Trophy Eland Hunting In South Africa

Looking for incredible trophy Eland hunting in South Africa? We offer some of the best and most affordable Eland hunting available in the entire country.

Why should I go Eland hunting with you? If you book with us, you’ll hunt Eland in South Africa’s Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces, where we have exclusive hunting rights on some of the best Eland habitat in South Africa and carefully manage our hunting areas for outstanding trophy quality. 

Due to our careful management practices, we have very high (over 90%) success rates on our Eland hunting safaris and take some gigantic blue Eland bulls each year. It is not uncommon for one of our hunters to take a humongous Eland bull that weighs more than a Cape Buffalo!

Additionally, by booking with us, you’ll enjoy a truly authentic African safari with exceptional personal service. We do not use outside PHs and we only book one hunting party at a time, so you’ll have exclusive use of the hunting area during your trip.

Due to all of these factors, we can provide an outstanding Eland hunting experience that few other outfitters can match. If you’ve always dreamed of hunting a massive blue bull Eland in the South African bushveld, then you need to book one of our Eland hunts. trophy eland hunting in south africa resizedWhat Eland hunting methods do you use? The vast majority of our Eland hunting is conducted via walk and stalk. We drive the roads until find a recent track that is big enough, then follow the tracks until we find the Eland. Since there are such large animals, an Eland can cover a tremendous amount of ground in a relatively short period of time. For this reason, hunting Eland often involves walking many miles, so it is essential that hunters be in good physical shape.

What is the cost of an Eland hunting trip in South Africa with you? For the 2017 hunting season, our trophy fee for Eland is $2,250. We have several hunting packages (especially the “Limpopo River” and “Spiral Horn Antelope” packages), that provide an outstanding opportunity to hunt Eland along with some of our other popular species of plains game at a reasonable price.

When do you do your Eland hunting? Eland may be successfully hunted virtually all year round. However, the prime time of year for Eland hunting is normally during the dry season. For this reason, June and July are both great months for Eland hunting. However, similar to Kudu and Impala, the Eland hunting normally improves over the course of the year, with September and October being the prime months.

What is the average shot distance when Eland hunting in South Africa? Since they are often encountered in thick cover, shots taken when Eland hunting are usually at short to moderate range: 50-150 yards.

What is your average trophy size of Eland taken when hunting with you? The average trophy taken on Eland hunting safaris with us normally has horns that measure 32-33″ long. The largest Eland we have ever had a client take with us, which you can see in the photo below, had horns that measured nearly 40″ long, which is an absolutely incredible Eland trophy.

Contact us for more information or to book your Eland hunting trip.trophy eland hunting in south africa gigantic resizedWhat is the best rifle caliber for Eland hunting? Since they are so large, Eland must be hunted with an cartridge of appropriate power. With this in mind, I do not recommend using anything less than the .30-06 Springfield, using 180gr controlled expansion bullets, for Eland hunting. The  .300 and .338 Winchester Magnum are slightly better choices. However, cartridges such as the 9.3x62mm Mauser and the .375 H&H are both ideal cartridges for Eland hunting. You are absolutely not using “too much gun” if you use either cartridge on an Eland.

That being said, we would rather you bring a smaller cartridge that you are familiar with and can shoot accurately rather one that you are afraid of. As always, accuracy and good shot placement are the two most important things when hunting Eland.

What is the best recommended Eland shot placement? Like virtually any African animal, an Eland will not run very far if hit properly by a powerful enough bullet. When the animal is standing broadside, simply aim at the center of the shoulder, approximately one third of the way up the body.trophy eland shot placement broadside resizedRemember to adjust your aiming point accordingly if the Eland is quartering towards or away from you (aim slightly forward if it is quartering towards you and slightly to the rear if it is quartering away). trophy eland shot placement quartering away resizedEland Scientific Name: Taurotragus oryx

How do you distinguish males from females when Eland hunting? Male and female Eland are similar in appearance, but usually aren’t too difficult to tell apart when when hunting Eland. Though both males and females have horns, the horns on females (right) are usually longer and thinner when compared to males. Males (left) also have much thicker necks. The patch of fur on the bull’s head, his massive dewlap, and the “faded blue jeans” color of his coat indicate that this is a mature, trophy bull.trophy eland hunting in south africa male femaleIf you’re interested in going Eland hunting 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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