Hunting warthog in South Africa with Mkulu Safaris

Warthog scientific name: Phacochoerus aethiopicus

Hunting warthog in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Hunting warthog in South Africa

Hunting warthog in South Africa

Hunting warthog in South Africa with an African hunting outfitter whose favorite animal to hunt is warthog. Warthogs can either be uncommonly canny or exceedingly stupid. With a slight breeze in your favor you can stalk a feeding warthog to within 10 to 20 yards from it.

Warthogs have been heavily hunted in some areas with the result that trophy warthog are not commonly found in those areas anymore. Fortunately, Mkulu African Hunting Safaris still have a few hunting concessions with good trophy warthog available.

Most of a warthog’s day is spent foraging for food. Like pigs, warthog are not fussy about what they eat. Anything from grass, to bulbs, roots, insects, larvae, carrion, lizards, birds, bird eggs and more are consumed with enthusiasm.

To get their mouths down to the correct level to graze and root they kneel on their front knees. Warthogs are diurnal, meaning they are mostly active during the day. In areas where they are severely hunted big boars will roam around at night.

Warthog facts

Warthog boars and sows are promiscuous and will mate with any warthog of the opposite sex. Boars have nothing to do with raising the young and become solitary after the rut. Sows will form small sub-groups that consist of two to three sows and their offspring.

They have a particular fondness for waterholes during summer when they love to wallow in the mud. The mud assists in protecting their skins from for overexposure to the sun and against bug bites.

Shelter is in the form of old, disused aardvark holes that are used as a den. Warthogs reverse into their dens allowing a face front exit in case of danger. Apart from the obvious, warthog boars have an additional set of warts between the tusks and they eyes slightly above the tusks.

Predation is mostly from jackal, leopard, python and crocodiles. Sows will defend their young against smaller carnivores like jackal, cheetah and young leopard.

Warthog boars will weigh down the scale to an average body weight between 130 lb. – 220 lb. (60 kg – 100 kg), and sows between 100 lb. – 150 lb. (45 kg – 70 kg).

A batch of 1 – 6 piglets are born during the peak season from September to November after a gestation period of three months. Two piglets on average make it to adulthood.

Information on hunting warthog in South Africa

Caliber for hunting warthog

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

Warthog juvenile
Gun Scope

Purchase the optics you can afford. Or even better, use the ones you have.

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 warthog in South Africa.

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting warthog in South Africa is 20 to 100 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Warthog hunting prices

Warthog hunting prices in South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 450.


Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes in just about any weight. This depends on which weight projectiles have a consistent better performance in your specific rifle.

Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.


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Shot placement when hunting warthogs

Broadside shot

Place the shot on 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.

Quartering to shot

Aim at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, 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 same height as for a broadside shot.

Facing to shot

With the the head so low to the ground a chest shot should not always be attempted. Rather go for a high head shot if you feel confident enough to attempt such a shot (not recommended).

Warthog hunting shot placement diagram

Gallery of warthog trophy hunting pictures

Tips for hunting warthog in South Africa

With a slight breeze in favor of the hunter warthog can be approached to within a very short distance. However, this does not occur at regular intervals. Warthog have less than average eye sight but well above hearing- and smelling capabilities.

When feeding with their heads down in knee high grass, it is difficult to judge trophy quality so the hunter needs to be at the ready until such time the warthog lifts its head.

Best time of year for hunting warthogs in South Africa

Traditionally the bush in the best warthog 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.

Best time of year to hunt warthog is from March to November with peak hunting taking place during the very dry spell between July and October.

We can and do hunt warthog from January to December.

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