Bird Hunting – some 14 species of ducks, 2 geese, 10
partridge (francolin), 2 pheasant-sized birds (Guinea-Fowl),
pigeons, doves and quail are available for hunting purposes.
Bow/Black Powder/Handgun Hunting
Any of these three methods are legal in at least one of South
Africa’s provinces, although restrictions may be imposed on the
species of animal to be hunted and the standard of the
Bow hunting in South Africa
The African Chapter of IBO( International Bow hunting
Organization), the ABO (African Bow hunter Organisation),
www.abo.org.za, was established in 2005 by a group of dedicated
archers, with the mutual desire to see that 3-D Archery, in all
its forms, expanded and flourished to serve as an education tool for
wild life conservation and ethical hunting practices.
Their vision is:
• for developing an interest in archery by starting and
investing in the “National Archery in Schools Program” for
South Africa as well as developing archery skills under the
previously disadvantaged communities in order for archery to be
enjoyed by the next generation.
• To adhere to the Ideal of “Unification of Bow
hunters” and to
promote and encourage the sport of Ethical Bow hunting and 3-D
• To educate, establish and maintain the highest level of
competitive archery as set out in the Original Charter of the
Minimum recommendations for COMPOUND BOWS:
Draw Weight Arrow Weight
Small game 40 lb 400 grain
Medium game 70 lb 550 grain
Buffalo, Elephant, 80 lb 700 grain
Classic Bow Hunting Safaris into Africa have become increasingly
popular amongst discerning archers with a variety of species on
The Professional Hunters are highly qualified, experienced and
technically competent with the advice they offer for tough
African game, hunting methods and equipment limitations that
have been tested and proven in the field. Legislation,
introduced by the Government, is adhered to ensuring that the
sport is ethically sound.
Today, if you book with a reputable outfitter, hunters need no
qualms about finding themselves in an “experimental situation”,
especially on dangerous game hunts.
South Africa is proud that it has carefully selected exclusive
areas to ensure maximum success and quality of trophies in their
Strict zoning policies and area usage ensure rifle hunting is
excluded preference to the Bow Hunting option.
A combination of the above factors and the expertise of renowned
Professional Hunters will ensure the Bow Hunter an unforgettable
Safari of a lifetime.
Bow hunts are usually conducted in ways dependent on your
specific situation and species hunted:
The majority of successful bags are made from permanently
constructed blinds. These are situated approximately 20 meters
from waterholes and salt licks. Some blinds are elevated above
the ground and others are ground blinds, depending on the
terrain, sun and wind direction. These blinds are spacious and
have roofs overhead. Shooting ports are adjustable to suit both
standing and sitting archers. Animals bagged regularly by
this method are Kudu, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Eland,
Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Warthog and Baboon.
This method is used for the “more difficult” species or those
that do not frequent the waterholes. Some concessions offer the
ideal terrain for this method. The undulating hills, deep
gullies and water streams with thick vegetation all make it
possible to get within bow range during the months of April, May
and June. After these months winter starts and sufficient
cover becomes scarce. Species bagged by this method are
Bushbuck, Nyala, Duiker, Klipspringer, Mountain Reedbuck and the
species listed under “Blinds.”
This includes a variety of hunting methods. The most commonly
used is locating animals whilst cruising in a 4x4 vehicle. A
large area can be covered using this method without losing
valuable time walking through dead terrain. Once game has been
sighted the stalk is planned and the vehicle drives off leaving
the hunter and his guide in a suitable position. Often the
opportunity arises whereby the hunter is dropped behind cover or
downwind and the game is moved towards him by the trackers. This
can be very exciting and rewarding, but needs a lot of patience
and time. Any species available in an area can be bagged using
this method. A hunter can also select an active game trail used
by a specific trophy animal and erecting a tree stand or temporary
Each Province has different regulations regarding dangerous game
bow hunting. Do not hesitate to ask your Outfitter to supply you
with the latest regulations before confirming a hunt.
The number of bow hunters entering South Africa is rapidly
increasing, and more and more outfitters are catering to their
specific requirements. Bow hunting in most provinces is done
under special permit which will be arranged in advance by your
hunting outfitter. There may be restrictions imposed on species
of animal that can be bow hunted and on the standard of
Compound, longbows and re-curve bows can be used on Plains' game.
Although no regulation regarding draw weight exists it is
recommended to use bows of 60# and higher.
Traditional archers should advise the length of their longbows
to enable any adjustments to existing blinds to be made prior to
the safari. Three or four bladed broad heads of the thunderhead
type are recommended.
Ensure that a good supply of Judo points and piano wire is included
in your equipment where bird shooting is allowed.
To maximize your hunt of a lifetime in Africa, rifle hunting is
mostly done on foot or by means of spot and stalk, depending on
the client’s ability and the animal being hunted. .30 Caliber or
bigger is a good all-rounder for plains' game (with at least 60
cartridges) but a minimum of .375 is necessary for Cape buffalo,
etc. Talk to us about smaller calibers for women and children.
The animals that call the African bush home are tough and therefore only premium grade bullets must be used. Barnes X, Swift, Woodleigh
and GS Gustom are always winners.