Specialty Animal Hunts in South Africa
South Africa has the best specialty animal hunting in all of Africa. Specialty animal hunts in South Africa have evolved from these animals being taken as animals of opportunity to more focused hunts seeking a specific animal or two. There are now outfitters that specialize in guiding safaris specifically targeting these odds and ends animals. Many of these specialty animals are available as secondary species to a plains game or dangerous game safari. While not the main focus of the safari, they are still a major consideration when booking a hunt.
South Africa offers the greatest variety of specialty animal hunting safaris on the African Continent. Many of these exotic species are found throughout South Africa, while others are much more regionally specific. Specialty animal hunts in South Africa offer the collector a virtual smorgasbord of choices. From the small African cats to the predators, hogs, primates and snakes, the challenge of hunting and taking this wide variety of collectable specialty animals can serve as the focus of multiple hunting safaris to Africa.
Africa’s predators range from the diminutive genet all the way up to the fearsome hyenas. Just collecting the foxes, small cats, and hyenas can fill out a corner of a trophy room. Predators are usually hunted at night, and other nighttime species such as the honey badger (ratel), aardwolf and African porcupine can also be hunted concurrently. Many African hunters take specialty animal hunts in South Africa to collect the warthog and the nocturnal bushpig. Bushpigs are normally hunted over bait. But a few outfitters have trained their dogs to go after bushpigs. Either way, the taking of a trophy bushpig is a great accomplishment.
Primates are also on many hunter's African lists, and hunting baboons can be downright fun. Vervet monkeys are also a target of collectors. A couple species of mongoose are available in South Africa along with the diminutive rock hyrax. Some snakes are also available as trophies. A rock python skin makes a beautiful mount in the hands of a competent African taxidermist. Specialty animal hunts in South Africa are hard to beat!