Hunting lion in today’s society become more and more difficult. However lion hunting is permitted in various countries… Red Ivory Safaris have access for very good trophies in Zimbabwe and then in South-Africa, all lions need export permits from the country of origin. Red Ivory Safaris will make sure that all of the proper paper work is ready and in place so that you will not have to worry about taking your trophy home. We will also sent you all documentation needed to ensure a legal hunt and for export purposes before your arrival, as to give you peace of mind that all is in place… remember, never undertook any hunt booked, if you don’t have copies of permits for the intended trophies.
Today South-Africa might have the biggest number of huntable lions. There is much opinion out there regarding the hunt of lions. I guess it depend on which side of the fence one find himself to cast an opinion… You will find some people saying there are no free roaming lions to hunt in South-Africa, which is not true at all, on your hunt to South-Africa, you will see lions in the hunting area that is available for hunting, and they roam freely and hunt for themselves.
Then there is lion hunting available in the Kalahari, on the hunting area there are some free roaming lions to hunt, but there is also some lions released from time to time to keep the numbers up in the hunting area due to hunting pressure. These lions do come from areas where they are breed for future hunting purposes, one don’t need to make the mistake in that they are tamed and used to people… this however is not true… to many incidence would reflect that these lions are wild as any other lions.
Hunting in South-Africa is mainly done on foot, the old walk and stalk method. This implies that the hunting car will drive out early mornings looking for lion tracks,
upon finding fresh tracks, the hunting team will stop the car and take up the tracks following them on foot… we have two trackers focused on the tracking part, and they will be focused on the tracing part mostly, it will be you as hunter and the PH’s job to be focused, trying to spot the lion as soon as possible. This does provide for some interesting hunting, walking on fresh lion tracks. Believe me this provides way more exciting moments than sitting in hiding waiting for the lion to come to the bait… and then never came…
Please have a look at our South-African Pricelist regarding these hunts and prices on different lion options.
Tracking lions will often reveal more information regarding your quarry you following, like scratch marks on a tree
A number of permits are available for hunting these cats, these areas are open areas with no fences at all, these lions move around in the area. Lion intend to defend their territories and most likely a big trophy roams around some females. Currently n pride of 15 lions roams an area close to camp and could be heard frequently during the night. One would like to hunt a male, not in a family group but rather an old male kicked out of the pride…
Depending on where you are hunting the bait could be a buffalo, zebra, hippo or any other large animal. The carcass is then fastened to a tree in an area where lion are known to roam. The bait is then checked every day until there has been a hit. A large spoor or long hairs with black tips on the bait signal the building of a blind, on the ground or in a tree nearby where the hunter and PH will lie in wait usually from mid-afternoon or early mornings. The time spent in the blind waiting for the Lion is one of the most interesting and exciting of the chase. Here you have to remain absolutely still and silent, with other game and often the Lion passing close on the way to the bait.
The best shot to take is of course in the vitals through the shoulders. A head, neck or shot that would destroy the mane is not advisable. Any caliber from a .375 H&H would be a good choice… rather use a caliber that you are familiar with and can put an accurate shot through the vital than a to heavy caliber with poor shot placement.