To mount or not to mount your trophies


South African taxidermy.



After completing another successful hunt your PH will accompany you to our preferred taxidermist where your trophies will be left in their capable hands. Here you can speak direct to any of the capable staff who will take note of the individual trophies and what you want done with them.

South African taxidermy process

Once the taxidermist receives your trophies from Mkulu African Hunting Safaris and the paperwork is completed, they start processing all your important trophies. The processing is done with one of two results in mind:

1. dipping, crating and shipping your trophies to your country of origin in the event you are a taxidermist yourself, or if you prefer to have your taxidermy work done closer to home. Treatment of your trophies is an essential part of the export process to comply with international regulations for disease control measures like not importing hoof-and-mouth disease to your own country. There is a fee involved for the treatment of your trophies, the crating of these trophies and a separate bill for the shipping cost. Please settle these direct with the taxdermist.

2. mounting, crating and shipping – should you decide to have your trophies mounted in South Africa the cost of the dipping fee is waived. This means you will be billed for the cost of having your trophies mounted and the crating cost. Most of the trophies are prepared in such a way that the horns are detachable from the mount to decrease the size of the shipping crate. In turn, this helps curbing the cost of the size of the crate which leads to a saving on shipping cost. Trophies are shipped to handling agents at different ports of entry in your country from where the crates containing your trophies are dispatched to your doorstep. Expect a bill from these handling agents.

Types of taxidermy mounts

There are many more different types of taxidermy mounts that can be done according to your taste and budget.

Rug & skull mount

This is the cheapest form of taxidermy and entails tanning the flat skin, bleaching the skull and affixing the skull to a solid wood base to be hung against the wall. Such a skull mount is also referred to as a European mount.

Shoulder mount

A shoulder mount is completed after caping the particular trophy animal. In addition to this you can have the remaining back skin tanned and use it as a rug or drape in on furniture.

Life size mount

Your trophy is skinned in such a way the taxidermist can reproduce your trophy to its original size. As a side note: life size elephants are mostly ordered by museums.

Time to finish taxidermy work

As with most other countries in the world when working with government departments it can become rather time consuming to do so. According to international acceptable standards it is mandatory for certain waiting periods to pass when working with animal matter: this is to minimize possible contamination of trophies with diseases easily spread by natural animal matter from one country to another. A statutory six week waiting period is in place before an application for export can be lodged with the relevant Fish and Wildlife department in South Africa. Once the six week waiting period has lapsed it takes on average another six weeks for the authorization to export is received. Only then can your trophies be shipped internationally. Alternatively; after this period is when the taxidermy work can start.