Get onto your journey of a lifetime and experience bow hunting in the wilderness of Africa with Motswedi Safari’s. Professional Hunter and Outfitter, Renier Visser, understands the special needs of a bow hunter. Renier himself is a passionate bow hunter.
Motswedi Safari’s give every bow hunter the opportunity in the species desired in only the best hunting areas available. You will bow hunting areas and concessions that ensure better hunting opportunities with the natural movement of game along trails and constant water drinking routines.
Renier is qualified and experienced to hunt the dangerous game of Africa with a bow and takes much pride in this.
If you have any questions about planning a bow hunting safari with Motswedi Safari’s, we would be happy to discuss detail and available dates with you. Please contact us early as the best dates for bow hunting our region book far in advance.
Some frequently asked Bow hunting questions.
What type of bow should I bring and what draw weight should is use?
For plains game hunting, you should bring your nominal big game set up you would use for whitetail or any other type deer. You don’t need to buy a special 80 lb bow set up just to shoot plains game. We have archers who use compound, recurve and long bows as well as crossbows. The most important of your hunt will be that you are very familiar with and extremely proficient shooting the bow you bring. Buying a brand new bow just before you start your safari is not recommended.
What type of broad head should I use on African animals?
We recommend a fixed blade cut on impact. No mechanical broad heads.
What kind of blind do you have?
Most of the blinds are pit blinds, small houses constructed into the ground. There are very roomy inside, usually about 8’ x 8’. You shoot through vertical slats in the front of the blind. These blinds are very dark inside so you are much concealed. With sand floors, animals won’t hear your steps on the sand floor even if they are standing just outside the windows. We also use pop up ground blinds, tree stands, elevated blinds and natural brush blinds depending on what animal you are hunting and the set up for the area.
What type of shooting practice should I do to get ready for my safari?
Shooting on level grounds, from tree stands and from inside pop up blinds would all be very good practice. You need to be very proficient from 40 yards and closer. Most shots take place from 20 yards, but you may get a second shot on an animal a little further away so practice and be very proficient.
How long will the shots be?
Most of the shots will be 20 yards or less. It doesn’t always work that way, and longer shots are taken, but typically, 20 yards or less is the normal shot. We work very hard to keep all shots to 20 yards or less as we don’t want to spend your valuable hunting time chasing a wounded animal through the bush.
When is the best time to bow hunt in South Africa?
We prefer our guests to come between May 1st and October 30th. This is late fall and early spring for us so our weather is quite nice. By this time, all of the small, scattered water holes have dried up so animals come to water daily. Also, almost 100% of the cover is gone from the trees so you can see the animals coming in from a good distance. This give you time to study them to see trophy quality.
Can I hunt dangerous game with my bow?
Absolutely ! The regulations require a minimum draw of 80 lb. to hunt Cape buffalo. You would need a fixed, have two blade broad head that is sharp to the tip for this fun affair as well to make sure you get maximum penetration on these big brutes. Total arrow weight should be in the 750-900 grain class.
Do I need to do anything special for shipping my bow?
You will need a very sturdy bow case that is impact resistant. The stronger, the better. Best results will come from the higher end models of bow cases available. The cheaper, every day bows you see sold for $50 will not protect your bow on the long trip as well as a case such as the SKB or similar models can.
Is it difficult to get my bow into South Africa?
No, not at all! Unlike rifles hunters, bows are currently not regulated coming into South Africa. You would simply pick up your bow at the oversized luggage area and proceed through the customs area.