Hunting leopards in Africa

Hunting leopards in Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Leopard scientific name: Panthera pardus

Best recommended caliber for hunting leopards in Africa – 375 or any other larger caliber is a minimum legal caliber to hunt dangerous game with in most of Africa

What is the cost for hunting leopards in Africa – Leopard hunting prices change due to the availability of tags. Please enquire if we have a tag available for this season.

Is it legal to hunt leopard – Leopard can be hunted legally in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Average shooting distance – 40 to 60 yards

Helpful hints and tips when hunting leopards in Africa – hunting leopards in Africa is traditionally done in one of two ways:

Leopard hunting with dogs – hunting leopard with hounds: a dog handler (in many cases a houndsman) is rented who brings in his dogs and puts them on a fresh track. The leopard hunting dogs follow the track to where they tree the leopard where the hunter delivers the shot. Hunting leopard with dogs is now only done in Zimbabwe.

Baiting – of the two methods this is the more traditional. Bait, in the form of a game animal, is hung in a tree and drags are created leaving scent trails to where the bait is. Soon as the leopard starts feeding on the bait, a hide (blind) is set up from where the hunter waits until the leopard starts feeding. In clear moonlight no artificial light is required but a good telescope is essential. On the dark moon a red light is essential to illuminate the target. Leopard can also feed during the day.

Some countries, and even some regions within the same country, prohibit the use of artificial light while others do not allow hunting leopard after one half hour after sunset, or earlier than one half hour before sunrise.

Shot placement when hunting leopards in Africa - shot placement on leopards 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 leopard 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. Shot placement on leopard 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 leopards

Above: Study the shot placement diagram for hunting impala to ensure a successful hunt.


Which is more dangerous a male leopard or a lioness

We have been asked a number of times which do we consider to be more dangerous; a male leopard or a lioness? Our opinion is: There is only form of dead. Either can and will kill you equally dead. A large lioness has a larger body weight and larger paws than a leopard and can inflict serious body damage.

What makes our answer lean towards fearing a large tom leopard more than a lioness lies in the fact that leopard use all four paws to claw you will biting the rest of you full of holes.

Secondary effects like infection is usually the final cause of death in both cases.


Leopard description

African leopard hunting safaris are highly regulated. Being a nocturnal animal nobody is precisely sure how many individuals there are. We regret we have no leopard hunting videos but have a number of leopard hunting images available. Leopard is considered one of the Big 5 in South Africa for which a professional hunter needs a special hunting license. In Namibia leopard hunting can be conducted by a professional hunter without dangerous game experience. African leopard safaris are time-consuming and mostly require 14 day safaris. The leopard is pound-for-pound, the strongest of the big cat species of Africa. The basic color is an orange brown with black spots on the legs, flanks hindquarters and head. The rest of the body is covered in rosettes rather than spots. The tail is, on average, about half the length of the body. The ears are rounded with white tips. The belly is usually white.

Hunting leopard is usually done by baiting and the successful harvesting of this beautiful animal is mostly during the evenings as leopard is considered to be nocturnal. A hide/blind is set up at a distance from the hide where after the hunter needs to be very quiet. Together with buffalo, the leopard is one of the most sought after members of the African Big 5 to harvest. There are few adversaries that can become as wily as a leopard that has been hunted before. Hunting the African leopard is mostly done over bait, but some African countries allow for leopard hunting with dogs. In South Africa it is illegal to hunt leopard with dogs.


Leopard habitat

It has a wide variety of habitats it can adjust to. From high mountains to coastal areas to wooded areas the leopard does equally well. It does need sufficient cover.


Leopard reproduction

Litters of 2 – 3 kittens are born any time of the year in places of dense cover, crevices and caves.


Shot placement when hunting leopard


Hunting leopard in South Africa