Although there are a variety of baboon subspecies, hunting methods are pretty much the same.
Although there are a variety of baboon subspecies, hunting methods are pretty much the same.
Blesbuck hunting is commonly done by novice African hunters on their first safaris to South Africa, before they take their training wheels off for the dangerous stuff.
Bontebok hunting is usually done by the more experienced African hunter who wants to add this specific trophy to a collection.
You may have noticed when researching a bushpig hunt that some outfitters have the scientific name as Potamochoerus larvatus and others have it as Potamochoerus porcus, which is the scientific name of the Red River Hog.
Don't be surprised if this tough little spiral-horned antelope gives you a hunt that you'll never forget. Also don't be surprised if you find yourself asking for it to be skinned as a full mount.
Successful caracal hunting, like hunting any of the other small African creatures of the night, can be a hard nut to crack. The caracal is very shy and being nocturnal, is rarely seen in the day, so you'll have to use all your hunting skills to outwit this crafty cat.
Cheetah are built for speed just like a greyhound - long, thin and light-boned. They differ from most other cats because they have semi-retractable claws which help with acceleration and direction changes during short bursts of speed as they run down their prey.
The nocturnal African civet, Civettictis civetta, is often called a 'civet cat'. They look a bit like a cat with an elongated snout but they are not cats in fact, but are members of the Viverridae family.
Crocodile hunting, like hippo hunting, is a challenging exercise. Seeing lots of crocodile basking motionless on river banks belies the fact that they are extremely sharp-eyed and will make a run for the water if they feel in the least bit threatened.
The Dik-Dik antelope has a pointed mobile snout, big eyes and a tuft of erectile hair like a duiker. Dik-Dik are tiny antelopes that come in different shades of colour depending on habitat - the drier semi-desert areas usually have paler individuals.
You will probably see a duiker of some description wherever you hunt in Africa. You need to be quick to get a shot as they don't hang around for long before streaking off into the thick bush.
Eland hunting may involve walking very long distances. Occasionally you can get lucky with a short stalk but don't be surprised if they make you walk your legs off. Eland are a spiral-horned antelope, though is genus taurotragus not tragelaphus.
At the time of writing (May 2015), African elephant hunting by sporting hunters has had additional restrictions imposed as a result of large-scale commercial poaching which is decimating the elephant populations of many African countries.
Out of more than 20 gazelle subspecies in Africa, only the huntable gazelles from Sub-Saharan Africa are included here. As with many other ungulates, there has been a fairly recent overhaul of gazelle taxonomy. With the huntable gazelles here, the gazella genus has been replaced with nanger in the case of all the Grant's and Soemmerring's gazelles.
The gemsbok is a member of the oryx antelope family and is a spectacular trophy to hunt. Pay particular attention to the gender differences as it is fairly easy to get it wrong. The gemsbok has exceptionally long, almost straight horns which are heavily grooved and a dark face-mask.
There are 3 species of genet that may be hunted in Africa. These agile nocturnal creatures are related to civets and mongooses and are frequently found in trees. Like the civet, the genet is commonly called a 'genet cat' on trophy lists but is from the Viverridae family.
There are 2 subspecies of gerenuk antelope - the southern and northern gerenuk. They are sometimes known as Waller's gazelle though they are not strictly gazelle antelope. They are both found in arid thorn bush and the southern gerenuk of Tanzania is one of the unique Masailand animals, sought after by hunters of this area.
Of the 9 subspecies of giraffe, the South African variety, Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa is huntable in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Angolan giraffe may be hunted in the north of Namibia but further south you will be hunting the South African giraffe.
Grysboks are usually hunted as the opportunity arises while on a hunt for other other animals. However there are hunters who want to collect the 'tiny ten' antelopes and may devote whole hunts to this enterprise. There are 2 subspecies of grysbok - the Cape or southern grysbok and the Sharpe's or northern grysbok.
Hartebeest are large antelope with high shoulders, long, thin legs and elongated heads. They are very alert and prefer open, flat areas, so be prepared for quite a long shot.
Hippo hunting is quite a challenge. Though you may see piles of hippo lying inertly around on a river bank, they are extremely sharp-eyed and will make a run for the water if they feel in the least bit threatened.
The giant forest hog and red river hog are prized trophies to be found in the central African rain forest regions. The red river hog Potamochoerus porcus is often referred to as a bushpig and is a close relative of the African bushpig, Potamochoerus larvatus that occurs practically everywhere in Africa.
The honey badger or ratel Mellivora capensis is mostly hunted as an animal of opportunity while out hunting something else. Honey badgers are from the weasel family and there are 12 subspecies ranging from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Hyena are quite popular trophies with African hunters. Hyenas are well known as scavengers but in reality they fully utilise prey they find or hunt down themselves.
Impala hunting is probably the first experience for most African hunters. This elegant antelope can run and maintain speeds faster than 60km/h and can leap lengths of 10m and 3m in height.
Klipspringer, which means 'rock jumper' in Afrikaans, have incredible agility among the steep rocks which be attributed to their unique hooves. The hoof tips are almost circular with the diameter of about a dime.
Often referred to as the 'grey ghost' in many parts of Africa, the iconic kudu is on most African hunters wish list. The kudu is extremely wary, elusive and usually a great challenge to hunt.
Leopard hunting is boring, monotonous, repetitive, smelly and hard work both physically and mentally but it is exhilarating hunting when it all comes right.
African lion hunting has come under a lot of scrutiny over recent years and there is no doubt that the recent global media frenzy surrounding the hunting of the named lion in Zimbabwe has acted as a catalyst for some countries to get on the bandwagon and ban lion trophy imports and airlines to ban the carriage of hunting trophies.
African monkey hunting is usually done if an opportunity arises while looking for another animal.
Nyala are one of the most highly prized of all the southern African game species. Nyala hunting may involve a quick shot at short range as this antelope is extremely alert and cautious.
Oribi resembles a tall gazelle - a graceful, slender-legged, long-necked antelope found in grassland almost throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Their hindquarters slightly higher than their forequarters.
There are several subspecies of ostrich throughout Africa displaying variations in colour of plumage, legs and necks.
Porcupine hunting is generally not a priority for most African hunters but done when the opportunity arises. There are many subspecies of porcupine across the world, and in Africa there a 3 types of porcupine.
Be ready to shoot quickly and accurately if you are reedbuck hunting. They often suddenly jump up out of the grass and run but they do tend to stop to check what is happening.
The rhebok is a medium-sized antelope exclusively found in the mountains of South Africa. Also it is known as the Vaal rhebok, common rhebok or grey rhebok.
Rhino hunting is an expensive business and only a relatively few hunters hunt this animal. Both the black and white rhino occur in Africa and both species were saved from extinction by the carefully planned breeding and research programmes run by a variety of game departments, notably the one in Kwa Zulu Natal.
Sable antelope are a most highly sought-after African game animal. Excepting the spiral horns of the greater kudu, the sable has the longest horns of any African antelope. There are technically four subspecies of sable antelope, which as usual, are uncertain. As far as hunting goes, you can hunt two, possibly 3, depending on our hunt location.
Serval hunting is mostly done by an experienced African hunter who specifically wants this cat to complete his trophy collection. The serval has probably eluded him a few times, so has become a 'hunting mission' leading him to do hunts solely for a serval.
Expect to get very wet and muddy when sitatunga hunting in a swamp. This spiral-horned antelope is an excellent swimmer and when threatened, often run into and submerge in deep water or retreat into the very thickest vegetation. This is a specialist hunt and not for the faint-hearted hunter.
Springbok or springbuck antelope are often refered to as the southern African version of a gazelle but it is not actually a gazelle - hence, the name Antidorcas, which indicates it is not of the Dorcas gazelle family.
Steinbok are usually taken when a good one is spotted while hunting something else. These small antelope are similar to the grysbok and the name 'steinbok' may also be found spelt as 'steenbok' or 'steinbuck'.
Suni antelope are usually taken as the opportunity arises while hunting something else. When in danger, the suni freezes, remaining hidden until the threat is nearly on top of them, at which point it leaps up and dodges around bushes and shrubs, quickly vanishing into the undergrowth.
Warthogs are always a favourite game animal for most African hunters, often providing an exciting hunt. As far as most African hunters, SCI and Rowland Ward are concerned, there is only one type of warthog which occurs across most of Africa.
Waterbuck is a much sought after large plains game antelope found in most parts of Africa. The common waterbuck has a large elliptical ring around the rump while the defassa subspecies have a solid white rump patch.
The wildebeest or gnu, as it is also known, is one tough antelope when it comes to absorbing lead. Make sure your first shot is spot on or you may have a long day chasing a wounded animal.
Zebra are a popular first time hunter's trophy, once they get over the 'shooting a horse' hang-up. It's a great animal for a first timer to learn to track quietly and use cover and the wind efficiently.
Bates' pygmy antelope is also known as the Dwarf Antelope, Pygmy Antelope or Bates' Dwarf Antelope and as the name suggests, is very small. In fact it is the second smallest antelope species, the royal antelope beng the smallest in the world.
African fox hunting is generally not a priority for most hunters but done when the opportunity arises. You do not need a horse or red jacket for this type of fox hunting.
African buffalo hunting is by far the most popular of all dangerous game hunting in Africa. Hunters may take one lion or leopard in their African hunting career but will keep coming back to hunt more buffalo.