Modern hunters have an arsenal of weapon­s to hunt their prey, and perhaps the most interesting and challenging is the bow. And even though the tools we use today are far different from the tools used in the Stone Age, the skills needed to be successful at bow hunting are essentially the same. Today arrows fly further and penetrate deeper. Bows are stronger and lighter - and compound bows are more complex. Blinds and stands give us an advantage over our predecessors, but skill, intimate knowledge of the game and the ability to move quickly and quietly across the terrain is a skill that can take years to develop. Bow hunters must be able to get close to their prey for a quick, ­clean kill.

Some concession areas are reserved solely for bow hunting.  The animals in these areas are more relaxed and this affords bow hunters better opportunities to take trophies.  Bow hunting areas in Africa have well-constructed blinds in strategic positions and this further improves the bow hunter’s odds. This popular sport is challenging and rewarding. 

The three types of bows which are legally permitted in South Africa are the compound, re-curve and longbow, with the compound bow being a firm favourite for many professional hunters.

These are the guideline requirements for Bow hunting in South Africa:


Bow Kinetic Energy 80 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 700 grain
(Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo)


Bow Kinetic Energy 70 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 550 grain
(Kudu, Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, etc.)


Bow Kinetic Energy 40 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 400 grain
(Warthog, Nyala, Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Backed Jackal, Game Birds, etc.)

No legal documents are required when importing a bow into South Africa.



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