American in Africa: Stateside Gear in the Dark Continent

John Geiger went to Africa in 2017 to see how American hunting compares. (Photo courtesy Vista Outdoor)


Game & Fish Magazines Editor in Chief John Geiger took American gear and strategies on a big-game hunt last year to Namibia, Africa, with Vista Outdoor and Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris. What he learned can also be applied in the States.

Africa is far. It can be expensive to hunt. It's a different world. No surprises there. But one thing that does often surprise American hunters: On a plains-game hunt, the gear is pretty much the same as we use here in the USA.

A plains-game hunt is the typical entry into the rich African hunting tradition. The hooved-game animals reflect our common North American species.


The springbok is akin in size and behavior to our pronghorn antelope. The impala is a lot like our whitetail with its thin skin and weights in the 100- to 300-pound range. The greater kudu is like our elk. The huge eland, the world's largest antelope, could be compared to our moose.

That 6.5 Creedmoor you use on your Western antelope hunt is perfect for a springbok. And your .30-06 Springfield can kill most any plains game on the continent. With a 3,000-plus-pound spiral-horned eland, you'll tap into a .300 Win Mag or .338 Federal.


American ammo manufacturers, from Federal Premium to Hornady, Nosler and Winchester, among them, create excellent controlled-expansion bullets made for these thin-skinned plains species.

Africa Video: Perfect Bullet Performance



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