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Hippo hunting

The ultimate adrenaline rush in dangerous game hunting!
Number of days altogether

5 days total

Number of hunting days

3 hunting days

Price from

$ 8735

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Experience:
30 years
Nationality:
ZAR
Language:
Afrikaans, English, Dutch

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A free range adventure! The hunting areas range in size from 3.000 to 165.000 acres and all provide an exceptional hunting experience! This outfitters...

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A free range adventure!

The hunting areas range in size from 3.000 to 165.000 acres and all provide an exceptional hunting experience! This outfitters primary focus is ensuring that you take the trophies which are included in your safari. A determination on which camp and area to use, are based on current conditions prior to the starting date of your safari. The success rate for this hunt is very close to 100%!

A typical hunting day starts just before dawn at which time coffee and rusks are enjoyed. A selection of breakfast cereals, Muffins and fruits of the day is also available at this time. Then it is time to embark on the morning hunt.
Hunting is until about 11:00 at which time you return to the camp for brunch (a full meal which is a combination of breakfast and lunch). Some time is then devoted to relaxing in the camp. The hunt is resumed at about 14:30 and continues until sunset.

The method of hunting employed depends on your preference, and can consist of either walking and stalking or hunting from blinds or special vantage points from which you glass and ambush animals.
The option of hunting from one of the well-equipped vehicles is also available should you have any medical problems, or are limited by not being able to walk long distances.
Your Professional Hunter will discuss these options with you after arrival. These options are always available.

A difficult hunt

Hunting hippo can be a very difficult task. Normally the bulls are hunted as trophies and, as they spend most of their time in the water, identifying the bulls can at best be difficult.
The bull's head will be slightly larger than the cow's and he will exhibit two not-so-prominent humps on either side of his nose where his large lower tusks fit into his upper jaw.
When hunting hippo, by all means, use enough rifle, and when hunted in the water, as described, your shot placement must be dead-on. The triangular indentation just above the eyes is your aim point and a shot placed here will penetrate the brain and anchor this large “water horse”.
From the side, aim just below the ear. The hippo will sink beneath the water, but float back to the surface within about an hour or so, making his recovery possible. Use extreme caution here, as where you find hippo, you will almost be sure to find the Nile crocodile as well. Sight your rifle in dead-on; your shot must be made with pinpoint accuracy.
The hippo can also be hunted on land and, make no mistake, hunting hippo in this manner can be terrifically exciting. A hippo bull disturbed on the land or in a small pan can become frightfully aggressive. Approach this big fellow with extreme caution and be ready for a charge.

Large rifles and solid bullets!

Rely only on large caliber rifles with solid bullets for this job. As always, the .375 should be considered as the minimum caliber, but consider one of the 40 calibers or even larger in a double rifle if possible. A well-placed shot on the shoulder will anchor one of these big animals if you have used sufficient gun; in a charge, the brain shot will be your only guarantee of stopping the beast!

 

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Accommodation
Beaters and dogs
Beer, wine
Breakfast
Cost of rented weapon
Daily display of game
Flight tickets
Guide assistance
Hunting permit / license
Interpreter
Laundry service
Lunch
Rented car
Skinning and salting
Soft drinks
Spirits
Supper
Taxidermy
Tracker
Transport during the hunt
Transport from/to airport
Trophy handling and delivering to taxidermy

Big Game calibers (.375 - .458 - .500)
Big Game calibers (.375 - .458 - .500)
Large calibers (.300 - .338 - 9.3x62)
Large calibers (.300 - .338 - 9.3x62)

Bush
Bush
Farmland
Farmland
Forest
Forest
Hilly terrain
Hilly terrain

+50 to +70°F / +10 to +20°C
+70 to +85°F / +20 to +30°C

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4x4 driving
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Walking/stalking
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