Hunting Providers in Namibia

 
General Aspects

The almost 500 hunting providers in Namibia make it possible for you to hunt for strong and ripe trophy game species individually tailor-made after your wishes, whether on a Hunting Ranch, Guest Farm or in form of a classic Hunting Safari in gigantic conservancies on local level (concession areas). The decision, in which form and where you want to hunt in Namibia, is your decision! Surely, factors play a decisive role on that occasion for the selection of the hunting provider like references, game species to bee hunt, trophy fees and prices for the services like guidance and daily rates, nature of the hunting area, wishes of the non-hunting attendants concerning recreational activities, distance of Windhoek, tour before or after the hunt and so on. The following descriptions should give you a help for the selection of the hunting provider. They don't contain any value judgment regarding the qualitative offer and are also no guarantee for a successful hunt. All hunting providers in Namibia, whether hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunters, perfectly dominate their craft and they give themselves all  imaginable effort in order to offer you an agreeable stay and to lead you to the hunting success. The quality-standards of the individual hunting providers are steadily and regularly inspected through authorized offices of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), how for example the NTB (Namibia Tourism Board).  


Fair Chase on a Hunting Ranch in Namibia

Trophy hunters will experience their stay like a vacation on a ranch or farm. The farmer, usually being the owner, is familiar with the fauna and flora on his land. He will enable the hunter to come in close contact with nature, and being a guest, the hunter will also get into close contact with the local population and develop a better understanding of the situation and problems in our country. Hunters can see the daily farm routine through their own eyes, a unique experience on its own

Farm or ranch hunting is very versatile and lively. After a small breakfast, a stalking-tour will be undertaken. Once a trophy animal has been spotted, it has to be identified and stalked to so that the shot can be placed. Depending on how late in the morning the hunters return to the farm, either a substantial brunch or lunch will be served. Hunted Trophy animals will meanwhile be taken care of by the farm's professional hunting team, under the farmers supervision.

Lunch breaks are normally long, normally till 15.00 hour. Hunters can either take a nap or watch the game from a hide at a dam or water spot or from a raised hide. After the break, another stalking-tour will be undertaken. In the evening, everybody returns to the farm for a sundowner, a warm bath, a good meal, interesting conversation with an exchange of all experiences made during the day. Sitting around the fireplace in nice company will end off a beautiful day. Trophy hunting on quails, Guinea fowls, sand grouse or other huntable game birds may also have been part of the hunting experience. Hunting guests are fully integrated into the family and every family member will take an interest in the events of the day.

Farms offer a wide spectrum of activities. Many farms keep saddle-horses which guests can use for riding. Walks through the hunting area, sunbathing, swimming, watching or filming from the hide are further activities which will make your stay on a farm enjoyable. Hunting farms/ranches usually have large areas of land. Guests can enjoy a fantastic scenery and experience life out in the wild. Every guest will leave our country with nice memories and new and interesting impressions.


 Fair Chase on a Guest Farm in Namibia

 

Guest farm hunting is basically an extended product of farm or ranch hunting. The owner of a guest farm can employ up to two professional hunters, so that  more than one hunting group can be formed. A minimum number of five rooms with private facilities is required. The maintenance of standards is controlled regularly by hotel inspectors of the Ministry of Wildlife, conservation and Tourism.

The owner of a guest farm and registered professional hunters employed by him are also entitled to hunt on other farms, provided they hold the permission of the respective landowner. Overhunting of hunting areas is thereby avoided. Apart from hunting, the guest will also have the opportunity to see how a farm is operated. Farming is usually the main source of income on guest farms. Hunting is more or less alike to farm-hunting. Many guest farms are also hunting safari providers and offer such kind of hunting.

Most guest farms have a swimming pool and many other amenities like horse-riding, tennis, table-tennis, mountain bikes, sauna bath, trap-, skeet- and rifle-range, sundowner bar with fire-place and sometimes even a small golf links, which make a day of rest for the hunter or non-hunting guests enjoyable and interesting. Guest farms in an upper standard have sometimes an own runway with aircraft or helicopter.   

Hunts on guest farms are also conducted according to ethical principles. Guest farms have trained personnel to care of trophies. Hunting teams perform their jobs quickly and accurately.

Normally, guest farms have an alcohol-licence. Sundowners can be enjoyed while the various hunting groups meet and discuss their success or failures of the day, exchange their experience and give one another tips. As far as food is concerned, everyone who has stayed on a guest farm before will know from his/her own experience that Namibian hospitality is overwhelming. The day starts with a large breakfast or brunch, followed by lunch and braaivleis (barbecue) or some other warm evening meal.


 

Fair Chase on a Hunting Safari in Namibia

 

Since registered Namibian safari companies offer a wide range of programmes, safari hunting can only be described in a general context. In principle, guests can choose between luxurious or true adventure safaris. Most safaris are, however, offered in a combination of either type, fully adapted to the guests' requirements.

Since professional hunters and their teams offer mobile accommodation facilities, hunting groups are not confirmed to one area only. One can therefore expect all trophy and hunting requests to be accommodated by the safari company. All Namibian hunting safari companies are controlled by the authorities and graded according to their standard.

After guests have been met personally by the professional hunter at the airport, the starting point for most safaris will be a basic camp, which can be either a tented camp or bungalows. Land which is not utilised for agricultural purposes is used for hunting. Concession areas can be as large as 200.000 ha. But not only the size, also the quality of land plays an important role.

A ay out hunting will either begin with a traditional cup of early-morning tea before sunrise or coffee, served in bed, followed by a huge breakfast (even la carte orders will be taken). Shortly before sunrise, the hunting group will leave the camp for a stalking-tour on a fully equipped hunting vehicle, taking along enough food and drinks for the day. The hunting group will consist of guest(s), the professional hunter and his team (usually tracker and skinner). According to trophy requests and the guest's fitness level, the vehicle will drive through flat, hilly or mountainous areas for game viewing and stalking. It is taboo to shoot from the vehicle. Honestly and fairness are the principles governing any hunt. As far as hunting ethics are concerned, no tolerance whatsoever is to be expected from the hunting guide. The programme of stalking-tours varies, depending on the type of land traversed, the guest's requests and his fitness level. Hunted game will be taken care of by the team immediately after it has been hunted and once the trophy has been captured on photographs or films. Great care will be taken of every detail associated with the hunt, nothing will be neglected.

Lunch and drinks are served at the camp or a packed lunch might be enjoyed out in the bush. Depending on the situation, lunch might be eaten while sitting in a hide. Since the game (except sows) normally rests during midday, disturbance should be kept to a minimum. The length of lunch breaks varies according to season an temperatures.

Depending on how successful the hunt has been in the morning, the afternoon stalk might lead right back to the camp. If the guest so whishes, a courtesy visit can be payed to the landowner shortly after sunset. (this will usually include the delivery of the hunted animal(s)). Back to the camp, the day can be reviewed and experiences discussed while sitting around the camp fire or while eating at the table. The programme for the next day will be planed. Hunts in the periphery of concession areas and hunts which require changing over from one area to another might involve one or two nights accommodation in tents, spending the night under Namibia's starry sky out in the open, an experience which will always be remembered.

The basic camp is usually situated in an area with a high concentration of Namibian animals, e. g. Greater Kudu, Gemsbuck, Springbuck, Warthogs, Steenbuck and Duiker. Trips to the west of the country where the Mountain Zebras live (together with leopard which are very rare), or to the north or north-east where Eland occur, would require a longer stay in the country. However, special safaris for the latter game species are  available on request. Some safari companies conduct Elephant hunts and sometime even Lion, Leopard Cape Buffalo, Sable and Roan hunts. But huge distances and costly tent camps require a cost structure which is normally beyond the means of the ordinary hunter.


Fair Chase on a Game Farm / Ranch in Namibia

 

During the past years, environmental awareness in people has undergone a fundamental change. Many farmers have created game sanctuaries. Since traditional game areas are put under increasing pressure by a fast growing population, sanctuaries are a realistic alternative to provide new areas for the game and to utilise land. African game farms cannot be compared with hunting areas in other areas of the world, as dimensions are entirely different. In Namibia, controlled trophy hunting may only be carried out in areas larger than 10 km. Most European hunting reserves are much smaller in size. Hunting areas measuring 100 km are no rarity in our country.

in order to protect game populations more effectively from drought, epidemics and poachers, game species which only occur in certain regions or national parks are translocated to new areas. Populations of rare species, such as Roan and Sable Antelopes, Black-faced Impala, Tsesseby and Rino, are increasing in numbers because they are kept and protected on private land. South African Blesbuck and Black Wildebeest have been translocated successfully to Namibia.

If the game finds natural habitat on such farms and if it is hunted according to fair principles, then the positive aspects of a game fence will outweigh its negative impact. Trophy hunting only affects five percent of the game population and hunting promotes the growth of game population by eliminating old trophy animals.


If you hunt on hunting ranches, guest farms, hunting safaris or game farms, where hunting is practised according to fair principles, you will contribute  to the maintenance and growth of the game population, Namibia's valuable heir.


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