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#6368093 - 07/13/16 02:20 PM Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently?
mseanw Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 07/05/15
Posts: 23
I just returned with family from Limpopo and had superb time.
Whole family hunted and have 12 great trophies to show for it.
I had been planning on returning next year with just a buddy for few more trophies with main purpose being Cape Buff.
However, I got sticker shock recently and have been told prices going up due to supply/demand.
While i love the outfitter, the return quotes for us are quite high.

Does anyone have recent or planned experience coming up regarding buff hunt in South Africa?
Any comments or thoughts on pricing?

thx
Mark

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#6368100 - 07/13/16 02:24 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
DLALLDER Offline
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Registered: 11/23/05
Posts: 2858
Loc: Pittsburg, Texas
I too had planned a Cape hunt after going on a plains game hunt but found out what the sticker prices were and after doing a lot of looking & pricing, I traded my cape buff gun for an elk gun and am going to stay in the USA.
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#6368103 - 07/13/16 02:28 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Look at Zimbabwe. The country is a wreck, but the hunts are still safe and probably more affordable. Namibia is another option, but possibly more expensive. There's a lot more to Africa than South Africa.
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#6368114 - 07/13/16 02:41 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
mseanw Offline
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Registered: 07/05/15
Posts: 23
Yes, I agree more to Africa, no doubt.
I had such a great time with the outfitter and he is proven to me that I thought a good idea to go back.
But, I have to consider going with different outfitter and/or elsewhere.
Was hoping to get it nailed down soon for May of next year, but waiting until DSC or SCI shows to talk to others makes some sense also.

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#6368128 - 07/13/16 02:48 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
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Mozambique is another option, but you have to be really patient when it comes to them getting your trophies out. Plus, hunting them on the flats/swamps isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Mine were all out of Zim.
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#6368185 - 07/13/16 04:02 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: Creekrunner]
MClark Offline
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Registered: 10/09/15
Posts: 119
Loc: Arizona
Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Mozambique is another option, but you have to be really patient when it comes to them getting your trophies out. Plus, hunting them on the flats/swamps isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Mine were all out of Zim.


Hunted the Zambezi Delta swamps in 2010. Mozambique is a mess as a country but the people are very nice, the country's motto should be "It's been worse". The delta is a great spot for buff, hippo and croc. We sat eating dinner and crocs could be seen across the river on the beach.

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#6368707 - 07/14/16 08:08 AM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
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Registered: 08/06/14
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How much where you quoted to hunt buffalo in South Africa? I've been following the pricing on them and have seen a rapid decline in pricing for buffalo and sable. A couple of years ago, cape buffalo in South Africa on high fenced ranches was in the $12,000 range and sable where $7,000. I got an offer yesterday from an outfitter for both at $12,000 with a buffalo up to 40 inches and sable up to 42 inches. I think he is still on the high side.

If you just want a buffalo, there are a lot of offers for up to 40 inch bulls at $8,000 from airport pickup to drop off and everything included except dipping, packing and shipping.

From what I understand, the outfitters and game ranches have all started stocking cape buffalo and there are a lot more animals out there then hunters. They need to control the numbers and with the cost of oil down, the economy in freefall, there are fewer people going on safari. The exchange rate for South Africa is also declining, they're hurting for US dollars and I've been told it's better to make a buck this year, then hold out for two bucks next year.

My favorite deal right now is for a 42 inch cape buffalo, 42 inch sable and a roan for ten days, all inclusive for my wife and I at $16,000.

But I'm not sure if I want to go to South Africa for buffalo. It's such an iconic animals that it seems that to really enjoy the experience, it should be hunted outside of a fence. Mozambique has the best prices, but getting there is a challenge, and some of the outfitters are not very honest. www.africahunter.com has the best reviews

Facebook has some great groups for hunting Africa. That's where all the best deals come up. You just have to be sure it's not a scam since there are quite a few of them out there. Avoid anybody booking hunts from Russia or the countries next to her. Do your research and don't be in a rush. I honesty think that next year is going to be the year to go, but if you have the cash, the later we get to the end of the season, the better the last minute deals there will be.

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#6368785 - 07/14/16 09:11 AM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 1583
Loc: Smith County
Shop around. There are some other hunting forums that specialize in Africa hunting, that have some incredible deals. I can PM the forum to you if you want me to. I got my buffalo in 2014 and the price has dropped significantly since then. If you were happy with the outfitter you hunted with express your concerns about the price to them. He will probably work something with the rand to dollar exchange rate being so favorable for the Americans right now. If not there are plenty of reputable outfitters out there.

By the way, the cover photo this month is of me with my Cape Buffalo I took in the Limpopo region in RSA. I hunted with Jaco Strauss at Kwalata Wilderness. I did a 16 day safari and it was one of the most adventurous hunts I have been on and one I will never forget. I forget how much it was (a lot) but it is a memory/experience that is priceless.

Enjoy you planning, that's half the fun of an African Safari.

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#6369062 - 07/14/16 12:17 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
mseanw Offline
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Registered: 07/05/15
Posts: 23
Thank you for the responses.
16K for the roan, sable, and buff is rediculously cheap.
I have heard of a lot of scams of every type, so once have someone you trust is good to keep them.
I really loved the outfitter I was with and believe we will come to an agreement.
i like the cover photo and will hopefully have one of m own soon.
Trip will be cheaper as just paying for myself this time around as I took family with me in June.
I would be interested in other African hunting forums, I have never looked for them....

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#6369079 - 07/14/16 12:31 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Might also want to chat with my outfitter. He does both SA and Zimbabwe Cape Buff hunts. He and his team are top notch and I'm hoping to go back for a buff myself in the next couple years. I do occasional booking for him and might be able to get you a discount.

http://www.twowaters.co.za/zimbabwehunts.html
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#6369170 - 07/14/16 01:54 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
Freeman Offline
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Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 138
Loc: Copperas Cove, TX
I searched all over ranches in South Purmela and didn't see a one.

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#6369271 - 07/14/16 03:38 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: EddieWalker]
Creekrunner Online   happy
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 7223
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Originally Posted By: EddieWalker
...the later we get to the end of the season, the better the last minute deals there will be.


It gets a lot hotter at the end of the season. My first buffalo hunt was in October. It was successful, but with my migraines, it wasn't the wisest choice. I'd like to hunt West African Savannah buffalo in Benin, but their cooler months are about like it was on that hunt.
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#6369996 - 07/15/16 08:11 AM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: Erny]
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Originally Posted By: Erny

By the way, the cover photo this month is of me with my Cape Buffalo I took in the Limpopo region in RSA. I hunted with Jaco Strauss at Kwalata Wilderness.


I'd love to see the picture but haven't been able to figure out how to find the cover photo. Any chance that somebody can provide a link or tell me what button to push?

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#6370328 - 07/15/16 01:36 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: mseanw]
BuckFodder Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/29/16
Posts: 5
I knocked down a couple buffalo at the Honkey Tonk the other night. East Texas is full of them.


Edited by BuckFodder (07/15/16 01:37 PM)

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#6370337 - 07/15/16 01:43 PM Re: Anyone hunt Cape Buffalo recently? [Re: EddieWalker]
Creekrunner Online   happy
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 7223
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Originally Posted By: EddieWalker
Originally Posted By: Erny

By the way, the cover photo this month is of me with my Cape Buffalo I took in the Limpopo region in RSA. I hunted with Jaco Strauss at Kwalata Wilderness.


I'd love to see the picture but haven't been able to figure out how to find the cover photo. Any chance that somebody can provide a link or tell me what button to push?


Just click on your address bar at the top, then backspace/delete until just after the ".com", then hit 'enter'.
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