Be kind, work hard, stay humble and know that there’s always someone who wants to be better than you. This adage is what drives us at Afrique du Sud Taxidermy. We strive to constantly create the best piece at hand, every single day. We do this by making use of the best materials, ground-breaking ideas, technologies, and trends.  

Afrique du Sud Taxidermy is more than just a family-owned business. It’s a part of our journey in life. To us, the Afrikaans term “gou-gou” (to rush), does not exist. We respect each animal, regardless of size, and take the time to create the most realistic mounts and natural features to bring them back to life.

Let us be a part of your hunting journey.

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Pedestal Mounts

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Display your trophy with a 360⁰ view on a bespoke wooden pedestal base, with a posture which will emphasise your animal’s natural features and horns.

Shoulder Mounts

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Accentuating muscles and veins, ear direction and lifelike eyes is what makes a good mount a great mount.

Full Mounts

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Whether it’s a once in a life-time trophy or the memories and hunt behind your trophy, this is the perfect way to display the animal in its full-size form and natural habitat.

Skull Mounts

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The contrast between your bone white skull and the colour of your wood shield will make all the difference.

Wall Mounts

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A side profile with the focus on one shoulder makes this a great way to bring your trophy to life on your wall.

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Buffel - Cape Buffalo Buffel - Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

(Syncerus caffer – Sparrman, 1779)

The Cape Buffalo is one of the so called “Big Five”. The “Big Five” was the term used by hunters for the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa. It is said that the Cape Buffalo is responsible for more deaths of big game hunters than any of the other of the so-called Big Five. For this reason, the Cape Buffalo is sometimes also referred to as “The Black Death” or “Widow-maker”.

Average shoulder height is 145 cm (57”) and average weight is
700 kg (1543 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 100”

Rooi hartebees - Red Hartebeest Rooi hartebees - Red Hartebeest

Red Hartebeest

(Alcelaphus buselaphus caama – E. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1803)

Also known as the Cape Hartebeest, this large African antelope has a very gawky and odd-looking appearance, but don’t be fooled, as it is one of the fastest and most wary antelope on the African plains. With their characteristic zig-zag running pattern when alerted, these antelope can reach speeds of up to 65km/h (40 mph). Both males and females being reddish brown in color and bearing horns, make it difficult to tell them apart.

Average shoulder height is 130 cm (51”) and average weight is 150 kg (330 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 62”

Eland - Cape Eland Eland - Cape Eland

Cape Eland

(Taurotragus oryx – Pallas, 1766)

The Eland is the world’s largest and slowest antelope. The Eland can only reach a maximum running speed of 40 kmph (25 mph), at best.Paintings of the Eland are found in early rock art in East Africa. The Eland also holds an important role in the mythology of some Southern African tribes.

Average shoulder height is 1.7 m (
6 ft) and average weight s 800 kg (2200 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 77”

Blesbok Blesbok

Blesbuck

(Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi – Pallas, 1767)

Deriving its name from the Dutch term “bles”, meaning blaze, the Blesbuck portrays a distinct white blaze on its forehead. At one point in time, the Blesbuck was almost hunted to its extinction by pioneers and settlers who consumed their meat. Both males and females have horns, although the female horns are slimmer than those of the males.

Average shoulder height is 100 cm (39”) and average weight is 80 kg (176 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 40”

Njala - Nyala Njala - Nyala

Nyala

(Tragelaphus angasii – Angas, 1849)

The Nyala is considered the most elegant African antelope and bears the highest sexual dimorphism among the spiral–horned antelope family. Since there is such a big difference between the appearance of Nyala males and females, it is used as a divider between large and small antelope. Any male antelope larger than, and including the male Nyala, is referred to as a “bull”; any male antelope smaller than the male Nyala is referred to as a “ram”. Any female antelope larger than the female Nyala is referred to as a “cow” and any female antelope smaller than, and including the female Nyala, is called an “ewe”.

Average shoulder height is 112 cm (44”) (Male) and 95 cm (37”) (Female) Average weight is 120 kg (265 lbs) (Male) and 60 kg (132 lbs) (Female)

SCI minimum score: 63”

Vlakvark - Warthog Vlakvark - Warthog

Warthog

(Phacochoerus aethiopicus – Pallas, 1776)

The Warthog derives its name from the wart-like bumps on its face. Unlike most other members of the pig family, Warthogs have unusually large tusks. Typically, the Warthog runs with its tail held in an upright position, which resembles a tiny flag; this, some say, may be an indicator used by its piglets to follow when running through long grass.

Average shoulder height is 76 cm (30”) and average weight is 90 kg (198 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 29”

Koedoe - Kudu Koedoe - Kudu

Kudu

(Tragelaphus strepsiceros – Pallas, 1766)

THE GRAY GHOST” is how Ernest Hemingway referred to this magnificent species of the African bushveld.

This spiral-horned antelope is one of Africa’s largest and most admired plains game. The Kudu reaches an average shoulder height of 150 cm (59”) and an average mass of 250 kg (550 lbs). Locals measure the estimated length of the spiral horns by counting the amount of turns the spirals have. The average turns measure in the region of . Some horns reach 3 full turns. Such a measurement is regarded as an exceptional specimen.

Average horn length is between 43-55”.

SCI minimum score: 121”

Rooibok - Impala Rooibok - Impala

Impala

(Aepyceros melampus – Lichtenstein, 1812)

Locally, the Impala is known as a “Rooibok”. “Rooi” means red and “bok” means buck. The Impala is one of the most common African antelope and are easily recognised by their leaps into the air. An Impala can jump up to 3 m high and, when running, they can jump up to 10 m in distance. Male Impala, known as rams, have ringed horns which resemble the shape of a lyre. Female Impala, known as ewes, do not grow horns.

Average shoulder height is 100 cm (39”) and average weight is 80 kg (176 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 52”

Bosbok - Bushbuck Bosbok - Bushbuck

Bushbuck

(Tragelaphus scriptus – Pallas, 1766)

The Bushbuck forms part of the spiral-horned family. The Bushbuck is one of the most unique and beautiful African antelope. They are shy and elusive, yet highly adaptable creatures. The Bushbuck is mostly a forest-dwelling antelope.

Average shoulder height is 89 cm (35”) and average weight is 72 kg (160 lbs)

SCI minimum score:

Cape Bushbuck 31”
Limpopo Bushbuck 33”

Blou wildebees - Blue Wildebeest Blou wildebees - Blue Wildebeest

Blue Wildebeest

(Connochaetes taurinus – Burchell, 1823)

Also known as the “poor man’s Buffalo” and, more commonly, the “Brindled Gnu”. “Brindled Gnu” is often used because of the dark bands over the shoulders and flanks, which give it a brindled appearance. ”Wildebeest” is derived from the Dutch language, meaning “wild cattle”.

The Blue Wildebeest is one of Africa’s largest antelope with unridged horns that curve up and backwards and display a distinct knob (base). Although both males and females grow horns, males have larger and heavier horns.

Average shoulder height is 147 cm (58”) and an average weight of 245 kg (540 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 70”

Kringgat - Waterbuck Kringgat - Waterbuck

Waterbuck

(Kobus ellipsiprymnus - Ogilby , 1833)

Locally, the Waterbuck is known as a “Kringgat”. “Kring” meaning ‘circle’ and “gat” meaning ‘rear’. The Waterbuck carries a distinct white circle on its rear. Legend also holds that the Waterbuck might have been the first animal to use the freshly painted toilets on Noah’s Ark, thus leaving a white ring of wet paint on its rear.

Average shoulder height is 130 cm (51“) and average weight is 240 kg (529 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 67”

Swart wildebees - Black Wildebeest Swart wildebees - Black Wildebeest

Black Wildebeest

(Connochaetes gnou – Zimmerman, 1780)

Also known as the “clown of the bush”, the Black Wildebeest displays clown-like behaviour. More commonly known as the “White-Tailed Gnu” because of its distinct horse-like white tail and “Gnu” being a Khoisan (people native to southwestern Africa) name for this antelope, which originated from the snorting sound they make, sounding like “ge nu”.

Average shoulder height is 120 cm (47”) and average weight is 180 kg (397 lbs)

SCI minimum score: 72”

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I was fortunate to have experienced a strong influence of African culture during my upbringing on a farm. This made me the man and artist that I am today. I will always treasure this opportunity to embrace Africa and its wildlife. As the African proverb goes: “A river that forgets its source, will dry up.

My career as a taxidermist began in 2004. I was mentored by a German couple, Andreas Mattke and Tanja Bambek – both master taxidermists, and owners of Alldays Taxidermy, a reputable taxidermy in the South African hunting mecca of Alldays, Limpopo. The establishment of my own taxidermy studio was fueled by my love and passion for African wildlife. I consider myself privileged to be able to express myself through the art of taxidermy, to pursue what I love on a daily basis, and to share my knowledge with people who share my passion.

Pieter de Klerk
Pieter de Klerk

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info@afriquedusudtaxidermy.co.za
+27 (0)72 632 6122

Plot 138
Kalkheuwel
Lanseria Road R512
North West Province
South Africa

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