Southern Africa’s Greatest Hunting Destinations

Watchful impala in the bush.

Information on the various regions of Southern Africa, when planning a hunting safari to the African Continent.

South Africa

Cape Region: The Cape Region’s bountiful endemic flora and often mountainous landscapes offer the perfect backdrop for hunting in this part of the world. This particular stage is set once that first trophy is spotted in and amongst dense vegetation on the other side of a hill, grazing on the beautiful fynbos undergrowth. Antelope are the most common trophies for a hunter in this region, with the Bontebok, a specie endemic to the area, Cape Mountain Zebra and Cape Eland among those one would travel to the region for, and with good reason.

Beautiful scenery in the Free State.

Free State

The Free State is a largely flat province within the center of South Africa, with large grassland areas stretching to its northern borders. Here herds of Springbok, blue wildebeest and the endemic black wildebeest graze, trodding some distances over landscape, ready for the hunt. Here a hunter has no problem spotting the animal, though shots are often taken from long distances due to the minimal cover these grasslands offer for a vehicle or man on foot.

Northern Region

The tropical and subtropical areas of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa are home to abundant populations of antelope, big cats, Africa’s only wild bovine, the buffalo, and larger mammals such as elephants, rhinos and giraffes. The woodland areas here are some of the most prolific hunting grounds in the country, where suitable trophies are shot year in year out largely thanks to the continuous conservation standards upheld by game owners. The abundance of game farms where hunting is permitted here allows these conservation efforts to continue, while allowing the eager hunter to pack his rifle and enjoy this seasonal sport. The Big 5 of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and rhinoceros are frequently on offer on game farms in this region, which is a big driver for the regions popularity amongst domestic and foreign hunters.

Semi-desert terrain in Namibia.

Namibia

Namib and South of Namibia: The Namibian landscape here is a largely arid and semi-desertous one that teases the mind with its endless barren stretches. Here game is often well concentrated around water sources such as man made dams or boreholes. The Gemsbok and Springbok are the most abundant species in this area of Namibia, due to their robustness in these water scarce flats. In scattered areas where the climate is slightly more hospitable, other larger antelope such as the eland and blue wildebeest are also found. The harsh conditions in which animals here have to survive, often leads to species diversity favouring the strongest more than usual and a result that means larger individuals. In the parts of Namibia bordering the start of the Kalahari Desert, this is most evident.

Central Namibia

The centre of Namibia, most easily accessed by the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, is mostly comprised of thorny savanna and woodland habitats, again very favourable for a closer range hunting experience, since cover can be gotten. The Big 5 is often hunted on game farms in this area, where sufficient cover and flats between mountainous areas offer ideal hunting conditions not dissimilar to the ‘bushveld’ of the northern parts of South Africa. These are typical African savanna areas, though the distant hills seen from the main highway north that seem to stretch on indefinitely gives some much needed relief to an otherwise fairly flat environment.

Mountains and desert terrain in Central Namibia.

Zimbabwe

Zambezi Valley and Surroundings: The Zambezi River, provider of great masses of life along the border of Zimbabwe, creates conditions favourable to great hunting expeditions in this narrow streak known as the Zambezi Valley. Great herds of Elephant and buffalo are often found along the river banks and habitually cross over into hunting permitted concessions, much like their fellow Big 5 members, the Leopard, Lion and Rhino.

These concessions stretch from the area of Chewore in the north of the country, to the westerly region of Matetsi, where the great variety and supply of game allows extensive seasonal hunting to take place, giving visitors to the area quite a pick. Sables, Roan antelope, Common Eland, Hartbeest species, Zebra and blue wildebeest are atop the extensive list of game found here. Smaller mammals such as the Common Duiker, Klipspringer and Steenbok are often found hiding in the undergrowth or rocky hills bordering valleys in the area. Subspecies like the Chobe bushbuck and Livingstone Eland add a unique rarity to your choice of game to hunt in Zimbabwe.

The region has a similar abundance of African elephant to Botswana, with some 100 000 individuals found in the country leading to another prime hunting opportunity. Most of the habitats here are comprised of stretches of grassland and scattered trees, with isolated forest areas forming denser patches as the terrain grows more rocky, offering some cover to the hunter and facilitating this greatly diverse and condensed collection of game any hunter in the region is immediately confronted with.