Hunting lions in South Africa

Hunting lions in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Lion scientific name: Panthera leo


Hunting lions in South Africa – is it allowed and legal

According to the hunting laws of most African countries where lions occur, it is legal to hunt lions. Legal lion hunting safaris can be conducted in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and a few other African countries. Several by-laws can restrict lion hunting safaris and dictate which animals may be hunted and how many of each. These restrictions are adhered to by all ethical lion hunting outfitters. Hunting lions in South Africa are subject to the issuing of tags which may determine the availability of lion hunting opportunities in certain areas.

With Hunting in Africa Safaris we hunt lions ethically and legally allowing the lion hunter to hunt on fair ground and according to the fair chase principle. An adequate lion hunting caliber according to South African hunting laws is a hunting rifle with a minimum caliber of 375.

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Hunting information when hunting lions in South Africa

Best caliber for hunting lions – 375 or any other larger caliber is a minimum legal caliber to hunt dangerous game with in Africa. Lion hunting rifles should be of larger caliber to stop a charge.

How much does it cost to hunt a lion - The cost to hunt lions appreciates according to the size of the mane. We have lion tags available and can negotiate a really good deal so please enquire!

Is hunting lions in South Africa legal – African lions can be hunted legally in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and a few other African countries.

Average hunting distance when hunting lions in South Africa – 40 to 60 yards

Helpful hints and tips when hunting lions in South Africa – hunting the African lion is traditionally done in one of two ways:

One – by baiting. Bait is set up in much the similar fashion to that of lion, excepting that the bait is not all the way up in a tree to make it accessible to the lion. Drags are created and a blind / hide is built soon as the lion starts feeding.

Two is to walk-and-stalk. Soon as fresh tracks are found, the hunt is on. The tracks are easily lost on hard ground. During the midday heat the hunter can expect to find lion in a shady spot.

African lion habitat: Lions can adjust in a wide range of different habitats from semi-desert to bushveld to open savanna. They do not adjust to equatorial forest.

African lion reproduction: Litters on average are from 1 – 4 kittens and can be born any time of year.

Shot placement when hunting lions in South Africa – shot placement on lions when standing broadside should be immediately behind the shoulder, no higher than one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. Shot placement on lions on a full frontal shot should be where the bottom of the throat meets the chest; however, care should be taken not to hit the lower jaw but rather to wait till the lion looks to the side. Lions with a dark mane will be harder to judge where the throat joins the chest so ask the PH where he thinks the shot should be placed in case you are uncertain. Shot placement on lions quartering to and quartering away: bisect the angle formed by the front legs and aim at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Shot placement when hunting lions in South AfricaAbove: Study the shot placement diagram for hunting lions in South Africa to ensure a successful hunt.


General lion facts

Lion gestation period: 110 days

Average shoulder height of the African lion: 48″

Average weight of a male lion: 330 lbs – 500 lbs

Average weight of a lioness or female lion: 240 lbs – 300 lbs