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South Africa - A Hunters Paradise

Updated on October 4, 2011

South Africa is one of the top destinations in the world for the hunting enthusiast. The diverse types of hunting terrain combined with the exotic animals that you can hunt make it attractive and exciting for any hunter. If you go once it is a lifetime experience if you are able to go more than once then every time you go to South Africa to hunt your big game it is always a new adventure because of the exotic diversity of the region.


South Africa has also established strict rules on for the legal and environmental impact of hunting game in their country so make sure you understand the legalities of hunting there prior to planning your trip. This helps not only protect the environment and locals but also the ability for others to enjoy the hunt in this diverse environment.

In South Africa there is a large population of the big five hunting favorites they include elephant, leopard, buffalo, lion and rhino. They maintain a very dense concentration of these animals here because of the natural environment they reproduce quickly and are in no danger of going extinct. This invites hunters into the area because it helps control the population to some extent for the locals as well as for the government. As a hunter you will actually be able to actually hunt more instead of tracking the whole time there which is beneficial to you. Many local tour guides and sport enthusiast are available to help you with your trip and since there is such a variety you can usually find them for a lower cost.

If you are not into hunting with guns but prefer a more natural method like bow there are sports attractions that all you to use them as well. In certain locations around South Africa you can also hunt as if you were a native using bows, sticks and spears. So there is an attraction to the challenge as well as the diversity of the hunting that you can do. There are many countries in the world that this is not allowed which makes hunting here just the type of challenge every hunter is looking for.  

It is not only the types of hunting that are available in south Africa that attract many people here it is also the challenge of such a divers environment. Every part of South Africa has a challenge you can test your survival skills in from woodlands, grasslands, tropical regions, and even dry desert. So you can challenge yourself to one or all of them hunting your favorite prey.

The most favored of prey in South Africa is the water buffalo. It is a member of the big 5 in hunting and also one of the most dangerous animals in the world. Also another popular prey in South Africa is the antelope it is considered one of the largest and fastest antelope in its subclass. But if you are also looking for smaller prey like hyena they are also available South Africa has the ability to cater to ever hunters dream.

South Africa is not just a sports arena for hunting it is part of everyday life. The hunter is known in their culture as the fearless warrior able to take on the largest of challenges and either live or die. Since it is so embedded in their culture the availability of every type of hunting weapon is also available. But there are some basic laws just like in other parts of the world you do want to follow. If you’re a foreigner you do need to apply for both a hunting and weapons license with your embassy and wait for approval prior to your trip. It can be a few month processes so apply early but there usually is no problem obtaining a license unless you’re a convicted felon in your home country which then I suggest don’t even try. But, once you have obtained it then you get to choose your weapon and guide and you are ready for the adventure. In addition to gun shops, there are also a huge number of shops that supply other hunting and safari related paraphernalia such as night vision equipment, camouflage clothing, sound enhancing equipment and a lot of miscellaneous goods. So pack your hunting gear and get ready for the trip of a lifetime in exotic South Africa.


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  • Kadmiels profile image

    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    thanks everyone!

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    sumitparihar 7 years ago

    a very good article ......

    I enjoyed thoroughly..

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    killrats 7 years ago from Cape town South Africa

    Glad to see that you know so much aboutthe dark side of the world. I have lived in SA all my life and hunted in Africa when it was still true wild africa.


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    50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

    I'm an avid hunter and live by a few rules of my own in game management like "use all you take" eat it and use every usable part of it. "let the first one go" if you see what your after let it pass by, if you don't see another all day, there probably isn't enough to justify thinning them out. After that I've a few more but that's not why we are here.

    An excellent hub on hunting in Africa, I always wanted to go, it would be for the smaller species like antelope as I can't see myself eating a whole elephant, but getting to see them in their natural home would be great! 50

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    Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

    I enjoyed reading your article. I found it well written and educational.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your well written hub. I also hate hunting but at the same time numb ers of animals have to be kept right. I really don't know which way to turn.

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks for this interesting Hub. I actually hate hunting - I really can't see the point of killing these beautiful animals and cannot for the life of me see what enjoyment there is in it.

    At the same time I think South Africa is, as you point out, doing a lot to regulate hunting and to ensure that it does not have a negative impact environmentally.

    Ironically, perhaps, a dear friend has recently bought a game farm and is starting to run bow hunting safaris on it. It is in the north of the country. Haven't visited him there yet but will do - another Hub?

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Love and peace