Hunting the Cape Buffalo in Tanzania01/10/18


Located off of the eastern part of the African continent, nestled between Kenya and Mozambique is the fertile hunting grounds of Tanzania. And while there is a lot of big game to find throughout the country, none are as exciting as the Cape Buffalo.

Local Laws and What to Bring

The government allows each hunter to bring a maximum of three firearms and 200 rounds per firearm. They also do not permit semi-auto and automatic rifles and shotguns. Finally, they do not allow handguns of any type. All of these guns must be registered with the government before being taken out in the field.

So when you begin packing up what guns to take for hunting a cape buffalo. The government considers this dangerous game, so they recommend a minimum of a .375 caliber. Going a little bigger would probably be a wise decision, as buffalo hide is very thick. Maybe a .416 Remington or a .458 Winchester or Lott would work better.

You will also need to apply for a permit, which has to list what you are hunting for specifically. Tanzania has quotas on most big game, so it would be a good idea to go through one of the many hunting companies in the country.

Tanzania uses the Tanzania Shilling and while your hotel might take your credit card, it would be wise to get plenty of cash when dealing with the locals.

The Hunt

An African Cape Buffalo can weigh nearly a ton, so be ready to hunt at a solid distance. Scopes are recommended, because they can become extremely aggressive if you get to close and don’t down it on the first couple of shots. It can easily knock over a jeep and will gore and crush you if you are not careful.

This is a herd animal, so when hunting be prepared to find a large group. Choose your target carefully and keep enough distance not to spook the entire herd. Be ready to take shots in high cover, because this animal has great senses.

This is one of the most thrilling hunts on the entire continent, no matter if you are extremely experienced or a relative novice.

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