The majority of today’s safaris consist of or include plains game hunting. The term “plains game” encompasses a wide range of species and this type of hunt is ideal for the hunter looking for an exciting and varied—though relatively safe–African adventure. While outfitters may include different species in this category, the term generally refers to non-dangerous game, and is comprised of the following animals:
Antelope and gazelle species, including blesbok, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, sable, nyala, roan, impala, bushbok, eland, duiker, hartebeest, wildebeest, bontebok, rhebok, klipspringer, steenbok, lechwe, oribi, suni, and tsessebe, along with a variety of other animals, such as ostrich, warthog, bush pig, zebra, baboon, jackal, giraffe, fallow deer, and caracal.
Rather than hunting for a specific species, plains game hunts usually involve opportunities to bag a range of animals. So, while you may have a specific trophy in mind, be prepared to take aim at other types of game in order to get the most from your hunting experience.
Plains game animals live across Africa in a variety of climates and terrains, from the bushveld to the desert to the grasslands and wooded savannahs. While most of these safaris take place in South Africa, plains game can be hunted in Namibia and Zimbabwe as well. This is the perfect type of hunt for first-timers, kids, and non-hunting observers. Most hunters will bag six to ten animals on an eight- to twelve-day plains game safari. Because you won’t know what type of game you’ll encounter, it’s important to bring along a “multipurpose” rifle, such as a .375, though you may also prefer a lighter, yet still versatile weapon, such as a .30-06. Stalking on foot is generally the hunting method of choice for plains game, though some outfitters offer hunters the opportunity to take trophies from vehicles.
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