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Introduction

Namibia is a great choice for every hunter. It is a safe and rather inexpensive country where it is possible to either hunt antelopes or get all trophies of the Big Five, including black and white rhinoceros at once. All the above mentioned, explains the popularity of Namibia among hunters and gives the place only to the Republic of South Africa. Namibia can be advised to either those who go to a safari for the first time or those who want to have a family vacation or even to experienced hunters. The nature is beautiful here, and the fauna is surprisingly diverse. Flora is presented by shrubby savannas and semi-deserts. The relief depends on the region. Climate in Namibia is very dry, tropical. The year is divided into damp summer (September – March) and dry winter - the other part of the year. Average temperature of the warmest month (January) is 18 °C on the coast and 27 °C inland, the coldest month is July with the temperature of 12 °C in the South and 16 °C in the north. Summer has the most rainfall. The farther south you go, the hotter is the summer and the more arid and cooler is the winter.

You don’t need a special vaccination to visit Namibia. There are no restrictions on import of weapon; however you need to remember that with a transit through the Republic of South Africa you can bring only two units of hunting weapon per person, plus one hundred cartridges per weapon. The entry visa is stamped right in the passport upon arrival to Namibia.

Hunting season

Hunting is allowed from February 1 to November 30. The recommended time is from March to October, and especially an interval from May to August. There are practically no rains at this time and the temperature is quite comfortable.

Trophy

Big Five Trophies

White rhinoceros

White rhinoceros

White rhinoceros is the second largest animal on the planet after elephant. It is a huge mammal – an average male weighs 4,480 – 5,600 lb.( with some old individuals up to 8,960 — 10080 lb.) and the head and body length is 14,2 ft. Shoulder height is 5,25 to 6,15 ft. Actually there is nothing white on this animal. Apparently it got its name from the wrong translation from Dutch to English of the word wijd (wide) which British misinterpreted for "white". In fact color of this rhino is dark ranging from yellowish brown to slate-gray, and only a little lighter than black rhino.

Like the black rhino the white has two horns, the front one is always longer, usually reaching from 24 to 59 inches, and it is always polished. They guess that rhino is using a front horn for pushing its way through the bushes. The back horn is often not developed. The main difference of a white rhinoceros from a black one is a wide flat upper lip since the main food for a white rhino is grass, not bushes.

Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo shoulder height is 150-165 cm and weight is 650-800 kg. Black buffalo are the biggest and the darkest of the African buffalos. Its heavy, curved horns form massive bases. While many consider buffalo the most dangerous of African game, the lion is probably the best known, most respected, and feared member of the Big Five.

Lion

Lion

Lion is the largest African cat and the second largest in the world after tiger. It weighs between 400 and 500 pounds and stands nearly 4 feet at the shoulder and measures about 10 feet from muzzle to tail. The fur color is most often golden beige; however it can vary from gray to dark reddish brown. The male usually has a long mane on the head, shoulders and breast but there are individuals without it. Color of a mane differs from light to black. Lions live in prides which consist of females related to each other and youngsters, and also one or several adult males. Quite often males form bachelor’s groups. The animal is capable of running with a speed up to 40 km/h for a short distance. The quality of a trophy is defined by the existence of a long beautiful mane; however the size of a body and skull also matters.

Leopard

Leopard

Leopard’s body length is 5.5-7.5 feet. It stands 1.7 – 2.5 feet at the shoulders and weights 80-160 lb., sometimes much more. Leopard is a big representative of the cat family and has a long body and rather short paws. Dense yellowish fur is covered with numerous black spots grouped in sockets. Closer to the tip of a long tail the sockets merge into black stripes. Leopards are solitary animals, except for the rut season. The male territory usually includes a territory of one or two females. Leopards are nocturnal animals and spend afternoons resting on a branch of a tree or in the shelter.

Elephant

Elephant

Elephant’s height at the shoulders is 9.9 – 13.1 feet and weight is 8820-13230 lb. Ears of the African elephant are triangle, thick tusks are bent forward. Grayish skin is thick, wrinkled and covered with occasional rough hair. Females are smaller than males and their tusks are thinner and lighter. Males often form bachelor’s groups; old males sometimes prefer to remain alone. Elephants constantly move searching for food and water. They have excellent sense of smell and hearing, but the eye sight is very weak. Elephants can run fast on short distances and also move quietly through dense thickets. Trophy quality of the tusks is defined by its weight and beauty. Tusks of about 70 lb. are considered a good trophy.

Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

An adult black rhinoceros stands 55–71 in high at the shoulder. It typically weighs from 1,760 to 3,090 lb. Black rhino is a huge animal with a strong body structure. The upper lip "hooked" for easier food browsing. Skin is dark gray (not black) and usually covered with a layer of dust or dirt in which rhinoceroses like to roll. There are two horns on the skull with the larger front horn. Females look like males but have thinner and quite often longer horns. Rhinoceroses are surprisingly mobile and maneuverable for their size. When hunting for a black rhinoceros it is necessary to be careful as these animals are unpredictable and can attack suddenly.

Other species

Common eland

Common eland

It is a large spiral-horned antelope. Both sexes have horns with a steady spiral ridge. Fur color is a tan in females, while the coats of males are darker, with a bluish-grey tinge. As males age, their coat becomes more grey. Males also have dense fur on their foreheads and a large dewlap on their throats. Eland weighs from 880 to 2200 lb., measures 79–110 in from the snout to the base of the tail and on the average stands 49–60 in at the shoulder.

Blesbok

Blesbok

Blesbok averages 121 – 160 lb. and height at the shoulders is 3 – 3.20 ft. Body color is sandy brown. A characteristic of the blesbok is the prominent white blaze on the face and a horizontal brown strip which divides this blaze above the eyes. Both sexes carry horns very similar to the bontebok ones. Blesbok is a social animal and live in herds from 5 to 30 individuals.

Greater Kudu Southern

Greater Kudu Southern

This subspecies is the biggest and darkest, with the longest horns. There are 9-12 vertical strips from each side.

Lichtenstein’s hartebeest

Lichtenstein’s hartebeest

Lichtenstein's hartebeest typically stand about 4 ft. at the shoulder and weigh around 330 lb. The horns found on both sexes are shaped like the letter 'S'. The horns are slightly ridged. Lichtenstein's hartebeest are a red brown color, which is lighter on the underbelly. It is a gregarious animal. They gather in herds of five to 10 females and calves with a single male, which leads them. Other males form bachelor’s groups. Males hold large territories, which they mark. Old males prefer a solitary life.

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

The primary color varies from gray to brown and is lighter on the sides and sometimes blackish on the back. Waterbuck has a white muzzle and white eyebrows; there is a cream colored patch on the throat. The white ring surrounding the tail is a characteristic that no other antelope has.

Puku

Puku

Puku stand about 31 in at the shoulder and weigh from 150 to 180 lb. The puku is sandy brown in color, with the almost white underbelly, white spots around the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle and on the throat. Puku is an animal with straight back, short tail and quite long fur. Males have short, thick lyre-shaped horns. Puku live in herds of up to 20 individuals, males either live a solitary life or gather in small bachelor groups.

Cheetah

Cheetah

It is a big, slender cat with long extremities and a small round head. Body length including a tail is 5, 4 – 7 ft. It stands 27-30 in. at the shoulders, the weight is 80 -140 lb. The pale yellow skin is covered with small black spots; there are characteristic black tear-like streaks on the face going from eyes to a mouth. Males have thick fur on a neck and shoulder blades which forms a small mane. The exceptionally long tail is covered in spots and ends in a bushy white tuft. The claws are dulled and semi-retractable. Cheetahs can be solitary or gregarious. They form groups consist of a female with cubs or several adult male brothers. These groups mark their territories and avoid contact with each other. Cheetah hunts for middle size antelopes and birds. Unlike the majority of cats it doesn’t stalk the chosen victim but runs and upon catching up with the antelope knocks it down and chokes. It doesn't eat dead meat. Cheetahs have exceptional eye sight, good hearing and sense of smell. The cheetah is a champion in sprint and is capable to develop speed up to 50-70 mph.

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus is a large, semiaquatic animal with barrel-shaped body, short legs and very little hair. It weights from 2870 to 5860lb. and stands at the shoulder 140-152 cm. The head is huge and the animal can open its mouth at almost 180°. Well-developed canines form a terrible weapon. The eyes, ears, and nostrils of hippos are placed high on the roof of their skulls that allows the animal to almost completely disappear under water. The skin is thick and dark. This gregarious animal lives in groups with up to 30 individuals. Males can be solitary. Males establish control over herd and the territory, furiously battling with each other. Their main weapon is canines; quite often battle ends with serious injuries or even death. Hippopotamuses are perfectly adapted for aquatic life style; they are great swimmers and divers. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water while at dusk they go to graze. It is a herbivorous animal with a good hearing and sense of smell, and normal eye sight. Can run very fast and can be dangerous to people, especially if wounded. A trophy is the lower canines but unfortunately their sizes are difficult to estimate in advance.

Blue wildebeest

Blue wildebeest

Blue wildebeest hues range from deep slate to light gray or even grayish brown (though sometimes the skin looks really bluish gray). The beard is black so the other name of this wildebeest is black-bearded.

Crocodile

Crocodile

Crocodile reaches 9 ft in length, sometimes 15 ft or more. It spends most of the day at the edge of the water and is most active in the early evening.

Nyala

Nyala

Nyala is a middle-sized antelope with a remarkable appearance. The body length is 40–43 in, and it weighs 216–276 lb. Males are significantly larger than females. They are slate gray and have spiral horns with yellowish tip. Females and young males have no horns and they are rusty brown. All nyalas have up to 18 white stripes on their sides. Adult males can have 3-4 or no stripes at all. Males also have a long standing mane which covers a backbone and patches of hair hanging along the lower part of the body. Both sexes have bushy tail with white tip. Old males live alone, but single sex or mixed family groups of up to 10 individuals can be found. Usually nyala lives in small groups, but old males live alone. These antelopes are capable to jump high easily clear the obstacles. It is quite difficult to hunt nyala as it is a very cautious creature, besides it prefers to live in dense thickets. Most often the nyala can be seen in the morning or in the evening when the antelopes come out to the open spaces to eat.

Gemsbok

Gemsbok

Gemsbok is a very beautiful animal and probably is the brightest of all oryx. The general coloration is light brownish-grey. A blackish stripe extends from the chin down the lower edge of the neck, through the juncture of the shoulder and leg along the lower flank of each side to the blackish section of the rear leg. Also there are black stripes on the muzzle. Horns are very long and significantly move apart closer to the tips.

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Adult sable antelope males are brilliant black, with a muzzle that is mainly white except for a wide strip from the forehead to a nose and from an eye to a nose.

Sharpe’s grysbok

Sharpe’s grysbok

Sharpe’s grysbok is a very little antelope with rigid hair. Sharpe’s grysbok stands about 20 inches at the shoulders and weighs only 7–8 kg. Its coat is reddish-brown with streaks of grey. Lower part of the body and eye-rings are off white and a short dark stripe is on the nose. Ears are big and the tail is short. Only males have short cone-shaped horns with grooves at the base. Lead a solitary life except for the mating period. Grysbok are active at dusk and at night and during the day they hide in thickets or in the neglected holes of anteaters. They prefer to hide in case of danger and if detected run away to the thickets snuggling to the ground.

Tsessebe

Tsessebe

Tsessebe is a medium size antelope weighing 137 kg on average and standing 119-122 cm at shoulders. Their bodies are chestnut brown with a purple tint. Horns are not big with both sexes and they are grooved with the exception of their tips. Antelopes live in family groups or small herds of 8-10 individuals. Generally they are active in the morning and in the evening. Tsessebe is a very curious animal. Despite clumsy appearance, t it is capable of running long distances. This antelope has a beautiful skin, however the horns are unattractive as quite often it is harvested by accident while hunting for other animals. Being very curiosity the animal let the hunter quite close to itself.

Black wildebeest

Black wildebeest

The black wildebeest is big awkward looking dark brown antelope. It is typically 46 – 48 in. height at the shoulders with an average weight of 300–400 lb. It has a big head and long muzzle with bristly hair. It also has long, dark-colored hair between its forelegs and under its belly; and a bushy and dark-tipped mane that is stick up from the back of the neck. The black wildebeest is characterized by its long white tail. Both sexes have horns with a base. The black wildebeest is a gregarious animal. The herd of 20 -30 females and youngsters is led by a territorial bull. Males occupy its own territory year round and gets very aggressive during mating season and fight with other males. Wildebeest can run fast. If attacked the animal is actively defending.

Steenbok

Steenbok

Steenbok is a small graceful antelope with a small head, long extremities and short smooth fur. It is standing 16"-24" at the shoulder with a weight of 11 kg. The general coloring bright it is bright rufous. The underside, including chin and throat, is white or off white. Ears are large and the tail is short. Only males have smooth wide-spread horns. The animal leads a solitary life except for mating period. In case of danger steenbok hides in a grass. When found steenbok jumps and runs away in zigzags, sometimes it jumps up and stops to look back. Often hides in the neglected anteater holes. Not to damage a thin skin, it is necessary to use small caliber or all-metal bullets.

 

Also the list of trophies includes aardwolf, a baboon, African wildcat, сhacma baboon, African painted dog, bush pig, cape fox, caracal, a civet, common duker, Chobe bushbuck, genet, giraffe, a brown hyena, a spotty hyena, impala, jackal, a klipspringer, oribi, a porcupine, an ostrich, bohor reedbuck, roan antelope, serval, springbok, sun, a warthog, a zebra, dik-dik, cape fur seal, suni.

Hunting territories

Hunting in Namibia is open almost everywhere except for the Namib Desert and territories that belong to the National parks.

Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip gives you a chance for a completely different hunt. This area is full of dangerous types of animals including buffalo and elephant. In the flooded areas of Caprivi Strip one can harvest lion, impala, crocodile, hippopotamus and other types.

Northern Namibia

Northern Namibia

Fascinating safaris take place on the northeast of the country, in the area of Bushmen. Safari is a great opportunity to learn about habits of many animals, including such as Kudu, duiker, warthog, steenbok, and common eland. A huge number of animal species live on the ranches. In the northwest hunting is in national parks and on the best ranches that have a outstanding diversity of antelope and predators species.

Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia

Hunting territories of the southern Namibia are close to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Those are plains covered with bushes and semi-deserts. Most part of the territory isn't fenced. Big population of such animals as greater Kudu, gemsbok, duiker, steenbok, warthog, caracal, cheetah and hartebeest inhibit the area. Small herds of a springbok and blue wildebeest migrate through hunting concessions throughout the year. On the east there is an isolated population of a Burchell’s zebra. Fenced areas have a huge amount of different types of animals.

Hunting process

Only in Namibia and South Africa you can get all big five trophies: a lion, a leopard, a buffalo, an elephant and both black and white rhinoceros. Hunting in Namibia is from stalk, sometimes it starts directly in the camp. But most often all-wheel vehicles are used for transportation within the concession. Hunting with artificial light is prohibited as well shooting from the car. There are no government restrictions on the number of days for safari; the minimum is set by an outfitter.

Route

The easiest way to reach Windhoek is to fly from Frankfurt or Athens to Windhoek. There are 2-3 Lufthansa and Air Namibia flights a week and then by car from the airport to the hunting concession. The average transfer time is 2-5 hours on a very well-developed network of roads. Charter plane transfer is also possible.

Accommodations

In the majority of concessions hunting camps are either lodges or a bungalow. Such camps are very comfortable and some of them can even be considered as luxurious. For hunting in the remote areas fly camps are used. In Caprivi Strip of hunters are accommodated in traditional comfortable tent camps with tap water, beds, closet, shower and a toilet. Cleaning and laundry is offered daily. There is generator and fridge in the camp.

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