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Hunting Options and Information2018-09-17T13:36:17+00:00

Hunting Options and Information

Hunting is available the entire year, but the most popular time is mid-March to end-September. At Royal Karoo Safaris, we offer you a variety of hunting options:

Clients can hunt off the Trophy Price List on a Daily Rate or choose a package. Alternatively, you can tailor-make a package for your needs.  Note that 15% VAT is added to all packages. Most of our hunting is undertaken using the ‘walk-and-stalk’, ‘spot-and-stalk’, ‘stand’ or ‘still’ method and our hunts are Fair Chase. Shots vary between 100-300 yards and we urge you to practice shooting from the long bipod shooting sticks that are commonly used here.

Because such a large quantity of game can be found in our area, we prefer to limit the amount of travelling while on safari.

Trophy Hunting

Without a doubt, trophy hunting in Africa is one of the most challenging endeavours a hunter can pursue. There are many factors that come into play when trophy-hunting on the ‘Dark Continent’ – here are some things you should consider when you begin planning your trophy hunting African experience:

Because of the extremely diverse assortment of game animals available in Southern Africa, the trophy hunter must narrow down the species he intends to hunt on a given safari. As all species are not common to a single geographical area, the resulting list may dictate the area, or even the particular African country where this trophy hunt will take place. This decision may also have important consequences – the availability of quality outfitters, the infrastructure, as well as the climate and geographical features can vary greatly from one country to another. These differences alone can affect the logistics of your trophy hunt. Choosing the right outfitter for your hunting safari can greatly affect your African trophy hunting experience. You should check out their credentials and those of their Professional Hunters. Experience is usually the key. The PH leading your trophy hunting safari will greatly affect the success of your hunt. Look for one who has experience in both the area and the particular species you wish to pursue.

PRIMARY MEASURING METHODS

SCI

The Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Big Game Animals uses SCI’s unique, all-inclusive record-keeping system – one of the most used systems in the world – to document the club’s hunting heritage. The scoring system recognises typical and non-typical animals and both free-range and estate-taken animals. SCI measuring methods applicable to trophy hunting in Southern Africa include

Method 1 – for most animals with simple horns

Method 2 – for spiral-horned animals

Method 4 – for African buffalo

Method 6 – for black wildebeest

Method 8 – for rhinoceros

Method 12 – for hippopotamus and pigs

Method 14 – for elephant

Method 15 – for carnivores

Method 16-C – for body length of crocodilian.

ROWLAND WARD

Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game was established in 1880 to set down details of game as a matter of interests to avid hunters. The company’s policy is that ‘The Book’ (as they call it) is not purposed to establish records in the sense of biggest or best, nor to glorify the hunter. Rowland Ward’s intention is that it celebrates the animal and it does not matter whether the animal died of natural causes, was killed by a predator or shot by a hunter. ‘The Book’ exists to ensure that trophy hunters focus on big, old, lone males who have long since passed on their genes to younger generations. It is also a valuable source of knowledge on the distribution of game and its taxonomic features as well as a historical, geographical and biological record. The applicable methods in Southern Africa are 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

Trophy List

  • Baboon

  • Blesbuck

  • Blesbuck – white

  • Bontebok

  • Buffalo

  • Bushbuck – Cape

  • Bushpig

  • Caracal with hounds

  • Caracal

  • Duiker – Blue

  • Duiker – Brown Bush

  • Eland – Cape

  • Fallow Deer

  • Gemsbuck

  • Genet Cat

  • Giraffe

  • Grysbuck – Cape

  • Red Hartebeest

  • Impala – Black

  • Impala – Southern

  • Jackal – Black Backed

  • Klipspringer

  • Kudu – East Cape

  • Lechwe – Common S.A.

  • Monkey – Vervet

  • Nyala

  • Oribi

  • Ostrich – Wild

  • Porcupine

  • Reedbuck – Common

  • Cape Mountain Reedbuck

  • Reedbuck – common

  • Roan

  • Sable

  • Scimitar Oryx

  • Springbuck – Black

  • Springbuck – White

  • Springbuck – Copper

  • Springbuck – Common

  • Steenbuck

  • Vaal Rhebuck

  • Warthog

  • Waterbuck

  • Wildebeest – Black

  • Wildebeest – Blue

  • Zebra – Burchell’s