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.