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Bow Hunting Safaris in South Africa - Limcroma Safaris

Limcroma Safaris

Bow Hunting in Africa

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The ultimate bow hunting destination in Africa!

Embark on your own journey of a lifetime and experience a bow hunting adventure in the wilds of Africa with Limcroma Safaris.

Professional Hunter and Outfitter Hannes Els, an enthusiastic bow hunter himself, understands the special needs of a bow hunter.

bow-hunting-iconLimcroma Safaris conducts our bow hunting safaris all over South Africa, to give every individual bow hunter the opportunity on the species desired in only the best hunting areas available. We hunt bow hunting only areas and concessions that ensure better hunting opportunities and the uninhibited natural movement of game along trails and constant water drinking routines. Special management and strategic placement of blinds and tree stands ensure the best chance for the trophies of a lifetime.

An abundance of game combined with the large variety of game species in South Africa, will give every bowhunter more bowhunting opportunities than ever before. South Africa is truly a bowhunter’s paradise.

Hannes is qualified and experienced to hunt the dangerous game of Africa with a bow and takes extreme pride in his successes as a bowhunting outfitter. His team of well trained professional hunters, trackers and staff will dedicate themselves to take you on a memorable and exciting bowhunting adventure.

If you have any questions about planning a bowhunting safari with Limcroma Safaris, we would be happy to discuss details and available dates with you. Please contact us early as the best dates for bowhunting our region book far in advance.

Bow Hunting

Trophy hunting in Africa is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating experiences any hunter could have. Not only does it provide a certain number of challenges, but it is the ultimate hunting experience for any hunter who is looking for a thrilling pursuit. When trophy hunting in Africa, you will need to consider a number of factors, especially since hunting here is unlike hunting anywhere else in the world.

A few things to think about

When hunting in South Africa, or in any other African country, there are a variety of animals to select from. Animals are divided into two categories. Some are more dangerous than others, providing a tougher challenge. These are known as dangerous game. Other animals provide less of a challenge but just as much thrill and these are known as plains game. When choosing an African safari, you need to know what kind of animal you are looking to hunt. You will also need to consider the geographical region in which you are hunting. Not all animals inhabit the same kinds of environments.

Then there is the selection of hunting outfitter as well as the infrastructure of the nation in which you are hunting. Your entire hunting experience can be affected by your choice of outfitter. So when you are making your decision, be sure to check out their credentials as well as those of their Professional Hunters (PH). Your PH is going to be a vital participant in your hunt, which makes their experience exceptionally important. When making your PH selection, choose someone who has experience hunting the species you wish to pursue.

Measuring Methods

SCI – Safari Club International

The SCI, or Safari Club International Record Book of Big Game Animals, is one of the most used record keeping systems in the world. It keeps a unique and detailed history of the club’s hunting recorded and it includes a scoring system. This record includes typical and non-typical animals as well as free range and estate animals. The SCI has various measuring methods and those that are applicable to trophies hunted in Southern Africa include:

Method 1: Animals with simple horns
Method 2: Animals with spiralled horns
Method 4: African buffalo
Method 6: Black wildebeest
Method 8: Rhinoceros
Method 12: Hippopotamus and pigs
Method 14: Elephant
Method 15: Carnivores
Method 16-C: body length of crocodilian.

Rowland Ward

In 1880, the Rowland Ward Records of Big Game was created. The purpose of the record was to keep track of various details of the game which would be of interest to hunters. It became a company policy to ensure that the book was not to be used to record the biggest or best trophy or to give praise to the hunter. The intention of these records was to celebrate the animals regardless of whether the animal died of natural causes or as the result of being hunted. The other purpose of the book was to ensure that hunters would focus on hunting older animals, especially lone males, which have in all likelihood already bred and passed on their remarkable genes. The book also became a source of information and knowledge gained from experience. In the book, you will find geographical information, historical records, biological records and, of course, game distribution.

The methods of the Rowland Ward Records of Big Game which are applicable for hunters in Southern Africa include 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Hunting the Big Five in Africa

Hunting in Africa offers nothing less than a memorable challenge. When looking for the perfect hunt, many a seasoned professional has found that nothing comes as close to a thrilling challenge as hunting the Big 5. The prized wildlife that makes up the Big 5 includes the rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion.


A ferocious beast with quite the temper, buffalo is the most common animal hunted of all of the Big 5. They live in wooded areas as well as savannahs, where the hunter might need to take a long distance shot. Winter is the best season to hunt buffalo, as visibility is generally better. Try to book your hunt for between June and September, before the summer rains make the vegetation dense once more.


Elephant hunting requires a physically fit hunter who is prepared to cover a lot of ground on foot. You are unlikely to have to achieve a long distance shot when elephant hunting in Africa but you will need to get within at least 40 meters to fire your first shot. As this first shot is so important and needs to be done precisely, it is imperative that the hunter is very comfortable with his weapon.


As the most controversial animal to hunt, of all the Big 5, rhino hunting in Africa is often not free range hunting. In some ways, hunting rhino can aid conservation efforts and if you are one of the lucky few to get a permit, this will be the most memorable hunt you will ever do. Rhinos are considered to be calm, placid animals but they have an aggressive streak, which makes them dangerous game. Patience is a necessity.


When hunting leopard in Africa, patience will be the key to your success. The leopard is one of the most elusive animals on the continent and usually, a professional hunter will need to bait the animal just to lure him into shooting range. You might spend more than one night sitting in a blind, and even with all the patience and baiting, you are not guaranteed success. Persistence in your hunt is what will increase your chances when hunting leopard.


Along with the buffalo, the lion is considered to be one of the most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. Lion hunting requires plenty of skill. As legend says, a hunter will be scared by the lion at least three times; the first being when he spots the spoor, the second when he hears the roar and the third when he catches sight of this majestic animal. Lion hunting in Africa is guaranteed to be a once in a lifetime experience.

There is not one animal in Africa that can turn the hunt from the hunter having the control to the hunter becoming the hunted as quickly as hunting any of these animals. Every member of the Big 5 is guaranteed to give you a run for your money and this is why we usually recommend Big 5 hunting for the experienced hunter. When stalking any one of these 5 animals, you will experience an adrenaline rush you won’t soon forget!

Most Big 5 hunting takes place in the East African nations, in semi-scrub country. You will need the company of an experienced Professional Hunter and keep in mind that most shots will be taken within 100 to 200 yards. You will need a rifle with a calibre of at least .375 along with high quality controlled expanding bullets. Rapid expanding bullets are the bullets of choice for the cats. Be sure to ask your professional hunter plenty of questions regarding the right weapon and ammunition and be sure that you are comfortable with your weapon; this is not going to be an easy hunt.

Plains game hunting

One of the biggest draws for those looking to experience a real African hunting safari is to hunt plains game. Plains game hunting is far more popular, and far less dangerous than Big 5 hunting and as Southern Africa has more mammal species than any other place on earth, there is no arguing that this is the best place for this particular style of hunting. Antelope of all shapes and sizes roam this part of the world and we give you the opportunity to hunt a wide variety of plains game.

The plains game hunting species we offer include:

Hunters of all skill levels have successfully hunted plains game in Southern Africa. It’s more affordable to hunt these animals than it is to take on any of the Big 5 or dangerous game, which means that even if you are hunting on a budget, you too can enjoy a memorable African hunting safari.

Covering a wide range of geographical areas as well as different climates and landscapes, African plains game hunting is exhilarating. Your hunt could take you to a picturesque grassy savannah, or to a wooded area, covered with dense vegetation. The geography and vegetation can make for a very exciting hunt. We hunt all over Southern Africa, in those habitats that are unique to the plains game you are hunting. Considering the density of the bush, shots can be successfully fired from around 100 paces from the animal. More open expanses will give you more shooting range.

In order to ensure that you are being given the best hunting advice, we will show you the techniques that are suitable for a hunter of your experience. Some of the techniques we’ll teach you includes how to stalk through certain terrains as well as how to successfully use a bow and arrow. We also accommodate hunters with disabilities or medical conditions.

Dangerous Game Hunting in Africa

The African hunting safari is bound to become the highlight of any hunter’s career. Africa offers exhilarating and challenging hunting opportunities. The hunt becomes all the more exciting when dangerous game is involved. Make no mistake, there are certain African species that can turn deadly. Being properly prepared and knowing how to handle your weapon is of utmost importance if you are looking to ensure a successful hunt!


The Cape Buffalo is well known for its bad temper and its desire for revenge once it has been injured. It is a popular trophy to seek out but it is also one of the most dangerous species you could hunt. For a successful and safe hunting experience, hunting alongside a PH is of the utmost importance!


They are agile and quick to snap their deadly jaws at unaware hunters, but although this is a dangerous animal to hunt they are not among the more popular trophies to seek out. They can be a challenging hunt, providing much enjoyment and excitement when they test the skill of the marksman. If you are a trophy collector, this is one trophy you will want.


The imposing elephant is a magnificent beast and it is no surprise that it is considered to be dangerous game. Elephants have long been hunted in Africa, by Ivory traders as well as by those looking to gain a bit of prestige for taking down this animal. As the largest land mammal on earth, elephants are wildly dispersed all throughout Southern Africa, and usually, have populations numbering in the hundreds. Elephants can be hunted in South Africa as well as in Zimbabwe.


Don’t be deceived by their seemingly calm nature while wallowing in water, hippo are incredibly dangerous animals and they can react very quickly despite their size. Should they sense danger, a hippo will retreat to water, and they are not shy about fighting if you are in the way! Hippos are hunted for their tusks.


Exceptionally skilled in the art of hiding away, the elusive leopard is certainly one of the more dangerous animals to hunt. Dangerous hunting safaris in Africa often offer this solitary predator as a trophy although if you are considering this hunt, be aware that patience is an absolute necessity as the animal needs to be baited. Leopard makes for beautiful trophies.


Another big cat and another very dangerous animal to hunt, many sign up for an African hunting safari to take down this king of animals. Lions are usually hunted in the Kalahari in South Africa and you might require the services of a skilled bush tracker to get close enough to this predator. Lions are hunted on foot and are considered to be the second most dangerous animal to hunt in Africa.


Hunting rhino in Africa is strictly controlled and can only be done when you have the right permits. The hunt will need to be done according to the relevant legislation and often a representative from the reserve in which you are hunting will need to accommodate you. Only old males can be hunted as they are passed breeding age and can contribute more to conservation efforts if hunted.

There is always a risk involved when hunting any of the animals on this list, but for seasoned hunters, it is this very thrill that makes a hunt so worthwhile. You need to be able to trust the experience, knowledge and intuition of your PH when hunting any of these animals. You will also need to have complete knowledge of how to handle your rifle.

The area in which you will hunt your dangerous game will depend entirely on the species you are looking to hunt. We offer dangerous game hunting for all of the animals listed above. We have a high success rate in tracking and hunting these animals and all of our professional hunters have many years of experience.

Please book your hunt at least 6 months in advance to give us enough time to take care of all paperwork and permits.

Here are a few bowhunting frequently asked questions:

No, not at all. Unlike rifle hunters, bows are currently not regulated coming into South Africa. You would simple pick up your bow at the oversized luggage area and proceed through the customs area.
You will need a very sturdy bow case that is impact resistant. The stronger, the better. Best results will come from the higher end models of bow cases available. The cheaper, every day bows you see sold for will not protect your bow on the long trip as well as a case such as the SKB or similar models can.
Absolutely! The regulations require a minimum draw weight of 80 lbs to hunt Cape buffalo. You would need a fixed, heavy two blade broadhead that is sharp to the tip for this fun affair as well to make sure you get maximum penetration on these big brutes. Total arrow weight should be in the 750-900 grain class.
We prefer our guests to come between May 1st and October 30th . This is late fall, winter and early spring for us so our weather is quite nice. By this time, all of the small, scattered water holes have dried up so animals come to water daily. Also, almost 100% of the cover is gone from the trees so you can see the animals coming in from a good distance. This gives you time to study them to see trophy quality.
Most of your shots will be 20 yards or less. It doesn’t always work that way, and longer shots are taken, but typically, 20 yards or less is the normal shot. We work very hard to keep all shots to 20 yards or less as we don’t want to spend your valuable hunting time chasing a wounded animal through the bush.
Shooting on level ground, from tree stands and from inside pop up blinds would all be very good practice. You need to be very proficient from 40 yards and closer. Most shots take place from 20 yards and in, but you may get a second shot on an animal a little further away so practice and be very proficient.
Most of our blinds are pit blinds, small houses constructed into the ground. They are very roomy inside, usually about 8′ X 8′. You shoot through vertical slats in the front of the blind. These blinds are very dark inside so you are very concealed. With sand floors, animals won’t hear your steps on the sandy floor even if they are standing just outside the windows. We also use pop up ground blinds, tree stands, elevated blinds and natural brush blinds depending on what animal you are hunting and the set up for the area.
We recommend a fixed blade cut on impact. No mechanical broadheads.
For plains game hunting, you should bring your normal big game set up you would use for whitetail or any other type deer. You don’t need to buy a special 80 lb bow set up just to shoot plains game. We have archers who use compound, recurve and long bows as well as crossbows. The most important aspect of your hunt will be that you are very familiar with and extremely proficient shooting the bow you bring. Buying a brand new bow just before you start you safari is not recommended.
“Limcroma knows bow hunting! From hunting area selection, to hunting blind selection, to trophy quality selection, to shot selection, the PHs, give incredible direction every step of the way, to ensure your archery success. My buddy and I took 20 trophy animals in one week!”
John Lusk
“Wow! What an AMAZING “Father/Son” Trip. My 18 year old son, Brandon, and I booked this bow-hunt excursion as a graduation gift for him. It turned out being one of the most memorable times of our lives. Brandon took a 60” Kudu with his bow!”
Cary Brandon Albert
“Best bow blinds ever and spectacular trophies.”
Chick Crowell