Hunting Elephant in Africa – South Africa and Zimbabwe
Hunting an elephant is by far one of the most exhilarating experiences for the adventurous trophy hunter. There are several aspects that contribute to the lifelong memory of your elephant hunt in Africa such as the area where your hunt takes place, the tracking prior to the hunt, the stalk and then the moment it all comes together and then the adrenaline rush just before you take that perfect shot!
Shot placement is key and knowledge thereof is of utmost importance. So is trusting your experienced Professional hunter and sufficient practice with your big-bore rifle of choice.
More information on hunting Elephant in South Africa and Zimbabwe:
Elephant movement in the area where your hunt will take place will be monitored months prior to your arrival. Once you get to camp we will drive to the general know last location and start the tracking process, involving following evidence of elephant activity in the field – spoor, dung, broken branches, and even sounds and smells. Elephant hunting can be physiologically challenging as small herd, or the particular bull you are after can be so near yet so far. As large as they are, Elephants can disappear into the bush quiet as a mouse ,within seconds! An ideal shot is taken at between 20 – 30 yards and you need to be ready to take a shot immediately at short notice.
When facing the Elephant a frontal brain shot is aimed at the third or fourth wrinkle below the center of the eyes. With a side shot, aim for the area between the eye and the ear hole or directly in front of the ear hole where the hairy knob juts out. A heart shot is a better bet when it is difficult to get in close to the elephant, placed lower down, directly behind the shoulder.
Contact out office or CITES and US Fish and wildlife for the most updated Elephant import information.
Best Caliber and Ammunition for hunting Elephant in Africa:
40 and even 50 caliber rifles with 400 to 500 grain solid bullets would definitely be a good choice. Refer to https://www.fieldandstream.com/story/guns/the-best-dangerous-game-cartridges/ for an interesting read.
A fifty-yard shot might be considered a long shot on the elephant, as most are taken at between 20 and 30 yards.
Elephant Hunting Gallery:
Somerby Safaris' dedicated team comprises of highly experienced professional hunters and guides, indigenous trackers and skillful skinners operating under the watchful eye of the owner, Helgard Beukes, better known as "DROM".
Costs of hunting an Elephant in South Africa or Zimbabwe:
The prices on hunting elephant are determined by the size of their tusks. Our hunting prices are set according to the size of the tusks of the elephant you wish to hunt, along with your budget.
For Elephant hunting reviews, contact any of our past hunters for references and a first-hand account of their Elephant Hunting Experience with us!