When planning a hunting trip anywhere, there are many factors to take into consideration such as the proper seasons for the game that you wish to hunt, the different hunting guns and bows that you may want to use and which seasons go paired with that. Accommodations at the proper lodges, or if preferred camping trips at bounty full game ranches must be decided. And lastly, the permits that are needed and obtained when hunting big game if required.
The hunting season comes to when it is wet, and when it is dry, this makes a big difference in hunting because of the watering hole aspect. Different styles can be used for both. Some hunters would like instead use a bow, but that would cut out the possibility of hunting thick-skinned large animals such as elephant, white and black rhino, crocodile and so forth. Although some provinces do not allow bow hunting, the northern cape is one of the ones that do. Bows are usually more used when animals are gathered around the watering hole as it is easier to shoot from close range where the bow is most effective.
There are no automatic rifles allowed for hunting in South Africa as well as no weapon using a rimfire.22 or smaller caliber ammunition. No air guns are permitted for hunting with shotguns except in the case of birds. The minimum legal caliber to hunt South African dangerous game is 375; you are also allowed in most cases of big (dangerous) game you are to use other calibers that are larger. Always remember to in all instances to still make use of premium grade ammunition.
When it comes to permits, the owners of the farm usually acquire them on behalf of the guests to cover hunting on their property. Some spices are listed as threatened or protected, and permits are obtainable accordingly. The rules for killing these animals apply to the listed species under the Biodiversity Act of 2004, and they are categorized accordingly.
Endangered: Tsessebe, Black Rhinoceros, Mountain Zebra, African wild dog, Oribi
Vulnerable: Cheetah, Samango monkey, Bontebok, Roan antelope, Suni, Leopard, Blue duiker
Protected: White Rhinoceros, Black Wildebeest, Spotted Hyaena, Black-footed cat, Brown Hyaena, Serval, Elephant, Sharpe’s grysbok, Reedbuck, Cape fox.
Hunting on the southern tip of Africa has always, just in the rest of the world been very popular, maybe even a little bit more. The vast difference in climates, as well as the great diversity of spices that are on offer, allow for year around hunting. But more so the beautiful landscapes that the hunt is done on making it a worthwhile experience even if that trophy you seek escapes your grasp.