Hunting hippos in Africa with Mkulu Hunting Safaris

Hippopotamus scientific name: Hippopotamus amphibius

Hunting hippos in Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Hunting hippos in Africa

Scientific name: Hippopotamus amphibius

Hunting hippos in Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a dangerous game hunting experience to look forward to. Our hippo hunting opportunities are becoming popular because of the effort involved from both the hunter and the Professional Hunting Guide when hunting hippos in South Africa. A Professional Hunter in South Africa requires a dangerous game hunting license to guide a hunter on a hippo hunt.

Hippos are the animals that are responsible for most human deaths on the African continent for the reason they live in water that is used by humans living close to a resource they (humans and hippos) cannot do without.

Women walking down to the river’s edge inevitably get into close contact with these river horses that immediately feel threatened and attack the smaller humans to defend its territory. Hippos are vegetarian and will not attack humans as a food source, but will rather attack due to feeling threatened.


At night hippos move far away from their home turf in search of food and can cover 10 – 15 miles a night.

During the day hippos spend much of their time submerged in water or a mud wallow depending on the time of year.

Hippos are massive animals that weigh the scale down to an average of 3 300 lb. (1 500 kg) for bulls, and 2 800 lb. (1 300 kg) for hippo cows.

With the help of specially adapted intestinal organs hippos can walk on a river bed or the bottom of a lake without having to resurface for between 3 and minutes at a time.

Hippo cows give birth to a single calf after reaching sexual maturity at the age of seven to eight years. Gestation period is approximately 8 months (240 days) and under ideal conditions, a cow can produce up to 10 offspring.

Hippos are gregarious and are found in family groups of between five and 20 animals. Bulls actively defend their pods against possible intruders for breeding rights.

Information on hunting hippos in Africa

Hippo hunting prices

The cost for hunting hippos in Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 9 500.

Due to a severe drought in many parts of the country, we may have an unforeseen shortage of hippos available for hunting during 2020 and 2021.

Follow this link to our 2020 South African hunting safari price list

Hippo hunting caliber

The best caliber for hunting hippos in Africa is a large bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. There are numerous calibers out there that will be able to effectively hunt hippos and we wish not to get involved in debating on the merits of using any particular caliber.

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

Hippo hunting ammunition

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes. You can use any weight projectiles depending on which weight consistently performs best in your specific rifle. 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. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, you should 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 hunting hippos in South Africa.

Average shooting distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting hippos in South Africa is 20 – 50 yards

Shot placement when hunting hippos

Broadside shot

On a side shot while the hippo is in the water place the shot between the ear and the eye.

If the hippo is on land place the shot between the ear and the eye.

Quartering to shot

Should ideally not be attempted due to the sheer mass of the animal.

Quartering away shot

Should ideally not be attempted due to the sheer mass of the animal.

Facing to shot

Mostly only the head protrudes above the water. On a frontal shot a triangle is formed between the eye sockets and a ridge on the forehead. Placing the shot in that triangle will have the hippo meet its fate.

If the hippo is on land place the shot as described above.

Tips for hippo hunting

To stalk hippos in water is mostly how they are hunted. The hunter needs to take care not to underestimate the senses of their quarry. Ensure your rifle shoots at point of aim when rifle hunting hippos in Limpopo.

Birds like guinea fowl and the Hadeda ibis will certainly warn hippos of your approach. Care must be taken to avoid these birds spoiling a hunting opportunity.

Best time of year for hunting hippos

Hippos prefer to be in very close proximity of a permanent water source in the form of a river, pond or lake. During the heat of the day they will lie up along the banks, or inside the water source itself. At night is when they move away from the water to start grazing.

The best time of year to hunt hippos in South Africa is from January to December.

African hippo hunting safari packages 2020