Elephant Hunting in South Africa is a Luxury Experience.
Contrary to the opinion of some, the elephant is not endangered and in fact several countries of Southern Africa have been forced to institute culling operations to keep their numbers in balance.”
Learn more about elephant hunting in South Africa:
South Africa Elephant Hunting Season
The best periods for elephant hunting in South Africa are from April through October, however it depends on availability.
This is a Luxury Elephant Hunt
Elephants are generally hunted on foot, picking up and following fresh spoor at waterhole’s or across roads. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. You will stay in a luxury lodge and drive daily to the hunting area. In most African countries, an elephant hunt is very remote with basic accommodations.
*For elephant hunting use a minimum caliber of .375, although .416 is preferred.
*There is currently no archery elephant hunting in South Africa.
Elephant hunting next to Kruger National Park (Limpopo, and Mpumalanga)
Elephant hunts are also available near Kruger Park, but they are controlled by National Park Regulations. On these hunts, you will be hunting on the private ground surrounding the park, but they are the same free ranging elephants that reside within the park.
In most of this area, you can only take bulls that weigh 35 pounds or less. However, if you would like to hunt a trophy elephant near Kruger, there are two isolated areas for bulls up to 75 pounds maximum, but there is a very small quota available and a very high demand. If you would like to hunt trophy elephant near Kruger National Park, you must book years in advance.
Elephant hunting in KwaZulu-Natal
Most of the hunts in KwaZulu-Natal are conducted in large, private nature preserves which, in most cases, border National Parks. These hunts are often management hunts, but occasionally there are trophy bulls available with limits on the weight of the tusks.
Trophy Quality and Success Rates
Trophy quality is good, with average bulls ranging from 35-75 pounds depending on the area you are hunting. The success rate for elephant hunting in South Africa is 95%. Exportable elephants in South Africa do require a CITES permit.
All CITES animals do require proof of residence and a copy of your passport a minimum of 60 days prior to your hunt. This will give your outfitter time to obtain the proper permits.
*Elephant hunting in South Africa is subject to availability.
Travel, food and lodging for this elephant hunt
Your PH will pick you up at the Johannesburg airport and all transportation will be taken care of from that point on. They will meet you as you exit the plane and walk you to the rifle permit office to retrieve your gun. You will also be driven back to the airport at the end of your safari. You will feel safe and taken care of for your entire hunt.
5-Star Lodge Accommodations
You will stay at hand picked concessions that offer both exceptional buffalo hunting and lodging. Here are a few examples of the lodging. All will be similar.
South African ‘Boere’ Cuisine
The food is South African ‘Boere’ (local) with a touch of European. Expect lots of meat, vegetables, and fruit, all complimented by a variety of South African wines. You will eat a hearty breakfast, usually come back to the lodge for lunch, and then a nice dinner at night. Prior to dinner, you will lounge around the fire pit or in the bar talking about the days hunt and tomorrows plans. You will feel at ease with the staff, who treats you, not as a client but, as a friend.
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Testimonials from hunters who have hunted with this outfitter:
I went from being on top of the world, to the pit of despair in about 1.5 seconds. Suddenly I could hear Botes’ (our PH) voice cutting through the fog of disbelief and utter horror, saying “nock another one, nock another one, you got this.” When I snapped out of it I realized the big […]
There’s not one bad thing I could say about this South Africa safari. The hunting was off the hook, with LOTS of game. The people were great, the PH’s were fun, friendly, and professional. The food was spectacular, as was the lodging. It was the trip of a lifetime for me and my son. Cory […]