• The African elephant is the largest of the Big Five, and hunting it is very arduous physically, requiring that the hunter be in good shape. Very often large distances need to be covered on foot, often for days on end, before a prime trophy specimen is found.  At first light, the tracker will search for fresh spoor, and only if it is fresh enough and potentially a tusker, will it be followed. Familiarity with the weapon being used is essential, as elephant encounters mostly occur at close range, making the first shot crucial.

  • Fallow deer is a non-indigenous species imported from Europe that grow to excellent trophy size due to the agreeable climate, in contrast to their native country. They are grazers and are found in a wide variety of habitats due to their adaptibility.  Only males have antlers, with maximum growth achieved in the months of October and November.  They can be hunted in much the same manner as the North American white tail, and are active early mornings and late afternoon.

  • The Gemsbok, or giant oryx, is a truly magnificent trophy.  They have striking white facial markings and both males and females possess long javelin like horns. They survive in the harshest of climates, and can sustain themselves for extended periods of time on the moisture they obtain from vegetation alone.  They have excellent eyesight, hearing and smell, making for a well-planned stalk for a good shot. They are extremely aggressive when injured or threatened, and their horns are weapons in the true sense of the word. 

  • Genet cats are more closely related to the mongoose family than felines. They are small, weighing between 3lbs to 5lbs, with colours varying from yellowish to grey and black spots on their sides and distinctive white markings around the eyes, mouth and nose.  They are solitary nocturnal creatures that hunt small mammals, birds and insects.  They live in dense bush and are extremely agile.


  • The giraffe is the world's largest ruminant.  They are difficult to approach due to their sharp hearing and eyesight.  They are mostly hunted by the spot and stalk method or tracking.  A large caliber rifle is required due to their exceptionally tough skin, and if mounted in the preferred method, from the shoulder up, a high ceiling.  The back skin is more or less the same size as that of a full cow hide.

  • Hippopotamus hunting is an extremely dangerous endeavor.  Hippos are the cause of more deaths in Africa a year than any other animal, due to the fact that they rely on water, which frequently brings them into contact with humans.  They will instinctively attack anything that stands between them and water when they are on the retreat, as well as to defend their territory.  They spend their days in the water, emerging at night to cover vast distances in search of food.

  • The impala, known as the rooibok locally, will be hunted by pretty much every hunter that comes to South Africa.  They are both browsers and grazers, and are adaptable to a multitude of different habitats.  They move around in large herds  and bunch up when they are threatened. Due to their small frame, there is a distinct risk that a bullet will pass straight through an animal and hit an unintended target on the other side. Only the rams carry horns. Their meat is also delicious and is a staple around the campfire.

  • The jackal is a scavenger found widely throughout any region hunted in South Africa.  It is slightly smaller than the North American coyote. They are considered a pest by livestock and game farmers, as they take the vulnerable young of other species.  They are mostly targets of opportunity and will be encountered whilst looking for other game.  Very often farmers will request that hunters encountering them, shoot them on sight.


  • Klipspringers are part of the Tiny 10 antelope species.  Their habitat is rocky terrain and mountainous areas. They possess excellent camouflage, and are very hard to spot. They are extremely agile and can navigate the steepest terrain with apparent ease. You need to be a good shot to bag one of these beauties, as they are very alert and present a small target.  Their hair is susceptible to hair slip, so they need to be skinned immediately after bagging.

  • Kudu horns are one of the most sought after trophies for any serious hunter of African game.  They have a special place in the hierarchy of big game hunting.  Kudu are found throughout the country.  Their preferred habitat is hilly terrain with overgrowth.  Their natural camouflage makes them difficult to spot in dense vegetation.  Traditionally, the largest sets of horns have been found in animals from the more Northern regions of South Africa.

  • Hunting a leopard is the most challenging of any of the Big Five.  They are very elusive and avoid human contact as far as possible.  A successful hunt is never guaranteed.  They are mostly hunted over bait, often meaning many long hours spent waiting for an opportunity to present itself.  Leopard hunting is strictly regulated, with only a limited number of pre-issued CITES tags being made available every year.  To increase the chances of a successful hunt, it is best to plan to stay for a lengthy period of time and have a great deal of patience.


  • Lion hunting is mostly done as walk-and-stalk safaris.  It is very challenging and the thrill of seeing the animal for the first time is something you will never forget.  This is the experience of a lifetime and an absolute must for any hunter serious about completing the Big Five.

  • As the name would suggest, you will be hunting the mountain reedbuck in steep terrain involving a lot of climbing.   The males are the only ones that have horns in the herd.  They are found in small family herds and are extremely alert to any possible danger.  You will be shooting from long range with an altitude differential, so a fast, flat shooting caliber would be the rifle of choice.

  • The Nyala is a spiral horned antelope, medium bodied, with striking white markings down the flanks of the immature males and females. They have a white chevron marking on their faces between the eyes and a distinctive white crest running down their backs. Their preferred habitat is wooded savanna. The males are substantially larger then the females, weighing in at between 200-300 pounds.

  • The ostrich is the largest living bird in the world.  They are flightless and are common throughout Southern Africa. They are found in a wide range of habitats, from the bushveld to arid regions. The male are black, with white trimmings on the wings and the females are grey. Ostrich hunting is primarily for the hide and feathers.  Tanned leather ostrich goods fetch premium prices.  The front part of the male's legs turn red during mating season, and they should then be treated with caution, as they can inflict serious damage with their large talons.

  • The African porcupine is a member of the rodent family.  It is not an animal that is commonly hunted by trophy hunters when they come to South Africa, but tends to be a target of opportunity.  They are nocturnal animals and should be treated with caution at close range. A great number of over zealous hunting dogs have learned, to their regret, that a face full of quills are extremely painful.

  • Red duiker is a small antelope, whose distinguishing characteristic is its chestnut colour.  Both sexes have horns, the males ones being twice the size of the females.  They frequent the forest regions, and are foragers.  They are best hunted with a shotgun or solid bullets.  Most encounters with them are fleeting due to the terrain, so quick and accurate shooting is required to bag one.

  • Red hartebeest are one of the fastest antelope found on the plains of South Africa. They like open terrain where they can use their speed to their advantage.  Despite having poor eyesight, they more than make up for it with acute hearing and a sharp sense of smell.  They should be approached from downwind and are often very wily prey.  Both sexes have horns, so care should be taken in distinguishing them.

  • Red lechwe are not originally from South Africa and were introduced from neighbouring countries.  Their preferred habitat is shallow floodplains and they are well adapted to the water, being excellent swimmers.  Slow on land, they will flee to water to avoid predators.  They can be found feeding on river grasses knee deep in water early mornings and late afternoons, spending the day on land resting out of the worst of the heat. It is almost guaranteed that you will get your feet wet hunting and retrieving your trophy.  Only the males have horns.


  • The roan antelope is the second largest plains antelope in South Africa.  Their numbers have increased over the last few years due to breeding projects that have reintroduced them into areas that they were present in before.  They have medium sized horns and care should be exercised when selecting a target, as both sexes have horns.  Due to their relative scarcity, they are pricey to hunt, but make a fabulous addition to your collection.


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