So, you’ve mastered hunting rabbit and deer and are ready to move on to big game. You’ve heard stories among your hunting buddies about trophies they’ve come home with, heard about their amazing trips and are ready to expand your field of knowledge. It’s time to master big game, so where should you start? Here, you will probably find that Africa has the most to offer in terms of the kinds of animals you can hunt, accommodations and, of course, guides who know their stuff. That’s a biggie when hunting big game!
First – Know Your Guide
Before getting on to the kinds of big game you can hunt and the best places on earth to hunt those animals, it pays to know more than a bit about your guide. Bear in mind that these are not only some of the biggest animals on earth to hunt but some of the deadliest as well. Unfortunately, you won’t often find them wandering down the streets of a city where animal control is ready to come to the rescue. You will be out in the wilds, so do some research before contracting a big game guide. Your safety is more important than the trophy.
Big Game Animals in Africa
Often referred to as the ‘Big 5,” these creatures may not be the largest in size but will be the biggest game you may ever hunt. Big doesn’t only refer to size but also to the danger and difficulty involved in the hunt. Hippo hunting, for example, can be extremely dangerous because hippos are extremely dangerous. Oddly, they are not listed among the Big 5, but they are as apt to hunt you as you are to hunt them. Keep that in mind. Yes, hippos are big, but other big game in Africa,while just as lethal, is not as big yet still numbered among the Big 5.
The Big 5 in African Big Game Hunting
So then, besides the hippo, what would the Big 5 consist of? When you look for the best places to hunt big game, consider the kind of animal you want to hunt, then you’ll know where to go. The Big 5 are:
- African elephant
- Cape buffalo
The best destinations on earth for hunting these five dangerous creatures would include:
- South Africa for rhinos.
- Along the Zambezi river for the Cape buffalo.
- Namibia for leopards.
- The Sahara Desert for lions.
- Try Zimbabwe for the African elephant, but mind the trophy fees.
It is an exciting challenge to go big game hunting in Africa, but always ensure that in your zeal you don’t walk into danger. Learn about your guide and do make sure he speaks English well! Communication issues can get you in a great deal of trouble if you aren’t careful. Learn about the animal you are hunting, where and how they should be killed, and then learn about the dangers of the region you will be hunting in. That trophy is great, but your life is greater. Keep that in mind.