Arrowflipper, It looks like you have a great trip planned. Your choice of a .338 will be more than adequate for the animals that you have on your wish list. Bullet placement is way more important than bullet diameter.
You should have no trouble bagging the five animals that you listed in your 10 hunting days. Odds are good that you'll even shoot multiple animals per day.
You posted that you're considering other animals. I'd strongly consider some of the smaller antelopes: Duiker, Common or Mountain Reedbucks, Steenbok, etc. They are not too pricey and can be fun to hunt.
As was also suggested, the Nyala is a bit pricey, but is one of the most beautiful of the antelopes, and is indigenous to the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.
Also listen to your PH. If he points out a ____ and says, "That is a very good ___, you should shoot it," you probably won't regret shooting it after you get home.
Hello and hope this finds you well, I am sending you this so you make sure of a few things while on your hunt in South Africa.
one is stay clear of a outfitter by the name of Barry Burchell. With Frointer Safirs. Because of him it will be in your best to insure all your paperwork were you hunt is in order and it is a place that does all the paper work to the letter of the law of South Africa.
There a lot of things going to change for the better there. Because noe they know how Barry Burchell imported game to the USA under false paperwork and many hunters had all there game taken.
all so there is no tax. ( VAT ) witch is there tax. Barry Burchell over the years stole many thousands
of dollars from countless Hunters from America. But worst of all after doing this for so long he has never tried to make things right with any hunter .
when and if you do leave the ranch you are taking to . Please make sure all places have permission for the animals you are going to take and make sure you get a copy of all permits needed.
as for having your animals done over there bad idel. They tell you it is cheaper to have it done there.
what they don't tell you, is in the long run you pay much more on the shipping because of the space the creat takes up after the animals are mounted. At the end no savings at all.
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.