Rifle hunting South Africa

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Rifle hunting South Africa

The most common form of hunting in Africa today is hunting with rifles. For most hunters it is a convenient way to hunt and a test of shooting skill successfully harvesting an intended target some distance out.

Rifle hunting South Africa is undertaken in a number of ways of which the following is most prevalent:


Bolt action rifles

Double rifles

More recent we have had hunters wishing to hunt with handguns.

Hunting with shotguns in South Africa

Shotguns are mainly used for bird hunting in Africa. Unlike some countries South Africa still allows the use of lead shot. One issue we do have is it is prohibited to bring semi-auto firearms into the country for hunting purposes.

If you have a good over-and-under or side-by-side shotgun you would like to bring along it will not pose any import issues.

20ga vs 12ga shotguns for bird hunting South Africa – we do not have many gun shops that consistently stocks an abundance of 20ga shotgun ammunition. According to our temporary import permits for rifles you may only bring a maximum of 60 rounds of ammunition per caliber with you. It is advised to have us purchase the ammunition in South Africa on your behalf. Please let us know well in advance if you cannot live without your 20ga to allow us time to source the ammunition.

Hunting with bolt action rifles in South Africa

Bolt action rifles for rifle hunting South Africa is by far the most popular form of hunting. A major concern for most international hunters wanting to hunt Africa is which caliber to use. For a detailed summary of rifle caliber per specific game animal please visit the calibers section on this website.

Another aspect of rifle hunting South Africa is the use of optics. As much as can be said about which rifle manufacturer is the best, as much can be said about which optics to use. In many cases the optics can be more expensive than the purchase price of the rifle. In this regard it is our experience that the optics must be able to withstand the recoil of the specific rifle it is mounted on. Paramount to this the rifle must be sighted to shoot accurately with the ammunition used in your rifle.

Shot placement is as critical as the ammunition that shoots well from your rifle. Please spend quality time at the shooting range making sure your rifle fires at point-of-aim. Wounded game in South Africa is considered bought and paid for even when not found.

Still unsure about which caliber to bring for your South African hunting safari? Do not get too tied up with too many different points of view. Bring the caliber rifle you normally use and feel comfortable using. Work on 270 caliber as the minimum caliber to bring along. If you have children coming along a 243 will work well for smaller game species like duiker, springbok, impala and game up to blesbok size. Any calibers in the 300-class (308, 30-06, 300 WSM, 300 WM and others) will be more than enough gun for all our plains game species.

Hunting with double rifles in South Africa

Double rifles for rifle hunting South Africa is reserved for those who wish to hunt dangerous game. Most double rifle calibers are on the larger caliber side.

Having seen what a 9.3 X 74 double is capable of, it must be remembered that the 375 still is the legal minimum caliber for hunting dangerous game in most African countries.

Hunting in Africa Safaris generally suggests using the largest caliber rifle you can use with confidence when hunting dangerous game.

Handgun hunting in South Africa

Hunting with handguns in South Africa is still relatively unknown. There are a number of handgun hunters who are able to hit small targets at long range accurately.

Some handgun hunters even hunt the Big 5 and dangerous game with their handguns. No matter what you are going to hunt with your handgun, there are certain limitations set by the South African Authorities with regards to handguns used for hunting purposes.

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests using the largest caliber handgun you can use with confidence when handgun South Africa. Hunting dangerous game with a handgun is subject to minimum caliber limitations.

Best ammunition for hunting in South Africa

What ammunition to use when rifle hunting South Africa is not rocket science. Without doubt our suggestion is to only make use of premium grade ammunition. In This regard we have certain definite suggestions as to ammunition manufacturers: Barnes TTSX, Barnes TSX, Woodleigh, Sierra, Federal Premium, Swift and other manufacturers of quality ammunition.

In some cases, one ammunition manufacturer will outperform others due to its intrinsic characteristics. Dangerous game hunting soft skinned animals needs softer types of ammunition while thick-skinned animals need to be hunted with harder constructed ammunition. Please read our recommendations per specific animal in the species list.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we trust you will have a great African hunting experience.

Rifle hunting plains game in Africa

For honeymoon couples we have honeymoon safari vacation packages that include luxury accommodation at lodges suited for your every need. If you have a mind to, we can even combine any hunting, honeymoon or photo safari with a day golfing tour to most of the major golf courses in southern Africa including Leopard Creek, the Gary Player designed courses at Sun City (and the Lost Palace) and even the Arabella (depending on where you are). These are some of the world Top 100 golf courses where we can accommodate you and your loved ones.

Have a look at our African big game hunting videos

After careful selection we divided our safari hunting packages into several options. Whether you are looking for a cost-effective hunt or

something special along the lines of a custom African hunting safari we can put a deal together for you.

Here is a comprehensive list of our suggested big game hunting rifles and calibers

You are the key to unlocking the start of the best African hunting safari trip ever.

Here are the African big game hunting prices of the African plains game species that you can hunt with us on one of our many African plains game hunting packages in South Africa.

Rifle hunting dangerous game in Africa

African big 5 hunting packages in South Africa and Zimbabwe with Hunting in Africa Safaris. To ensure your hunt is legal you have to comply with all African hunting laws per country. The Professional Hunter (PH) that guides you on your dangerous game hunt needs to have a Big 5 license – this means he has sufficient African Big 5 hunting experience to keep you away from harm. It does not matter how much the cost of an African Big 5 hunting safari is, a professional hunter cannot buy experience.

Our African Big 5 hunting packages for 2014 and 2015 are all-inclusive. The cost of the Big five hunting safari includes all tags, fees, daily rates and trophy fee.

You will be billed only once for all costs involved – the price you see is the price you pay. In the event of an African Big 5 hunt being unsuccessful in terms of a Big 5 animal not being harvested, you will not have to pay the trophy fee.

The Big 5 African animals are African elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard and white rhino. To hunt African elephant, leopard and white rhino you need a special license in the form of a CITES tag. If we do not have a CITES tag a hunt cannot be legal. Of the African big 5 we consider the Cape buffalo as the most dangerous game animal to hunt.

Hunting dangerous game videos are in the videos section.

Details for rifle hunting in Africa


Our Hunting in Africa prices are now confirmed to be the same for the third year in a row. The best affordable South African hunting safari prices for what you get!


The best caliber for hunting big game in Africa will be debated for many years to come. In the end the decision for which hunting rifle and caliber to bring to Africa for a South African hunting safari will lie with you.


After 22 years in the safari hunting and safari vacation business environment we know we offer some the best South African safari hunting packages available in the South African hunting safari industry.

Where we hunt

South Africa

South African hunting safari packages in South Africa hosted by Hunting in Africa Safaris. Big game hunting trips to Africa are available to everyone who knows how to use a hunting rifle.


Hunting in Africa Safaris has teamed up with Georgia Safaris for those who wish to hunt in Zimbabwe. John Hunt, the owner of Georgia Safaris, is a dangerous game hunting veteran with over 20-years experience.

Hunting Areas & Camps

The quality of each and every hunting camp in all the hunting areas in South Africa we make use of has been inspected by ourselves and quality approved even before you arrive.