Cape Buffalo Hunting In South Africa

Looking for a quality Cape Buffalo hunt in South Africa? We have some of the best and most affordable Cape Buffalo hunting available in Africa.

Why should I hunt Cape Buffalo with you? We hunt Cape Buffalo in South Africa’s Limpopo Province near the town of Hoedspruit, just outside Kruger Park. This is prime buffalo habitat and these are real deal Cape Buffalo hunting safaris for wild buffalo, not hunts on a buffalo breeding farm. 

We have exclusive hunting rights on this hunting area and only book a limited number of buffalo hunts each year. For these reasons, we have very high success rates and our hunters consistently take very nice buffalo. We had a 100% success rate in 2015 and 2016 and have a lifetime success rate over 90% on our Cape Buffalo hunting safaris. We only hunt hard bossed bulls, not immature bulls who have not had an opportunity to breed. Hunters booked with us typically take bulls measuring 38-39″, but we’ve also taken a number of buffalo in the 40-44″ range. 

Additionally, we strive to provide our hunters a truly authentic African safari with exceptional personal service. For this reason, we do not use outside PHs and we only book one hunting party at a time.

Due to all of these factors, we can provide an outstanding Cape Buffalo hunting experience that few other outfitters can compete with. Dreaming of a once in a lifetime opportunity at matching wits with one of the most feared of members of the Big 5 in the South African bushveld? Looking for comfortable accommodations, great food, and outstanding buffalo hunting? Then book one of our Cape Buffalo hunts. 

Continue reading to learn more about our incredible Cape Buffalo hunting in South Africa or check out our Mozambique hunting page to learn about our opportunities for hunting Cape Buffalo in Mozambique.

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Cape Buffalo Hunting in South Africa

The magnificent dagga boy in the photo below is a good example of the quality of trophies taken when Cape Buffalo hunting with us. 

cape buffalo hunting mapAll of our Cape Buffalo hunting safaris are done on foot by tracking buffalo from water holes or via spot-and-stalk. While we sometimes use vehicles to locate tracks from where buffalo have crossed the road, you’ll leave the vehicle to follow the buffalo on foot you find suitable tracks.
cape buffalo hunting in south africa 1There are plenty of good bulls in the area and a hunter in good shape will likely have multiple shooting opportunities during a hunt with us. The two buffalo in the photo below were taken within minutes of each other during a hunt in 2016. For best odds of success, hunters should be in good physical condition and capable of walking 3-5 miles each day. cape buffalo hunting buffalo june 2016If you hunt with us, you will truly experience what Africa has to offer: you’ll get to see and stalk one of Africa’s most iconic and dangerous species, sit around the campfire and swap stories, hear hyenas at night, and then wake up and do it all again the next day.

Cape Buffalo Hunting Guides

Kobus and Johan, our two full-time professional hunters, have over 30 years experience of hunting Cape Buffalo between them. They take great pride in their high standards and in hunting ethically. Both men are also members of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa and have safely and successfully guided hundreds of Cape Buffalo hunts.cape buffalo hunting guidesThey tailor hunts to the abilities and desires of each individual hunter. Regardless of your hunting experience level, they guarantee the Cape Buffalo hunting safari of a lifetime.

Best Time For Cape Buffalo Hunting

We hunt Cape Buffalo all year long. However, the dry season typically runs from April through October, making those months the ideal times to hunt Cape Buffalo. Though June and July generally have the most pleasant weather, and are therefore the most popular months for Cape Buffalo hunting, the odds of success are very high during the entire hunting season.

Be advised: the hunting area is in a malaria zone. Please ensure that you consult your doctor prior to the hunt for appropriate malaria prophylaxis.

Cape Buffalo Hunting Accommodations

Hunters visiting this hunting area will stay in individual chalets wired with 220v electricity and equipped with air conditioning. Each chalet is kept in pristine condition and furnished with a bed, sink, toilet, and a shower. Camp also features a fully stocked bar, an outside dining area overlooking the bushveld, and an outdoor fire pit.cape buffalo hunting accommodations 1cape buffalo hunting accommodations 2

Cape Buffalo Hunting Food & Beverages

All meals are prepared on site by our professionally trained chef and consist of a combination of authentic South African cuisine and wild game. Meals feature lots of meat, vegetables, and fruit and are accompanied by fine South African wines specifically chosen to compliment the meal. After a hard day of hunting, you’ll get a chance to relax and unwind with a sundowner and snacks around the fire pit or in the bar before dinner while you rehash the day’s experiences and talk about tomorrow’s plans. cape buffalo hunting food 1buffalo accommodations resized 3

Best Caliber For Cape Buffalo Hunting

We recommend using a rifle chambered in .375 H&H or .375 Ruger at a minimum when  hunting Cape Buffalo. Using high quality bullets, these calibers will do the job on even the biggest Cape Buffalo with proper shot placement. Though bigger calibers such as the .416 Rigby and .458 Lott are also great choices for Cape Buffalo hunting, only use a cartridge that you are comfortable with and can shoot accurately. A bigger bullet will not make up for poor shot placement when Cape Buffalo hunting.

When hunting Cape Buffalo, we advise loading a soft-nosed, controlled expansion bullet for the first shot, followed by non-expanding bullets for all subsequent shots. With this in mind, we recommend bringing 20 premium soft point bullets along with 20 quality non-expanding bullets (solids or FMJs) for whatever rifle you intend to use.cape buffalo hunting bullWe make every effort to get as close to the buffalo as possible before shooting. As a result, virtually all shots on buffalo are taken at 50-80 meters (though sometimes closer). At these ranges, low magnification scopes (like a variable 1.5-6x) work best.

South Africa Cape Buffalo Hunting Packages

South Africa Cape Buffalo Hunting Package
7 Days (6 Nights) Accommodation
1 Cape Buffalo Bull
$14,000 (1×1), $13,750 (2×1)
$1,400 per Observer

This is a flat rate price for any size buffalo: no cost per inch. These packages are valid for any hunt in 2017 or 2018. We do not believe in hidden or extra costs. Our Cape Buffalo hunting packages include all costs associated with the hunt. Basically, you are responsible for transporting yourself, your gear, and your trophy to and from Africa. We will pick you up and drop you off at the airport and take care of everything in between. 

Our success rate in 2015 and in 2016 was 100%. Our lifetime success rate on our Cape Buffalo hunting safaris is over 90%. However, if you do not take a Cape Buffalo on your hunt, you will not be charged the trophy fee ($10,000).

Though every effort will be made to follow up and recover wounded animals, all animals wounded and not recovered will be charged full price.

There is also lots of plains game in the area and you can upgrade you Cape Buffalo hunt with additional hunting days and animals at the normal daily rates and trophy fees

For hunters that do not wish to bring their own rifles, we have scoped rifles chambered in .375 H&H and .375 Ruger available for our clients to rent when hunting. For $25 a day, we provide use of the rifle and appropriate ammunition for hunting Cape Buffalo.

The discount we offer all women and members of the military applies to our Cape Buffalo hunting packages. All Cape Buffalo hunting package prices are in US dollars. 

Cape Buffalo Hunts Include:
Trophy Fee for 1 Cape Buffalo
7 Days (6 Nights) Accommodation
Exclusive use of the hunting area
Services of a licensed Professional Hunter
Pre-Approved firearm import service
Meet & Greet at airport
Transportation between Johannesburg International Airport and hunting areas
Accommodation, food, and beverages
Reasonable quantity of alcoholic beverages
Laundry service during the hunt
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Delivery of trophies to a Gauteng based taxidermist and shipping company

Cape Buffalo Hunts Do Not Include:
Gratuities for staff members
Taxidermy fees
Transport of trophies outside of South Africa
Airline tickets
Personal, Travel and Trophy insurance
International calls from cell phones, or landlines
Rifle Rental

Cape Buffalo Hunting Booking Policy

50% of the hunt package is due at booking and the balance of the package is due upon arrival. Trophy fees for any additional animals taken are due at the end of the hunt. The deposit and any payment prior to the start of the hunt may be paid by personal check, credit card, or bank transfer. We accept payment via traveller’s cheque, cash, and bank transfer for payments after the hunt start date. Trophy fees for animals paid for, but not taken, will be refunded promptly at the end of the hunt.

If you’re interested in booking an affordable Cape Buffalo hunting safari in South Africa, please contact us for more information. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.

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