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#4275268 - 07/26/10 Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin?
richardca99 Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
Posts: 1050
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Well, now that I've done the Namibia Plains Game trip, I'm starting to think about a trip back for buffalo. For those of you that have been, where would you recommend I go, and how much should I be prepared to spend?

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#4275293 - 07/26/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: richardca99]
405wcf Offline
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Registered: 03/07/07
Posts: 1152
Loc: Great Lakes State
I did Mozambique and will definitely go back. It is safe, wild, lousy with buff and low cost. I hunted with the Haldane brothers who have Coutadas 11 & 12.


#4275393 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: 405wcf]
maddog Offline
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Registered: 02/25/04
Posts: 6367
Loc: Indiana
Zimbabwe, cheaper than Moz.[depending on what you want to do]. Look into the SAVE. Haven't been there tet, but its coming up in 2011/2012. Just for the hellava it, here is a list to get started on.

Charleton/McCallum Safaris
Martin Pieters Safaris
Brookland Safaris
Mokore Safaris
Zambezi Hunters
Roger Whittall Safaris
Chifuti Safaris
SSG Safaris

There are others. Google up the above, and look at their websites. There are good agents for some of those boys, here in the states. Depends on your time frame, how many days you want to hunt, etc. Before Jorge gets on here, let me add another.

John Sharp Safaris.

There is a wealth of good outfits for a great buff hunt.


#4275422 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: maddog]
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Zim,they are all over the Rats...
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#4275577 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: maddog]
jorgeI Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 29621
Loc: Orange Park, Florida
That about covers it smile Moz is great as well.

#4275663 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: jorgeI]
pinotguy Offline
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Registered: 05/25/07
Posts: 1503
As mentioned above, Moz. and Zim. offer the most affordable Buff hunts. Depending on outfitter and area, you can do a 7-day hunt in either country for about $10K - $12K, all-in. A 10-day hunt would run closer to $15K. In terms of cost - Namibia, Bots., and Zambia would be next. These days, a 7 or 10 day hunt in those countries run $15K to 18K or more. Tanzania and RSA are probably the most expensive. The one thing about Tanz. is that on a 10 or 16 day hunt, you can take at least 2 Buffalo. (On a 21-day license, up to 3 may be hunted.) RSA has some quality Buff. but the Trophy Fee alone is often more than an all-in 7 day hunt in Zim. I've seen the TF there range from $12,500 to $16,000 for a trophy-level bull.

Uganda might be the dark horse country right now. Middle-of-the-road prices (currently) but has produced some terrific trophies, as hunting has just recently re-opened there. Another option would be hunting Western Savannah Buff. in Central or Western Africa. They're just as challenging and ornery but found in a totally different hunting environment. For example, Burkina Faso has some very reasonable rates but it would be a noticeable difference from what you'd experience in Southern Africa, to say the least.
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#4275869 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: pinotguy]
RedLeg Offline

Registered: 02/08/06
Posts: 216
Loc: Blue Ridge
Just returned from Namibia's Caprivi Strip hunting with Jamy Traut of Eden Safaris. Affordable hunt in terrain very similar to the Okavango. Took a 42" old bull. Had made a plains game/leopard hunt to Namibia in 08, and moving on to buff in the same country was an easy transition. Nice thing about hunting with Jamy, when you have your bull, you can move down to Eden for fabulous plains game including one of the largest eland populations in Africa.
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#4276036 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: RedLeg]
Ebby Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 2626
Loc: Middle TN
I'm headed over tomorrow to Zimbabwe with Charlton McCallum Safaris. I'll post a full report in 2 weeks when I get back. Zim is prob the best combo of cost, quality of hunt, and quality of animals. Not the biggest Buff but respectable and more affordable than most places over there.

#4276447 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: Ebby]
maddog Offline
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Registered: 02/25/04
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Loc: Indiana
If you are flexible as far as time, there are usually late season hunts that come up with significant discounts. Have seen some 10 day hunts, all in for around $10,000.


#4276451 - 07/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: maddog]
maddog Offline
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#4448563 - 09/26/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: maddog]
Zambian Offline

Registered: 09/25/10
Posts: 71
Loc: Southern Africa
Zambia is a good option but you will pay more than the bargains you can get in Zimbabwe. However plains game is abundant in our buffalo areas and you can hunt a wide range of species including Puku and Cookson's Wildebeest if you are at all interested in these.

#4452195 - 09/27/10 Re: Cape Buffalo -- Where to Begin? [Re: maddog]
atkinsonhunting Offline
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Registered: 03/04/01
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Loc: Filer, Idaho, USA
My largest Buffalo are in Zimbabwe and Tanzania..On a one buffalo, 5 or 7 day hunt prices run about the same at roughly $8500 to $9000...Tanzania requires 2 hunters, Zim will do one hunter at this price.

Two buffalo 10 day hunts (these are the cream hunts) in run about $20,000 or a bit less in both countries.

Zambia and Mozambique run about the same..

Be advised that pricing can also vari depending on the economy in the USA and Europe, if the quotas are not selling you can get some awesome deals as they are just trying to pay for the concession in many cases..In 2009, I sold buff for $5900 all inclusive and elephant bulls for $16000 including a Leopard or Sable..Last minute deals are the best bet but only if you can take advantage of the date, and basically go on a moments notice.

It cost x dollars to do a buffalo hunt or any hunt for that matter, so be sure you know where the cuts are if the hunt gets cheap, it has to be there somewhere, sometimes that is good and sometimes its bad. Beware of hidden costs and know up front the complete cost less tips to staff, tips will totally be your personal call.

Just some ideas to think about.

Edited by atkinsonhunting (09/27/10)
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