Namibia Plains Game Hunting

Namibia Plains Game Hunting

Namibia, formerly known as German South West Africa, lies on the latitude of the tropic of Capricorn and is bordered by Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, South Africa to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Namibia has a surface area of 317,817 mi2 (823,144 km2), is four times the size of Great Britain, twice the size of Germany and larger than Texas. The capital of Namibia is Windhoek, with a population of approximately 250,000, or approximately fourteen percent of the total population of the country. Namibia is a land of many contrasting landscapes – thorn bush savannah in the central highlands, the endless plains of the Etosha Pan in the north, the majestic Fish River canyon in the south, and the Namib Desert to the west bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Namibia is one of the more politically stable countries in Africa at this time, is relatively easy to get to, disease free, and one of the cheaper countries to hunt for a varied bag of traditional plains game species. As Namibia is basically a desert county, species in the country are somewhat limited when compared to other southern African destinations, but those species that are available are perfect for your first African safari.

Location(s) of Hunt

Five separate properties encompassing approximately 410,000 acres scattered across central Namibia from Farm Cowdray, located southeast of Rehoboth (south of Windhoek) to Farm Orua, located southwest of Otjiwarongo (north of Windhoek).

Arrival/Departure Airport(s)

Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Republic of Namibia.

Mode of Transportation

Ground transportation to/from Windhoek and between specific properties; four wheel drive vehicle in the hunt area.

Lodging

Guest cottages with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets and hot/cold running water.

Daily laundry service is provided as a courtesy for the guests.

Food and Beverages

Breakfast and dinner will be served each day and will include a selection of breads, meats, fruits and vegetables based on availability and individual preferences. Meats served during your stay will include a sampling of the local wild game and will be expertly prepared for your dining pleasure.

On most days, the hunting party will return to the ranch for lunch and an opportunity to rest during the middle of the day when most of the game animals are laying down in the thick jess.

Alcoholic beverages will be provided in moderation and will include a selection of South African wines, domestic beer and a limited supply of distilled spirits. Those individuals wishing to imbibe a specific brand of American, Canadian or Scottish spirits would be advised to purchase a bottle in the duty free shops in transit to ensure that your preferred brand is available. Fruit juices, bottled water and soft drinks will also be provided with meals and during the course of the hunting day.

Hunting Overview

Fair chase hunting utilizing spot and stalk techniques early and late in the day. Late morning and early afternoon periods may be spent sitting in blinds on waterholes or water troughs.

Each hunting license issued in Namibia allows the holder to take two of each endemic plains game species, so there is certain logic in taking a mature, representative male of each desired species in the knowledge that you still have the option of taking a larger trophy should the opportunity present itself.

Leopard hunting may be conducted utilizing the traditional African method of setting baits in likely areas and the construction of a blind once a bait becomes active. At present, the CITES quota for leopard has been partially filled for 2010 as more cats were harvested in 2008 and 2009 than anticipated and the backlog has exceeded the annual quota established by CITES. However, leopard hunting in Namibia is expected to resume in 2010.

Bow hunting is mostly conducted from blinds at waterholes. Spot and stalk techniques represent another option for the more adventurous hunter, but this technique is not as successful as hunting from blinds.

Species Available

Blesbuck, blue and black wildebeest, caracal, Damara dik-dik, duiker, gemsbok, Hartman’s mountain zebra, klipspringer, leopard, red hartebeest, southern greater kudu, springbok, steenbuck, warthog. Cheetah, black-faced impala, eland and leopard are available upon request.

Season(s) and Optimum Dates for Specific Species

The hunting season in Namibia runs from February 1 through November 30, with the optimum season being May through September.

Weapons/Calibers Recommended

Any flat-shooting caliber from the .270 Winchester upwards should be sufficient for most of the plains game species; however, we recommend a .300 Winchester Magnum or equivalent if available – particularly for gemsbok, wildebeest and zebra. The bullet selected should be a premium bonded core soft point. Specific recommendations can be made upon request. We would also recommend a variable power scope with a low power setting somewhere around 3X to 4X and a high power setting somewhere around 10X to 12X.

Be advised that semi-automatic and/or military-style rifles are generally not allowed to be imported into Africa.

For the smaller antelope such as dik-dik, duiker, klipspringer and steenbuck, the hunter should consider bringing a small-bore rifle such as the .22 Magnum or .22 Hornet, if available, in order to prevent potentially serious damage to the capes of these small antelope resulting from larger diameter, high-velocity bullets. These calibers have a slower muzzle velocity and less muzzle energy, which is ideal for these light, small-bodied animals.

Much of the shooting will be done while standing utilizing shooting sticks – as is standard practice throughout Africa. We highly recommend that you obtain a pair of shooting sticks such as those offered by Long Grass Outfitters or African Sporting Creations and practice shooting from the standing position off of the sticks. Shots on some species such as blesbuck, gemsbok, springbuck and black wildebeest can often exceed 100 yards, so you need to know the ballistics of your rifle and be comfortable shooting out to 250 yards. In other words, practice, practice, practice!

Clothing/Equipment Suggestions

A list of recommended clothing and equipment will be furnished upon booking. For initial hunt planning purposes, general recommendations can be made upon request.

Climatic Considerations

March to May is autumn in Namibia with average daytime temperatures of 80ºF with cooler evenings.

June and July are the winter months in Namibia with daytime temperatures approaching 65ºF and cooler temperatures (down to freezing) at night. A coat will be required in the early morning and late evening.

August through November represents the spring months in the southern hemisphere with climatic conditions very similar to the spring months. The ambient temperatures will steadily increase from August through November, with daily temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s not uncommon in November.

Special Hunt Considerations

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) promotes a medal system for hunting trophies in order to promote the basic idea of selective harvest and sustainable use. The medal system is based on Safari Club International’s trophy scoring system and consists of bronze, silver and gold medal categories for game taken along with a separate Conservation Medal awarded for trophies that have attained exceptional age or possess abnormal qualities. As stated above, the medal program encourages you, as the hunter, and your professional hunter to harvest only the older, mature males of each species that have had the opportunity to breed and are now past their prime from a breeding standpoint. Should you wish to participate in the medal program, please advise your professional hunter (PH) upon the commencement of your hunt - participation is entirely voluntary on your part. During the course of the hunt, your PH will still endeavor to harvest the older, more mature animals and will measure your trophies for their records - whether you choose to participate in the program or not.

Take a small digital camera that you can carry in your shirt or vest pocket for your trophy photos and learn how to use the camera before your trip. I would also recommend taking a slightly larger camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX-1 IS or the PowerShot SX-10 IS, both of which have a 20X optical zoom (equal to a 560 mm telephoto lens) for shots of wildlife while you are driving around the bush or sitting at the waterhole. After four trips to Africa, I assure you that you won’t regret the investment and you will bring home outstanding photos of African wildlife that the smaller cameras just can’t capture with 5X optical zoom.

Hunt Difficulty/Health Level

Hunting plains game in Namibia on these particular properties is not especially demanding. The terrain varies from a fairly level terrain interspersed with low, linear sand dunes in the south (Farm Cowdray) to a more rocky terrain typical of the Khomas Hochland escarpment (Farm Westfalenhof), to the more typical thorn bush of north central Namibia with interspersed rocky kopjes (Farms Hohenau, Ongangasemba and Orua).

Most of the leopard hunting will occur on Farm Westfalenhof on the Khomas Hochland escarpment (west/southwest of Okahandja).

On a fitness scale of one to ten (with one being very poor physical condition and ten being excellent physical condition), I would only rate the physical level of this hunt at a five. So long as the hunter is able to walk reasonable distances with some climbing over or around rocky ridges, there should not be a problem from a physical standpoint. Make sure that your hunting boots are well broken in before your safari!

Keep in mind that your Professional Hunter will be very happy to gear the pace of the hunt to fit your particular physical abilities – so don’t hesitate to advise if he is moving too fast, walking too far, etc. It is, after all, your safari, so don’t be afraid to speak up and advise your PH of your expectations, physical abilities or physical limitations!



Hunt Cost & Hunt Length

A minimum of four (4) hunting days are required to book with this particular outfitter.

rate description
$ 340/day 1X1 (one hunting client with one professional hunter)
$ 270/day 2X1 (two hunting clients with one professional hunter)
$ 160/day arrival/departure/rest (non-hunting) days
$ 120/day non-hunter ($70/day for a non-hunter under 12 years of age)
$ 80/day Children up to 12 years of age


Trophy Fees, License fees, Including Any Additional Expenses

animal price
Black-backed jackal $ 35
Blesbok $ 610
Blesbok - White $ 930
Black wildebeest $ 1,420
Blue wildebeest $ 945
Brown Hyena $ 2,700
Caracal $ 61
Chacma baboon $ 135
Damara dik-dik $ 1,320
Eland $ 2,295
Gemsbok (Oryx) $ 595
Greater kudu $ 1,350
Grey duiker $ 540
Hartman’s mountain zebra $ 980
Kalahari springbok $ 510
Klipspringer $ 1,320
Red hartebeest $ 650
Southern impala $ 800
Steenbok $ 365
Warthog $ 595
Zebra - Burchell' $ 1,280
Zebra - Hartman's $ 1,220
Zebra - Mountain $ 1,220

Price on Request: black-faced impala, cheetah, eland and leopard. Please note that black-faced impala and cheetah may not be imported into the United States at this time.

An approved CITES permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be required for the importation of leopard and Hartman’s mountain zebra into the United States.

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Bob AndersonPlease contact the following GSS Hunting Consultant for any questions on this destination:

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