Elephant Hunting in South Africa is a Luxury Experience.
South Africa elephants are exportable to the United States and Europe.
South Africa Elephant hunting takes place in the KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. Elephant tags in South Africa are strictly controlled by CITES.
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.”
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.
Many hunters worry about travelling to Africa, but there is no need. The airport in South Africa is easy, clean and modern. Most people speak good English, and the PH will be right there to help you with the entire process.
Travelling to South Africa is easy.
You will fly to Johannesburg, South Africa where the PH will meet you immediately upon landing. He will help you with your luggage and rifle or bow.
The “Joburg” airport is very modern and easy to navigate. From the airport, the PH will drive you to the hunting area, which is a two-and-a-half hour drive North. Once you arrive at the lodge, all travel while hunting will be from 4×4 pickup trucks with racks in the back. All vehicles are new, clean, and in good working order.
5-Star Lodge Accommodations.
The lodge consists of 6 en-suite rooms, decorated in a modern afro-ethnic style. Elegant, yet understated and always in pristine condition with natural stone, wood and thatch. The lodge also boasts a swimming pool, fully stocked bar, an outside dining area, and a lapa area with fire pit and bbq.
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.