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.
Kudu Trophy Minimums
SCI does not keep records for the northern greater kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros cottoni. SCI has also split the southern greater kudu into two, creating eastern Cape greater kudu records because the horns of kudu in this province are generally shorter and heavier than the regular southern greater kudu even though it is the same animal scientifically.
Where To Hunt A Kudu
- You can hunt a southern greater kudu in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. If you are an SCI aficionado, a southern greater kudu turns into an eastern Cape greater kudu only if you are hunting one in the Eastern Cape Province.
- You can hunt a western greater kudu in north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).
- The East African greater kudu can be hunted in most hunt locations in Tanzania and in the Karamoja region of Uganda.
- The Abyssinian greater kudu can only be hunted in the lowlands of Ethiopia.
- The lesser kudu can be hunted in Masailand Tanzania, Uganda and lowland Ethiopia.
Kudu Hunting Prices (For Informative Use Only)
The southern greater kudu trophy fee frequently varies according to horn length, particularly on game ranch hunts. If you don't like this way of hunting, there are usually plenty of other outfitters who don't operate in this way.
- In Botswana the southern greater kudu bull trophy fee varies between US$1200 and US$2000. A kudu cow will be around US$500.
- In Mozambique you can hunt a southern greater kudu for a non-refundable licence fee of between US$900 and US$1100, plus an additional trophy fee of between US$600 and US$2200.
- In Namibia, the southern greater kudu has a trophy fee from US$900 to US$1750.
- In South Africa you can hunt a southern great kudu on all inclusive package hunts, cull/management hunts or regular pay-as-you shoot hunts. The straight trophy fee will be between US$1000 and US$3150. Some outfitters stipulate a different price for a kudu over 54" or 55" where you can pay US$3500 to US$4000. Management or cull kudu hunts will charge about US$500 for a non-trophy bull and US$350 for a cow.
- In Zambia the trophy for a southern greater kudu is between US$1950 and US$2250.
- In Zimbabwe the southern kudu trophy fee ranges between US$1200 and US$2800. A kudu cow can be hunted for around US$600.
- On a savanna hunt in Central African Republic (CAR), a western kudu trophy fee is US$3200.
- In Tanzania, the East African greater kudu is available to hunt on a 21 day licence and has a Government trophy fee of US$2200. Add on the Community Development/anti-poaching fees and the total trophy fee will be between US$2530 and US$3950. The lesser kudu is available to hunt on a 21 day licence and has a Government trophy fee of US$2600. Add on the Community Development/anti-poaching fees and the total trophy fee will be between US$2990 and US$4900.
- In Ethiopia, the Abyssinian greater kudu may be hunted for a trophy fee of between US$2700 and US$4000. The lesser kudu carries a trophy fee of US$3000.
- In Uganda, both the East African greater kudu and lesser kudu are hard to hunt and restricted to the Karamoja and western Kidepo areas. The trophy fee for the greater kudu is about US$780 and the lesser is US$1080.