Crocodile Hunting

crocodile hunt

Crocodile can be hunted separately or combined with Hippo on a minimum of 7day Safari or added to your big game safari for a trophy fee.

Crocodile hunting can be very challenging and hunting a big old crocodile can be as challenging as leopard hunting.  Crocodiles can smell very good and apart from good eyesight they can sense vibrations and detect danger from the bird calls.  Once a crocodile is spooked it will disappear into the water and might only come back to the spot in a couple a days.  Crocodiles are normally shot on a sandbank while sunning themselves during this stage their senses is on high alert and they are difficult to approach.  I recommend using a large calibre with soft nose ammunition.  The general shooting range will be between 50 and 100yards.  A typical Crocodile hunt would start by scouting the sandbanks and shore for large Crocodile sunning themselves or for sign of where a large crocodile likes to sunbath.  When such a spot/s has been located one would build a blind or approach the spot early morning and wait for the Crocodile to get out and sun himself.  Depending on the angle a head or neck shot would be recommended over a dead rest since shot placement on these animals is crucial.  The neck shot is normally the easier of the two and also the least risky since the animal would not be able the flick itself back into the water with its tail as it often happens with Crocodile’s, even after it received a perfect brain shot.  Large Crocodiles can easily be over a 100years old and a very large specimen can weigh up to a Ton.

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Crocodile Information

The Nile crocodile is the largest crocodilian in Africa and is sometimes regarded as the second-largest crocodilian after the saltwater crocodile. The male crocodile usually measure from 11 to 15 ft long with an average weight of 500-1100lb with large males pushing the scale to 1700lbs. The largest accurately measured male, shot near Mwanza, Tanzania measured 6.47 m (21.2 ft) and weighed about 1,090 kg (2,400 lbs)

The Nile crocodile is the top predator in its environment. They have a reputation as a man-eater, which is not entirely unjustified. Unlike other "man-eating" crocodiles, such as the saltwater crocodile, the Nile crocodile lives in close proximity to human populations, so contact is more frequent. Although most attacks do not get reported, the Nile crocodile is estimated to kill hundreds (possibly thousands) of people each year, which is more than all other crocodilian species combined. One study posited the number of attacks by Nile crocodiles per year as 275 to 745, of which 63% are fatal. Since a majority of fatal attacks are believed to be predatory in nature, the Nile crocodile can be considered the most prolific predator of humans among wild animals.

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