South Africa is a beautiful place for a hunting trip. At first, there was no strict system for hunting, creating chaos that affected animals’ extinction. However, today’s hunting trip to South Africa is different. Hunters can enjoy the recreational trip while providing a balance system that can save the animal’s preservation.
The idea of nature conservation for hunters was born in 1894 with Paul Kruger, the president of South Africa at that time, by establishing the first national park. The Kruger National Park started with 17,000 hectares in the eastern Transvaal province and merged with the Sabi Hunting Reserve in 1898. For the next century, there have been 16 national and 120 provincial parks were established. It led to the creation of over a hundred nature reserves and farms. Nature conservation is crucial to their vitality, while hunting would be essential to maintain the balance between the animals’ number and food availability.
Hunting Preparation in South Africa
Since Africa has its system, a foreigner who wishes to hunt there should hire outfitter and professional staff with a license to manage their hunting trip. As you are about to hunt in a non-English speaking country, ensure to find a pro staff who are not only great to do their job, but also capable to communicate both in English and local language well. It has to be your priority because a pro-staff should build a good relationship with the client and dealer, according to breakingtravelnews.com. This way, you can have peace of mind to look forward to your hunting trip.
If you have found a pro-staff, the next things to do would be signing a hunting agreement. Ensure that the contract is also signed by the hunting outfitter, describing the details of your hunting trip from species, sex, hunting rates, and schedules. Take note that South Africa may be the only country with year-round hunting, but the hunting season is usually during the Summer season. If you want to search for more ample areas, March until November would be fantastic.
The hunting areas will be far from shopping malls. It would be best to prepare your hunting clothes before your safari hunting trip to South Africa. It is essential to have hunting gear that includes pre-worn insulated hunting clothes and camouflage clothing for woman hunters.
Hunting the Big Five in South Africa
Many sportspeople dream to hunt for the big game while they are in South Africa. The big five games include the Elephant, Lion, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, and Leopard. They are called big five or big games because the big mammals offer more significant challenges and experiences in hunting. It does sound attractive to hunt 7,715 pounds White Rhinoceros that can run up to 24 miles speeds, although the current updates have shown that their number has kept decreasing. Worse, it might have been near extinction from the pouching operation, making the big four is somewhat more acceptable to be echoed among the hunters.
The big four have diverse characteristics, weight, and speeds. While the Cape Buffalo is considered to be the most dangerous among them, they are also the most popular among the hunters. The bush monster has abundant species and the least pressure population, but they stand still and fight when they are about to be captured. At the same time, Buffalo also prefers to avoid the hazardous condition that their speed run can be very high, reaching 33 miles per hour. It is different with the Elephant, which is the largest land mammals weighing 13,000 to 14,000 pounds. These behemoths have 24 miles speeds, just like the Buffalo, but you have to be careful since the United States has a case by case basis to allow Elephant hunting and trading.
The Lion would be the top list of the big game living in an open savannah of Africa. The pride male acts as a guardian of the herd, while the female takes care of the hunting. Their speeds can be considered the fastest, achieving 48 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Leopard is the smallest among them. They can run up to 37 miles per hour as a sleek nighttime hunter living in mountainous areas.