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Introduction

Of all the African hunting countries, Tanzania stimulates the imagination of hunters and non-hunters the most. This is the Africa that we know from books and movies. It is untouched and generous. Tanzania has long been considered the ultimate hunting safari destination in Africa. Trophy quality is very high, that is why it is the place where a lot of record trophies registered in SCI trophy book where harvested. There are more than 150 hunting concessions here.

The trophy quality is outstanding and many trophies taken here were registers in Safari Club International trophy book. Over 150 hunting concessions owned by licensed outfitters are distributed throughout Tanzania.

When entering the country you may be asked to show an international certificate proving the yellow fever vaccine. The vaccine should be done 14 -21 days before the visit and is good for 10 years. Also it is recommended to take malaria drugs.

Hunting season

Hunting season is from 1st of July to 31st of May. Government controls the minimum of safari days depending on the chosen animals. Minimum amount is 7 days , that allow you to hunt 2 buffalos and most of the antelopes.

Trophy

Big Five Trophies

Buffalo

Buffalo

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

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.

Other trophies

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.

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.

Grant's gazelle

Grant's gazelle

This gazelle has the longest horns. The coat is light brown or yellowish brown with a very distinct spot on the nose and stripes on the backside.

Thomson’s gazelle

Thomson’s gazelle

Thomson's gazelle is a relatively small gazelle; it stands 22–32 in at the shoulder and weighs 44–77 lb. The coat is sandy brown with distinctive black band across the flanks, from the upper foreleg to just above the upper hind leg. A buff band can be seen just above the black stripe. Short, black streaks mark the white rump. Both sexes possess horns that curve slightly backward with the tips facing forward. Horns are quite big compared to the size of the animal.

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 duiker

Blue duiker

The blue duiker is a small antelope; in fact, it is the smallest duiker. It reaches 11 -13 in. at the shoulder and weighs nearly 7.7–12 lb. This little grayish antelope has shiny skin and tiny spiky horns with grooves at the base.

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.

Lesser kudu

Lesser kudu

The lesser kudu is a graceful spiral-horned antelope. This middle size animal reaches about 37–41 in. at the shoulder and weighs 170–220 lb. The lesser kudu is characterized by large, rounded ears and bushy tail with a black tip. The coat color is brownish grey with bluish hue as the animal gets older. One long white stripe runs along the back and 11–13 white stripes on the sides. The area around the lips is white, the throat has white patches, and two white spots appear on each side of the lower jaw. The underparts are completely white, while the slender legs are tawny and have black and white patches. Horns are present only on males. They have two to two-and-a-half twists.

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Sitatunga is a brownish gray animal. There are white facial markings, as well as several stripes and spots all over, though they are only faintly visible. White patches can be seen on the throat, near the head and the chest. Females are bright chestnut color.

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 start running away to the thickets snuggling to the ground.

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 African wildcat, baboon, oribi, roan antelope, serval, warthog, porcupine, honey badger, genet, hyena, civet, dik-dik, ostrich, zebra, bushbuck, bush pig, caracal, klipspringer, impala, puku, and kob antelope. You can also hunt birds - geese, guinea fowl, francolins, quails, doves, sand grouse.

Hunting territories

Masai tribe land, northern Tanzania

Masai tribe land, northern Tanzania

Northern Tanzania is often called the Masai land. This territory is well-known for lions with good mane and magnificent buffalo. There are very few insects in this area that makes it a great place to bring a family to combine hunting with a vacation. It is a good opportunity to learn about cultural heritage of Tanzania and at the same time enjoy picturesque nature.

Lukwati, western Tanzania

Lukwati, western Tanzania

This hunting territory is famous for the large lions and leopards. It is considered to be one of the best areas to hunt lion nowadays. There are several thousands of buffalo live in the area.

Mayowasi

Mayowasi

The nature of these areas goes from huge swamps to open flooded plains which border with extensive miombo growth. To hunt certain species it could be necessary to stay in fly camps. Those camps are comfortable and are fully equipped. Using fly camps a hunter gets a unique opportunity to hunt in new, untouched territories.

Trophies: good trophies of lion, leopard, buffalo, crocodile, Liechtenstein hartebeest and sitatunga. Besides, it is possible to get warthog, baboon, zebra, sable, roan, eland, bushbuck, oribi, reedbuck, East African duiker, hyena, hippopotamus and waterbuck Defassa.

Kizigo

Kizigo

Kizigo area is a part of Ruaha National park ecosystem. It is the second largest hunting territory in Tanzania after the Selou reserve.
The most part of the area is covered with miombo forests which are crossed by open plains, rocks, reservoirs and rivers. It is an excellent hunting area with a large number of lions and leopards. During the droughty season when rivers stop flowing they form a chain of reservoirs which attract animals.

Natron lake area

Natron lake area, northern Tanzania

This territory of 1500 sq.km is located to the north of Arusha and near the well-known Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Hunting in this are you can get an opportunity to harvest beautiful trophies of antelopes and also nice size leopards.

Rungwa

Rungwa, central Tanzania

It is a good hunting area from the North side of Ruaha national park. The reserve Rungwa, as well as Selous is a protected area. There are no settlements around. This hunting territory is known for trophy lions, leopards and also buffalo. It is also an area for such desired trophies as roan, sable and oribi. The size of the territory is 1880 sq.km.

Selous

Selous, southeast Tanzania

Selous reserve occupies the huge territory. These concessions are well-known for huge herds of buffalo s, elephants, hippopotamuses, antelopes, and of course, trophy lions and leopards. Staying in one camp one can get four out of five animals including elephant from the Big Five including.

Trophies: excellent trophies of eland, roan, lion, leopard, Liechtenstein hartebeest, greater Kudu and sable antelope. It is also possible to get buffalo, baboon, impala, oribi, klipspringer, dik-dik, warthog, East African duiker, hyena, jackal, ostrich, zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck and steenbok.

Hunting process

Hunting is allowed during daylight, hunting at night or hunting with artificial lighting is forbidden. Hunting from the car is a prohibited as well. Stalking is on foot. However as the territories of hunting concessions are huge, all-wheel drive cars are used for searching the animals. The extensive network of roads helps with an easy transportation. All cars are equipped for hunting needs; there is radio communication, modern first-aid kits, refrigerators.

Route

Such airlines as British Airways, SWISS, KLM, Condor, Emirates and African Precision Air offer flights to Tanzania with a layover in Europe.
Transfer to the camp can be either by car or the light plane. Charter flights to the hunting camps are done by experienced pilots who know the hunting territories, runways are in ideal conditions and all of them are officially registered and have special marking.

Accommodations

Comfortable tent camps are built at the beginning of each hunting season. All the camps have electricity, quite often there are even satellite phone in the camps. There are separate bungalows for hunters, dining room, and bar. Professional cook is to your service.

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