Hunting white rhino in South Africa

Hunting white rhino in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

White rhino scientific name: Ceratotherium simum

Hunting white rhino in South Africa is to complete the coveted Big 5 collection. Poaching of white rhinos is putting a strain on white rhino hunting prices with farmers forever having to apply new methods of protecting their assets. This unfortunately costs money and the end-user pays for it. At Hunting in Africa Safaris we have tried to contain our hunting expenses so we can pass any savings on to you as a hunter.

Secondary to the above is the fact that rhino attain hunting status only from the age of 15 years and older. This makes for a long-term investment that needs to render sufficient returns.

Best caliber when hunting white rhino in South Africa – 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. Make sure you have enough gun.

White rhino hunting prices – the cost to hunt rhinos increases according to the length of the horn. The larger the horn the higher the trophy fee.

Is it legal to hunt white rhino – subject to South African sport hunting laws it is legal to hunt white rhinos in South Africa. Certain minimum criteria apply for which you are welcome to contact us.

Average shooting distance when hunting white rhino in South Africa – 10 to 30 yards.

Helpful hints and tips when hunting white rhino in South Africa – This is an exhilarating hunt. According to law a minimum caliber of 375 is required to hunt white rhino, however, it is our experience that calibers larger than 400 always perform better on these pachyderms, or thick-skinned animals. Remember to use premium grade ammunition only as your life could depend on it.

Shot placement when hunting white rhino in South Africa – Full frontal shots on white rhino are not advised due to the position of the head, facial area and horn obstructing the vital organ area on the chest. Spine shots from the rear should be taken as a last resort only. It is desireable and recommended to take broadside shots only due to the body mass of these very large animals. Only use premium grade solid ammunition and and do not take a risky quartering to or quartering away shots as there is simply too much body mass to penetrate to reach the vital organs. On a broadside shot aim right on the overlapping skin that forms a visible line across the shoulder. A brain shot is not recommended due to the possibility of the from horn obstructing the brain.

Shot placement when hunting rhino

Above: Study the shot placement diagram for hunting white rhino in South Africa to ensure a successful hunt.

Contact us for a rhino hunting price

We have the following white rhinos available for hunting in South Africa during the 2014 white rhino hunting season. Once a booking for a white rhino hunt is confirmed we will guarantee our white rhino hunting prices for the whole season: (click on the images to enlarge)

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Above: 23″ to 25″ white rhino bulls available for hunting in South Africa during the 2014 hunting season.

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Above: 25″ to 28″ white rhino bulls available for hunting in South Africa during the 2014 hunting season.

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Above: A 27″ white rhino bull on the left and a 28+” white rhino bull available on the right for hunting in South Africa during the 2014 hunting season.

 

White rhino description

Neither white rhino nor black rhino derive their names from body color. The early Dutch settlers named the white rhino as “wijd”, meaning wide, but when pronounced, sounded to the British like “white” (from the Dutch word “wit”). Therefore the rhino became known as the white rhino. The early European settlers moving to the central Southern African regions came across another rhino and named it the “black” rhino. Other myths include that the horn, when ground to a powder, possesses aphrodisiacal powers. This is, to say the least, not true.

 

What is the difference between a black rhino and white rhino

(The following photographs will hopefully illustrate some differences). White rhino is 30 – 40% larger than the black rhino. White rhino has a square lip, and the black rhino has a hooked lip. The white rhino is strictly a grazer, and the black is a browser. Due to the difference in habitat, the calf of the white rhino mostly walks in front of the cow, and vice versa with the black rhino.

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Ceratotherium simum Diceros bicornis                       
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White rhino mouth is designed for grazing grass and cannot lift its head high to eat leaves.               Black rhino mouth is designed for browsing on twigs and leaves.                    

 

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