The price to bow hunt Cape Buffalo in South Africa - trophy Cape Buffalo Bull

A bow hunt in South Africa for Cape Buffalo is an exhilarating and challenging experience that many  hunters dream about. The malevolent Cape Buffalo, also known as the African buffalo, is one of the most sought-after game species worldwide. It is known for its sheer size, strength, and resilience, making it a formidable opponent for any bow hunter. The African Buffalo is not a member dangerous game animals without good reason.

Cape Buffalo Hunting Prices – What is the price of a Cape Buffalo Bow Hunt?

The price to bow hunt an African Buffalo bull is $ 9 100

A bull up to 38 inches $ 9 100
A Buffalo trophy bull up to 41 inches $ 10 400
A bull over 41 inches $ 13 000
This is the trophy fee for the animal. To this you still need to add the day fees for the hunt.
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Day Fees for A Trophy Cape Buffalo Hunt

If you hunt 1 X 1 in other words you have the services of a guide to yourself and do not share the animals and opportunities with anyone else the price is $ 550 per day.
If you hunt 2 X 1 in other words you share the hunt and opportunities with a friend – wife – son the price is $ 450 per day for each hunter.
2 X 1 $ 450 per person per day –  1 X 1 $ 550 per person per day.
So the final inclusive price for the hunting safari will be number of days x the day fee plus the trophy fee.
7 days X $ 450 = $ 3 150 + Trophy fee $ 9 100 for a Total Cost of $ 12 250

What is included in the day fees?

Daily Rate Includes

  • Guide Fees
  • Licenses
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Soft drinks
  • limited Beer and Wine
  • Field preparation of trophies
  • Road transportation from Johannesburg International Airport

What is not included in the day fee?

Daily Rate Excludes

  • Airfare or flight
  • Taxidermy
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • VAT on day fees at 15%
  • Safari Insurance
  • CITIES Permits

Bow Hunting Safari – Cape Buffalo Hunting Packages

The price of a bow hunting Package with a trophy Cape Buffalo is $ 13 350.

$ 13 350 for a Buffalo hunting package.

This package includes 7 hunting days and 1 Cape Buffalo with horns of 37- 40 inches. It also includes Accommodation, meals and soft drinks, the services of a professional hunter, the skinning and field preparation of your trophies and road transportation to and from Johannesburg International airport.

Please note: This price is for hunting 2 X 1. If hunting 1 X 1 the cost is $ 14 000.

To embark on an unforgettable South African bowhunting experience, it’s crucial to select the right safari hunting package. Several factors influence the cost, including the duration of the hunt, the number of animals included, and the quality of the animal. Generally, hunting packages range from basic options to luxurious experiences, catering to different preferences and budgets. This dangerous game hunt take place in Limpopo province, there will also be opportunities to stalk other plains game species like Sable, Kudu and Nyala which you may come across while looking for the herd of buffalo. 

Why Choose South Africa for Bow Hunting Cape Buffalo?

South Africa has gained a reputation as a premier destination for bow hunting, offering a rich and diverse natural landscape that supports a healthy population of Cape Buffalo and other big game. The country provides a unique opportunity for hunters to test their skills hunting dangerous game, the African Cape Buffalo, one of Africa’s most iconic and dangerous animals. This is the hunt of a lifetime and when you include the opportunity of plains game hunting where you pay the fees for additional animals it makes for a truly exciting hunt.

In addition to its abundant wildlife, South Africa boasts excellent infrastructure, well-established hunting outfitters, and a wide range of accommodations to suit various budgets and preferences. The country’s commitment to ethical and sustainable hunting practices also ensures that hunters have a memorable and responsible experience.

Factors Affecting the Price of Hunting African Buffalo

Several factors come into play when determining the price of hunting for African Buffalo. These factors can vary between guides, concession areas, and the specific services and amenities provided. Here are some key considerations:

Animal Fee

The animal fee is a significant component of the overall cost of hunting Buffalo. This fee is typically based on the size and quality of the buffalo harvested. Larger, more impressive animals generally command higher fees.

Free Range Cape Buffalo

Free range animals cost significantly more because the big reserves near Kruger National Park in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces, are the only place that you can hunt them. The cost to the outfitter in these reserves is substantially more expensive.

Daily Rates

Most outfitters charge a daily rate that covers accommodation, meals, professional guides, trackers, and field preparation of the harvested animal. The daily rates can vary depending on the quality of accommodations, amenities, and the reputation and level of service provided by the outfitter.

Concession Area

The choice of hunting area can greatly impact the price. South Africa offers a variety of hunting concessions, including private game reserves, conservancies, and government-owned areas. Private game reserves often provide more exclusivity and comfort but may come at a higher cost.

Duration of the Hunt

The length of the hunt plays a role in determining the price. A typical African safari for Buffalo can range from 7 to 14 days. Longer durations may allow for more hunting opportunities and increase the chances of a successful hunt.

Shot Placement

You need to know the anatomy of a Cape Buffalo bull and where the best shot placement from various angle is. You need to make the first shot count to avoid having a dangerous situation on your hands. This is often a little easier if you are hunting from a blind over waterholes or feed.

Additional Services and Amenities

Some outfitters may offer additional services and amenities, such as airport transfers, pre- and post-hunt accommodations and sightseeing excursions. These extras can add to the overall cost but can also enhance the overall experience.

Average Price Range for Hunting Buffalo

The price to hunt old hard boss Buffalo can vary significantly depending on the factors mentioned above. On average, hunters can expect to pay between $10,000 and $20,000 for a 7 to 10-day safari. This price range typically includes the animal fee, daily rates, and basic services.

Tips for Choosing an Outfitter

When selecting a company for hunting Buffalo in Africa, it is crucial to do thorough research and consider the following factors:

Reputation and Experience: Look for guides with a proven track record of providing quality hunts and positive client experiences. Online reviews and testimonials can be helpful in gauging a company’s reputation.

References: Ask the outfitter for references from previous clients who have hunted Buffalo with them. Reach out to these references to gain insights into their experiences and level of satisfaction.


Bow hunting Cape Buffalo in South Africa offers a thrilling adventure for hunters seeking an unforgettable African hunting safari experience. While the price range can vary depending on multiple factors, careful consideration of these factors and choosing a reputable guide ensures a memorable and rewarding hunt. So, gear up, hone your archery skills, and embark on an exciting journey to hunt the mighty African Buffalo in South Africa.

FAQ’s Frequently Asked Questions

What factors affect the price of hunting Buffalo in Africa?

– The trophy fee, which is based on the size and quality of the buffalo harvested.
– The daily rates, which cover accommodation, meals, guides, trackers, and field preparation.
– The choice of hunting area, such as private game reserves or government-owned areas.
– The duration of the hunt, with longer durations potentially costing more.

Why choose South Africa for hunting Buffalo?

South Africa offers a rich and diverse natural landscape with a healthy population of Cape Buffalo. It has excellent infrastructure, well-established hunting companies, and a range of accommodations. Prices for a hunt in the country are significantly lower than in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia. The country’s commitment to ethical and sustainable hunting practices ensures a memorable and responsible experience.

What is the trophy fee?

The trophy fee is a significant component of the overall cost and is based on the size and quality of the harvested buffalo. Larger and more impressive animals generally command higher fees.

How long does a typical safari for Buffalo in Africa last?

A typical safari can range from 7 to 14 days. However, the duration of the hunt can vary depending on personal preferences and arrangements with the guide.

Adrian Anderson has been a Licensed Professional Hunter and Hunting Outfitter for 32 years

Adrian Anderson first obtained his Professional Hunters license in 1991. He is a Big Five and Dangerous Game licensed Professional Hunter and Hunting Outfitter. He has a tremendous love for wildlife and the African bush and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the hunting clients that he guides. Guiding hunters in Africa’s wild places is a passion and seeing them succeed with their goals brings satisfaction. With knowledge of the Safari industry built up over 32 years he is well qualified to give guidance to his hunting clients.