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Why Zimbabwe

Hunting in Zimbabwe: True wilderness hunting

True wilderness hunting

Zimbabwe features true wilderness hunting in some of Africa’s last great wild areas

Hunting in Zimbabwe: An affordable Big Five hunt

An affordable Big Five hunt

Zimbabwe is one of the most affordable countries to hunt Big Five species such as buffalo

Hunting in Zimbabwe: Proud safari tradition

Proud safari tradition

Zimbabwe has a proud safari tradition and is home to some of Africa’s best-trained and most qualified professional hunters

About hunting in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, situated in the heart of southern Africa, is one of the continent’s most storied safari destinations. The country contains a wide variety of terrain and habitat, from the Zambezi Valley in the north to the game-rich Lowveld in the south. Zimbabwe’s lengthy list of huntable game includes African wild cat, baboon, jackal, buffalo, klipspringer, kudu, bushbuck, bushpig, leopard, caracal, lion, civet cat, crocodile, nyala, duiker, eland, sable, elephant, serval cat, genet cat, steenbok, giraffe, grysbok, warthog, hippo, waterbuck, wildebeest, hyena, and zebra. The Zambezi Valley in particular is a major draw for big-game hunters, known for huge herds of elephants and one of the highest concentrations of Cape buffalo in Africa, as well as good populations of lions and leopards. The islands and marshes along the Zambezi also offer the opportunity to hunt hippos and crocodiles. A number of large, privately owned conservancies, including the Save and the Bubye Valley conservancies, also provide excellent hunting opportunities for plains game and dangerous game. Many of these conservancies started out as traditional farms and later banded together to create large, unbroken tracts of wildlife habitat.

What you need to know

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

Planning your trip


If you are traveling to Zimbabwe to hunt, you may obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport. You can expect to pay $30 US for a 30-day/single-entry visa or $60 US for a 60-day/multiple entry visa.


Malaria is present in many of Zimbabwe’s hunting areas, and malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for all hunters.

Firearms permits

Application for a temporary firearm import permit for Zimbabwe can be made on arrival at the port of entry. There is no fee for issuing a firearm permit. Firearms import into Zimbabwe is fairly easy and straightforward, but traveling to Zimbabwe through other countries with firearms is not.

According to EU Regulation (EC) No 314/2004, the importation of firearms and ammunition, including those for hunting/sporting purposes, from the E.U. into Zimbabwe is prohibited. European and British airlines will not carry firearms of any kind on flights direct to Zimbabwe. If you want to take firearms into Zimbabwe and you are flying from an EU country, it will be necessary to get two sets of tickets issued; one set for Johannesburg and another set for the onward flight to Zimbabwe. Canada has also implemented a ban on all firearms going to Zimbabwe, which includes hunting firearms. Because of this, you will likely travel through South Africa to enter Zimbabwe, and you will have to go through the process to clear your firearms in South Africa, which has strict firearms import procedures, and then re-check them for your flight to Zimbabwe.

Upon arrival

Most hunters arrive at the airport in Harare, Zimbabwe. In most cases, it’s necessary to take a charter flight from Harare to the hunting area. You should make arrangements to be met at the Harare airport by your outfitter or a charter pilot, who will assist you through the firearms permitting and customs process.

It’s important to note that due to a cash liquidity crisis in Zimbabwe, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has announced a series of measures designed to stem the flow of U.S. dollars out of the country. Tourists and visitors who do not have bank accounts in Zimbabwe should plan to bring sufficient cash with them for the duration of their trip. Expenses such as hotels, flights, and tours should be prepaid or paid for by credit or debit card. Hunters need to declare the amount of cash they are entering the country with and get a blue-colored receipt issued by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority or they risk having any remaining cash seized upon leaving the country.


Most hunts in Zimbabwe are safari style, with hunters covering ground in a vehicle, and then, when an animal or fresh tracks are spotted, completing a stalk or tracking job on foot. Some safaris require extensive walking; others require very little, so it’s a good idea to ask the professional hunter.

Dark green or brown clothing is best, as are boots with soft soles for quiet stalking. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, good optics, and a jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Most professionals recommend rifles in the .300-caliber family for plains game and .375 and up for dangerous game, but the most important thing is to bring a rifle you are familiar with and can shoot well. Due to thick brush (called jess), shots in many areas can be fairly close-range.

After the hunt


Tips are appreciated at most safari camps in Zimbabwe; in addition to the professional hunter, trackers, driver, and skinners, 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 how much is appropriate to tip each staff member.

Tag your skulls and skins

Typically, animals are skinned at the safari headquarters and all skins are cleaned and salted, skulls and horns are cleaned and buried in salt, then the skins are folded and stored in a skinning shed. Before leaving camp, it’s a good idea to ensure your skulls and skins are properly tagged with your name and contact information.


Once the hunter departs, or 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. A shipping agent then handles the permits and shipping to the hunter’s home country.

Always check the latests regulations

It’s very important that hunters check the latest regulations in order to make arrangements in advance if they are hunting species that require CITES permits or other special export or import permits from the hunter’s home country. Many export and import requirements, especially for Big Five species, have undergone dramatic changes in the past couple of years.

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Spring Elephant and Plains Game 2017

Spring Elephant and Plains Game 2017 Zimbabwe

You have a great chance to be an owner of an great elephant bull trophy and plains game trophies as well. You can add the following plains game species to your tour for: bushbuck ($900), eland($3000), grysbok($400), hyena($750), kudu ($2500), zebra ($1500), baboon ($150), warthog ($500), duiker ($425), impala ($500), giraffe ($4000), waterbuck ($2500), steenbok ($425), wildebeest ($1200). Observers daily rate is $300 per person.

Trip duration: 15 days

Trip available on: 1 September 2017 30 November 2017

$38,250 for 1 hunter
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Leo / Hippo/ Croc/ Tuskless Eleph. Hunt

Leo / Hippo/ Croc/ Tuskless Eleph. Hunt Zimbabwe

Leopard hunting is done in three different ways with Pro Safaris Africa, however all Leopard hunts are conducted in the cooler months of March – Mid August. This is due to baits lasting longer, cats being more on the roads and riverbeds, due to tall grass and thick bush and therefore more predictable. At Pro Safaris we will only book hunts during this time and that has contributed to our huge success rate. Further we believe that our success has been due to our focus on sustainable utilization. Cats range from 110-170lbs on average with bigger cats mostly being a myth. However we have over 20 years of hunting taken 2 of over 200lbs. Any MATURE male is a superb trophy as seeing one and being able to harvest one is a challenge in itself. Hippo are hunted on land and water however in the Zambezi hunting them in strong current is avoided as you will lose your trophy. Hippo Bulls are generally hunted for trophy however, it’s near impossible to judge a Hippo in the water or land. So we focus on Mature Bulls and hope for the best. Crocs are very limited in permits as they are Cities controlled animals and a mature big croc is many years old. Our Crocs are sought after as they reach over 13 feet in Rifa and our biggest taken was 16’2”. Crocodile are hunted over bait and blind but the majority are harvested by stalking when they are digesting food in the sun or resting. Crocs are generally taken by a head or neck shot at ranges from 40-100 yards.

Trip duration: 18 - 24 days

Trip available on: 1 March 2017 31 August 2017

$16,000 for 1 hunter
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Lion / Buffalo / Hippo /Croc Hunt

Lion / Buffalo / Hippo /Croc Hunt Zimbabwe

Lion hunting in Zimbabwe is wild Lion hunting with all Lion being free range. Lion hunting in Zimbabwe now comprises of the 5 year old rule meaning all Lion harvested must be 5 years old or older. This rule does make it more work for the PH and can be more frustrating for both client and PH, but it means Lions harvested are sustainable and the impact of offtake on the Lion population is minimal. For this reason we are confident in our success and pride ourselves in having been a part of this conservation driven initiative. Our population of Lion is healthy and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Lions are Cities animals and because of this, permits are limited and rather sought after.

Trip duration: 21 - 28 days

Trip available on: 1 March 2017 20 December 2017

$17,350 for 1 hunter
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