Hunting elephants in South Africa

Hunting African elephants in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

African elephant scientific name: Loxodonta africana

Safari hunting elephants with Hunting in Africa Safaris. We offer the best African elephant hunting safaris because we walk the extra mile and we keep our prices reasonable. Hunting elephants the traditional way is our way of making your elephant hunting safari the experience it should be for all the correct reasons. Our South African elephant hunting safaris are presented in remote areas where the African Big 5 still roam free in hunting areas exceeding 100 000 acres.

From time-to-time we obtain permission to host a lion hunting package safari experience in the same remote hunting areas for wild and free roaming lions. Bearing in mind that our African elephant hunting packages AND our African lion hunting packages are clear on the prices and include all your expenses, there will be no added costs at the end of your hunting safari.

South African elephant hunting laws stipulate that bowhunting elephants, as a form of hunting, is not legal. In South Africa you may only legally rifle hunt elephants with a minimum caliber of 375.

Bowhunting African elephants – African elephants may be bow hunted legally in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Best recommended caliber to hunt elephant, also known as elephant hunting guns – 375 or any other larger caliber is a minimum legal caliber to hunt dangerous game with in Africa. It is our recommendation to use any caliber from 400 and up if you feel comfortable using it.

Shot placement when hunting elephants in South Africa – a perfectly placed shot on a broadside elephant would be right on the shoulder and in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the start of the chest to the top of the back. A brain shot is not recommended as the angle to the brain fluctuates according to the position of the hunter in relation to the position of the elephant. Ignore this recommendation if charged. It is imperative for the hunter to head the advice of the Professional Hunter on shot placement when hunting elephants.

Elephant shot placement diagram

Above: Study the elephant shotplacement diagram to ensure a successful hunt.

What is the cost to hunt an elephant – The cost to hunt elephants appreciates according to the size of the tusks. The larger the tusks the higher the trophy fee is the general rule. African elephant hunting prices differ so please ensure you know what you are paying for.

Is it legal to hunt elephant – African elephants can be hunted legally in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Please ensure your country allows elephants to be imported when hunted in Mozambique. Your hunting outfitter must obtain a CITES tag for your African elephant hunt prior to your arrival.

Average shooting distance when hunting elephants – 15 to 40 yards.

Helpful hints and tips when hunting African elephants – The hunter has to show extreme caution when hunting an African elephant as it can, and will kill the hunter. Elephant cows with calves are particularly ill-tempered. In dense brush it is a good idea to slowly move toward the intended trophy to the stage when it presents a clear shot. Unless the hunter is an experienced elephant hunter, he / she should NOT attempt a brain shot. Wait for a broad side shot and go for the vitals.

Of course the previous advice must be discarded if the elephant charges the hunters.

We also present elephant hunting safaris in Zimbabwe and Mozambique in conjunction with leading local outfitters and professional hunters.


African elephant description

The African elephant is the largest land mammal on earth. The most prominent features of the elephant would most likely be its long trunk, large ears and tusks. Some elephants may not develop tusks and others sometimes break the tusks off in a variety of manners. The trunk is very maneuverable and can perform almost any task at hand. Thick veins in the back of the ears allow for cooling of blood to help regulate body temperature. The tusks are a prominent feature on elephants, even though tusk less elephants are not uncommon. Tusks grow throughout the life span of an elephant but are worn down and broken frequently. Hunting elephant is a physically demanding hunt. Lots of time is spent walking on the tracks of these pachyderms only to find that tusk quality is sub-standard or that the animal carries a broken tusk. Be prepared for an exhilarating hunt.


African elephant habitat

Elephants can adapt to a very wide variety of habitats. The main requirements are food, water and shade in abundance.


African elephant reproduction

A single calf is born any time of the year. Mostly calving will reach a climax during the rainy season of the area in which the elephants occur. There are only two documented cases of twins being born and both times have been recorded in the Kruger National Park.

Gestation period for the African elephant: an average of 22 months; some sources indicate 23 months


General African elephant facts

Average shoulder height of an elephant: 8 – 10 ft

Average weight of an African elephant bull: 10 000 lbs – 12 000 lbs

Average weight of an African elephant cow: 6 000 lbs – 8 000 lbs

Tusks: Both bulls and cows have tusks. Elephants can be tuskless either by genetics, or from breaking their tusks due to many reasons.