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. Even though most of South Africa is fenced, there is a fair amount of free-range, un-fenced habitat and the elephants in those areas are doing quite well.”
South Africa Elephant Hunting Season
The best periods for elephant hunting in South Africa are from April through October, however it depends on availability.
Elephant Hunting Method
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.
*For elephant hunting in South Africa, you must use a minimum caliber of .375, although .416 is preferred.
**There is currently no archery elephant hunting in South Africa.
Trophy Quality and Success Rates
Trophy quality is good, with average bulls ranging from 35-70 lbs. The success rate for elephant hunting in South Africa is 70%. Exportable elephants in South Africa do require a CITES permit.
Fly from Johannesburg to a private airstrip located near the hunting concession or the Outfitter will arrange to pick you up at the airport and drive you to the lodge. The drive takes approximately 4.5 hours. All transportation will be provided once you arrive at the lodge.