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Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa

Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa
Golden wildebeest scientific name: Connochaetes taurinus

Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa is for the hunter who has hunted South Africa on several occasions. Hunting a trophy golden wildebeest is to supplement any of the other beests any hunter has hunted. The beest slam comprises the blue wildebeest, golden wildebeest, king wildebeest, red hartebeest and black wildebeest.

Golden wildebeest hunting prices have levelled out and have been reduced dramatically lately. Because of this, golden wildebeest hunting in South Africa has become more affordable.

Golden wildebeest are the result of a recessive gene, usually recurring in every third generation. However, if a golden wildebeest bull mates with a golden wildebeest cow, the result will be obvious.

Golden wildebeest hunting is relatively new to South Africa. The golden wildebeest hunting prices are in line since 2018 when the so-called color variant breeding market collapsed. Consequently this was due to many breeders who initially entered the lucrative breeding market.

Anatomy differences

Anatomically golden wildebeest do not differ from blue wildebeest and king wildebeest. Therefore, the same body weight, gestation period, shoulder height and habits apply to all. It is merely the color differentiation that distinguishes the one from the other.

General trophy size of golden wildebeest is slightly smaller than blue wildebeest on average.

Golden wildebeest hunting in South Africa

General info for hunting golden wildebeest


Golden wildebeest hunting price South Africa for the 2018 and 2019 hunting season is              $ 4 000.


Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggest the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting golden wildebeest:

  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag
  • 338
  • 338 Lapua
  • 375 and any comparable calibers.


We suggest Barnes TTSX in just about any projectile weight. This depends on which projectile weights consistently performs better in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use are Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Gun Scope

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting golden wildebeest. This is due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief allowing for quicker cross-hair detection.

Average shooting distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting golden wildebeest is 150 to 250 yards in open terrain of the Free State.  Hunting golden wildebeest in the bushveld will have a shorter expected shooting distance of 80 – 120 yards.

Shot placement when hunting golden wildebeest

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed right on the shoulder in line with the front leg. Height should be slightly below one third of the way from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. Avoid shooting too high.

Quartering to shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as a broadside shot.

Quartering away shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the same height as a broadside shot.

Facing to shot

The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. Watch out for head movements that can result in a facial shot.

Shot placement diagram hunting golden wildebeest

Shot placement golden wildebeest
Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa
Golden wildebeest hunting South Africa

Tips for hunting golden wildebeest

Walk-and-stalk hunting golden wildebeest is the traditional way. Golden wildebeest mingle freely with larger blue wildebeest herds. This is difficult stalking as every member of the herd is alert most of the time.

Solitary golden wildebeest bulls can become wily and are hard to hunt. Bachelor herds of between 2 and 10 animals are common and  even more difficult to stalk.

Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary golden wildebeest.

A snort is the warning call of wildebeest.

Best time of year to hunt golden wildebeest

The best time of year to hunt golden wildebeest is from February until the end of November.

We can and do hunt springbok from January to December.