Hunting kudu in South Africa with Mkulu Safaris

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Hunting kudu in South Africa – kudu hunting prices and tips

Kudu scientific name – Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Hunting kudu in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting 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 Hunter Guide when hunting kudu in South Africa.

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.

The most popular plains game animal to hunt in South Africa is undoubtedly kudu. The mere mention of kudu, also known as the Gray Ghost, will send shivers down the spine of any hunter. The name Gray Ghost refers to the uncanny ability of a kudu bull to disappear without sound and without the hunter being aware of it. Gray refers to the color of the kudu.

Kudu is included in our South African hunting safari packages as the main animal to hunt. Professional Hunters and visiting hunters always sigh a sigh of relief when a fantastic kudu is successfully hunted. We feel we offer some of the best kudu hunting safaris Africa has to offer.

We have hunted kudu in almost every hunting scenario from open fields, to thick brush to mountains and honestly feel we have some of the best kudu hunting in the world.

If hunting 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. Our kudu hunting prices are an average reflection of the hunting industry prices. Due to the supply and demand for kudu over 60” we regrettably have to charge more for this holy grail of kudu.

Your South African hunting safari starts right after you decided to hunt Africa. Getting prepared for your South African hunting trip is as exciting as being here and going on your first hunt. Enjoy every moment of the journey. Just to whet your appetite, scroll further down this page for our kudu hunting videos. The videos do not always reflect the complete hunt, so please do not think hunting kudu is easy at all.

We absolutely do not offer cheap African hunting safaris. We hunt up to a standard, not down to a price. Mkulu African Hunting Safaris offer hard to beat value for money South African hunting safari packages. We hunt kudu hard and we hunt fair. Our mild hunting in South Africa prices allow you the opportunity to hunt South Africa at affordable prices while we can still make a living. Thank you for understanding and we appreciate your patronage. Kudu hunting better than this has not been discovered yet.

Hunting kudu in South Africa information

Best kudu hunting caliber

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following as the best calibers for hunting kudu 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
  • 338-06
  • 338 Lapua
  • 35 Whelen
  • 375
  • 376 Steyr
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.

Kudu hunting season South Africa dates 2018

Prior to the existance of the Professional Hunter industry, hunts were legally undertaken by locals during the South African winter months of May, June, July and August. These were by far the preferential hunting months and were considered as the best biltong making months because there were no flies. In order to have hunted legally, South African hunters had to purchase a hunting lisence from the local magistrates court. This lisence was valid for the specific hunting season only and had to be produced on demand of any officials.

With the development of the Professional Hunting industry, new laws and regulations came to being. This meant that landowners apply to the local state authority for exemption, meaning hunters can hunt year round on such properties. The landowners pay a lisence fee in lieu of the individual lisence fees hunters had to pay. Included in the newer system is an inspection of the hunting property that needs to fulfill to minimum criteria allowing the landowner the right to have hunters hunt his property year round.

Kudu hunting season South Africa dates 2018 are from 1 January 2018 through 31 December 2018.

Kudu hunting prices South Africa

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 2018 is $ 2 750-00 if you hunt this magnificent Gray Ghost as an add-on. Our kudu hunting prices South Africa 2018 will remain the same barring any major international happenings.

Kudu hunting ammunition

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


Shot placement when hunting kudu in South Africa

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

Gallery of kudu trophy hunting pictures

Kudu hunting videos South Africa

Below are a couple kudu hunting videos South Africa 2016 and earlier. For a comprehensive list of our African hunting videos South Africa 2014, 2015 and 2016, please follow this link to our video page.

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 for hunting kudu in South Africa

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 May (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.

South African hunting safari packages 2018

Below are our South African hunting safari packages 2018. You are welcome to have a look at them and even come up with a few innovative suggestions on how we can accommodate your specific requirements.