Bow Hunting in South Africa can be extremely challenging and rewarding. We offer bow hunting safaris for all of the plains game species on our price list. A minimum draw weight of 50lbs is required for plains game hunting. It is however recommended to use a bow of 60lbs to 80lbs.
The concession areas in which bow hunting safaris are conducted are dedicated solely to bow hunting, ensuring animals are more relaxed and slightly easier to bow hunt than in areas where rifle hunting is conducted. The most important factor is of course the level of comfort and accuracy a hunter can obtain with the equipment he intends using. Three types of bows can be used when bow hunting in South Africa. These are the compound, re curve and long bow. Of these three types of bows the compound bow is by far the most widely used and is the most practical weapon for hunting in South Africa.
A variety of blinds are used from which to ambush trophy animals. These range from elevated blinds in strategic areas to ground blinds. Tree blinds are placed strategically along game paths or in areas where trophy animals are most likely to be encountered. Ground blinds are normally in close proximity to waterhole's ensuring a high success rate during the early morning and the late afternoon.
Bow hunting is conducted throughout the year and it is advisable to book your safari well in advance for there are numerous logistical arrangements which have to be made. The PH's which accompany bow hunting safaris have many years of experience in the pursuit of Africa's plains game. Their commitment and knowledge is sure to add greatly to the success of your safari.
A bow hunting safari should normally be slightly longer than a rifle hunting safari which pursues the same species. We would recommend a hunt of at least seven days for five trophy animals. When considering your safari it is important to look at the phases of the moon, for the success rate will be greatly diminished in periods of full or almost full moon.