||Hunting Providers in Namibia|
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 à 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.
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 km². Most European hunting reserves are much smaller in size. Hunting areas measuring 100 km² 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.