Trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

Black rhino scientific name: Diceros bicornis


Trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.



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Trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

Trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa is to add to the hunters’ coveted Big 5 collection. Poaching and lack of suitable, safe habitat of rhinos is putting a strain on black rhino hunting prices and populations. Rhino owners are forever having to apply new methods of protecting their assets. This unfortunately costs money and the end-user pays for it. At Mkulu African Hunting Safaris we have tried to contain our hunting expenses so we can pass any savings on to you as a hunter.

A very limited number of tags are issued annually for trophy hunting black rhinos in the whole of southern Africa. To legally hunt a black rhino Mkulu Safaris require a pre-issued black rhino hunting tag even before we advertise availability of a black rhino hunt.

There is a very strict process in the application for a black rhino hunting tag from which we will not deviate. Export of trophy hunted rhinos are restricted to certain countries.

Application for trophy hunting black rhino tags can take several months. Therefore, if you decide to trophy hunt a black rhino, we will assist in the application process for the tag. Some of the information required in the application will be to determine if you are a true sport hunter. In order to prove you are indeed a sport hunter we need to have proof the hunter has hunted other members of the Big 5 prior to applying for a black rhino tag.

Trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa contributes to rhino conservation in the following ways:

  • the trophy fee is applied towards affording security measures in protecting the species
  • owners utilize trophy fees by buying new blood for existing black rhino populations
  • black rhinos stop reproducing when the maximum carrying capacity is reached for sustainability in a specific area
  • we, as Professional Hunters and Outfitters can afford to maintain our employees

Information on trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

Black rhino hunting cost

The cost of trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa is determined according to the length of the front horn and availability of black rhino hunting tags.

Our black rhino hunting prices in South Africa are set according to the size of the black rhino you wish to hunt. In the case of hunting black rhinos, we usually take what we can get and the final decision is up to the hunter.

Please contact us if you are interested in trophy hunting a black rhino. Total anonymity is guaranteed.

Black rhino hunting caliber

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

  • 375 (minimum legal caliber)
  • but we would prefer any 400 caliber and larger
  • 416 Rigby
  • 458 Win Mag
  • 458 Lott
  • 460 Weatherby
  • 470 NE
  • 500 A-Square
  • 500 Jeffery
  • 505 Gibbs

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Hornady and Federal Premium in just about any weight.

Use as large a caliber as you feel comfortable using, with as heavy projectiles as your rifle will shoot accurately.

Gun Scope

A good 1,5 – 6 X gun scope is sufficient for trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa. This is due to a rather short expected average shooting distance.

For the purists who hunt with double rifles: you are welcome to use open sights.

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting black rhino in South Africa is 10 to 30 yards depending on how dense the terrain is you are hunting in.

Shot placement trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed in line with the front leg, right on the roll of the skin formed on the shoulder or the animal.

Quartering to shot

These are thick-skinned animals making it difficult for the projectile to penetrate to the vital organs. It is therefore critical to use a large caliber rifle with enough penetration capability to reach the vitals on a quartering-to shot.

Quartering away

It is critical to use a large caliber rifle with enough penetration capability to reach the vitals in case of a quartering away shot: should the projectile need to penetrate through the stomach to the vitals it will need additional energy to pass through the stomach content.

Apply patience and wait for a full broadside shot.

Facing on shot

A facing to shot should only be attempted when the animal is browsing and when the hunter is close enough to ensure not hitting the bottom jaw.

Once again, the caliber choice for trophy hunting black rhinos is critical.

Shot placement diagram trophy hunting black rhinos

Differences between black rhino and white rhino

Black rhino – Diceros bicornis
  1. black rhinos have a prehensile lip adapted for browsing
  2. the prehensile lip allows for collecting leaves and smaller branches from trees and shrubs, much like elepahnts gather leaves and branches from trees before passing the fodder to the mouth – the prehensile lip on black rhinos are much smaller in relation to body size, than trunks are in relation to body size on elephants
  3. due to their dietary requirements, black rhinos adapt well to wooded areas and prefer to avoid savanna plains with no vegetation
White rhino – Ceratotherium simum
  1. white rhinos have broad, flat mouths adapted for grazing
  2. the broad flat mouth allows for effectively grazing on grass
  3. due to their dietary requirements, white rhinos adapt well to open savanna regions and prefer to avoid wooded areas where grass sources are limited

Tips for trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

To walk-and-stalk when trophy hunting black rhinos is the traditional way of going about it. Solitary bulls can be stalked with more ease with a wind that consistently blows in your favor. Archery hunting black rhinos, white rhino and elephants are illegal in South Africa.

Tracking black rhino cows with embedded calf tracks inside the cow tracks, must be avoided.

Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden wind shifts will attract the attention of a weary black rhino and result in a no-hunt situation. Bear in mind that slight movements and sounds can, and will, attract attention of the unwanted kind from black rhinos.

Best time of year for trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa

Due to the preferred dense habitat of black rhinos, they are better to hunt during the dry time of year. These large animals (pachyderms: thick skinned animals) have awful eyesight but brilliant hearing and smelling abilities.

The best time of year for trophy hunting black rhinos in South Africa is from May to October.