Hunting baboons in South Africa

Hunting baboons in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.

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Hunting baboons in South Africa

Hunting baboons in South Africa is hunting for one of the most difficult animals to hunt. They always have a sentry on duty that never sleeps and upon the warning call from the sentry all baboons start running immediately. Their eye-sight is unparalleled and misses no movement or out-of-place object.

It is but with utter patience and good shooting that baboons are hunted. This is the reason why we have a price tag on them. On some hunting properties where we come across baboons by accident and do not have to pay a trophy fee you will not be expected to pay for something we get for free.

General baboon behavior

Baboons are almost always in a troop. They will groom each other by removing mites, lice, ticks and any other obstacles in their coats. Male baboons are dominant and will defend their leadership in violent battles.

Baboons are extremely agile and will scale trees in the event of danger. Baboons are omnivorous and will eat almost anything edible. Baboons have been noted to catch juvenile antelope that still suckle. This is done to drink the milk from the belly of animal.

Baboons eat fruit, grasshoppers, seeds, lizards, scorpions and almost anything else.

Baboon defence

Seemingly baboons live in a casual and care-free environment. The contrary is quite true. A dominant male rules the troop with utter discipline. Food is taken from juveniles at will and discipline enforced by pinching or biting other members.

Large baboon males can and will ward off attacks from leopard.

A leadership dispute is settled when a rival challenges the troop leader in a vicious fight. With the advent of a new leader, most juveniles dependent on their mothers will be killed by the new leader. This is done to promote ovulation within the female fraternity allowing the new leader to ensure his genes are promoted.

Information on hunting baboons in South Africa

Baboon hunting prices

Baboon hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $100 if we actively have to go out hunting them. If we accidentally come across baboons and we are not charged a trophy fee, you can shoot it for free. Please bear in mind you will need a pre-approved tag if you want to export any primates. The tag fee is a non-nonrefundable $100 per primate.

Our baboon hunting prices are fixed for the 2020 hunting season.


We recommend the best caliber for hunting baboons in South Africa would be a small- to medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. There are numerous calibers out there that you will be able to use effectively to hunt baboons with.

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

  • the very first rifle handy!
  • 222
  • 223
  • 243
  • 22-250
  • 6.5 X 55
  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 7 mm 08
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag
  • 338 Lapua for long range hunting and any other comparable caliber.

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting baboons. To use any other ammunition than premium grade may save you money on the ammunition but it could cost a whole lot more if you wound an animal that we cannot find.

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TSX in just about any weight. You can use 150 – 180 grain Barnes TTSX projectiles in your 30-06, depending on which weight projectiles have a constant better performance in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures we recommend would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Gun Scope

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. It is our experience that the more costly gun scopes like Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. If you can afford these optics is your choice. It is our recommendation NOT to buy an extremely expensive scope to hunt baboons, but rather to buy an expensive scope for hunting in general and then to use that same rifle scope for hunting baboons. The single most important issue would be for the gun scope to be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting baboons 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 shot distance

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

Shot placement for hunting baboons in South Africa

Broadside shot

Baboons are slight body animals which is why the shot can be placed in the upper body.

Quartering to shot

Baboons are slight body animals which is why the shot can be placed in the upper body.

Quartering away shot

Baboons are slight body animals which is why the shot can be placed in the upper body.

Baboon hunts from the past

Baboon hunting video

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Tips on hunting baboons in South Africa

Hunting baboons usually happens by accident or when you have a well hidden hide and can take a good shot at one of these destructive animals. Archery hunting baboons is on the increase and in such a case you must hunt baboons from a hide or blind.

Best time of year for hunting baboons

The best time of year for hunting baboons is when you are here. We hunt baboons in South Africa anytime of year from January to December.

South African big game hunting packages 2020