Hunting nyala South Africa with Mkulu Safaris

Nyala scientific name – Tragelaphus angasii

Hunting nyala South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.

 

 

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Hunting nyala South Africa

Scientific name for nyala: Tragelaphus angasii

Hunting nyala South Africa is hunting for one of the most beautiful South African antelope species. The hunter should seriously consider a full body mount (life size mount) when hunting these animals.

Nyala are native to many other parts of South Africa. However, our primary nyala hunting region is the far northern parts of KwaZulu Natal (KZN). This region is also known as Zululand due to its historical relationship with the originator of the Zulu Nation, King Shaka Zulu. The closest cities are Pongola, Mkuze and Hluhluwe.

Having said that; due to the original habitation of nyala in certain parts of the Limpopo Province, many fine nyala trophies are hunted in Limpopo Province.

Nyala, together with bushbuck, eland and kudu are the spiral horn grand slam of southern Africa.

An interesting fact about nyala is this is where the division between rams / ewes and bulls / cows start. Nyala males are bulls but nyala females are ewes. Any antelope smaller than nyala are rams and ewes, and any antelope larger than nyala are bulls and cows. Interestingly, it remains a nyala bull and a nyala ewe. The only reasonable explanation for this division is attributed to the shoulder height of a particular antelope.

Typical of the Tragelaphus family of antelope species, the shaggy dark brown coat of nyala have vertical white stripes down the flanks. Nyala also sport the typical chevron between the eyes. A prominent mane occurs from under the chin, down the throat and extends between the front legs to the back of the rear legs.

Behavior

A prominent white hairline extends from between the shoulders, along the back to the end of the rump. These white hairs (almost like an inverted mane) extend upright when the bulls exhibit their territorial dominance rituals. The bulls display by walking stiff-legged opposite their male opponent during the rut. Fighting, or sparring, seldom occurs for fear of injury. Rather, the first bull that admits defeat is the loser and lives to fight another day. Below is a picture of two bulls having it off at each other.

Bulls draw the scale at an average of 250 lb. and measure up to three feet at shoulder height, while ewes weigh in at an average weight of 130 lb. (59 kg). Ewes have a deep reddish-brown color with white stripes down the flanks.

Nyala are grazer-browsers feeding on leaves, fruits and grass making their survival much easier compared to strict browsers or strict grazers.

A single lamb is born mainly during summer from November to January. Gestation period is slightly more than 7 months, or 220 days. Females can conceive for the first time between the ages of 14 and 18 months.

Mating rights by nyala bulls are determined by dominance behavior, rather than by a show of force and physical contact.

Nyala prefer dense vegetation with permanent water sources at hand. Nyala are not territorial inclined and display overlapping home ranges.

Information on hunting nyala

Caliber for hunting nyala

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

  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 7 mm-08
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 8 X 64 Breneke
  • 35 Whelan and any comparable calibers.
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Gun scope for hunting nyala

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 nyala in South Africa.

Average nyala shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting Nyala in South Africa is 80 to 150 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Nyala hunting prices South Africa

Nyala hunting prices South Africa for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 hunting season is $ 2 450.

Ammunition for hunting nyala

We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition for hunting nyala South Africa.

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use are Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Shot placement when hunting nyala South Africa

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

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

Quartering away

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

Facing on shot

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

Gallery of nyala trophy hunting pictures

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Tips for hunting nyala South Africa

Larger nyala herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the nyala herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males are 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 nyala and result in a no-hunt situation. Nyala like dense bush and forest areas making it difficult to move silently.

Nyala are part of the spiral horn family of antelope (Tragelaphus). It is almost as difficult to hunt as its cousins kudu and bushbuck.

If you prefer to bow hunt nyala then follow this link.

Best time of year to hunt nyala South Africa

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

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

We can and do hunt nyala from January to December.

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