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Dangerous Game

Tsomô, a division of the Mafigeni Safari Company, offers the discerning hunter more than 50 game species, over 20 bird species and some of the most thrilling fishing in the world.  With over 50 years of combined hunting and guiding experience, Tsomô is sure to offer you the safari of a life-time.

Africa offers you a diversity of game and bird species which occur in a range of different ecological areas.  The topography and vegetation differs greatly from densely wooded savannah to open grasslands, each presenting a unique habitat ideally suited to the various game or bird species.

 

Buffalo are possibly the most sought after of the Big 5 species, predominantly because of the danger involved when hunting them.  Solitary bulls, “Dagga bulls”, have a notion of charging, unprovoked, if the hunter is spotted by chance.

Buffalo are considered the most dangerous animal when wounded, and many a hunter has had a narrow escape, and some have even met up with death, whilst tracking these mighty opponents.  Buffalo are hunted in South Africa and Tanzania.  The average horn width measures between 37” and 40”.

Hunting areas are accessed by hunting vehicle and once fresh tracks have been located, the hunters will pursue the buffalo on foot. A minimum of 7 days is required for a buffalo hunt, however we recommend 10 or more days.  Rifle calibres must be a minimum of .375.

 

 Elephant hunts require the hunter to prepare well in advance for this hunt, as this is a hunt where your physical ability will be tested to the full.  Walking great distances, often in the heat well into the 90’s (Fahrenheit) is not uncommon and there is a real possibility of tracking an elephant that has insufficient tusks, which puts you back to looking for another elephant and tracking it.

Stalking can be tedious, dangerous and uncommonly long and the hunt can be intimidating, due to the sheer size of the quarry, the loud trumpeting sound and the breaking of foliage when fleeing, or even worse, when charging.  Average range will seldom exceed 50 yards.

Elephant are hunted in South Africa (minimum 10 day hunt), Tanzania (minimum 21 day hunt) and Zimbabwe (minimum 18 day hunt).  A minimum rifle calibre of .375 is required for this hunt.

 

Leopard hunts are conducted in South Africa (minimum 14 day hunt), Namibia (minimum 14 day hunt) and Tanzania (minimum 21 day hunt).  Hunts are conducted over bait from a temporary blind.  When a cat “hits the bait” (i.e. starts feeding), the Professional Hunter will ascertain whether it is male or female and whether the cat is mature.  This is done by checking the size of the track and the amount that is eaten off the bait.  Should the cat be estimated to be suitable to hunt, a blind will be constructed.

Bait animals (non trophy or female animals) are hunted during the day to keep the baits fresh and to replace baits when a cat has started feeding.  Pre-baiting is an option in South Africa and Namibia and often increases the chances of success on the hunt.  There will be an additional charge for pre-baiting and this usually takes place up to 14 days prior to the hunter arriving in camp.

Baits are checked early each morning for cat activity and most cats are hunted in the early hours of the evening over a light.  In Tanzania all cats are hunted during the daylight hours.

A minimum of .375 rifle calibre is recommended, even though these are soft skin animals.

 

Lion hunts are conducted in South Africa (10 day hunt) and Tanzania (21 day hunt).

Hunts are conducted on foot (in SA) and over bait (in Tanzania).  When hunting lion, the hunters will search the concession area for fresh tracks first thing in the morning.  Once fresh tracks have been found, the hunters will pursue the tracks on foot.  This can often be a long and tiring day, and it is recommended that the hunter prepare well with some physical training prior to arriving for the hunt.

Cats are hunted during the daylight hours and even though these are soft skin animals, a minimum of .375 rifle calibre is recommended.

 

 

Rhino hunts are conducted in South Africa only and are a minimum of 7 days.  Through much effort by hunters and conservationists, the Rhino has increased in numbers sufficiently to once again be hunted in South Africa. This member of the Big Five has very thick skin thus larger calibre rifles (minimum .375) with well-constructed bullets are the order of the day.  Solids would always be a good choice for their excellent penetration but remember to be cognizant of what is behind your target, as this type bullet will often exit.  Look to your Professional Hunter for guidance.

 

 

 

Hippo hunts are conducted in South Africa only and are a minimum of 7 days. Hippos spend most of the day in water but will often lie up on the river banks durring the heat of the day. They feed mainly at night. Hippos are notorious for killing the most people in Africa per year. In the water Hippos come across as being very docile but on land they can be a very worthy advisary. Most Hippos are hunted in the water. A very persice shot is required in order to secure a Hippo in the water. A minimum rifle calibre of .375 is required for this hunt and good premium bullets are a must.

 

 

 

 

 Crocodile hunts are conducted in South Africa and Mozambique only and are a minimum of 5 days. Usually these hunts are conducted over bait close to the edge of the water. Or they can be conducted while the crocodile is on the rivers edge while the crocodile is sun baithing. Crocodiles have to be shot outside of the water because they sink after being shot. Shooting distances range from 50 to 150 yards and a very precise shot has to be made at a golf ball size target. Calibres ranging from 300 Win mag to 416 are a good choice, a good scope and premium soft bullets are a must for these prehistoric beasts.

 

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