Hunting warthog in South Africa with Mkulu Safaris

Warthog scientific name: Phacochoerus aethiopicus

Hunting warthog in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Hunting warthog in South Africa

Hunting warthog in South Africa with an African hunting outfitter whose favorite animal to hunt is warthog. When hunting warthogs your quarry can either be uncommonly canny or exceedingly stupid. With a slight breeze in the hunters favor a hunter can approach a feeding warthog slowly to within 10 to 20 yards away from the warthog.

Warthogs have been heavily hunted in some areas with the result that trophy warthog are not commonly found in those areas anymore. Fortunately, Mkulu African Hunting Safaris still have a few hunting concessions with good trophy warthog available.

Most of a warthog’s time is spent foraging for food. Like pigs, warthog are not fussy about what they eat. Anything from grass, to bulbs, roots, insects, larvae, carrion, lizards, birds, bird eggs and more are consumed with enthusiasm.

To get their mouths down to the correct level to graze and root, the will go down on their front knees to get at eating better. Warthogs are diurnal, meaning they are mostly active during the day. In areas where they are severely hunted, big boars will roam around at night.

Warthog boars and sows are promiscuous and will mate with any warthog of the opposite sex. Boars have nothing to do with raising the young and become solitary after the rut. Sows will form small sub-groups that consist of two to three sows and their offspring.

They have a particular fondness for waterholes during summer when they love to wallow in the mud. The mud assists in protecting their skins from for overexposure to the sun, and against the bites of insistent bugs.

Shelter is in the form of old, disused aardvark holes that are used as a den. Warthogs reverse into their dens, allowing a face front exit. Apart from the obvious, warthog boars have an additional set of warts between the tusks and they eyes, slightly above the tusks.

Predation is mostly in the form of jackal, leopard, python and crocodiles. Sows will defend their young against smaller carnivores like jackal, cheetah and young leopard.

Warthog boars will weigh down the scale to an average body weight between 130 lb. – 220 lb. (60 kg – 100 kg), and sows between 100 lb. – 150 lb. (45 kg – 70 kg).

A batch of 1 – 6 piglets are born during the peak season from September to November after a gestation period of three months, of which two piglets on average make it to adulthood.

Information on hunting warthog in South Africa

Caliber for hunting warthog

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting warthog in South Africa:

  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 7 mm-08
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag any comparable calibers
Gun Scope

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

Average shooting distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting Warthog in South Africa is 20 to 100 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Warthog hunting prices

The cost to hunt warthog in South Africa for the 2018 South Africa warthog hunting season is $ 350.

Our warthog hunting prices South Africa for 2018 are set for the whole of this hunting season.


Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight depending on which weight projectiles have a constant better performance in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Shot placement when hunting warthogs

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 back.

Quartering to shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the inside 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

With the awkward build of a warthog and the fact that the head is rather low to the ground a chest shot should not always be attempted. Rather go for a high head shot if you feel confident enough to attempt such a shot (not recommended).

Warthog hunting shot placement diagram

Gallery of warthog trophy hunting pictures

Tips for hunting warthog in South Africa

With a slight breeze in favor of the hunter warthog can be approached to within a very short distance. However, this does not occur at regular intervals. Warthog have less than average eye sight but well above hearing- and smelling capabilities.

When feeding with their heads down in knee high grass, it is difficult to judge trophy quality so the hunter needs to be at the ready until such time the warthog lifts its head.

Best time of year for hunting warthogs in South Africa

Traditionally the bush in the best warthog 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.

Best time of year to hunt warthog is from March to November with peak hunting taking place during the very dry spell between July and October.

We can and do hunt warthog from January to December.

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