Hunting Prices in South Africa
Whether it is Big Game Hunting Prices in South Africa for the “Big Five” or a small plains game safari, African hunts can be much less expensive than you might expect. For example, a fully-inclusive Cape buffalo hunt can be done for less than $8,000 through a hunt broker that specializes in finding great deals, such as Discount African Hunts. That is less than one would pay for a trophy elk hunt in North America!
Many first-time hunters choose to pursue plains game on their first African hunt, and this is a good idea. Both Namibia and South Africa have well-developed hunting industries with many areas inhabited by large numbers of popular species such as impala, gazelle, wildebeest, kudu, warthog and zebra. In addition, both countries have governments that understand the value of trophy hunting and promote it as a conservation tool.
Understanding the Costs of Hunting in South Africa: A Comprehensive Price Guide
Aside from the cost of the hunt itself, other expenses that can add up include airfare to and from the hunting destination, rifle rental, gratuities and the shipment of your trophies back home. Moreover, some hunts in remote areas of Africa may require charter flights to reach the hunting area.
Most of these costs can be minimized by booking a hunt during the months of June to September, when weather is usually milder and game concentrations are higher. Lastly, it is also helpful to talk with your PH about doing management (cull) hunts for some of the animals on your safari so that you do not feel obligated to purchase or taxidermy all of your harvested trophies.