Hunting black wildebeest South Africa



Hunting black wildebeest South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.

Black wildebeest scientific name: Connochaetes gnou



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Hunting black wildebeest South Africa


Hunting black wildebeest South Africa is hunting for the more common South African antelope species.

Black wildebeest are gregarious animals that like to huddle up in a herd and run around once they feel threatened. The males and females have distinct differences when sexing them for trophy hunting. Black wildebeest only occur naturally in South Africa making it a rather sought after trophy.

Black wildebeest are also known as the Clowns of the Prairie due to their odd behavior when in a herd. At times, they will start running at no apparent reason. The animals on the outskirts of the herd will swing their heads at any other member of the herd closest to them. Then, suddenly and as if by some unseen traffic signal, they all stop. This behavior can continue for many minutes to the enjoyment of the onlooker. Despite the seemingly aggressive mode of some of the individuals, black wildebeest never intentionally injure each other when strutting this type of behavior.

Solitary bulls are indicative of mature male black wildebeest (mostly trophy size) dominating a specific area known as his territory. Within the territory there is a home range which is a smaller area where the specific individual will normally be found.


Territorial black wildebeest bulls fought for the right to own his territory. If possible it is suggested to avoid hunting these territorial animals as they are mostly in their absolute reproductive prime. Hunters should try to identify the individual as an old bull that was shunted from the herd and lost his territory. Your PH will assist in estimating the age of the specific bull.

When you decide to hunt a black wildebeest, you may want to consider hunting a blue wildebeest as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.

Hunting black wildebeest in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our black wildebeest hunting opportunities are mainly in the Free State but because black wildebeest hunting can be done in many of our Provinces we are not limited to only hunting black wildebeest in one Province.

Please take the time to read the information below to make informed decisions with regards to shot placement, caliber for hunting black wildebeest, the tips for hunting black wildebeest and other relevant information.

Even if you decide to hunt with another company, enjoy hunting black wildebeest in South Africa.

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Information on hunting black wildebeest South Africa

Hunting prices

Black wildebeest hunting price South Africa for the 2020 season is $ 1 250.

Due to the cost saving measures we institute (like not having too much staff that only work during the hunting season), it is possible to offer affordable black wildebeest hunts and black wildebeest hunting packages in South Africa. Feel free to have a look at our YouTube videos of plains game hunts.

Our black wildebeest hunting prices in South Africa are set for 2020 hunting season.


The best caliber for hunting black wildebeest in South Africa would be a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

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

  • 243
  • 6.5 X 55
  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm 08
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag and any other comparable calibers.

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

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

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. However, if you can afford these optics is your choice. 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 black wildebeest 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 Black wildebeest in South Africa is 150 to 250 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Shot placement hunting black wildebeest

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed on the shoulder, or slightly behind 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

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.

Facing to shot

Place the shot where the throat joins the chest.

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Tips on hunting black wildebeest South Africa

To walk-and-stalk when hunting black wildebeest is the traditional way of going about it. Larger black wildebeest herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the black wildebeest herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed.

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

Best time of year for hunting black wildebeest South Africa

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

The best time of year for hunting black wildebeest South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the grass has receded most.

When hunting black wildebeest in the Free State the terrain opens up to large open plains and even mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.

We go hunting black wildebeest South Africa from January to December.

South African hunting packages 2020