The Nile crocodile is one of Africa's most unusual trophies. These large, predatory reptiles are found in almost all of the large rivers of Africa and can be extremely dangerous to those who venture near the riverbanks. The croc is a long-living, slow-growing specie reminiscent of prehistoric times.
The trophy crocodile may reach a length of about 15 feet and may be as old as 75 to 100 years of age. While the croc appears to be lazy and lethargic as he basks on the riverbank, do not be fooled; he is a shy, wary, and extremely cautious creature. They are extremely difficult to approach on foot to within a reasonable shooting distance.
This 'big lizard' is extremely hard to kill quickly and cleanly. The first shot on the croc must be carefully placed to anchor him, cause if he is allowed to retreat to the water, the trophy is surely lost. Only two shots are effective in anchoring your croc; a shot placed into his golf-ball sized brain or one that hits the spinal column just behind the head.Choose the right rifle and bullet combination and place your shot carefully.
Your reward will be a magnificent crocodile to add to your trophy room.Crocodile hunts have gotten so popular in the past years that it has now became a hunt hard to find, with good trophy size crocs. African Safari Outfitters has one of the best areas in Mozambique on lake Cahora Bassa with a 100% success over the last 4 years. We were able to achieve an average croc size of 14.6 ft . with the smallest on 11 ft and the biggest measuring 18 ft. Hunting is done by baiting and spot and stalk.In Namibia baiting seems to be the best way to hunt crocs, the Caprivi has proved to be a place that delivers monster crocodiles each year, we start of by checking areas were they come out to sun them selves. Once a large track is found, a bait will tide near to the bank or in the water and a blind is built. once the croc starts to feed then the waiting game begins. shot placement is vital on this animal, if not done correctly your trophy will be lost.
Hunting Crocodile in South Africa on privately owned property is an exiting and rewarding experience. It involves a lot of planning and scouting ahead of time to find a location where a big crocodile lives and where he frequently likes to sunbath, once this is determined you need to plan a route to stalk close to a suitable position where you would have a clear shot. Crocodiles have good hearing and a very keen sense of smell, if he gets your wind or any noise on the shore, even birds sounding an alarm will alert the crocodile that something is approaching and will cause it to go back into the water. Ambushing them at a spot that they often visit is your best chance at success.
No African hunter can ever forget the gaze of intense yellow eyes calculating from within dense thorn scrub, the earth shattering roar or the crunching of bones in the darkness. Try hunting a hungry lion that has no fear of man, on foot, in dense vegetation...you'll come away with a new perspective on life…The African lion is without question the King of all African predators and the best known of all the Dangerous game, most respected, and most feared.
It is said a hunter will respect a Lion 3 times, the 1st when it is heard; the 2nd when seeing the track; and the 3th when you see him. He is the largest of the African cats, weighing in at between 400 up to 600 pounds. He stands nearly 4 feet at the shoulder and measures about 10 feet from nose to tail. He is extremely nimble and fast, able to cover 100 yards in 3 to 4 seconds. Unpredictable and he will finish what he starts.
An ambush predator, if he is hurt he will be intent on doing something about it. A minimum of .375 caliber, as is the lawful minimum in most African countries is require. 375 cannot always be guaranteed to make a one shot kill, so you may consider a larger caliber if you shoot it well. First shot placement is the most important, as the follow-up on a wounded cat can be extremely exciting and super dangerous. A poorly shot lion will lie in wait and is capable of great speed in a charge. When a lion charges, he will typical target just one of the party of hunters and will be intent on doing deadly harm. The lion in full charge can be an extremely difficult target and only a large caliber rifle can be counted upon to stop this big cat. As with Leopard, a Lion can not absorb a good dose of Hydrostatic shock. Therefore a fairly fragile bullet that will expand easy and transfer its kinetic energy while creating a large wound channel is ideal. in the North-West communal area of Namibia is where we hunt lion ,depending on permits every year. These Lion are normally hunted with baits. The procedure is to first hunt bait, usually Gemsbok or Zebra. Then hang or fasten the carcass to a limb or tree in an open exposed area. The bait is then checked every day until there has been a hit. A large spoor or long hairs on the bait signal the building of a blind. Shooting will most likely take place from a well constructed blind, situated in an easily accessible position downwind and 60 – 100 m from the bait.
The concession that forms a part of the shores of lake Cahora Bassa in Mozambique is a one of the places in Africa providing our clients with a truly wild and unique experience, this area is hard hunting.The old trophy lions typically have large bodies and scruffy manes.A jewel hunting place of 35 000 acres of unspoiled Acacia bush-veld on the outskirts of the Kalahari desert in South Africa, offers some of the best Lion hunting in Southern Africa today. Huge maned Lion gets taken here year after year. This is where we hunt our Lions. Our clients take a domestic flight to the town of Kimberly in the Northern-Cape Province and drive with us a 4hour drive to a luxuries lodge, alternatively there is a landing strip on this privately own reserve and a charter flight is always a great way of seeing the country while on route to the experience of hunting lion. Hunting is done on foot and it is guarantee to be an exited few days ahead.
The Cape Buffalo is the most affordable of Africa's dangerous 7 and more people will become addicted to this African hunt than any other. Without a doubt it is the best adrenalin kicking safari you can have in Africa especially if you hunt one of the ”classical countries” and spend days tracking the bad tempered old dagga boys in dense bush or long grass. Despite their fearsome reputation, a good shot from a good rifle will humble most BUT if you do wound your target then be warned, you are dealing with one of Africa's most dangerous and vindictive animals. Buffalo are generally hunted on foot (this is what makes this hunt so exciting), picking up and following fresh spoor at waterhole's or across roads. Older bulls tend to separate from the herds and are solitary or form small bachelor groups often called Kakulis or dagga boys. Buffalo hunting and their dangerous nature when wounded has been documented by all the great white hunters and on various video footage. DO NOT BE FOOLED - each situation is unique and buffalo are one of the most dangerous animals when wounded.
Despite their size they are extremely quick and cunning blending in well with there surroundings, as they remain absolutely still until one is right upon them.Buffalo are thick-skinned animals and the minimum caliber is the .375 Magnum. with Buffalo you can never have too much gun. If you can afford it a well oiled gleaming double rifle packing 500 grains of lead is you preferred choice.Most PHs swear by the .375 Magnum as a starting point, with the .416s & .458s being a good compromise on price and power. Some hunters will load a soft-nosed round for the first shot, followed by solids as the animal moves off. Remember, you want to do as much damage as possible with your first shot and heavy grained, good quality soft-nosed bullets are essential.
Trophy judgment on buffalo is quite easy but remains an individual choice. Old lone bulls usually have worn down horns with characteristic gnarled bosses. The sheer menace and presence of these bad-tempered old boys makes for an excellent hunt and well-deserved trophy.Buffalo hunting in Mozambique is available at reasonable rates and some decent trophies have been taken.
Mozambique is fast becoming one of the hottest classical hunting destinations on the continent and they do have some excellent buffalo hunting concessions. The quality and number of buffalo are very much dependent upon the different concessions and time of year. We conduct our buffalo hunts in concessions close to , and on the shores of lake Cahora Bassa best time of season to hunt buffalos here is around June till September.in Namibia we hunt in the Caprivi strip , these buffalo hunts can be very demanding, or sometimes very easy, depending on time of year, luck, area, etc.
The better months to hunt them are generally from July to end September, with October and November also being good times in some areas, but much hotter during the day. It involves a lot of walks through water, which in turn is quite refreshing. By spending enough time in the area , you will visually spot a bull and have a stalk opportunity.
In South Africa things are a little different. Buffalo often carry bovine tuberculosis which severely effects livestock.There is a border line which has been drawn to prevent this spread of infection - called the Red Line - SOUTH of which no infected buffalo are allowed exists. So if you are hunting a buffalo south of this line it means the buffalo has been through a quarantine process and is likely to be expensive. Buffalo are most commonly hunted on private concessions and there are some massive bulls around. We also have limited tags for the greater Kruger area, these areas include the Timbavati and Umbabat which are open to Kruger National Park and are well know for excellent buffalo hunting.
Hippopotamus accounts for more human deaths in Africa than any of the dangerous game members, the Hippo is truly a dangerous animal. Make no mistake although it might look like a large pig; this is not an animal you want running towards you if you’re not ready to make a killing shot.
Bringing down the third largest and most dangerous of the big five can prove quite tricky. Their ability to dwell in water and run as fast 30km/hour on land on their short legs, has surprised many an unprepared hunters. Angry hippos will be disastrous when they attack by knocking, biting and stumbling over their enemy. The large body, thick neck and short tailed animal is fascinating, but be prepared to fire several large caliber shots.
They can attack humans without provocation, both in boats and on land. Hunting should be done with caution and with pinpoint accuracy. Side shots should be placed just below the ears to penetrate the brain. A shot from the front should be aimed at the forehead where it forms a v shaped depression. Hunts can be done on land or in water, always remember they are fast on land and in water they run much faster than a man can walk, so be prepared for the thrill of a life time when hunting these unique trophies.
At the moment Mozambique does not issue us Cities permits for the area we hunt in Cahora Bassa.In the province of Mupumalanga located in South Africa just south of Kruger national park is where we enjoy the privilege of hunting hippos mostly founded in lakes in the area and between big sugarcane plantations.
Namibia offers you a true wild experience and hunting is done on the south side of the Chobe- and Kwando river. These areas in the Caprivi strip of Namibia are extremely large and we use all the scouting help we can get not just by walking but using cars ,boats and talking with the local fisherman.
Elephant hunting is done mostly on foot by following promising fresh spoor until the animal is seen. It is then determined if the tusks are of satisfactory trophy size. Usually this type of hunting involves hours of walking only to be disappointed by a large bodied small tusked bull.
Generally older larger bulls will have younger, more alert bulls in attendance and they often raise the alarm or cause problems by always seeming to be in the way of the path to the larger bull. In most cases, an Elephant hunt is a psychological battle of endurance, patience and persistence with many blisters, sunburn and exhaustion.
A personal choice is hunting South Africa for Elephants, in the Timbavati, Klaserie and Umbabat this forms the Association of Private Nature Reserves. The APNR it is over 300 000 acres in extent, and is based on the Eastern side of the world famous Kruger National Park, which is situated in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa. There is no boundary fence between the Kruger National Park and the APNR. Together, these areas constitute the Greater Kruger Park, which is over 5 Million acres in size, and is bigger than some countries. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a pristine environment with no boundary fences or internal fences. This is the wildest hunting available in South Africa .The vegetation here varies from thick riverine forest to Mopani woodlands and open savannah. This area is hot during the day with cool nights. best hunting is from June till October which is also the dry season.
A big bull Elephant with 100 pound ivory tusks is considered by many as the ultimate African trophy, but these days anything over 40 pounds is still considered trophy quality.
The Caprivi strip region of North-east Namibia, has produced some big bulls due to the relative proximity of the large Botswana herds and their movement through the Caprivi into Angola. They travel great distances in search of food, and often follow a seasonal route covering hundreds of miles.
The Eastern Caprivi is an oasis for elephant, with rivers like the mighty Zambezi, Chobe, Kwando and Linyanti.
Namibia is also known for the desert elephant that occur in the North Western part of the country which contains a healthy population,with very few permits given to hunt them makes success rates high, but by no means an easy hunt. the ivory is short and thick with one side warned down more then the other, best time of year is June till October.
“When hunting elephant in Mozambique , you need a client who trusts you, who trusts your judgement, who is willing to follow, You need a client who is true not only to himself, but also to his Professional Hunter and who knows his limits. For in this true wilderness there has never been and never will be room for overdriven egos, pretense or anything but honesty and the spirit of the hunt” Jason van Aarde
…… This area lies in northern Mozambique. Temperatures push the thermometer into the hundreds with high humidity, making hunting here harder than any of the other areas in Africa. Good trophies in the 55 - 65 pound range can be expected, with the occasional trophy over 80 pounds. Three elephants weighing over the magic 100 pound mark have been taken in the last five years in this area.
Hunting the Rhino is a once in a life time dream for many people. It's not only the danger involved, nor the adrenaline that only kicks-in with your final few steps before getting a shooting opportunity. That is when you realize how small you are and how easy the tranquil way of the Rhino can change any second on you… it may also be the last Rhino you ever see if you mess up in these few split seconds.
Underestimated by most people, the Rhino is a gentle giant till it's not, and then its got unbelievable power and will stop for just about nothing. Sadly, Rhino poaching has increased in the last decade and Rhino numbers came down a dramatically.
We are grateful and privileged to say White Rhino & Black Rhino can be trophy hunted in South Africa and Namibia as part of conservation, thanks to the Hunters’ dollars that has increased the numbers of rhinos sufficiently enough. Following very strict permit issuing procedures, each rhino hunt is strictly for conservation and will be accompanied by a representative or representatives of local nature conservation, to ensure the hunt is conducted in accordance with legislation. These days depending on government license permits and Cities export permits that will determent the location of the hunt, clients wanting to hunt this exceptional animal should contact us in advance and we will discuss details of the safari in person.
Elusive and dangerous are the first thoughts any hunter should have when leopardhunting. This is, pound for pound, the most dangerous animal in the world when wounded, drawing a deep respect from all who have hunted this magnificent creature.Contrary to popular belief, Leopard are NOT endangered. But because they are largely nocturnal and rarely seen, there is this perception that they are rare. They are however extremely shy animals with excellent senses and camouflage and very good at avoiding humans. Due to their secretive nature it would be very difficult to successfully hunt leopard on a 14 day safari without baiting. Baiting is the most important and popular method, lying in wait at dusk from a blind 75 or more yards away. Leopard are very alert, usually coming to the bait the last few minutes before complete darkness. Quality optics with strong light gathering capabilities are necessary. The real challenge is to put your skills against that of the leopard, try to outwit him and get him to come to bait with enough light to afford a shot. It is like a game of chess played out over a couple of weeks at a few locations. It is a match of wits and a contest of wills. It is said that you hunt an Elephant with your legs, a buffalo with your guts, and a Lion with your heart but a Leopard is hunted with your brain.
Cities export tags and permits are strictly regulated by the government in all African Countries and there for makes this a low supply high demand hunt making the value of this safari on the high end. Our prime area for hunting Leopard is in Namibia it has been 100% successful and has year after year made every frustrated roller coast-ride Safari a memory of a life time. A leopard safari will almost guarantee be one of the most challenging adventures that you will book while hunting in Africa. Our camps for leopard hunting in Namibia are small and exclusive. Two hours drive West of the countries capital Windhoek, into the heart of the mountains in the semi-desert area know as the Khomas high land. Free roaming Gemsbok, Mountain Zebra, Kudu and some other small game are among the extraordinary beauty of this land that you will see. The Khomas high lands are home to the most leopards in Namibia, with plenty of food including cattle. The many valleys, riverbeds, cliffs and caves, which in turn is prime leopard country. Best time of year to hunt is May till October.
Working with our good friend and Outfitter in South-Africa leopard hunting is done in the Limpopo- or Mpumalanga province depending each year where the Cities tag is allocated. Hunting and accommodation are first class and the frustrated roller coaster-ride is a guarantee, just like the spots on a leopard, that is all part of the hunt.
Best time to hunt is June till October. Mozambique guarantees a hard hunt. From the moment you arrive in the town of Tette your expedition to Lake Cahora Bassa and its magnificent wildness and wild life starts, the safari is a romantic Africa tale. From June till September is the best time for hunting here, lots of lion in the area may make the baiting and waiting in the blind a very unique experience.the lodge is beautiful and provide more then needed at the end of a long day.