Bird Hunting

South Africa offers exciting opportunities for those intent on a wing shooting adventure.

Wing shooting in Southern Africa gained increasing popularity in the past few years among hunters headed to the ‘dark continent’ to test their skills. A day or two of wing shooting can easily be tacked onto a plains game hunt or even a dangerous game safari and prove to be a very pleasant diversion.

From the semi-desert in the west to the plains and rivers of the highveld and on to the savannas of the north, the wing shooter can find more than 20 different species of game birds. The best wing shooting opportunities are present during June, July, and August, which coincide with the open seasons in most of South Africa’s provinces. Being a rather social affair, wing shooting is best done in small groups. The ideal size of the group is two, but even a group of six hunters can be easily accommodated.


The bird species most commonly hunted in Southern Africa range from the Sand Grouse and Quail to Francolin, Guinea Fowl and various species of dove and pigeons. Two species of geese are available; the Egyptian goose and Spur-winged goose can make for a rather challenging hunt. If your wing shooting preferences lean toward ducks, the Yellow Bill, White-faced Whistling, and African Shell duck may be your “cup of tea”. Several species of Teal are also available and these small, quick, agile waterfowl can give even the most competent of shotgunners a real run for their money. All species are not available in all areas, and local province restrictions may apply, so be sure to make your preferences known when booking your safari.

Wing Shooting trips can be included in both rifle or bow hunting safaris and you can bring your shotgun if you wish or rent some of ours. One or two days wing shooting during a 10 day safari would be sufficient.