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.
But no...recently it was found that there are 2 separate warthog species:
The common warthog, Phacochaerus africanus found in most savanna regions of sub-Saharan Africa and the desert warthog Phacochaerus aethiopicus now only found in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. It gets worse...each warthog species have a bunch of subspecies...
The common warthog has 4 subspecies:
- The Northern warthog Phacochaerus africanus africanus which occurs in a coast to coast swathe from Mauritania in the west to Ethiopia in the east.
- The Eritrean warthog Phacochaerus africanus aeliani comes from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.
- The Central African warthog Phacochaerus africanus massaicusfound in Kenya and Tanzania.
- The Southern warthog Phacochaerus africanus sundevallii which occurs in southern Africa.
The desert warthog had 2 subspecies:
- The Cape warthog Phacochaerus aethiopicus aethiopicus which was from the Cape province of South Africa but is now extinct.
- The Somali warthog Phacochaerus aethiopicus delamerei from northern and southern Somalia, and north-eastern Kenya.
Warthog Trophy Minimums
Rowland Ward and SCI still continue to include all warthogs in one record category.
Where To Hunt Warthog
You can hunt a warthog in all the African hunting countries covered on this website.
Warthog Hunting Prices (For Informative Use Only)
For purist warthog hunters, the warthogs in the savannas of west Africa through to central Africa, will likely be the northern common warthog.
- In Benin, the standard warthog trophy fee is 400 Euros, though you may find a few at 200 Euros.
- In Burkina Faso most warthog trophy fees are in the range of 130 Euros. However there are some companies offering warthogs from 350 Euros to 575 Euros.
- In Cameroon, the warthog may be hunted on the Group B savanna list. The warthog trophy fee is 400 Euros.
- In Central African Republic the warthog trophy fee can range between 300 Euros and 600 Euros.
The warthog species you hunt in Ethiopia depends on the location of your hunt. In the north-east your warthog could be a desert warthog, elsewhere it could be a common warthog of the Eritrean variety.
- In Ethiopia the standard trophy fee for either type of warthog is US$400.
Moving further south, the warthogs hunted in Tanzania and Uganda will be the common warthog of the Central African variety.
- In Tanzania a male warthog is available to hunt on a 10, 16 and 21 day licence. The Government trophy fee for a warthog is US$450, so with the additional Community Development/anti-poaching fees, the total trophy fee will be between US$520 and US$850.
- In Uganda the warthog trophy fee is between US$300 and US$750.
In southern Africa, the warthogs are the common southern warthog variety.
- In Botswana you can hunt a warthog on private game ranches for a trophy fee of between US$160 and US$500. Female warthogs can occasionally be hunted for about US$250.
- In Mozambique the non-refundable warthog licence fee is between US$120 and US$300. The trophy fee can be between US$300 and US$750.
- In Namibia the warthog trophy fee goes from US$120 to US$500.
- In Zambia the warthog trophy fee is between US$450 and US$900.
- In Zimbabwe the warthog trophy fee starts at US$350 and ranges up to US$700. In a few places you can hunt a female warthog for about US$400.
- In South Africa the usual warthog trophy fee is in the range of US$300 to US$400 but some can go for US$500+. Some operators offer non-trophy warthogs at about US$200.
If you are hoping to hunt several warthogs on the same safari, check with your outfitter first. It can be feast or famine with warthog populations as they are very sensitive to drought in some regions and the numbers can drop significantly.
Which Warthog Is Which?
The main differences between the 2 warthog species are that the desert warthog has a broader skull, flipped back ears and hook-shaped facial warts.