Page Updated: June 2020
Hunting African game animals successfully requires skill, hard work and knowledge. Some visiting hunters believe that they pay their Professional Hunter for these attributes and they are only the 'trigger men'. They sometimes don't even know or want to know, what a particular animal looks like, let alone it's habitat and social behaviour.
"It's pleasant to work with men who know what trophies they want, bag them, and do no other killing except for food. They stalk game carefully, often expertly, and try not to merely wound a beast. Usually they give the animals more than an even break and are happiest when their trophies are won with all odds in favour of the animals." Alexander Lake
Hunters are often surprised at the wariness and toughness of African animals compared to their home species. All African plains game are constantly predated upon so are extremely aware of their surroundings and react instantly to any perceived threat, thus highly skilled stalking methods are required. The zebra and wildebeest, for example, will fight for life to the bitter end, often taking a lot of lead before succumbing. The predator species, such as crocodile or leopard, are super wary - being at the top of the food chain means they cannot put themselves at risk of injury.
Knowing a few simple facts about the animal you are hunting will truly enhance your African hunt - not only will you really enjoy the hunting experience, you can confidently contribute your own hunting ideas and your hunt will become a true team effort.
These pages are tailored for African hunters, so in addition to details about animal appearance and behaviour that you can read anywhere, there are sections about...