While planning your hunting safari in Africa can be exciting, you might wonder where to start. We’ve got you covered with our easy planning guide and all the information you need to make your planning, traveling, and stay in Africa as smooth as possible. And if you don’t already have a mile-long trophy wishlist, here are some of our most popular hunting trophies to choose from.
Nicknamed “the Black Death” or the “Widowmaker”, the Cape buffalo is one of the most unpredictable and formidable adversaries a dangerous game hunter can face. It is also the most popular member of the Big Five in terms of trophy hunting. Hunting a Cape Buffalo is surely at the top of the list for any serious trophy hunter. Be prepared for an unforgettable adrenaline rush as you face this majestic being, on African grounds.
The Sable is inarguably one of the most handsome antelope species on the continent. This large, near-horselike creature boasts spectacular curved horns and a dramatically contrasted coat of black and white. Admired for its sheer beauty, Sable trophies has been the envy of many a trophy hunter, and certainly a worthy experience to add to your list.
The “grey ghost” revered for its spectacular spiral horns and attractive markings, the greater kudu is one of Southern Africa’s most iconic antelopes. These imposing animals are typically hunted in the mountains. Be sure to come prepared and anticipate a game of wits, spotting, and stalking this elusive creature can be quite the thrill. Something to tick off, not just your trophy list, but your list of adventures as well.
The Gemsbuck (or Oryx) is widely hunted for its spectacular horns that average 85 cm (33 in) in length, making it an impressive and very sought-after trophy. From a distance, the only outward difference between males and females is their horns, and many hunters mistake females for males each year. In males, horns tend to be thicker with larger bases. Females have slightly longer, thinner horns.
The Nyala is definitely one of the most beautiful animals Africa has to offer. The males have dark grey to black skin with white stripes. Nyala is a middle-sized animal, between a bushbuck and a kudu, and also part of the spiral horn antelope family. A true client favorite to hunt at Tollie’s African Safaris.
The red lechwe is a medium-sized antelope exhibiting characteristic dark markings on the forelegs. His body slants forward as his front shoulders are lower than his croup. While game ranches have provided limited populations of this sought-after trophy, the sustainable herds of lechwe are found primarily in the Okavango Delta of Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, but we offer our clients beautiful Red Lechwe in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Lechwe makes a beautiful and unique addition to any hunting safari in Africa.
Vaal Rhebuck is considered by most as one of the most challenging South African antelope to hunt. This wonderful species occurs high in the mountains. They have a long, thin neck leading up to the head. The head is dominated by larger than usual eyes, a big rubber-like black nose, and very long pointed upright ears. The body is covered by a grey wool-like coat, similar to that of a jackrabbit. Underparts are white in color. Only the males have spike-like straight black horns that stand upright.
The blue wildebeest (or ‘brindled gnu’) is a popular inclusion in plains game packages that cater to both beginner and expert hunters. Its image is synonymous with the Serengeti of East Africa. Both sexes possess a pair of large horns, these extend outward to the side, and then curve upward and inward. In males, the horns can be 83 cm (33 in) long, while the horns of the females are 30–40 cm (12–16 in) long. This bizarre-looking ‘beest’ makes a unique trophy and is typically found in habitats of acacia savanna and short grass plains.