Hunting Klipspringer South Africa

Klipspringer scientific name – Oreotragus oreotragus

Hunting klipspringer South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.



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Hunting klipspringer South Africa

Klipspringer scientific name: Oreotragus oreotragus

Hunting klipspringer South Africa is hunting for one of the Tiny 10 antelope species.

Hunting klipspringer in South Africa is hunting for a localized small antelope that falls within the ambit of you must be able to shoot well. A nasal blow is the warning call that is sounded when you see klipspringer disappear down rock faces you thought was only accessible to goats. Small and alert family groups and keen eyesight make this an extremely challenging hunt.

The hair on the body is more like small quills filled with air making it very susceptible to hair slip. Having hunted a trophy klipspringer, you need to have it skinned as soon as is possible.

The name: klipspringer is derived from the native Afrikaans language describing it as rock jumper. These small antelopes have soft hooves adapted to a better grip on rocks and rock faces. They are commonly referred to as the ballerinas of the mountains as it seems like they stand on the tips of their toes, so to speak. Please see the female klipspringer image below and note the stance on the rock.


Klipspringer deserve their position as one of the Tiny 10 antelope species that can be hunted in South Africa. The average weight of an adult male klipspringer is between 20 lb. and 26 lb.  (9 kg – 12 kg). Female, or klipspringer ewes, have an average weight of 24 lb. – 35 lb. (11 kg – 16 kg). Average shoulder height of klipspringer is 19” – 23” (500 mm – 600 mm).

Predation on klipspringer are mainly by eagles, leopard, caracal and jackal. Only klipspringer males have horns. They have small rounded ears that are placed well to the back of the head.

Klipspringer are not dependent on water and derive their moisture requirements by browsing on a wide variety fruits, shrubs, herbs and shoots.

A single lamb is born from monogamous parents that defend their home territories. The lamb is pushed out from the family groups’ home range after it reaches 12 months of age.

Klipspringer are localized antelopes who are dependent on hills and mountains helping them to escape from possible danger. They do not do well in regions where it becomes very cold during winter.

Information on hunting klipspringer South Africa

Caliber for hunting klipspringer

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

  • 22 Hornet
  • 22-250
  • 7 X 57
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 375 with solid bullets
  • using slower velocity rifle ammunition will lead to less trophy damage.
Gun Scope

A very good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting klipspringer in South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the reticule quicker.

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting Klipspringer in South Africa is 100 to 200+ yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Hunting klipspringer prices

Klipspringer hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 1 500


Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. However, when hunting small antelope species we suggest using soft nose ammunition with low velocity. Depending on wind, we would recommend Woodleigh ammunition.

Shot placement when hunting klipspringer South Africa

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed 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 back. If you only have a high velocity rifle you may want to aim slightly further back from the shoulder to try and preserve the cape. Try and rent a small caliber rifle from your PH.

Quartering to shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Facing to shot

The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.

Shot placement diagram for klipspringer

Gallery of klipspringer trophy hunting pictures

Klipspringer hunting videos

Tips for hunting klipspringer South Africa

Hunting klipspringer South Africa is no easy task. Klipspringer inhabit areas and terrain that is mostly quite inaccessible and they have very good eye-sight. Their symbiotic relationship with baboons also allow for an early-warning system second to none.

Much time is spent glassing the overhangs, rocky ledges and cliff faces trying to locate these shy antelopes. They mainly occur in family groups of up to three animals per group (male, female and sub-adult) roaming their territory. Sometimes the hunter is lucky enough to come across them at the foot of a hill, or on top of the mountain where it is easier to stalk them.

Best time of year for hunt klipspringer hunting South Africa

Klipspringer can be hunted from March to November with peak hunting times during May to October.

It is going to be a challenging hunt when hunting klipspringer in mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.

We can and do hunt klipspringer from January to December.

Hunting packages South Africa 2020