A beautiful South Africa Sunrise captured while big game hunting in Africa

Big Game Hunting in Africa: An Unforgettable Adventure

Welcome to the world of big game hunting in Africa, where breathtaking landscapes, exhilarating encounters, and unforgettable experiences await avid hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Embark on a remarkable journey as we delve into the captivating realm of African safaris and discover why this extraordinary pursuit has captured the imaginations of adventurers for generations.

If you haven’t been hunting in Africa, you need to go as soon as possible, and don’t save it for “when you’re too old to hunt in North America.” We hear that all the time. Africa is one of the coolest places in the world. Don’t miss it!

Africa is Renowned for its Abundant and Diverse Wildlife

For the hunter seeking a wide variety of game animals, beautiful country, century-old hunting traditions, and the spice of danger, hunting in Africa is an experience unmatched anywhere on Earth. From the vast savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania to the dense jungles of Zambia and Zimbabwe, every region offers unique opportunities for big game hunting. The allure lies in the challenge of tracking and pursuing majestic species such as lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos, among others. Whether you choose to hunt plains game in southern Africa or test your mettle on a dangerous game hunt in the wilds of East Africa, big game hunting in Africa will create memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

When it comes to hunting in Africa, there seems to be three types of people:

  1. The ones that just can’t wait to get there;
  2. Those lucky few who have been on a safari and can’t wait to get back, and;
  3. Those poor unfortunate souls that don’t realize that an African safari should be at the top of their bucket list.

Big Game Hunting in Africa

south african cape buffalo hunts

The Big Five is what immediately comes to mind for most hunters when the conversation turns to big game hunting in Africa.

For centuries, Big Game hunters have travelled to Africa to hunt the iconic, and dangerous African lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. While it is true that rhino and elephant hunting isn’t what it used to be, as poachers have severely threatened them. However there are still a handful of, ethical and conservation-minded rhino hunts available, but things aren’t trending the correct direction for the species. So far, only hunting conservation programs have proved useful in curtailing the poachers.

Unfortunately, since almost no rhinoceros hunting is done any longer, hunters now refer to the The Big Four.

Hunting for The Big Four can be done with a completely clear conscience, as a legal hunt will help to save far more animals from poaching than will be actually taken during hunting. Classic Big Four-destinations are Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania.

A giant bull crocodile taken in Mozambique

The Dangerous Seven

Recently, hunters have been referring to the Dangerous Seven, which includes all of the big five species, plus two more animals which certainly do merit being called dangerous, as they each account for at least 300-500 human deaths each year. The last two animals of the danger seven are: the hippopotamus and the crocodile.

A huge nyala

Plains Game are more affordable, and accessible than the Big Five, and are therefore the most common type of big game hunting in Africa.

From the beautiful spiral horned antelope to the Tiny 10, plains game hunting typically occurs on expansive hunting estates, where one can bask in leisure and savor the delights of life during tranquil afternoons, after you’re finished with your hunt for the day. You can choose to opt for opulent accommodations or embrace simpler lodging depending on your preference. Nonetheless, the hunting estates present an ideal hunting vacation for a group of hunters and non-hunters alike. A plains game hunt in Africa can be surprisingly affordable, and in our opinion is the best deal in the hunting industry.

In South Africa alone, a staggering 18,500 avid hunters per year visit these hunting concessions in pursuit of plains game, a testament to the remarkable popularity these estates command. Together with Namibia, South Africa dominantly claims over 90% of big game hunting in Africa. Moreover, because of strict conservation programs, Namibia and South Africa offer a few hunts for the majestic rhinoceroses each year.

The bongo is arguably the most beautiful forest dwelling antelope of Africa
The bongo is arguably the most beautiful forest dwelling antelope of Africa

The Exclusive Big Game Species of Africa

Perhaps not as well know are the highly exclusive species such as Bongo, Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Giant Eland, Mountain Nyala etc. One thing they all have in common is that they live in very remote (often heavily forested) areas, and it takes a great deal of effort to not only just get there, but also to organize a hunt. Often it will take a number of excursions before the hunt is successful. These exclusive species live mostly in countries not normally associated with Big Game hunting in Africa: Ethiopia, Uganda, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, etc.

List of Species Available for Big Game Hunting in Africa

Dangerous Game

  • Cape Buffalo
  • Crocodile
  • Elephant
  • Hippo
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Rhinoceros

Spiral Horned Antelope

Large Antelope

Medium Antelope

Small Antelope

Other Plains Game

African Pigs

Cats of Africa

  • African Wildcat
  • Caracal
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Serval

African Species of Opportunity

Expert Guides and Conservation Efforts

Embarking on a big game hunting expedition in Africa requires the expertise of seasoned guides who possess an intimate knowledge of the land, wildlife behavior, and conservation practices. These professional hunters (PH’s) are dedicated to ensuring ethical hunting practices, sustainable wildlife management, and the preservation of fragile ecosystems. By partnering with responsible PH’s, Outdoors International and our hunters can contribute to the conservation efforts that protect these iconic species for future generations.

You will not regret taking an African safari with your family.

A Cultural Immersion

Beyond the thrill of the hunt, an African safari offers an immersive cultural experience. Local communities, with their rich traditions and warm hospitality, provide a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of African heritage. Engage with indigenous tribes, learn about their customs, and savor traditional cuisine around a campfire under the starlit sky. The camaraderie forged during these encounters leaves a lasting impression, forever intertwining the memories of the hunt with the fabric of African culture.

A hunting party hanging out at the lodge in South Africa.

Tailored Safari Experiences

African safaris cater to individuals with various interests and preferences. Whether you seek an adrenaline-fueled pursuit of the Big Five or a more tranquil photographic safari, there is an array of options to suit your desires. Luxury lodges and tented camps offer unmatched comfort, while mobile camping safaris allow for an intimate connection with the untamed wilderness. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of Africa, tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

Fly camp in Africa

Big Game Hunting in Africa is a Conservation and Sustainability Success Story

In recent years, the significance of responsible and sustainable tourism has come to the forefront. Many African countries have implemented stringent regulations and conservation programs to protect their wildlife and natural habitats. By choosing ethical operators who adhere to these guidelines, hunters can actively contribute to the preservation of biodiversity while enjoying their passion for big game hunting. These efforts ensure a harmonious balance between the needs of local communities, wildlife, hunters, and eco-tourism.


Capturing Memories

African safaris offer opportunities to capture remarkable moments and create lasting memories. Professional wildlife photographers and videographers accompany hunting expeditions, expertly documenting every step of the journey. Preserve the thrill of the chase, the breathtaking landscapes, and the unique interactions with wildlife through stunning visual records. These images and videos serve as cherished mementos, allowing you to relive the adventure and share it with others for years to come.

Bruce Glauner with his giraffe

Planning Your African Safari

When embarking on a big game hunting expedition in Africa, careful planning is essential. Research reputable outfitters, consult with experienced hunters, and consider factors such as the location, season, desired species, and available amenities. Ensure compliance with local hunting regulations and obtain the necessary permits and licenses. Engage in physical training to enhance your endurance and marksmanship, preparing yourself for the challenges that lie ahead. By investing time and effort into meticulous preparation, you set the stage for an extraordinary adventure.

Giraffes at sunset under a giant baobab tree

Let Outdoors International Inspire You to Experience Big Game Hunting in Africa!

Africa, a continent encompassing over twelve countries, offers diverse opportunities for hunting enthusiasts. Southern Africa, notably South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, attracts the highest influx of hunters due to its accessibility, affordability, and remarkable experiences, especially for first-time participants. On the other hand, Eastern Africa, including Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique, boasts expansive wilderness regions teeming with formidable game animals like lions, buffalo, leopards, and elephants. Embarking on a safari in this area evokes the grandeur of the luxurious tented safaris popularized during the mid-twentieth century. Meanwhile, Western and Central Africa captivate seasoned African hunters seeking the thrill of pursuing highly challenging species such as bongo and giant eland.

Across Africa, the majority of hunting takes place in a “safari-style” manner, involving traversing the hunting grounds in open-topped vehicles while diligently scanning for game or signs of its presence. Once game is spotted, hunters engage in a foot pursuit, carefully tracking their prey or following fresh trails, sometimes enduring hours on foot. Notably, certain exceptions exist, such as leopard hunting, which typically occurs from concealed positions overlooking baited sites.

The vast array of terrains, countries, and game animals available in Africa ensures that hunting holds an allure for individuals with diverse preferences and aspirations.

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Outdoors International has a team of hand-selected hunting experts to help you book your next hunt. Our job it is to help you in researching, booking and planning a great hunting trip with one of our amazing outfitter partners around the world.

My hunt was absolutely top notch.

The outfitter is a fantastic man and incredibly hard working and knowledgeable, there is no doubt he will do everything within his power to make peoples hunts successful and enjoyable. I plan to do it again with him next year for sure.

Wade Zuver

Our hunt was excellent.

We saw bucks every day along with all other sorts of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, and foxes were common sights. Fishing and crabbing was special bonus. The food was excellent, the crew was amazing. Outdoors International did a great job of finding exactly what we were looking for.

Jesse Neveau

What an amazing experience!

The hunting lodge was out of this world!, Rooms, food and the scenery were all A+. Our guide was exceptional and had us on Shiras moose all five days. We saw over 30 total with at least 10 bulls. They had a plan for everything including taxidermy and game processing.

Kayla Redmon