Hunting red hartebeest South Africa with Mkulu Safaris

Red hartebeest scientific name: Alcelaphus buselaphus

Hunting red hartebeest with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Hunting red hartebeest South Africa

Red hartebeest scientific name: Alcelaphus buselaphus

Hunting red hartebeest South Africa is likened to hunting the warthog of antelope species. Some hunters reckon that red hartebeest are the ugliest antelope in South Africa. Red hartebeest are great adversaries and being gregarious will outsmart most hunters the first-time round. Care should be taken to distinguish properly between red hartebeest bulls and red hartebeest cows as both have horns. Nonetheless red hartebeest make for superb trophies and present well on the wall in conjunction with the hunting challenge offered. This is not a large frame animal and most rifle calibers used to hunt red hartebeest will penetrate completely and exit on the other side. The chances of wounding an animal not intended as the target is rather large.

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


Red hartebeest, as the name implies, has a reddish-brown colored coat, with a long sloping back to the hind quarters. The elongated sad-looking face should not be interpreted as being stupid.

Both red hartebeest bulls and cows have horns. Bulls have heavy-set horns whereas cows mostly have slender horns. Adult bulls weigh down the scale at an average body weight of 330 lb. (150 kg) and cows are a hefty 265 lb. body weight on average.

Calves are born after a gestation period of eight months just before the summer rains. As a security measure calves are hidden in dense vegetation before being introduced to the herd.

Red hartebeest are gregarious and can congregate in groups of up to 30 individuals. Territorial bulls mark their territories with dung piles, visiting and refreshing the dung piles once a week.

Information on hunting red hartebeest

Caliber to hunt red hartebeest

We recommend the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting red hartebeest South Africa:

Caliber to hunt red hartebeest
Gun scope for hunting red hartebeest

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today.

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.

Average shooting distance

The average expected shooting distance is 80 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Red hartebeest hunting prices

Red hartebeest hunting prices for the 2020 hunting season season is $ 1 250.

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

Ammunition for hunting red hartebeest

We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting red hartebeest in South Africa.

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

Shot placement when hunting red hartebeest

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed 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. Make sure not to shoot too high as the build of a red hartebeest is similar to that of a blue wildebeest in there is a lot of no-man’s land when shooting too high.

Quartering to shot

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

Quartering away

The shot should be placed at the spot where you bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite front leg 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 red hartebeest

Gallery of hartebeest trophy hunting pictures

Hunting red hartebeest video

Hunting tips

Larger red hartebeest herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the red hartebeest herd being alert most of the time. Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Look carefully before sexing a red hartebeest.

Best time of year to hunt red hartebeest

The best time of year to hunt red hartebeest in South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the bush has receded most.

If you would rather hunt your red hartebeest with a bow and arrow please follow this link.

Hunting packages South Africa 2020