Hunt Special Hippo - Timbavati Free Range, South Africa

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The Lowveld of Mpumalanga, with the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve at its core, is perceived as one the best in the world for hunting dangerous game.​

The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, with no fences that separate the reserve from the Kruger National Park itself so that animals roam freely between several reserves.

The larger open wildlife system spans 6 million acres and is home to a wide range of antelope species, enormous herds of hippos, buffalo, elephant, prides of lions, and rhinos.

The reserve is dedicated to conservation, but limited, sustainable hunting contributes to its management budget and rhino protection.

The pursuit of hippos can be an extremely challenging endeavour. Because they spend the most of their time in the water, it is typically difficult to identify the bulls when they are sought for trophies. The head of the bull will be slightly larger than the head of the cow, and he will have two humps that are not particularly apparent on either side of his snout.

While shooting hippos, you should by all means use a sufficiently large rifle, and when hunting hippos in the water, as indicated, the placement of your shots needs to be absolutely precise.

Hunting hippo in the Timbavati is a unique and high-priced hunting opportunity, because hunting permits are limited to just a certain number annually.

The Package​

Only two of these packages are available in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park open system in Limpopo Province of South Africa.

This package is only available to hunt in February and March 2023.

Each trophy package is suitable for one hunter and includes a male Hippopotamus.

An African Hunts & Safaris representative will fetch you from the East Gate Airport in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, for a 6-day and 5-night hunting safari, giving you 5 full hunting days.

The package costs $ 14 500.

Additional observers (non-hunters) can join the safari at a total rate of $ 1 250.

This package can be upgraded to include additional animals in the surrounding Hoedspruit area. Enquire about this when booking your hunt.

Included in This Package For 1 Hunter:

  • 5 Nights’ accommodation in a comfortable tented hunting camp
  • All meals at the camp
  • Water, soft drinks and moderate allowance of local wine and beer
  • Daily laundry services
  • Transfer from and back to Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit, South Africa
  • Hunting vehicle and licenced Professional Hunter
  • All daily fees
  • Hunting licences and permits
  • On-site preparation and care of trophies
  • Transport of trophies to taxidermist

Excluded from this Package:​

  • Airfare
  • Non-hunting observer fees
  • Taxidermy cost
  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation before and after safari dates
  • Any restaurant meals off hunting concession
  • Any additional local activities

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what is the asking price for gun and ammo?? thanks.
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I would like to delete my last post on the the thread where to hunt big cape buffalo. I haven't been to that area for a few years and it may be very different now. Not fair of me to post this.
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