Hunting hippos in Africa

Hunting hippos in Africa

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.

Hippo hunting prices South Africa

Hippo hunting prices South 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 ammunition

Our preferred hippo hunting ammunition manufacturer is Hornady and Federal Premium in Full Metal Jacket (FMJ).

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

Interesting hippo facts

Scientific name: Hippopotamus amphibius

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.

Hippo hunting gun scope

The best hippo hunting gun scope is most likely the one you already have.

However, there are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. 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 good for hunting hippos in South Africa.

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Hippo hunting caliber

The best hippo hunting caliber is a large bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. This is one of the cases where we feel: the bigger the better!

The following calibers are the best calibers for hunting hippos in Africa:

375 (because it is a legal requirement). Only use monolithic solid ammunition. Here you can look at using the following ammunition:

  • Hornady 300 gr Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) at a muzzle velocity of 2 705 fps
  • Speer 300 gr FMJ at 2 550 fps muzzle velocity
  • Federal 300 gr Sledgehammer at 2 530 fps muzzle velocity and
  • Norma 300 gr Barnes FMJ at 2 493 fps muzzle velocity

 

416 Rigby. Only use monolithic solid ammunition. Here you can look at using the following ammunition:

  • Norma 400 gr Swift A-Frame FMJ at 2 350 fps muzzle velocity
  • Norma 400 gr Barnes Solid FMJ at 2 297 fps muzzle velocity
  • Federal 400 gr Speer African Grand Slam at 2 370 fps muzzle velocity

 

458 Lott. Only use monolithic solid ammunition. Here you can look at using the following ammunition:

  • Hornady 500 gr FMJ at 2 300 fps muzzle velocity
  • Federal 500 gr FMJ at around 2 335 fps muzzle velocity

 

470 NE (Nitro Express). Only use monolithic solid ammunition. Here you can look at using the following ammunition:

  • Norma 500 gr Woodleigh FJ @ 2 165 fps muzzle velocity
  • Federal 500 gr Woodleigh solid at 2 150 fps muzzle velocity

 

500 Jeffery. Only use monolithic solid ammunition. Here you can look at using the following ammunition:

  • 500 gr FMJ at 2 400 fps muzzle velocity

 

505 Gibbs or any other comparable caliber.

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Hippo hunting shot placement

Hunting hippo in South Africa shot placement
Broadside shot

A broadside shot on hippo: the shot should be placed behind the shoulder in line with the front leg and almost two thirds of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. Alternatively, place the shot right on the shoulder of the hippo, below one third of the way between the brisket and the top of the back.

Quartering to

Rather avoid this shot due to the position of the head.

Quartering away

A quartering away shot on hippos should rather be avoided. This is due to the sheer mass of the animal.

Facing on

Rather avoid a chest shot due to the position of the head. Place your shot in the triangle formed between the eyes and the forehead of the hippo.

Hippos are one of the few animals where a frontal brain shot is recommended.

Hunting hippos in Africa general information

Hunting hippos in Africa is hunting for one of the most dangerous animals. Hippos are as short-tempered as a father with a beautiful daughter.

Hippos mostly leave the safety of the vicinity of a water source during the very late afternoon. Hippos are vegetarian and will travel long distances to graze. They return to their water source during or slightly after sunrise. This is where people and hippos clash. Local people go to the river to collect water and run into a hippo.

Hippos and crocodiles are responsible for most human deaths in Africa.

Enjoy your hunt. Be sure. Be safe.

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Tips for hunting hippos in Africa

To stalk hippos while they are in water is mostly how hippos 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 warn hippos of your approach. Care must be taken to avoid these birds spoiling a hunting opportunity.

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Best time of year for hunting hippos in Africa

The best time of year for hunting hippos in Africa is from January to December.

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.

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Hippo hunting average shot distance

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

Hippo hunting video South Africa

Below is one of our hippo hunting videos South Africa. Mostly hippo hunting is not a point-and-shoot affair. This particular hippo hunting video depicts how hard hippo hunting can be.

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