(Latin = Phacochoerus aethiopicus, Afrikaans = Vlakvark, Tswana = Kolobe)

  • Numbers: Very high
  • Weight: 44 – 104 kg (97 – 229 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 60 – 75 cm (24 – 28 in.)
  • Record Horn Length:
  • Rowland Ward: 24 in
  • Pregnancy time:  167 – 175 days


Warthog likes to graze on the newly sprouted grass of a burned out area. Not dependent on water, the warthog will drink if it is available.


Warthogs have a wide habitat tolerance, although its distribution range shows a strong correlation with open woodland savannahs. It favors open ground, grasslands, water holes and pans, and will often be seen in the open woodlands.


When hunting for warthog, try your luck near wet, marshy areas, water holes and pans. Approach them slowly from downwind.  Their eyesight is poor, but its nose and ears work quite well! The 7mm’s and 30 calibers will work On larger, trophy-sized boars, consider the larger calibers for a better effect. Shot placement can be a bit challenging due to the warthog’s anatomy and physical appearance. The side-on, high heart shot will be most effective. Sight directly up the front leg to about the body midline and squeeze; your hog will not go far. The frontal brain shot is common when hunting warthog. Aim right between the eyes and he should drop to the shot.