Bow Hunting

A Bow Hunting Safari is one of the most challenging but rewarding methods to hunt the wildlife of South Africa.

 We offer bow hunting safaris for all of the plains game species and dangerous game that can be bow hunted in South Africa include Cape Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Hippopotamus.

The three types of bows which are legally permitted in South Africa are the compound, re-curve and longbow, with the compound bow being the choice of most international sportsmen who pursue the game of South Africa with a bow. A minimum draw weight of 50lbs is required for plains game hunting. It is, however, recommended to use a bow of 60lbs to 80lbs when hunting plains game. The minimum draw weight permissible by law when hunting dangerous game is 95lbs.

We strongly suggest that our hunter is very familiar and comfortable with his bow and equipment being used and that time is spent on the practice range honing your skills before commencing the hunt.

Blinds are used from which to ambush trophy animals. Blinds are placed strategically in close proximity to waterholes, ensuring a high success rate during the early morning and late afternoon where trophy animals are most likely to be encountered.
From blinds, the average shooting distance is 20 yards, but if you prefer to walk and stalk, distances can increase up to 60 yards.

A bow hunting safari should normally be slightly longer than a rifle hunting safari which pursues the same species. We would recommend a hunt of at least 5 to 7 days for trophy animals.

There are no permits required for bringing your bow into africa. All you need is a hard carry case and it is just checked in as oversize luggage. No other paperwork is required.

Rifle Hunting

The Limpopo Province of South Africa is considered by many to be one of the greatest hunting grounds and terrains in the world, and one of the best destinations for rifle hunting in South Africa.

Hunting is conducted on foot (walk-and-stalk). Your professional guide will lead the hunter on a still hunt through an area where certain animals are known to congregate. We also make use of blinds, where we know certain animals move through a known area. Once the animal has been harvested, the animal will be loaded and brought back to the skinning shed where our expert skinning team will take care of your trophy.

Shooting distances range from between 50 yards and 200 yards and shots are typically taken off of tri-pod shooting sticks.

Rifle and Calibre Information

No more than one firearm per calibre and 200 rounds per firearm will be permitted on your hunting safari with Tinashe and no automatic or semi automatic rifles are allowed.

The best rifle to use when on safari, is the one you are most familiar with. Rifle hunting in Africa is by far the most popular method for hunting plains game, lions and dangerous game. When choosing your calibre, consider the animal being hunted, and the terrain the hunting will occur in.

The right rifle will depend on the trophies you intend taking on your safari.

For dangerous game and thick skinned game, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo and lion, the .375 calibre is the minimum required in Africa.

Any calibre bigger than .375 is welcome. It is recommended that you bring solids for thick skinned animals like elephants, rhino and buffalo, and soft nose bullets for leopard and lion.

If the outfitter is to supply rifles for the client, this will be at a fee of R150 per rifle per day.
The client will be held liable for any damage incurred to the rifle or scope due to negligence on the client’s part. Bullets are at cost per box.

Firearm & Ammunition Allowances and Specifications  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

•             Only one firearm per caliber is allowed per person
•             Ammunition is to be packed in a separate container, which has to be locked and marked with details.
•             In total 11 pounds , not more than 200 rounds, is allowed per hunter. 40-60 rounds per rifle is sufficient.
•             No person under 21 years may bring a firearm in under their own name
•             Prohibited firearms, which may NOT be imported into South Africa  includes:
Semi or fully automatic weapon, Handguns for self-defence, weapons which fall under military categories

Minimum calibres:
Small species including impala is .243W.
Medium species up to Red Hartebeest is .270W.
Large species requires a minimum calibre of 300 H&H or larger.
Big five/ dangerous game, minimum required is 375 H&H or larger.
No hunting without a guide accompanying the hunter is allowed.

- Proceed through passport control; claim your general luggage at the carousel.
- Look for the firearms representative - he will be standing with all the rifles
- Present your passport and luggage tag and sign for your rifle to be released (only SAA passengers not Delta)
- Exit through the doors where you will be met by a Somerby Safaris representative.
- We will then take you to the police office where we have already given them your rifle paperwork.
- You will have to open your rifle cases so the serial numbers can be compared to that on the permit.
- You will sign the SAP520 form and the register book and wait for the rifle to be released.
- You will be given a permit - check that your name, serial no and departure date is correct.
- Keep it safely in your gun case and present it to the police at time of departure for your rifle to be able to leave SA.


Mkolo has been a hunting & safari destination for the last 35 years and caters for bow and rifle hunting.  The total hunting area at Mkolo comprises of about 2500 hectares. We offer a wide variety of some of Africa’s most beautiful and elusive trophy animals and have access to other concessions throughout Africa.
We are passionate about offering our hunters and safari groups an exceptional experience. While we conduct hunts throughout the year, we pride ourselves in providing good hospitality and personalised service, our experienced professional hunters and staff are dedicated to ensuring a memorable Safari experience.

We offer exciting “walk and stalk” hunting that is “fair chase” or if preferred, hunting from a blind. 18 Blinds are placed strategically at waterholes to be most effective or you could walk and stalk and with the best chance of getting close.
You will be accomplished with a professional hunter and tracker,  specializing in finding and following trails. Skinners ensure that the trophies are skinned and caped to perfection.

We are exempted to conduct hunting safaris throughout the year, however we recommend months of March through to October.
Each hunt is planned in detail to suit the personal requirements of the hunter and non hunting observers.

Our typical hunting day will start at the crack of dawn after a light breakfast and coffee or juice. You might want to spend the entire day out, in which case we will provide a lunch box and refreshments for the day. Should you not stay out the whole day we normally have a brunch at around 12 o’clock, we start the afternoon hunt as soon as the client is ready to go.

Most important, is that we cater towards each and every client’s needs. We will make recommendations however, the final decision rests with the client in which way he wants to hunt.

Hunting tariffs and prices are available on request, please contact us on email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.