Springbuck Slam Package

One Hunter

5 days

$5 500

Springbuck slam package includes following species:

1 x Common Springbuck

1 x White Springbuck

1 x Black Springbuck

1 x Copper Springbuck

The Springbuck Slam is a package to consider for the hunter that wants to tick springbuck collection box.

Hunting the Springbuck slam the hunter will use a caliber that can shoot far and flat with a variable scope between 4 – 16 power. The hunter will be looking to use bullets with a good BC and any soft nose or expandable bullet will do.

The Springbuck (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized antelope found mainly in southern and southwestern Africa. A slender, long-legged antelope, the springbok reaches 71 to 86 cm (28 to 34 in) at the shoulder and weighs between 27 and 42 kg (60 and 93 lb). Both sexes have a pair of black, 35-to-50 cm (14-to-20 in) long horns that curve backwards. The springbok is characterized by a white face, a dark stripe running from the eyes to the mouth, a light-brown coat marked by a reddish-brown stripe that runs from the upper fore leg to the buttocks across the flanks, and a white rump flap. Active mainly at dawn and dusk, springbok form harems (mixed-sex herds). In earlier times, springbok of the Kalahari Desert and Karoo migrated in large numbers across the countryside, a practice known as trekbokken. A feature unique to the springbok is pronking, in which the springbok performs multiple leaps into the air, up to 2 m (6.6 ft) above the ground, in a stiff-legged posture, with the back bowed and the white flap lifted. Primarily a browser, the springbok feeds on shrubs and succulents; this antelope can live without drinking water for years, meeting its requirements through eating succulent vegetation.

The color variants in this species are all considered sub species and can be seen in pure white, pitch black and copper colors.

This is truly a unique collective to have and a great hunting experience.

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Spiral Slam Package

One hunter

5 Days

$ 13 500

The Spiral Slam consists of the following species:

1 x Kudu

1 x Nyala

1 x Eland

1 x Bushbuck

Hunting the Spiral Slam

The Spiral slam is one of the collectables in any trophy hunter’s trophy show room. When hunting this collection of the African Spiral family the hunter would need a rifle NO less than a 300wm in ballistic value. The hunter will aim from the 2000pnd Eland bull at a distance of 200yrds to the bushbuck Ram at 60yrds weighing no more than 70pnd.

The ammunition required for this hunt must be high quality expandable bullets, any of the well-known brands will do just fine on this hunt. The rifle must be fitted with No less than a 4 – 16 adjustable scope to enable the hunter to take the longer shots required on the Eland and the Kudu.

A typical hunting day would start off at 6am with a fresh cup of coffee. Whilst having coffee the shot placements will be discussed in detail and depending on the weather of the day the decision of what species to go for would be taken.

The Eland (Taurotragus oryx) is the largest of the spiral horn family in South Africa and the mature bull at age of 7yrs can weigh up too 2077lb with an average horn length of 30”. With these statistics it’s no wonder why the Eland is considered the second largest antelope in the world. Both sexes has horns and the Eland bull will have the predominantly larger and heavier horn.

The Eland is mainly a herbivore and its diet consists of grasses and leaves. The Eland prefers habitats with a wide variety of flowering plants such as savannah woodlands and open and montane grasslands.

The average shot distance on the Eland can be anything from 150yrds to 400yrds depending on lay of the land.

The Kudu (Tragelaphus Stresiceros) also known as the Greater Kudu, can weigh up to 500lb as an adult bull at the age of 6yrs. The Kudu have a narrow body with long legs and their coats can range from brown/bluish grey to reddish brown. What makes the Kudu unique is the 4 – 12 vertical white stripes along the torso. The bull tends to be much larger than the cow and only the bull has a set of horns ranging from 48” up to 60”+

The Kudu habitat includes mixed scrubs woodlands and brush, hills and mountains. They will occasionally wonder into the open plain areas. The kudu being a master of disguise has the ability to

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The All Rounder Package

One hunter

5 days

$11 000

The All Rounder Package consists of 5 days accommodation and the following species

1 x Kudu 47”- 54”

1 x Impala

1 x Blue Wildebeest

1 x Nyala

1 x Blesbuck

1 x Warthog

1 x Baboon

The All Rounder package was designed for the hunter that is a little indecisive about the trophy choice while on Safari with Zembe Safaris.

This package gives the hunter an all-round choice on species, such as the Kudu playing hide and seek in the thick brush which earned him the nickname of “The ghost of the African Bush” to the ever elusive Nyala disappearing in plain sight, the Blesbuck on the open plains and the Impala in great numbers, the lack of speed skills on the Warthog and Baboon has left many hunter surprised at the agility of both these animals.

This package has the potential to be a great hunting option subjecting the hunter to dense bush, open plains and speed on target options. It also gives the hunter the opportunity to obtain two of the spiral horn collection in one go.


Hunting the species on this package, one would use a rifle no less than .30 caliber shooting any high grade expandable bullet. Shooting distances can vary from 60yrds to 450yrds given the species and we cannot press the issue of the right gun selection harder than on this package.

The hunt will commence with the most illusive of them all – the Kudu.

When hunting Kudu we would be up and going before sunrise heading to the hills where we can sit and glance the slopes and hillsides at sunrise for the bulls coming out to bask in the early morning sun. When a nice bull is spotted we will stalk him until a shot presents itself.  This can take up to a couple of days of stalking and glancing.

The Nyala hunt we will walk and stalk the ravines and thick brush in the mid-morning and afternoons looking to see if we can get close enough to the ever illusive Nyala bull.  This hunt will be in the thick brush and a close shot up to 40yrds can be expected.  So make sure the scope is dialed down completely on this hunt.

Hunting the Blue Wildebeest we will walk and stalk the waterholes looking for signs and tracks of the herd or that loner bull.  During this hunt the chance is very good for us to encounter the Warthog and most of the times it’s a fast decision and an even faster shot.

Hunting the Blesbuck we will use the vehicle to drive and spot the herd.  We will then try and stalk to a hillside or brush line to get within a shooting distance of 300yrds.  This can vary from 150 to 450 yrds depending on the location of the herd and the topography of the land.

While driving and scouting for the Blesbuck we will most likely encounter the herds of Impala and if there is a good size trophy in the herd we will disembarck from the hunting rig and walk and stalk until we are in a good position to take a shot. The shot range can be anything between 100 to 200yrds on this species.

For the Baboon we will constantly be on the lookout for troops moving through the area and again this is one of those hunts where speed and skill needs to be in perfect harmony.

Why choose the All Rounder package?

The All Rounder package is a good budget deal, offering the hunter a variety of choices on trophies and with the experience of fast skillful shooting to thick brush and open plains.

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Cape Buffalo package

One Hunter

5 Days

$10 500

Package include: 1 x  Hardboss Buffalo bull between 37”- 40”

1 x Bushpig

The Cape Buffalo is one of the Big 5 species in South Africa and is renowned for its fierce attitude which earned its well known reputation as “Natures Debt Collector”

The African Continent hosts six subspecies of the African Buffalo which is

The Cape Buffalo

The Nile Buffalo

The East African Buffalo

The Savannah Buffalo

The Central African Buffalo

The West African Buffalo and

The Dwarf Buffalo

The Cape Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer)

The Cape Buffalo also referred to as “The Black Death” is the largest of the subspecies in South Africa

Adult bulls stand as high as 1.6m shoulder height and can weigh up to 1900 lbs

The Female is slightly smaller and stands 1.4m shoulder height and weighs up to 1020lbs

Both sexes have horns and the cows reach adulthood between the ages of three to four years

The bulls reach adulthood between the ages of five to six years and the Hardboss starts developing between the age of Three to Five years.

The Cape Buffalo can be found in herds of up to 1000 head and are predominantly found in South Africa particularly in KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga stretching to the Northern parts of South Africa,Botswana,Angola,Zimbabwe,Zambia,Malawi,Mocambique,Tanzania,DRC,Rwanda,Burundi and southern Uganda into Kenya.

There was always a considerable difference of opinion among the African Hunters as to the character of the Cape Buffalo, but all agree that the Cape Buffalo is one, if not the most, dangerous of all African Game. Amongst the Professional Hunters in South Africa there is a saying “It’s not your first Cape Buffalo that kills you” just portraying the respect we as Professional Hunters have for this magnificent animal.

The Roland Ward measurement of the Cape Buffalo is 42”and the SCI measurement is 101

The Cape Buffalo bull can reach a size up to 50” but the most common size Hardboss Bulls being hunted are between 37”to 43”

Hunting the Cape buffalo

The legal minimum caliber for hunting a Cape buffalo is a 375 HH with a 300gr bullet either in a solid or good quality expandable. The recommendations on the Caliber to be used is a widely debatable issue but for the novice Cape buffalo hunter we would recommend to stick to the rule of thumb of No less than a 375HH, there is NO legal maximum Caliber on this species. The most important of all is the preparation prior to the hunt and the shot placement on the day. I have a saying I always tell my clients before a Cape Buffalo hunt and it goes like this “Proper prior preparation prevents poor Performance”

The most important aspect to give attention to as hunter when preparing for a Cape buffalo hunt is to know your rifle and be comfortable with the caliber you shoot. This is a good start in preparing for this hunt and it will help a great deal with the rest of the preparation for the hunt.

Secondly to being comfortable with the rifle are the condition of the rifle. It’s of the utmost importance to ensure that the rifle is in a good working condition and that even the slightest issue on the rifle must be sorted out prior to the hunt. It’s of utmost importance that the ammunition to be used on the hunt has been fired repeatedly and accurately and without any problems from the rifle before the hunt.

This will give the hunter sound of mind on the equipment he is going to use during the hunt.

The rifle efficiency of the hunter is an aspect the hunter needs to practice on a regular basis and once that is mastered the rest of the preparation for the Cape buffalo hunt is mere academic.

I always suggest a simulated charge exercise where the hunter puts up A4 size paper on a target stand.

Place the first stand at 40yrds the second target at 20yrds and the last target at 10yrds.

All three targets should be visible from the shooting position and should be facing the shooter

On a time keeping device with the rifle cocked and on safe the hunter must pick up the rifle from the midsection of his body and remove the safety hatch. The first shot must be taken at the 40yrs target and then without lowering the gun from the shoulder the shooter should reload the rifle and take the second shot at the second target again without lowering the rifle the rifle should be reloaded and a third shot should be taken at the 10yrs target. This should all be done within 10 seconds and all three A4 targets must be hit.

If the hunter can do this exercise within the required time frame the hunter should be well prepared for the Cape buffalo hunt.

We suggest this exercise in preparation for the Cape buffalo hunt due to the fact that the Cape buffalo is very unpredictable and is deemed deadly dangerous when wounded. In 2016 a study was conducted where the likelihood of a Cape buffalo retaliating when being hunted is 80/400 and the chance of a charge is at 100/400 when pursued and cornered. The danger factor and possibility of injury from following a wounded buffalo into heavy cover is 380/400. The Cape buffalo was awarded the most dangerous animal on the list of most dangerous animals in 2016.

How to hunt the Cape Buffalo

There are many ways to hunt the Cape buffalo. At Zembe Safaris we do not hunt buffalo from a vehicle.

A typical day we would start the buffalo hunt early in the morning to allow for ample time to complete the hunt

We will use the vehicle to look for tracks and signs of buffalo at feeding spots and waterholes. We will also scout open plains areas from a hillside to look for buffalo. When the tracks are found or the buffalo is spotted we will disembark from the vehicle and track the buffalo by means of walk and stalk.

At midday when no signs or buffalo was spotted a light lunch will be enjoyed in the African bush. By a light lunch I refer to a sandwich and bottled water. After a half an hour rest the hunt would continue

During stalking the buffalo we also look at sounds and signs from nature giving us valuable information on the position of the herd or the bull

We would typically look for the Oxpecker bird which is known to have a very good relationship with Cape buffalo. Signs of the Oxpecker bird will be a clear indication of buffalo presence

When stalking the buffalo the rifle must be loaded and the safety latch should be on safe, the PH or guide should have a rifle in the same loaded state as the hunter.

NEVER fiddle or play with the safety pin as to avoid unnecessary accidents, I always say the human with the rifle is more dangerous than the animal being hunted. Adhere to gun safety always!

When aiming at the buffalo remain calm and collective. Make sure the first shot counts and then all is easier from thereon. Never rush the shot and only shoot when a clear and open shot is available.

Some sound advice for first time Cape buffalo hunters would be

  • Never hunt buffalo on your own, always have a backup shooter close by
  • Ensure the caliber of the rifle is NOT under 375HH caliber
  • When the buffalo is wounded and retreats into thick cover always give the follow up

half an hour. Listen for the death bellow which indicates a downed bull

  • Never approach a downed buffalo bull from the front, always try and approach from the rear
  • Always give the animal a backup shot even if the animal appears to be dead. Never rely on just the one shot
  • Give attention to the time of day the hunt takes place. When hunting the Buffalo too late in the day the hunter has very little room for error and if the Buffalo is wounded most likely the hunter will not have enough time to do a proper follow up on the wounded animal. It is not advisable to follow up on a wounded buffalo during low light or night conditions.
  • Avoid frontal chest shots due to the complex nature of the chest construction of the Buffalo
  • It’s advisable to have the first round of ammunition a soft expandable round for optimal damage to the target area and the second shot when following up a solid round for optimal penetration.
  • When taking the first shot aim for the vitals area of the buffalo
  • Do not take risky long shots, try and get within 50yrds of the Buffalo
  • Always hunt with a rifle that the hunter is comfortable and efficient with

What to bring on a Cape buffalo hunt

Always bring a rifle NOT less than a 375 Caliber. Bring Ammunition that is tested in the rifle NOT less than 300gr Solid and expandable ammunition, 40 rounds is ample. Less is needed but with more the rifle can be re sighted once in South Africa after the journey.

Refer to list of what to bring on website…..

Hunting the Bush pig ( Potamochoerus larvatus)

The Bush pig is a wild pig that is native to the forests and savannahs of Africa and Madagascar

The Bush pig is a member of the pig family and lives in woodlands, riverines, vegestation and reedbeds in East and Southern Africa and can weigh up to 69kg and reach a height of 900mm as an adult

The Bush pig is a strong, stocky pig with powerful forequarters. Its upper tusks are barely visible, but the lower tusks are razor sharp and grow to 7 cm in length.

The Bush pig is well known and respected for its aggressive nature especially when cornered or being hunted. There are numerous cases documented where the Bush pig has attacked the hunter before the shot was taken.

Bush pig is most commonly found in the Eastern Cape Province, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Province of South Africa

The main predator of the bush pig are Leopard and Man

As a family group the young are raised by the dominant bore and the pig lets are kicked out from the group after six months by the dominant pair.

There is a number of ways to hunt the Bush pig.

The most common method is to hunt them at a feed spot at night from a blind or enclosure

The other method being used is to hunt them with a specially trained pack of dogs

The most suitable caliber gun would be any .30 cal rifle with expandable bullets

This is a very exciting hunt and a must do when in South Africa

Refer to fire arm export procedure on website

Refer to medical travel insurance

Refer to credit card use in SA on website.

Species as per pricelist can be added onto this package

The duration of the package can be extended at a day fee of $350 per hunter per day

Non Hunters can accompany the hunter at a day rate of $400 per observer per day

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Popular Package

One Hunter

7 days

$ 15 000

The Popular Package is one of our most favorite hunting packages, with this package the hunter will get to harvest the following species:

1  x Gems buck (Oryx)

1 x Springbuck common

1 x Red Hartbeest

1 x Kudu (49”- 55”)

1 x Blue Wilde Beest

1 x Black Wilde Beest

1 x Impala

1 x Blesbuck

1 x Sable 38’’ – 42’’

1 x Jackal

1 x  Oshtridge

The Popular Package came about when we had a look at the most popular animals on the previous client’s wish lists. That’s why we decided to combine all these popular species into an affordable package.

Hunting the Popular Package

When choosing this package the hunter will need a .30 caliber fire arm with good quality expandable bullets. We recommend a 4 – 16 variable scope for the longer distance shot.

The hunt will commence at day break when we will drive to the hillsides to scout the hills and mountain slopes for the kudu catching the early morning sun, when a good representative is spotted we will stalk the animal until in a good position to take the shot comfortably, the shot can range from 120yrds to 350yrds, we will always try and get the steadiest platform available for the hunter to take the shot from. Whilst driving around from hillside to hillside we can encounter the Blue Wildebeest and Red Hartbees herds in the brush line heading to the open savannah for grazing. When the either of the herds are spotted we will select a trophy bull from the herd and stalk the herd using the brush line and Mother Nature’s obstacles as cover. Once in a good position the shot will be taken. One can expect a shot range from 80 – 200 yards from a steady rest or shooting sticks. On both species, the Blue Wildebeest and Red Hartbees both sexes has sets of  horn, the male predominantly has the thicker and heavier horn, and is easy to identify once you know what to look for in the herd.

The Oryx herds will be found on the open plains together with the Black Wildebeest herds and to successfully hunt these we will have to use rocky hillsides, slopes and gulley’s as our cover to get close on a stalk. Once in a suitable position the shot will be taken. Shot can range from 200 yards to 400 yards from the shooting sticks or a steady rest.

Again both these species sexes has horns ,on the Black Wildebeest the male has the bigger and heavier horn with distinctive bosses, the Oryx cow has the Longer and thinner horn and the Oryx bull has the thicker base and short horn.

Also to be found on the open plains are the Springbuck and Blesbuck herds, these animals love the open area and is very difficult to stalk. Here we would suggest using the same technique as with the Oryx and Black Wildebeest. Shot range from 200 yards to 450 yards. Again both sexes has horn and the male on both species will have the prominent thicker and bigger horn than the female

While moving through the different landscapes we can encounter herds of Impala and the lone Sable bull, when spotted the animal will be stalked using the available cover and when in a suitable position the shot will be taken. The shot range will be between 80 yards and 200 yards.

On the plains we will also find the Ostridge and the male is easily recognizable by its black coloring. This bird can be difficult to hunt seeing that it has extremely good eye sight and starts running a mile away, one can prepare for a distance shot of up to 500 yards and sometimes on a running bird!!

The Black back jackal will be hunted mainly at night time by means of spotlighting and using the vehicle to cover the vast distances to look for them one can be prepared to take the shot from a steady platform off the back of the hunting vehicle. The Jackal rarely ever stands still and the shots will be at a jackal in full flight. Here the hunter can be prepared for multiple shots at distances from 120 yards to 600 yards. Great fun and a chance to burn some serious lead in the process!!

The Black back jackal is considered to be a pest on most game ranches and the ranch owners are very happy when these pests are shot. We can go spotlighting a number of times during the safari to assist the ranch owner with the control of his Jackal problems.

All in all this package delivers on all aspects of hunting in Africa and will provide a good species list for a first time hunter to South Africa.

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