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African game animals list trophy hunting South Africa

This is an African game animals list of all 39 game species (including sub-species) Mkulu Africa Hunting Safaris have available for hunting in South Africa. The African game animals list includes the Big 5 dangerous game animals, and hippo. Hippos and crocodiles are responsible for most deaths by African game animals than any other animals (including snakes) on the African continent.

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Baboon

Recommended caliber : First rifle handy! 22-250, 222, 223, 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua (long range hunting) and any similar or comparable caliber

Black wildebeest

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Blesbok

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Blue wildebeest

Recommended caliber : 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 375 and any similar or comparable caliber. Generally: the bigger the better.

Bontebok

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Bushbuck

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Bushpig

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua or any similar or comparable caliber, 12 ga shotgun. A 45-70 lever action would be most suitable for up-and-close encounters when hunting bushpig.

Caracal

Recommended caliber : Any caliber larger than 222 with a solid round as it does the least damage to the trophy, 410 shotgun, 17 cal, 12 ga

Duiker – common

Recommended caliber : Any caliber larger than 222 with a solid round as it does the least damage to the trophy. 17 cal, 22-250, 222, 223, 243, 308.

Eland

Recommended caliber : 30-06, 300 (all), 338 Lapua, 375, 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 416 Rem, 458 Win Mag, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey, 505 Gibbs.

Fallow deer

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Gemsbok

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua (long range hunting) and any similar or comparable caliber

Giraffe

Recommended caliber : 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 375, 416 Rigby, 416 Rem, 458, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey, 505 Gibbs and any similar or comparable caliber. ONLY use premium grade ammunition.

Hippo

Recommended caliber : Legal minimum caliber for dangerous game in most African countries is 375. Recommended 375, 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey, 505 Gibbs

Impala

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Jackal

Recommended caliber : The very first rifle handy! 17 cal, 22-250, 222, 223, 243, 270, 30-06, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua and any similar or comparable caliber

Klipspringer

Recommended caliber : 17 cal, 223, 243, 270, 308, 30-06, any caliber larger than 222 with a solid round

Kudu

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua and any similar or comparable caliber

Lechwe – red

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua and any similar or comparable caliber

Mountain reedbuck

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308 and any similar or comparable caliber

Nyala

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Ostrich

Recommended caliber : 270, 308, 30-06, 300 WSM, 300 Win Mag, 375

Reedbuck – common

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Red hartebeest

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Rhebok – vaal / gray

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Roan

Recommended caliber : 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 375 and any similar or comparable caliber

Sable

Recommended caliber : 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 338 Lapua, 375 and any similar or comparable caliber

Springbok – any color variation

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 30-06, 308, 7 mm (all), 300 WSM

Recommended caliber : 17 cal, 223, 243, 270, 308, 30-06, any caliber larger than 222 with a solid round

Steenbok

Tsessebe

Recommended caliber : 243, 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Warthog

Recommended caliber : 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 7 X 57, 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag and any similar or comparable caliber

Waterbuck

Recommended caliber : 7 X 64 Breneke, 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 375 and any similar or comparable caliber

Zebra – Burchell’s and Mountain zebra

Recommended caliber : 30-06, 308, 300 Win Short Mag (WSM), 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 375 and any similar or comparable caliber. Smaller calibers have been used to successfully harvest zebra. These are our recommendations based on 19 years of professional hunting in Africa.

African game animals list dangerous game hunting

Buffalo – Cape buffalo

Recommended caliber : The legal minimum required caliber to hunt African dangerous game in most African countries is 375. After 19 years of professional hunting experience it is our recommendation to use any of the following: 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 45-70, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey or 505 Gibbs for hunting Cape buffalo. If you only have a 375 then please feel free to use it.

Buffalo – Cape buffalo cow

Recommended caliber : The legal minimum required caliber to hunt African dangerous game in most African countries is 375. After 19 years of professional hunting experience it is our recommendation to use any of the following: 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 45-70, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey or 505 Gibbs for hunting Cape buffalo cow. If you only have a 375 then please feel free to use it.

African elephant

Recommended Caliber : The legal minimum required caliber to hunt African dangerous game is 375. After 19 years of professional hunting experience it is our recommendation to use 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey or 505 Gibbs when hunting African elephant. If you only have a 375 then please feel free to use it.

Hippo

Recommended caliber : The legal minimum required caliber to hunt African dangerous game in most African countries is 375. After 19 years of professional hunting experience it is our recommendation to use any of the following: 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 45-70, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey or 505 Gibbs for hunting hippo. If you only have a 375 then please feel free to use it.

Leopard

Recommended caliber : The minimum legal required caliber to hunt leopard in many African countries is 375. You are welcome to use a 375 or any other caliber larger than 375 with premium grade ammunition only.

Lion

Recommended caliber : The minimum legal required caliber to hunt lion is 375. You are welcome to use any other caliber larger than 375. In all instances only make use of premium grade ammunition.

Lioness

Recommended caliber : The minimum legal required caliber to hunt lioness is 375. If you have other calibers larger than 375 you are welcome to use those. In all instances only make use of premium grade ammunition.

White rhino

Recommended caliber : The legal minimum required caliber to hunt African dangerous game in most African countries is 375. After 19 years of professional hunting experience it is our recommendation to use any of the following: 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey or 505 Gibbs for hunting white rhino. If you only have a 375 then please feel free to use it.

Black rhino

Recommended caliber : The legal minimum required caliber to hunt African dangerous game in most African countries is 375. After 19 years of professional hunting experience it is our recommendation to use any of the following: 404 Jeffrey, 416 Rigby, 458 WM, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby (Wby), 470 NE, 500 Jeffrey or 505 Gibbs for hunting black rhino. If you only have a 375 then please feel free to use it.