Looking for information an African plains game hunting safari? Read on to learn all about our African plains game hunting safaris.
The vast majority of all hunts in Africa are plains game hunting safaris. Southern Africa has an incredible variety and density of wild game that is unmatched by any other place in the world. This incredibly abundance of game, particularly antelope, makes that part of the world a paradise for hunters.
The term “plains game” is an all-encompassing phrase that generally refers to the many species of antelope that inhabit the plains and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. However, basically any species of game that is not considered a member of the Big 5 or another species of dangerous game is generally considered plains game.
Fortunately, an African plains game hunting safari is incredibly reasonably priced. A hunter can go to Africa to hunt 5-6 (or more) species of plains game while staying in very comfortable accommodations at a price comparable to (or less than) a guided elk hunt in the United States.
For example, our two most popular plains game hunting packages are listed below. Both packages include all costs associated with the hunt, to include the trophy fees for the listed animals, all food, beverages, and accommodations for the duration of the hunt, and airport pickup and drop-off at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. For more information on these packages, and to see the other plains game hunting packages we offer, check out our Africa hunting packages page.
First Timer’s Hunting Package
5 Days (4 Nights) Accommodation
Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Springbok
3 Animals Total
$3,400 (1×1), $3,150 (2×1), $1,000 per Observer
Bushveld Plains Game Hunting Package
8 Days (7 Nights) Accommodation
Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, & Warthog
4 Animals Total
$6,100 (1×1), $5,750 (2×1), $1,600 per Observer
As you can see, our plains game hunting safaris are not limited to just wealthy hunters and you can have a high quality hunt for a very reasonable price.
Our plains game hunting safaris are conducted in a wide variety of areas. Depending on the animal being hunted and the exact location of the hunt, the hunting areas can range from densely wooded bushveld to wide open grasslands on the highveld.
Below are the different species that we offer on African plains game hunting safaris.
Hunting Areas: Gauteng Province
Black Wildebeest are very plentiful in grasslands of the highveld on our hunting area in Gauteng Province and we routinely take some excellent Black Wildebeest trophies each year. Though they are slightly smaller than their cousin, the Blue Wildebeest, they are still very tough and can be quite difficult to bring down.
Blesbok typically inhabit the grasslands of the highveld and we have a very large population of Blesbok on our hunting area in Gauteng Provincwe. Because they live in open areas with little cover, shots of 200+ yards are often required when hunting Blesbok.
Also known as “the poor man’s buffalo”, Blue Wildebeest are one of the toughest species of plains game. They are also extremely popular among hunters and are a cornerstone of any African plains game hunting safari.
The diminutive Bushbuck is the smallest species of spiral-horned antelope in South Africa. They are very shy and elusive animals and can be very difficult to hunt. Even though they are small, they can be very aggressive when wounded and are perhaps the most dangerous species of plains game in Africa.
The Bushpig is one of the most challenging species of plains game that may be hunted in South Africa. Primarily nocturnal, they must be hunted over a bait from a blind or using hounds to flush them from the areas where they bed down during the day. Either way, they are an incredibly difficult, yet satisfying species to hunt.
Don’t let the Duiker’s small stature fool you: this animal is a worthy adversary in the bush. They are very common, but aren’t easy to hunt because of their skittish nature. Indeed, they got their name from the fact that they appear to “dive” into cover.
The Eland is the largest species of antelope in the world. A big bull can weigh as much as 2,200 pounds. That’s even bigger than a Cape Buffalo bull! They are another species of spiral horned antelope that may be hunted in South Africa.
Gemsbok are desert animals and do not actually need to drink any water to survive. They get all the water they need from the plants they eat. For this reason, they are also very tolerant of drought conditions.
Giraffe are the tallest animals in the world. Even so, they are exceptionally well camouflaged and can be surprisingly difficult to find.
Impala are a very common species of antelope that is found all over Africa. We have outstanding Impala hunting on all of our hunting areas, particularly in Limpopo Province. No African plains game hunting safari is complete without an Impala.
Klipspringer translates literally to “cliff jumper”, which is a good description of these small and nimble animals. They inhabit rocky mountainsides, so be prepared to do some climbing if you want to hunt Klipspringer.
Because of their long, beautifully spiraling horns, the Kudu is perhaps the most impressive trophy that can be taken in Africa. For this reason, they are one of the most popular species of plains game. Fortunately, they are relatively common and we have some outstanding Kudu hunting on our hunting areas in Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces. A Kudu is a must have species on an African plains game hunting safari, especially for a hunter on a first trip to Africa.
The Mountain Reedbuck may be the most underrated animal hunted in South Africa. They are challenging to hunt, have a beautiful hide, and taste delicious. We have some outstanding trophy quality Mountain Reedbuck on our hunting areas in Gauteng Province. Consider adding one to your next plains game hunting safari.
The Ostrich is both the largest and has the fastest land speed of any bird in the world. The Ostrich has extremely tasty meat and makes a very unique trophy.
Nyala are another member of the spiral horned antelope family that may be hunted in South Africa. We hunt these magnificent animals on our hunting area in Gauteng Province.
The Springbok is a very common species of plains game and is also the national animal of South Africa. They are plentiful on our hunting area in Gauteng Province. However, they are typically found on the open grasslands where they are difficult to approach closely. For this reason, longer range shots are usually required when hunting Springbok.
The Steenbok is another common, yet small and underrated antelope that inhabits the bushveld. Like the Duiker, the Steenbok is another great addition to many plains game hunting safaris and are typically taken by chance when hunting something else.
The Tsessebe is actually the fastest antelope in Africa. Similar in appearance to Red Hartebeest, they are a strange looking animal because their shoulders are higher than their hips.
The Warthog is another one of Africa’s best known species of game. These animals are also extremely popular among hunters and are a cornerstone of any African plains game hunting safari.
The Waterbuck is a very underrated species that is often overlooked by hunters in Africa. This is a shame because they are truly a magnificent animal and we have some of the best Waterbuck hunting in all of Africa on our hunting areas.
The Zebra is one of the most iconic animals in Africa and no African plains game hunting safari is complete without one.