Hunting Blue Wildebeest


This member of the antelope family is an ox-like animal with unusual horns, a beard, and hair on his nose.

Ekuja Safaris gives you the opportunity to hunt Blue Wildebeest. Namibia is a premier destination for hunting Blue Wildebeest. Year round, we offer hunts for awesome Trophy Blue Wildebeest.

Hunting blue wildebeest is a very exciting afair. This large, bearded antelope, native to the acacia savanna and short grass plains is often referred to as the ‘poor man’s’ buffalo. His numbers have dwindled somewhat in many of his old habitats, but he is as plentiful as ever on the Serengeti ecosystem where his numbers may well exceed one million.

Game ranches in Namiba maintain managed populations of this ‘beest’, which offer wonderful opportunities for hunting blue wildebeest. As both sexes carry horns and are of similar body size and color,sorting out the bulls from the cows can sometimes be difficult. Look for heavier muscled individuals with thicker horn bases and more droop.

The best caliber for hunting blue wildebeest would be a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. Ekuja Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting blue wildebeest in South Africa: 7 mm Rem Mag, 308, 30-06, 300 WSM, 300 Win Mag, 338 Lapua, 375 and any comparable calibers.

To walk-and-stalk when hunting blue wildebeest is the traditional way of going about it. Larger blue wildebeest herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the blue wildebeest herd being alert most of the time. Solitary bulls can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed. Bachelor herds of between 2 and 10 animals are common and are even more difficult to stalk. Archery hunting blue wildebeest is on the increase and in such a case you can hunt blue wildebeest from a hide or blind. Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary blue wildebeest and result in a no-hunt situation.

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