If you’re ready to take on one of the most challenging hunting environments in the world—the rainforests of Cameroon—then bongo hunting should be one of your top considerations. Considered by many to be one of the finest trophies in Africa, the bongo is as beautiful as it is elusive.
The lowland bongo is so skilled at evading human eyes that there is no commonly accepted estimate of their population. When one is spotted, though, there’s no mistaking it: they are the largest of all African forest antelope species (measuring about four feet at the shoulder and weighing in at around 500 pounds) and have a distinctive white-striped red coat.
The gently spiraling horns are carried by males and females alike, though the males’ are more impressive. These commonly reach lengths of over thirty inches but can grow much larger. Due to the difficult nature of the hunt, it’s generally considered unwise to be picky about your trophy—any adult male is more than worthwhile.
Bongo Hunting in the Rainforests of Cameroon
Bongo hunting is difficult for a variety of reasons. First, they’re largely nocturnal, making it tough—but certainly not impossible—to hunt them from blinds. They live in dense undergrowth where the hunter will have very little visibility and are as wary as guard dogs in a warzone, making them nearly impossible to sneak up on. If you do spot one while walking through the forest, it’ll usually be a brief glimpse as it leaps up and sprints through the thick cover. It takes exceptional reflexes to bag one this way. If you’re interested in giving this challenging and exciting method a shot, you can work with GSS-represented outfitters who will help you track bongos into the rainforest.
One of the best ways to level the playing field is to work with hunting dogs. While this option isn’t legal in some countries, it is in Cameroon, and it has the highest success rate of all techniques. GSS represents an outfitter that works with some of the pygmy peoples who live in these rainforests, hunting with dogs as a way of life. You couldn’t ask for any better guides on such a difficult hunt.
If you have the skill and endurance to go bongo hunting, don’t pass it up. This is an experience you’ll always remember.
For additional information on hunting Bongo, please contact Bob Anderson at Global Sporting Safaris at 888-850-4868, Extension 701.