Mountain zebra hunting South Africa

Mountain zebra hunting South Africa

Mountain zebra hunting South Africa is hunting for one of the unusual animals to hunt in South Africa. Mountain zebra rugs are the most popular way of having your mountain zebra trophy mounted, with the odd mountain zebra shoulder mount on the wall.

Mountain zebra hunting South Africa is far more difficult than anyone would expect. Mountain zebra have fine-tuned hearing and smelling and have exceptional eyesight. Because mountain zebra are herd animals it is very hard to approach them unseen and a shot should be taken as soon as one is presented.

The vital organs area is situated low in the chest making it rather easy to wound one of these striped animals. It is legal to hunt mountain zebra with the correct permissions.

Take note of the so-called sergeant stripes formed on the shoulder of a mountain zebra. This is a fantastic indicator as to where the shot should be placed.

This is the one specie that is incredibly difficult to sex. The sexual organs of the stallion are situated far back on the abdominal area making it almost impossible to observe when the animal is relaxed and not urinating. The main difference between the two sexes (apart from the obvious) is due to body weight. Stallions are on average 50 lb. heavier than the mares. Accurately judging a 50-lb. difference in body weight between two animals on the hoof has to be a major achievement.

Average body weight of a mountain zebra stallion (male): they weigh down the scale to an average body weight of 650 lb. and 600 lb. for mares (females) respectively (298 kg and 276 kg).

Mountain zebra hunting prices

Our mountain zebra hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 2 750.

Mountain zebra cull hunts: no mountain zebra cull hunts are available.

Please bear in mind we have to get a tag if you want to hunt a mountain zebra in South Africa. Allow 3 – 4 weeks notice so we can get the relevant tags.

Some properties have their own tags which makes prior notice much easier.

Mountain zebra hunting prices South Africa
Gun Scope

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

Interesting mountain zebra facts

Mountain zebra scientific name: Equus zebra

The black body stripes extend to the sides of the belly region and stop there. Mountain zebra (also known as the Hartmann’s zebra) do not have the distinct shadow stripe between the black stripes compared to the common zebra. They have distinct leg stripes that display prominent.

The average body weight of mountain zebra: stallions run the scale up to approximately 650 lb. (298 kg) and mares up to 600 lb. respectively (276 kg).

Mountain zebra mostly deliver their foals during summer time from October to December after a gestation period of 10 – 12 months. Foals suckle for 11 months after which they are weaned.

They are gregarious, living in smaller family groups of between eight and 15 animals. A dominant stallion will defend his harem actively against possible intruders. The stallion will evict younger males as soon as he feels they become a threat to his supremacy.

Mounatin zebra are grazers that prefer savanna- and limited woodlands. They have to use water on a daily basis so are seldom too far from a permanent water source.

Ammunition for mountain zebra hunting

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

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer for mountain zebra hunting South Africa is Barnes TTSX in 150 gr weight shooting the best caliber in the world, a 30-06. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium and others.


The reason we keep hammering on using premium grade ammunition is:

In South Africa if you shoot at an animal and blood is drawn, the animal is considered bought and paid for. If you use cheap ammunition that is inferior and causes blood to be drawn you pay even if we do not find it.

What you are looking for in premium grade ammunition is consistent performance. Petals must mushroom creating a wide wound channel leading to the animal expiring quickly.

Petals that break off, or worse, if the bullet / projectile disintegrates upon contact the animal will possibly survive and you still pay.

Caliber for mountain zebra hunting South Africa

The best caliber for mountain zebra hunting South Africa is the one you know best. We can argue calibers from now till chickens grow teeth and still disagree. Why try and fix something that is not broke?

The caliber for mountain zebra hunting South Africa is one where we believe: more is good. The time spent on tracking wounded mountain zebra will be enough time to watch paint dry. Mountain zebra are incredibly tough animals. If you do not use appropriate ammunition you will lose at least a day and a half due to tracking. And it is not guaranteed the animal will be found.

Use a medium- to large bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

We consider the following as the best calibers for mountain zebra hunting South Africa:


308 using a minimum bullet weight of 150 gr
  • Federal 150 gr Nosler Partition ammunition at a muzzle velocity of 2 840 feet per second (fps)
  • Remington 165 gr AccuTip Boat Tail ammunition at a muzzle velocity of 2 700 fps
  • Norma 180 gr Nosler Partition at a muzzle velocity of 2 612 fps


30-06 using a minimum bullet weight of 150 gr
  • This is hunting the most wanted plains game animal, with the world’s best caliber using the world’s best ammunition.
  • Barnes TTSX 150 gr at a muzzle velocity of 2 750 feet per second (fps)
  • Federal 165 gr Nosler Partition at a muzzle velocity of 2 830 fps
  • Norma 180 gr Oryx at a muzzle velocity of 2 700 fps


300 WSM and 300 WM or any similar caliber
  • Only use premium grade ammunition like Barnes, Nosler Partition, Federal Premium and others. For these two calibers use 150 gr or 165 gr anywhere between 3 150 fps and 3 300 fps.
  • Due to the relative high velocity of these two calibers, they are not considered to be bushveld hunting calibers. They do work and they will continue to work. However, if you do have another caliber, please use it. High velocity calibers many times have a deflection from small branches, whereas slower calibers with heavier bullets tend to chug along and still hit the intended target.


375 H&H using soft nose ammunition
  • Speer 300 gr at 2 550 fps muzzle velocity
  • Federal 300 gr Sledgehammer at 2 530 fps muzzle velocity and
  • Barnes TSX 300 gr at 2 490 fps muzzle velocity

Of all the mentioned calibers above, we would feel most comfortable if you used a 375. Obviously, if you are sure of your shot placement you are more than welcome to use your own caliber.

Follow this link for a comprehensive list of caliber recommendations

30-06 for mountain zebra hunting South Africa
Caliber for mountain zebra hunting
Ammunition for mountain zebra hunting South Africa

Differences between Mountain Zebra and Common (plains) Zebra

Difference between mountain zebra and common zebra
Mountain zebra – aka Hartmann’s zebra
  • The black vertical stripes down the sides end on the flanks
  • Mountain zebra do not have any shadow stripes
  • Mountain zebra have a small dewlap
  • Mountain zebra have more prominent ears that are 2” – 3” longer than those of the common zebra
Difference between common zebra and mountain zebra
Common or Burchell’s zebra
  • The black vertical stripes down the sides end on the belly, joining the stripes from the opposite side
  • Common zebra have shadow stripes – a dark brown stripe between the black stripes
  • Common zebra do not have have a dewlap
  • Common zebra have less prominent ears that are 2” – 3” shorter than those of the mountain zebra
Dew lap on mountain zebra
Above: mountain zebra have a dew lap

According to a dewlap is:

  • a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal
  • any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the inflatable loose skin under the throat of some lizards
Mountain zebra hunting South Africa
Above: The dewlap

Dewlap is just a fancy word for a piece of skin under the throat of some animals. Eland also have a dewlap.

Some dewlaps are more prominent than others.

Mountain zebra hunting South Africa shot placement diagram

Mountain zebra shot placement diagram
Broadside shot

Shot placement on mountain zebra has two possibilities. General rule of thumb on a broadside shot is to place the shot directly behind the shoulder of the mountain zebra, about halfway up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back. This will lead to a definite lung shot.

According to previous generations the following was the rule: if you can eat it, shoot it behind the shoulder; if it can eat you, shoot it on the shoulder.

Place the shot right inside the sergeant stripes for a heart shot if you are presented with a perfect broadside shot.

Quartering to

Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder to allow the shot to penetrate the vital organs. Mountain zebra shot placement with medium bore calibers usually ends well for the hunter. Do not take the shot if you are unsure about yourself.

Quartering away

Bisect the angle formed between the front legs, aim in the bottom third of the distance between the bottom of the chest and the top of the back of the mountain zebra.

If you are using a 375 mountain zebra seldom move far from where they receive the shot. Subject to using premium grade ammunition and no deflections.

Facing on

Put the shot in the center of the chest of the mountain zebra where the throat joins the body.

Avoid head shots. If the mountain zebra gives a tremendous jump with his head down initially, it was a great shot.

Hunts from the past

Mountain zebra hunting in South Africa
Hunting mountain zebra

Mountain zebra hunting South Africa general information

We are often confronted by hunters saying they cannot shoot a horse. If you know how hard it is to shoot a dog then we concur: shooting a horse cannot be fun.

However, hunting mountain zebra South Africa in their natural environment is a horse of a different color. Not only are mountain zebra wide awake, they will smell or hear you long before you thought is was possible for zebra to be in the vicinity.

Mountain zebra are incredibly tough animals that can take a shot in their stride. If you are not using premium grade ammunition in the correct caliber you run the risk of wounding and losing a very expensive animal. Make sure of your shot, use the correct caliber and only use the best premium grade ammunition.

Enjoy your hunt. Be sure. Be safe.


Tips for mountain zebra hunting South Africa

When out mountain zebra hunting South Africa the hunter can start looking for them close to a reliable water source. Mountain zebra are gregarious and will always be found in small herds.

Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary mountain zebra and result in a no-hunt situation.


Best time of year for mountain zebra hunting South Africa

Traditionally the bush in the best mountain zebra 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 to hunt mountain zebra 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.

We can and do hunt mountain zebra from January to December.


Mountain zebra average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting Mountain zebra in South Africa is 80 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Below is one of our mountain zebra hunting videos.

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