over a wider range of South Africa, but still must be targeted in the areas they frequent. Other antelopes such as the steenbok and common duiker are more widespread and therefore more easily found and taken. Small antelope hunting safaris in South Africa can be rich and rewarding endeavors, as these pursuits will take you to many fabulous hunting locations.