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116 hunts
$3,900 starting from
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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

Visas

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.

Health

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.

Hunting

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

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.

Taxidermy

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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Leopard & Hippo Hunt

Leopard & Hippo Hunt Zimbabwe

Hippo are hunted on land and water on the shores of Lake Kariba and various tributaries. Hippo Bulls are generally hunted for trophy, however - because the ‘trophy’ is not visible - it’s near impossible to judge a Hippo in the water or on land. So we focus on Mature Bulls and hope for the best. Leopard hunting in our CAMPFIRE area offers the hunter an opportunity to hunt cats into the night. All Leopard hunts are conducted in the cooler months of April – 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. 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 typically range from 110-150lbs in this area.

Trip duration: 14 days

Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 August 2019

$16,800 for 1 hunter
Buffalo & Hippo Package

Buffalo & Hippo Package Zimbabwe

The hunting area is located at the eastern part of Lake Kariba, in and around the estuary of the Gache Gache River. This 8 hunting days trip includes the possibilty to harvest 1 Buffalo and 1 Hippo. Trophy fee is payable if wounded or taken. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip duration: 8 days

Trip available on: 1 April 2019 30 November 2019

$16,100 for 1 hunter
Nyala Package

Nyala Package Zimbabwe

The 10 hunting day package includes 1x trophy Nyala plus arrival and departure days on Bubye Valley in Zimbabwe. Trophy fee is payable if wounded or taken. Trophy fee is payable if wounded or taken. Plains Game species can be added from the trophy list. We operate to strict quotas and please ensure at the time of booking your safari that the specific species you wish to hunt are available. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip duration: 12 days

Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 December 2019

$12,300 for 1 hunter
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