Kudu has earned the nickname “Grey Ghost” for the seemingly supernatural ability to disappear in the bush, surprising for an animal of such size (the second biggest African antelope after Eland), and equipped with such impressive spiral horns. The natives of Africa and the visitors are equally awed by these horns, which are used as vessels, musical instruments, and for ceremonial purposes by the former, and have great ability to impress the grandeur of the African wildlife on the latter. Hunting Kudu is quite a challenge, as evidenced by many classic safari books, and Greater Kudu hunting connects you to a very old tradition.
KUDU HUNTING METHODS
The first choice for Kudu hunting is spot-and-stalk. The typical African way is to scout the area from vehicles or high ground, stopping to glass the area, and once the animal is located, to approach it on foot. In the case of Kudu, this is easier said than done, because the animal prefers broken terrain, which isn’t easily accessible on wheels. Add to that, the protective colouring of the Kudu makes it hard to see, and acute senses and natural wariness allow it to escape predators, of both two-legged and four-legged variety. Hunting from a blind over salt licks and water holes is also possible, and many hunters, especially bowhunters, find the opportunity to observe natural African wildlife behaviour from concealment an exciting bonus to the hunt itself.
WHEN TO HUNT EASTERN CAPE KUDU IN SOUTH AFRICA
Kudu hunting season is open year-round in enclosed areas in South Africa but may be more limited to free-range hunting grounds. Hunters typically have better luck during the rut (April – May) up to September – November.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT KUDU IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Hunting the Eastern Cape Kudu is priced at the same level as other Kudu hunts in South Africa: the average trophy fee runs at around about $1,500, and after daily rates are added, a dedicated Kudu hunt would start at $2,000 or so, and package hunts with other plains game species included run in the area of $3,000 – 5,000 (with no upper limit).