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Bongo hunting is an extraordinary undertaking. Bongos live in the dense, inaccessible undergrowth that makes Cameroon hunting such a famous challenge, and their intense wariness and nocturnal habits make them an even more difficult quarry. Beautifully patterned and bearing elegant spiral horns, the trophy is one of the most coveted in the world, and a worthy reward for such a trying hunt.
There are two species of bongo: lowland and mountain. The mountain bongo is critically endangered, so bongo hunting is limited to the lowland species. These bongos are so elusive that there is no accurate estimation of the population available; they are listed as “near threatened” due to concerns about disease and poaching, but nobody is certain what their real status is. They can be found in two non-contiguous regions: in central Africa, ranging from Cameroon to the C. A. R. and the D. R. Congo, and in the southern coast of the far west, stretching from Sierra Leone to Togo.
The bongo is the largest antelope found in African forests, often standing more than four feet tall at the shoulder and weighing around 500 pounds. It has a vibrant red coat striped with white. Notable markings include a short crest of black and white hairs running down the spine, a crescent-shaped flash of white hair on the chest, and several white spots and black patches on the face.
Both males and females bear slightly spiraled horns, with the most dramatic borne by males. These often grow to more than 30 inches long and occasionally reach lengths of almost 40 inches. The SCI minimum score is 70”, but any mature male is an excellent trophy. Never pass up an opportunity if one presents itself.
If you believe that it’s the difficulty of the hunt that makes the trophy, thenbongo hunting should be right at the top of your list. These nocturnal antelope run at the slightest sign of danger and are capable of running at high speeds through the thick undergrowth of their home territory. Due to the limited visibility that’s part and parcel of Cameroon hunting trips into the rainforest, the hunter must get in close to get a shot. Blinds are the standard tool of choice for this job.
Hunting on foot is a great challenge offered by some outfitters. This is usually done by tracking the bongos shortly after a rainstorm, since bongos usually go out into the open when it rains. Your guides will lead you in a search for tracks in the open areas, then take the pursuit into the jungle. This will require lightning reflexes on your part, as you may only catch a glimpse of your quarry and have a brief moment to take the shot.
Another exciting option is hunting with dogs. Dogs are legal for Cameroon hunting, and this option has a higher success rate than the others. Dogs are commonly used by the pygmy peoples who call the rainforest home; these locals are some of the most skilled and experienced rainforest hunters and guides in the world, and hunting with them is a true adventure.
Whoever you hunt with and whichever methods you use, you’ll have one of the most incredible Cameroon hunting experiences possible—and you’ll have a shot at a trophy worthy of becoming a family heirloom. It’s something no hunter should pass up.
Call today or fill out the form below and let us know what type of bongo huntingexperience you are looking for. We’ll send you information on opportunities that match your goals. Our experienced outfitters are second to none and we’re happy to share our personal experiences with you.
Terms: Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in the Bongo Hunting Trips above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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