Game Laws and Regulations


Essential Laws, Regulations and Guidelines on Hunting in Namibia

Game Laws
of the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET)


  • The Namibian Trophy Hunting season opens on 1 February and closes on 30 November each year.
  • Clients should ensure that they are booked and will be hunting with a registered Namibian operator, as well as a registered Namibian hunting  professional.
  • The three classifications of hunting professionals are:
    > Hunting Guides (HG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s) 7 ranch(es), duly registered as a hunting farm(s) / ranch(es).
    > Master Hunting Guides (MHG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s) / ranch(es) duly registered, plus two additional registered hunting farms / ranches.
    > Professional Hunters (PH) may only conduct hunts on all farms / ranches, provided they have written permission from the owner of the property independent of whether the 
       farm / ranch is registered or not.
    > PH with big-game licence; only these PH's may conduct hunts with guests for Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo and Lion.
    > Bow hunting; only hunting guides / master hunting guides / professional hunters in possession of a valid bow hunting licence may conduct bow hunting and guide bow hunters. .
  • A hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter shall accompany only two hunters to hunt simultaneously.
  • Hunting professionals should comply with all the Ministry of Environment & Tourism's (MET's) trophy-hunting regulations.
  • Trophy hunting may be practised from half an hour before sunrise, until half an hour after sunset.
  • Trophy hunting may take place only on properties where permission has been granted by the landowner.
  • Properties where bow hunting is practised must be registered additionally with MET for bow hunting.
  • The following is required regarding permits for trophy hunting:
    > Permits must be issued prior to the hunt commencing;
    > A separate permit must be issued for each individual hunting client;
    > An extra, special permit is required for the large cats (Leopard, Cheetah, Lion). It contains an additional list of conditions;
    > A permit must be completed in full by the hunting client and the hunting professional (wounded or lost animals must also be indicated on the permit);
    > Permits are issued by the MET only;
    > A maximum of two trophies per species may be harvested, per hunting client, per permit, per year. This regulation is also made  for game birds. During the official game bird
       hunting season more than two species are permitted.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the hunt while hunting for Cheetah.

Requirements for importing firearms
  • There is no limit to the number of firearms that may be imported into Namibia for trophy-hunting purposes. Hunters entering Namibia with a rifle(s), must complete a temporary import permit application form for all rifle(s) and / or ammunition in their possession. A copy of "The Rifle Import Permit" and further information about the import of wappons you will find at the end of this page for downloading.

  • The requirements for the minimum muzzle energy has to be observed:
    > The smallest calibre is 7 mm.
    > The minimum muzzle energy:      1350 Joule for Springbok, Ducker etc.
                                                        2700 Joule for Red Hartebeest, Wildebeest Greater Kudu, Gemsbok, Cape Eland etc.
                                                        5400 Joule for Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino etc..

  • Bow energy is specified as follows: 25 ft/lb for small game
                                                          40 ft/lb for medium game
                                                          65 ft/lb for large game.

  • A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of  ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle. Only ammunition for the specific calibre may be imported.

  • Solid point cartridges are prohibited in general.

  • It is legal to import bows for bow-hunting purposes. (Refer to the NAPHA website for the bow-hunting requirements):  http/

  • It is legal to hunt with black powder rifles in Namibia. (Refer to the NAPHA website for black-powder hunting regulations): http/

  • All trophies which are exported to EU-countries, have to bee cleaned and disinfected  in accordance with the EU-regulations. Capes and skins must have a dehydration time of 14 days.

Prohibited Practices
  • It is illegal to hunt for trophies::
    > at night and/or with an artificial light;
    > that do not qualify in terms of the minimum measurement requirements as specified by MET's Namibian Quality Control.;
    > in  contravention of Fair Chase principles; and as stated in the NAPHA Code of Conduct.

  • Prohibited firearms are:
    > All handguns;
    > All automatic firearms;
    > All crossbows.

  • It is illegal to transport black powder and percussion caps. These items can purchased in Namibia. Inquire with your trophy-hunting operator.

  • The immediate export of trophies from Namibia is possible only with a veterinary certificate, an export permit from the MET and the import permit as required by the country of final destination.

  • We recommend that you book only with a NAPHA member and a operator who can prove that he is registered with Namibian Tourism Board (NTB). Consult the  NAPHA-Website for a complete membership list : (All providers, entered in the "Hunting Portal Namibia" in the pages  "Hunting Ranches, Guest farms and Hunting Safaris, are registered with NAPHA ).

  • It is highly recommended that you enter into a written and signed pre-hunt agreement/contract mutually agreed upon with your trophy-hunting operator or agent when booking your safari.

  • It is recommended that you request to  see your trophy-hunting permit prior to commencing your hunt. If no permit has been issued, your trophy export will be jeopardised.  All trophies taken must be checked and signed by the hunting client and the hunting professional on the trophy-hunting permit on completion of the hunt.

Should you have any reason to be dissatisfied while hunting in Namibia with a NAPHA-member, please inform the NAPHA office, in writing, with the full details of your complaint, at eMail:


Download of "Rifle Import Permit"
for rifles and ammunition
 and further information about
the import of wappons.


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