The giant oryx or Gemsbok, as it is more commonly known, is a large, impressive antelope and one of the species available to hunt at Bushmen Safaris in South Africa. The Gemsbok inhabit the open country and can survive in the harshest of conditions. The Gemsbok can go without surface water for months, absorbing moisture from what he eats. A social herd animal, he is primarily a grazer but will occasionally browse if necessary.
The Gemsbok are extremely aggressive and very dangerous when injured, cornered, or threatened, as both sexes carry very long spear-like horns. The Gemsbok are always alert with excellent eyesight, hearing, and smell, so your approach will have to be carefully planned. The Gemsbok will provide a wonderful, memorable hunt and the meat is one the most delicious to be found on the African continent.Gemsbok live in herds of 50 to 200 animals although the average number is 15. In the larger herds, females vastly exceed the males who tend to be solitary and mark out their own territory. Males can weigh up to 500 pounds, and females are a bit lighter at 420 pounds. A mature bull will stand 46 to 50 inches at the shoulder. Horn length for the female can reach as much as 48 inches, while male horns generally average 33-38 inches. Gemsbok are one of the few plains game species where the female trophy is sometimes more desirable than the male.
More than 80% of Bushmen Safaris hunters each year are repeat hunters. Bushmen Safaris' excellent management, competitive pricing, and world-class selection of animals like the Gemsbok bring back hunters year after year.
Please contact us at 208.322.5902 or [email protected] for more information about hunting Gemsbok with Bushmen Safaris in South Africa.