Black Wildebeest

Black Wildebeest (Connochaetes Gnu) can be hunted in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. There are hunting packages available from Mkhamba Safaris, which include Black Wildebeest hunting opportunities. Enquire Now For Your Hunt.


These animals are smaller than their cousin the Blue Wildebeest. They have a dark brown, almost black, body colour, with a long white tail (Hence they are sometimes called "White Tailed Gnu"). They have a shaggy coat on the chest area, and a tuft of hair on their noses that resembling an upside down moustache. The horns sweep down and forward. Both sexes have horns.


Males have a shoulder height of up to 1.2 m and will reach a mass of around 180 kg (396lb).


They are endemic to the grass plains of South Africa. They are dependant on water and will drink every day. They are found in herds. Black Wildebeest have been dubbed the clowns of the veld (field). This name has arisen due to their behavior of running, bucking and cavorting for no apparent reason. To watch a herd doing this is an amazing spectacle.

The Hunt

Because of their dependency on water their movements can be patterned and the hunt can be planned. Glassing (looking around an area with the use of binoculars) on the plains is also used to locate the animals and to plan a stalk.

Minimum Calibre Rifle Required

The Wildebeest family are known to be very tough animals. I feel that a 270 win using premium grade bullets is the lightest caliber that I would recommend for these animals.

Minimum Requirements For:

S.C.I. – 72 inchesRoland Ward – 27 7/8 inches

Cites Restrictions

There are NO Cites restrictions on the hunting of the Black Wildebeest.