Hunting gemsbok in South Africa with Mkulu Safaris


Gemsbok scientific name: Oryx gazella

Hunting gemsbok in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.



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Hunting gemsbok in South Africa

Gemsbok scientific name: Oryx gazella

Hunting gemsbok in South Africa is hunting for one of the best looking African antelope species. With the striking white facial markings and extreme javelin like horns gemsbok are one of the more easily recognizable antelope species in Africa.

With both gemsbok bulls and gemsbok cows sporting these horns that can be described as weapons, great care should be taken when approaching a wounded gemsbok. At times, it can be extremely difficult to sex these animals as older gemsbok cows develop thick base horns making an educated guess quite difficult.

Before a hunt commences the hunter should decide whether he / she would prefer hunting a gemsbok bull or a gemsbok cow. On average the only difference between the two (apart from the obvious) would be that gemsbok bulls have thicker, shorter horns while gemsbok cows have thinner longer horns.

Hunting gemsbok in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our gemsbok hunting opportunities are not limited to a single Province as we have a variety of areas where gemsbok hunts can be booked. Gemsbok are also known as Oryx.

Hunting gemsbok is hunting for one of the top 10 most favorite animals to hunt in Africa.


Gemsbok are gregarious animals preferring safety in numbers. At times bulls become solitary defending their territory against other gemsbok bulls. Receptive cows in herds passing through will attract their attention.

Gemsbok / oryx originate from traditional dry regions to the far western parts of South Africa. Succulents and interspersed water holes supply the water needs of these fine animals.

They have been introduced to a number of other regions within sub-Sahara Africa with great success. However, gemsbok do not adapt well to regions with high rainfall figures or to regions that has permanent water features like swamps.

Gemsbok cows hide their young for the first two weeks after birth before introducing them to the rest of the herd. It is known that these cows are extremely protective of their calves and will protect their calves at all cost.

Gemsbok have brittle hair quills rather than a fur. To have the back skin tanned to lay on the floor is not advised as foot traffic will wear the skin down to a hairless rug in no time. Rather use the skin as inlays for a pedestal mount and have the bushy tail converted to a fly swat.

Information on hunting gemsbok in South Africa

Gemsbok hunting prices

The cost for hunting gemsbok in South Africa during 2020 is $ 1 650.

Gemsbok hunting caliber

The best caliber for hunting gemsbok is a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

We recommend the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting gemsbok in South Africa:

  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 7 mm 08
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag and any comparable calibers.
Ammunition for gemsbok

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes.

You can use any weight projectiles depending on which weight consistently perform best in your specific rifle.

Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra, Woodleigh and others.

Best gun scope for hunting gemsbok

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions.

Purchase the optics you can afford. The single most important issue is the scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient for gemsbok hunting in South Africa.

Average gemsbok hunting distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting gemsbok / oryx in South Africa is 60 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

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Shot placement when hunting gemsbok in South Africa

Broadside shot

Place the shot on the shoulder in line with the front leg. The ideal shot height is one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.

Quartering to shot

Bisect the angle formed by the front legs; aim for the opposite front leg at the same height as for a broadside shot and gently squeeze the trigger.

Quartering away

The shot must be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the opposite front leg at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Facing to shot

Shoot where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.

Shot placement diagram hunting gemsbok

Gemsbok hunting video South Africa

This is a gemsbok rifle hunting video.

Gallery of gemsbok trophy hunting pictures

Tips for hunting gemsbok in South Africa

Larger gemsbok herds are more difficult to stalk due to every member of the gemsbok herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt.

Caution must be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary gemsbok and result in the herd relocating itself.

Best time of year for hunting gemsbok in South Africa

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

The best time of year to hunt gemsbok in South Africa is:

  • gemsbok rut roughly during the second week of April till about the second week in May (give or take a few days)
  • secondly, from late June to end October when the bush has receded most making visibility easier

We can and do hunt gemsbok from January to December.

South African hunting safari packages 2020