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Trophy Hunting in South Africa

South Africa offers a wealth of diverse trophy hunting opportunities. With abundant opportunities for taking world class plains game as well as certain Big 5 species. The trophy hunter is sure to have the hunt of a lifetime. Trophy hunting in South Africa is well established with numerous venues offering trophy species that are not obtainable in other African countries. To name but a few the Bontebok, Cape Greysbok and Black Wildebeest are all available. See our ultimate guide to hunt in South Africa

South Africa has a well established infrastructure meaning that services such as good quality accommodation, banks and medical assistance are freely available. Getting to your chosen hunting area is also a breeze either by road or air travel. The option of a private air charter flight is worth considering, when available. Not all hunting concessions are equipped with a landing strip.

Professional Hunter

Throughout your Safari you will be accompanied by a well qualified and experienced Professional Hunter. Your Professional Hunter will guide you through animal species identification and trophy selection ensuring that you have a premium trophy  hunting experience. At Black Horn Safaris we pride ourselves in being able to offer top quality hunting lodges and superior trophy quality animals to our hunting clients.

South Africa as a Trophy Hunting Destination

South Africa is divided into nine provinces. While trophy hunting is available in all provinces, some offer a greater diversity of species. The rainfall varies dramatically throughout the country this results in some areas having lush bush veld, while other areas are more arid and open. Consequently a prospective hunter needs to decide on the species they would like to hunt before choosing the hunting area. Some trophy species are only found in extremely remote hunting areas. These species often require a stand alone safari to secure the trophy. Thankfully there are good hunting areas that contain an abundance of game animals. With an abundance of game, the trophy hunter has the opportunity to hunt multiple different species during a single safari.

Calibers for Trophy Hunting

The plains game hunter will be well equipped with a rifle firing a bullet between 140 and 250 gr at a velocity of between 2600 and 3000 ft/sec. We recommend the use of strong, well constructed bullets with a bonded core. Some of the more popular calibers include 7 mm Remington Magnum, 3006 Springfield, 300 Winchester Magnum etc. If your hunt includes larger species such as Eland etc. your choice of caliber should tend to the 300 magnum or larger. If you will be hunting in one of the more open areas where longer shots are expected, one of the faster magnums will be the perfect choice.

Big Game Rifle

Big 5 and Dangerous Game

Hunting Dangerous game requires some careful thought when it comes to caliber choice. The minimum caliber for any of the Big 5 animals or other dangerous game such as Hippo is .375. A better choice would be in the range of .416 Remington/Rigby or bigger. Having said that shot placement is still of primary importance. You would be better off choosing a rifle caliber that you shoot well and have confidence in.


Trophy hunting in South Africa does not require anything special when it comes to rifle optics. For close range hunting in bush a variable rifle scope such as a 2-7 X 40 or 3-9 X 40 will be adequate. If your safari includes shooting at longer ranges in open grassland a variable such as 3-12 X 40 or 4-16 X would be the perfect choice. Should your quarry include Buffalo, Lion or Elephant your best choice would be either open sights or a low magnification optic such as 1-5 X 24.

Trophy hunting South Africa
An excellent trophy Cape Buffalo bull.

Every serious trophy hunter owes him/her self the opportunity to hunt in Africa at least once. South Africa offers the perfect destination for an unforgettable trophy hunt. Hunting in South Africa is easily accessible, is relatively inexpensive and has great trophy quality animals. South Africa offers a varied choice of trophy hunts .Some areas offer hunting that is vastly more challenging than other areas.

Packaged Trophy Hunts

Package trophy hunts are a great way to start your trophy hunting career. These package deals are ideal as you can easily see what your hunt will cost you. Package hunts offer you a choice of different trophy animals at a price tailored to fit the budget.

Hunt the Dark Continent With Black Horn safaris

Black Horn Safaris offers the perfect South Africa Trophy hunt experience.

We offer an all inclusive solution:

  • All Internal transportation to and from the hunting concession
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Professional Hunters and trackers
  • Hunting licences and documentation
  • Skinning and field preparation of trophies
  • Hunting and trophy recovery vehicles
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Waterbuck, trophy hunting South Africa

Next Steps…

Contact us at Black Horn Safaris to find out about your South Africa trophy hunting experience.