The bontebok’s historic habitat was in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa. Almost extinct in the 1980’s due to cross breeding with its close relative, the blesbok. Hunting bontebok in South Africa is a privilege we owe to the private landowners of the Eastern Cape.
The bontebok is richer in color than its cousin, the blesbok. White is also more prominent on its face, legs and rump.
Judging trophy bontebok is a trickier affair than with a blesbok. The horns retain their dark color and don’t typically whiten with age.
Bontebok is a CITES 1 listed animal and both import and export permits are required to hunt and transport a trophy bontebok.