Plains Game Safaris

Plains Game Safaris

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dangerous Game Hunting - Africa - Leopard, Lion,Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhino

 Dangerous game hunting was initially described as game having the greatest potential to kill their hunters and are considered to be the ultimate in game safaris.

Today, only four of these animals can still be hunted in a sustainable manner; and the countries in southern Africa that support this are South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The last of these so-called “big five” is the white rhino, and hunts are generally conducted in South Africa, which replaced the black rhino many years ago to complete the fifth animal in big five hunting safaris.

Big five hunting trips are normally run from comfortable camping sites and are supervised by qualified, licensed professional hunters, with years of experience. Due to the nature of these type of safaris, Big Five hunting are custom tailor-made and where accommodation during the hunts are in luxury lodges to Eastern Africa-type tents, and all have en-suite facilities.

Starting off the list for the big five is the African elephant, the world's largest land mammal. Hunting elephant on a safari is conducted in an ethical way by tracking it. This is considered a formidable big hunt, as its sheer size and ability to silently disappear in thick bush makes the hunt an exciting battle of wits.

Next up in big five category is the Cape buffalo. This, as professional hunters regard it, is the most dangerous animal to hunt. In the past there have been scary stories of buffalo actually ambushing their hunters and even refusing to die after receiving multiple big bore rifle shots. These tales are told around campfires of the inner circles of big game hunters.

Third, there is the lion. No big five hunting safari can be complete without at least hearing its roar in the wild. With its big mane, and the sound of a muscular male lion roaring close by, is very intimidating for the initiate. It should be noted that hunts for lion and its accompanying quotas are becoming increasingly scarcer with each passing season.

The fourth member of the big five scene is the leopard. If you have ever heard the rasping call of a patrolling leopard tom at night and the absolute blood-curdling screams of a troop of baboons if he is in their vicinity, you have experienced raw Africa.

The fifth and final member of this exclusive club used to be the black rhino, but due to its thick, dense habitat and this animal has been disturbed by people getting too close to it, it resulted in a charge. The fact that they are worse tempered than their close relative, the white rhino, also added to their reputation. However, the black rhino very nearly became extinct and its place was taken over by the white rhino.

Big Five Hunting packages normally include guidance by a legally licensed and (PHASA) registered Professional Hunter (PH) in South Africa, (NAPHA) in Namibia and (THETA) qualified tourist guides. Each hunter must have the requisite hunting licenses to operate and the hunt provides for daily meals, bottled mineral water and soft drinks, meet and pick-up collection and return to airport by road.
Big Five Hunting, which offers enthusiasts the opportunity to hunt in a sustainable manner in southern African countries. By Willie Vermaak


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