Is September a good time to hunt plains game in South Africa?

johnnyblues

AH ambassador
Joined
Jun 13, 2013
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
7,303
Location
Georgia
Media
193
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
11
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
Hello everyone, I will be taking my first safari to SA next year I would like to know how you experienced hunters feel about hunting plains game in September? The game I will be targeting will be Nyala, kudu, bush buck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, and water buck. Is this a good time to hunt the game I have mentioned? If not what is your recommendation keeping in mind I may be taking my wife along.
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,970
Reaction score
17,451
Location
Canada
Media
412
Articles
23
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Europe
1
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
Hello everyone, I will be taking my first safari to SA next year I would like to know how you experienced hunters feel about hunting plains game in September? The game I will be targeting will be Nyala, kudu, bush buck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, and water buck. Is this a good time to hunt the game I have mentioned? If not what is your recommendation keeping in mind I may be taking my wife along.

May through September is the "season" in RSA for plains game.
July and August are coolest and the driest. My faves.

Although I am starting to think about getting partial to May with Kudu rutting then. :)
 

johnnyblues

AH ambassador
Joined
Jun 13, 2013
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
7,303
Location
Georgia
Media
193
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
11
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
Do you think September will be a good time for the game I am looking for?
 
Joined
Feb 8, 2011
Messages
300
Reaction score
10
Media
12
Member of
SCI, RMEF
Hunted
Limpopo, Eastern Cape,Natal
I have been there in September for 2 of my trips and it's a perfect time for weather and for the vegetation to be not as think. Now saying that last September we came over and a huge cold front came through and it was freezing and I was not prepared for the cold mornings but by afternoon it was great.
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,970
Reaction score
17,451
Location
Canada
Media
412
Articles
23
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Europe
1
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England

johnnyblues

AH ambassador
Joined
Jun 13, 2013
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
7,303
Location
Georgia
Media
193
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
11
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
thanks.. I will pack some thermal underwear just in case. my Sitka underwear will suit me just fine if I need it.
 

KWALATA SAFARIS

Sponsor
Since 2021
AH legend
Joined
Dec 8, 2010
Messages
2,283
Reaction score
1,202
Location
South Africa
Website
www.kwalata.com
Media
120
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Member of
SCI, PHASA, IPHA
Hunted
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania
You should have a great time.... Any time spent hunting is good.. :) enjoy the planing bet you can't wait!

My best always.
 

Buff-Buster

Gold supporter
AH elite
Joined
Aug 3, 2011
Messages
1,810
Reaction score
1,334
Location
Hempstead, Texas
Website
www.mashambanzousafaris.com
Media
90
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
Houston Safari Club, Gulf Coast SCI, SCI International. Rowland Ward, NRA, RMEF, North American Hunting Club - Life Member, Texas Trophy Hunters
Hunted
Mozambique, South Africa, (Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State & East Cape), Zimbabwe (Charisa & West Nicholson), U.S.(Texas, New Mexico, LA, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wyoming & Montana), Canada (Alberta & Saskatchewan) & Argentina (Cordoba)
We were in the Kwa-Zulu Natal in early September back in 2007. Snowed a couple of days and rained the rest. Froze my arse off. Take warm clothes depending on the area you are going. Like Jaco said...anytime spent hunting is good!
 

johnnyblues

AH ambassador
Joined
Jun 13, 2013
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
7,303
Location
Georgia
Media
193
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
11
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
Your so right! I've dreamed about hunting Africa for as long as I can remember. No at age 56 I will finally have my chance.
 

johnnyblues

AH ambassador
Joined
Jun 13, 2013
Messages
6,872
Reaction score
7,303
Location
Georgia
Media
193
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
11
Mex/S.Amer
1
Hunted
USA, ALASKA Canada, New Zealand, Mexico Africa.
I will be on the eastern cape 1 hour from Port Elizabeth, hopefully the weather will cooperate!
 

James.Grage

AH legend
Joined
Feb 8, 2010
Messages
3,590
Reaction score
716
Media
75
Articles
10
Hunting reports
Africa
8
Member of
NRA, ATA, PITA, NAHC, NAFC, DU, TU, DSC, SCI, RMEF
Hunted
USA - Canada -Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Hi Johnny

September will be fine. It will be spring there and new growth. I also have hunted in September in SA. While we saw many kudu we did not see the big one's, so that will be a spot and stock. The other trophy's on your list should be fine. If you have a chance look at a blesbuk if you have a chance, great affordable trophy.


Hello everyone, I will be taking my first safari to SA next year I would like to know how you experienced hunters feel about hunting plains game in September? The game I will be targeting will be Nyala, kudu, bush buck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, and water buck. Is this a good time to hunt the game I have mentioned? If not what is your recommendation keeping in mind I may be taking my wife along.
 

Nyati

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
7,935
Reaction score
3,401
Location
Madrid, Spain
Media
117
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Europe
1
Member of
RFEC, RFETO
Hunted
Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
September is great, less vegetation, less people in the airplanes.
 

gillettehunter

AH legend
Joined
Sep 10, 2009
Messages
3,613
Reaction score
3,560
Location
WYOMING
Media
83
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
4
Asia/M.East
2
Australia/NZ
1
Hunted
Namibia, Kyrgyzstan(2) South Africa(4) New Zealand Zambia(2)
Sept is a good time in regards to vegetation. Be aware it is near the end of the "traditional" hunting season and the animals may be a little spookier as they may of been hunted a bit. If it was me I'd plan it for the dark of the moon. Not critical, but I want every edge I can get. Looks like some great animals. I'm sure you will have a great time. Bruce
 

peras

AH elite
Joined
Apr 24, 2012
Messages
1,808
Reaction score
2,066
Media
710
Articles
2
Member of
PHASA HSC
Hunted
South Africa,Zimbabwe,Mozambique
September will be good,almost the best month for visibility,true the animals may be skittish at this time.Enjoy the planning and enjoy the hunt!
 

Patrick R

AH fanatic
Joined
Aug 18, 2009
Messages
792
Reaction score
143
Location
Rustenburg, North West Province
Media
38
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Hunted
Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa
September weather in the Cape can be cold!, however going further North, the weather will be excellent...:cool:
 

Forum statistics

Threads
37,288
Messages
710,670
Members
66,391
Latest member
ScottGoebe
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

cal pappas wrote on Mnelson2's profile.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <pappas@mtaonline.net> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.
BeeMaa wrote on Justbryan's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. He was a pleasure to do business with.
BeeMaa wrote on 375Fox's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. Was a pleasure to do business with.
Tundra Tiger wrote on Alaska Luke's profile.
Hi Luke. Just saw your message. I am in Dillingham, and have been since 2002. I took an elementary teaching gig here, taught here five years, and then got a job with Togiak National Wildlife Refuge as their education and outreach specialist. Recently I just got a promotion and now I'm the Visitor Services Manager. Prior to DLG I spent 6 years teaching for Lake and Pen in Nondalton.
Serbian Hunter wrote on Tundra Tiger's profile.
Hi TT
I am glad you found some useful info in my posts. Hard cast WFN with GC will do the job fine. I trust Veral Smith (owner of LBT company) - I believe that he can provide you with some finest HC bullets. Many companies are coping his design. I can help you from here in developing max loads (40.000psi) just let me know which powder you are using (I use Quick Load software which turns to be very reliable).
 
Top