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Hunting kudu in South Africa

Kudu scientific name – Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Hunting kudu in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our kudu hunting packages are becoming extremely popular because of the effort involved from both the hunter and the Professional Hunting Guide when hunting kudu in South Africa.

Kudu hunting gets the attention of any hunter. African kudu hunts are the backbone of campfire stories: stories about the one that got away, or even better, the kudu mount already on the wall.

The age old squabble of Cape kudu vs greater kudu will never really be laid to rest.

Cape kudu are not a separate genus or separate specie; Cape kudu merely do not grow the same horn length as kudu in the northern parts of South Africa. Some say it lies in the type of vegetation and diet that makes greater kudu grow bigger horns.

In the Northern parts of South Africa is where we know about hunting kudu. In the different terrain types we offer some of the best kudu hunting in the world. If finding kudu that are in the gold medal class or if trophy record book kudu hunting is what you are after you have come to the correct company.

Of course we hunt the biggest kudu in Limpopo Province and North West Province.



General info for hunting kudu

Price

The average size kudu we get to hunt is 50”; this is the overall average length of all kudu taken over time. It is very difficult to find kudu of above average horn length these days as it takes eight plus years for kudu to grow large horns. It is our belief that due to high demand kudu are harvested before they reach their full potential.

The starting kudu hunting prices South Africa for the 2016 and 2017 hunting season is             $ 2 450-00 if you hunt this magnificent Gray Ghost as an add-on. Our kudu hunting prices will remain the same barring any international happenings.

Caliber

Hunting in Africa Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for kudu hunting in South Africa: 270, 7 mm-08, 7 X 57, 7 mm Rem Mag, 8 X 64 Breneke, 308, 30-06, 300 WSM, 300 Win Mag, 338 Lapua and 375.

Ammunition

Hunting in Africa Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition for kudu hunting. Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

 

Gun Scope

A good quality 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting kudu in South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the reticle quicker.

Average shooting distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting Kudu in South Africa is 80 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in. Another consideration is what time of the year you decide to hunt kudu.

Shot placement when hunting kudu

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed right on the shoulder in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.

Quartering to shot

Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away shot

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

Facing to shot

The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. On a frontal shot care should be taken not to misjudge where the throat joins the chest due to the beard down the length of the throat.

Shot placement diagram for hunting kudu

Kudu hunting video South Africa

Tips for hunting kudu in South Africa

To walk-and-stalk when hunting kudu is the traditional way of going about it. Larger kudu herds can be more difficult to stalk due to the very large ears that kudu use almost as radar stations. Solitary bulls can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed. Bachelor herds of between 2 and 10 animals are common and are even more difficult to stalk. Archery hunting kudu is on the increase and in such a case you can hunt kudu from a hide or blind, or walk-and-stalk for a more traditional bow hunting experience.

Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary kudu and result in a no-hunt situation.

Best time of year to hunt kudu

Traditionally the bush in the best kudu hunting areas is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.

The best time of year to hunt kudu in South Africa is twofold: firstly the kudu rut during the second week of April till about the second week in Mayn(give or take a few days), and secondly, from late June to end October when the bush has receded most.

We can and do hunt kudu from January to December.