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Hunting in Namibia

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Why Namibia

Hunting in Namibia: Safe destination

Safe destination

Namibia is among the safest and most stable countries in Africa

Hunting in Namibia: Organized hunting industry

Organized hunting industry

Namibia has a highly organized, conservation-focused hunting industry and a government that is very supportive of hunting tourism

Hunting in Namibia: Diverse selection of game

Diverse selection of game

Namibia boasts a diverse selection of game animals, including some species found nowhere else

About hunting in Namibia

Hunters who have never been to Africa always wonder which country is the best one for a first safari. The answer: Namibia. With a diversity of terrain and game species, stunning scenery, a stable government, and excellent infrastructure, Namibia offers the opportunity for a traditional African safari without the worry. Namibia’s government is extremely hunter-friendly, and safaris in Namibia typically offer plenty of amenities at an affordable price. The types of hunts available run the gamut from family-run ranches to large game ranches to government-run and community-run conservancies. If you are looking to fulfill a lifetime dream of hunting mountain zebra, springbok, kudu, buffalo, eland, cheetah, elephant, or the magnificent warrior of the Kalahari, the gemsbok, Namibia is the place. With species found nowhere else, such as the Hartmann mountain zebra, the black-faced impala, and the Damara dik-dik, Namibia has a great deal to offer the experienced African hunter as well. A trip to Namibia offers something for everyone.

198 trips
$556 starting from
60 animals
11,368km to the nearest trip

What you need to know

  • 1. Planning your trip
  • 2. Upon arrival
  • 3. Hunting
  • 4. After the hunt

Planning your trip

Visas

Citizens of the USA and most European countries who are visiting Namibia for 90 days or less are issued a visa on arrival and no advance application is necessary. Be sure to have several blank pages in your passport, and be sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned departure. Check the visa rules that apply to your passport type at this link: https://namibia.visahq.com/

Upon arrival

Temporary gun licence

Most hunting clients arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. After landing, the hunter walks to the arrival hall to fill out an arrival form and then proceeds through Immigration. Once through Immigration, go to baggage claim and retrieve your luggage, then find the small office (back toward Immigration) with a sign that reads “Arms and Ammunition.” Here, you will identify your gun case and fill in a simple form that will serve as your temporary gun license/permit. All you need is your gun information and the address of where you will be staying in Namibia, which the outfitter should provide to you. After filling out your form and retrieving your gun case, proceed through Customs. Your outfitter will most likely meet you outside the door to drive you to your hunting area.

Hunting

Most hunts in Namibia are spot-and-stalk or safari style, with the hunters covering ground either on foot or by vehicle and, once an animal is spotted, completing a stalk on foot. Some safaris can require extensive walking; others require very little, so it’s a good idea to ask the professional hunter.

Clothing and Gear

Dark green or brown clothing is best, as are boots with soft soles for quiet stalking. You’ll only need a couple of changes of clothing as laundry is done daily at most camps. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, good optics, and a jacket for cool mornings and evenings.

Rifles

Most professional hunters recommend rifles in the .300-caliber family for plains game and .375 for dangerous game, but the most important thing is to bring a rifle you are familiar with and can shoot well. Handguns and semiautomatic rifles are not allowed in Namibia.

After the hunt

Tips

Tips are appreciated at most safari camps in Namibia; in addition to the professional hunter, tracker(s), driver, and skinner(s), there are usually staff members at camp who handle cooking and cleaning and other chores and help to make a hunter’s stay pleasant. The professional hunter or outfitter can advise the hunter how much is appropriate to tip each staff member.

Trophy preparation

Typically, animals are skinned at the safari headquarters and all skins are cleaned and salted; skulls and horns are cleaned and buried in salt. After a couple of days, the skins are hung to dry, cleaned once more, and folded and stored in a skinning shed. Skulls will be cleaned and placed on a rack. Before leaving camp, it’s a good idea to ensure the skulls and skins are properly tagged with the hunter’s name and contact information.

Taxidermy

Once the hunter departs, or sometimes at the end of the season, trophies will be taken to a taxidermist for professional cleaning and dipping, which is required for export. The taxidermist then contacts the hunter for instructions regarding preparation and shipment, and to arrange payment for these services. The taxidermist then contacts a shipping agent, who will handle the permits and shipping to the hunter’s home country, again after contacting the hunter. Hunters should check the latest regulations in order to make arrangements in advance if they are hunting species that require CITES permits or special export or import permits from the hunter’s home country. Many export and import requirements for these species have undergone dramatic changes in the past couple of years.

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7-Day Package

7-Day Package Namibia

Come and enjoy a plains game hunt with us.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 1 February 2017 30 November 2017

$5,000 for 1 hunter
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Namibian Plains  Game

Namibian Plains Game Namibia

One of the reasons why so many people choose to hunt with us is that one stays within the picturesque setting of the actual hunting area, which saves an enormous amount of travel time. All the huntable species belong to us and therefore, one doesn’t need to worry about the quota system. By Namibian law one is allowed to hunt 2 trophy animals per species. Please note that Kudu, Sable and Waterbuck hunt require at least 10 days.

Trip duration: 5 - 21 days

Trip available on: 1 January 2017 31 December 2017

$2,285 for 1 hunter
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Zebra Package

Zebra Package Namibia

Enjoy your unforgettable hunting in Namibia while staying in a luxurious lodge! You can also take day trips to town for shopping and sightseeing, or take a tour to Etosha park (largest nature reserve in Namibia). The package includes 6 nights in four star luxury chalets as well as 4 trophy animals!

Trip duration: 6 days

Trip available on: 1 February 2017 30 November 2017

$4,490 for 1 hunter and 1 guest
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