Big 5 Hunting In Africa

Looking for information regarding a Big 5 hunting safari in Africa? Read on to learn all about our Big 5 hunting safaris.

We are completely booked for the 2023 hunting season. Contact us for details on available dates remaining for 2024 and 2025.

When most people think of hunting in Africa, the image that first pops into their head is probably of a Big 5 hunting safari. The Big 5 consists of the Cape Buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros. These animals are the most difficult and most dangerous species to hunt and a Big 5 hunting safari is the pinnacle of hunting in Africa.

Though it is true that some species of plains game, such as eland, can be even larger than some of the members of the African Big 5, none can turn the tables on the hunter as quickly as the members of the Big Five. A Big 5 hunting safari is not an easy endeavor. Not only can it be dangerous, but it also usually involves weeks of hunting and many miles of walking.

For those planning on booking an African Big 5 hunting safari, we recommend using a rifle chambered in .375 H&H or greater. This is an excellent all-around cartridge that will work very well on all members of the Big 5 when appropriate bullets are used: rapid expanding bullets for lion and leopard, controlled expansion bullets and solids for buffalo, and solids for elephant and rhino.

There is nothing wrong with using a larger or more powerful cartridge like the .416 Rigby, .458 Winchester, or even the .577 Nitro. However, regardless of what members of the African Big 5 you intend to hunt, shot placement is extremely important.

Below are the details of the Big 5 hunting safaris that we currently offer.

Cape Buffalo

big 5 hunting in Africa cape buffalo

The buffalo is the most common member of the African Big 5 and a buffalo hunt is usually the first (or only) Big 5 hunting safari that most hunters take. Buffalo hunts are commonly combined with plains game hunts in South Africa.

South Africa Cape Buffalo Hunting Package

South Africa Cape Buffalo Hunting Package
7 Days (6 Nights) Accommodation
1 Cape Buffalo Bull
$14,700 Per Hunter (1×1)
$14,400 Per Hunter (2×1)
$1,475 Per Non-Hunter

South Africa Cape Buffalo/Sable Hunting Package
8 Days (7 Nights) Accommodation
1 Cape Buffalo Bull & 1 Trophy Sable
$20,135 Per Hunter (1×1)
$1,655 Per Non-Hunter

South Africa Cape Buffalo Cow Hunting Package
7 Days (6 Nights) Accommodation
1 Cape Buffalo Cow
$6,775 Per Hunter (1×1)
$6,585 Per Hunter (2×1)
$1,475 Per Non-Hunter

We take pride in conducting serious Cape Buffalo hunting safaris in the beautiful, but unforgiving South African bushveld the way they were meant to be done. You’ll hunt Africa’s legendary “Black Death” on foot in the rugged terrain and thick vegetation of Limpopo Province that buffalo call home.

Contact us or check out our Cape Buffalo hunting page for more information.

Leopard

big 5 hunting in africa leopardNext to the buffalo, the leopard is the second most commonly hunted member of the Big 5 and leopard/buffalo combination hunts are very popular among hunters interested in a Big 5 hunting safari. South Africa closed the leopard season in the entire country in 2016 and has not announced any plans to reopen it in the foreseeable future. Contact us for more information.

Lion

big 5 hunting in africa lionsAt this time, we do not offer any lion hunting safaris, nor do we expect to offer any lion hunts in the foreseeable future.

Elephant

big 5 hunting in africa elephantAt this time, we do not offer any elephant hunting safaris, nor do we expect to offer any elephant hunts in the foreseeable future.

Rhino

big 5 hunting in Africa rhinoAt this time, we do not offer any rhino hunting safaris, nor do we expect to offer any rhino hunts in the foreseeable future.

If you’re interested in booking an African Big 5 hunting safari, please contact us for more information.