Read on to learn all about the great trophy hunting for Zebra in South Africa that we provide in Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga Provinces.

Zebra are a large sized species of equid that live across most of South Africa. We hunt Zebra on our hunting areas in Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga Provinces.

Zebra typically weigh around 700-800 pounds and stand nearly five tall at the shoulder. Females are slightly smaller than males. Their most distinctive features is their pattern of alternating black and white stripes.

They are herd anmials, living in groups of 5-10 (or more) Zebra. Their herds usually consist of a dominant male along with a few females and their young. Young males are kicked out of the herd and live in bachelor groups until they are strong enough to kick a dominant male out of a herd and claim breeding rights of his own.

Zebra are most often found on or near grasslands and grass makes up most of their diet. Sometimes they are found in lightly wooded areas and will also browse for food if necessary. They must drink water daily and will never be found far from water.

Best Cartridge For Hunting Zebra
While they are not quite as tough as Blue Wildebeest or Cape Buffalo, Zebra are still large, tough animals that must be treated with respect. The .308 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield (when using premium 180gr bullets) should be considered the minimum cartridge necessary for hunting Zebra in South Africa. The .300 Winchester Magnum, the .338 Winchester Magnum, and the 8mm Remington Magnum are also great choices for hunting Zebra at longer range.

There is nothing wrong with hunting zebra with a larger caliber rifle, especially when hunting zebra in addition to Cape Buffalo. Cartridges such as the .375 H&H Magnum, .416 Rigby, or even the .458 Lott are also great choices for hunting Zebra. When using controlled expansion rounds, medium and big bore rifles will work quite well and cause minimal damage to the meat or cape of the animal.

Zebra Shot Placement
Zebra are relatively large and tough animals. However, they will not go far if your shot is placed appropriately. The traditional shoulder shot is usually the best choice for hunting Zebra. When the animal is standing broadside, simply aim at the shoulder, about one third of the way up the body. Aim for a specific stripe and “call the color” before your shot.

Make sure you adjust your aiming point accordingly if the Zebra is quartering towards or away from you (aim slightly forward if the animal is quartering towards you and slightly to the rear if the Zebra is quartering away).

Methods For Hunting Zebra
Virtually all of our Zebra are hunted via walk and stalk. Since they must drink water daily, they may be ambushed at a water hole as well and we occasionally take a few Zebra using this method as well.

Best Time Of Year For Hunting Zebra
Zebra may be hunted all year long. However, our best hunting for Zebra tends to be in the dry months of April through October when there is less vegetation and fewer water sources.

Average Trophy Size
Since they do not have horns or tusks, Zebra are not judged as trophies in the traditional manner. Instead, Zebra are judged by the quality of the hide. Younger males and females will usually have “clean” hides with few scars. Older Zebras will often have hides with lots of “character” and display many scars from fights with predators and other zebra. Some hunters want a clean hide, others prefer a hide with lots of character. It’s all in the eye of the beholder and we can accommodate hunters who desire either trait.

If you’re interested in trophy hunting Zebra in South Africa, contact us for more information or to book your hunt.