HUNTING IN NAMIBIA vs SOUTH-AFRICA

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Hunting in Namibia vs South-Africa

At Kowas, our team are driven by a passion to enable you to experience Africa, Namibia, the natural way in all its complexity.

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To inform. To inspire. To share. To create.
All for the sake of creating memories to cherish… forever. Make the right choice!
World renown for its ethical and sustainable hunting practices, Namibia has become one of the top hunting destinations in Africa. Hunting options range from trophy hunting on private guest farms to big game safaris in concession areas in the northwest, east and northeast of the country.
Namibia has strict game laws, requiring all hunting farms to register with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). All hunting guides, master hunting guides and professional hunters are required to meet the stringent requirements set by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Adventure awaits, but first, FACTS.

Look ahead, think differently, envision what’s possible so that you have faith to invest in the future, and then plan and work accordingly.

We herewith provide you with some (but not restricted to) factors to compare Namibia with other hunting destinations:

– Size of the country: Namibia: Twice the size of Texas, four times the size of Great Brittan;
– Population: 2,040,000 Namibians;
– Abundance of wildlife: you will find a variety of wildlife in Namibia;
– Where does wildlife occur: Wildlife are everywhere in Namibia;
– Size of the ranches in Namibia: average size of a ranch in Namibia is 5000 ha = 17 000 acres which usually forms part of a bigger Conservancy area;
– Real, authentic, wild, challenging hunting (due to “not a lot of people” / infrastructure: no highways, squatter camps, traffic in hunting areas);
– Fences: Not a lot of ranches are high fenced in Namibia;
– Hartmann Zebra: could be hunted and exported only in Namibia;
– Hunting method: walk and stalk hunting method;
– Group sizes or combined groups: Kowas takes in only one group at a time;
– Politically stable country;
– Rifle clearance: Only one page form to be completed upon arrival, quick process, not complicated, no assistance is required;
– Distance from airport: Kowas is only 1 hour, 15 min drive from the airport;
– Driving distance from lodge to hunting territory: with Kowas, you return to the lodge for lunch;
– Minimum trophy requirement: Note that Namibia has minimum exportation requirement sizes for all trophies exported;
– Infrastructure: excellent roads, medical service, communication, internet;
– Variety of hunting environment;
– Safe: families feel safe at all times, friendly cultural groups;
– Flights: direct flights to Namibia;
– No immunisation: no shots are required.

Kowas Hunting Safaris has a list of references available of friends whom have hunted in other destinations as well as in Namibia. They would be glad to assistance you with advice during the planning process and draw comparisons. Please indicate this to us if you require this list of references.

Hunting Namibia

Since independence, Namibia has benefited from great political stability. It is an easy, safe and affordable hunting destination for a great plains game hunting safari up to a high end big five hunting safari. This is why it is so popular amongst hunters, second only to South Africa in the numbers of hunters who visit annually, averaging more than 5,000 international hunters per annum. Namibia has become a favorite amongst first time hunters, family groups of hunters as well as long time African hunting veterans who appreciate the benefits of hunting in Namibia.

Hunting properties range in size from private land of a few thousand acres to million acre hunting concessions where hunters can discover a country and its wildlife that are among the most beautiful, varied and rich that Africa has to offer. The hunting areas are spread throughout the country from north to south. In the vast majority of the cases, these are private areas managed by their individual owners or hunting companies.

The majority of the hunting in Namibia takes place on private game ranches which are found throughout the country. Safari hunting is allowed on private game ranches, conservancies where hunting is permitted and within government hunting concession areas which are only found in the North of the country.

In Namibia, the habitat of the hunting areas is composed of dense thorny savanna, shrub savanna and large semi-desert plains. The terrain in some hunting areas can be challenging, even mountainous. The elevation of the high plains in much of the country where many of the prime hunting areas are located can also cause hunting to be more strenuous for those who are not used to it.

Namibia along with South Africa is the only two countries in Africa where one can hunt the entire big five; Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino (White as well as Black Rhinoceros). Most of the plains game hunting safaris, along with Leopard hunting, takes place in the lower two thirds of Namibia. Leopards are hunted on bait and can be found in many areas (no dog hunting is allowed). While Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino are hunted on a very limited basis and primarily harvested in the Northern most part of the country, including the Caprivi Strip. Cheetah (Acinonyx Jubatus) can be found throughout Namibia and can also be hunted.

Namibia is most well-known for the availability of numerous species for plains game hunting. The most famous and emblematic animal of Namibia, the Oryx (Oryx Gazella), is found throughout the territories of Namibia. The following species are also found in abundance; Cape Eland (Taurotragus Oryx), Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus Strepsiceros), Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes Taurinus), Black Wildebeest (Conochaetes Gnou), Blesbok (Damaliscus Pygargus Phillipsi), Impala (Aepyceros Melampus), Steenbok (Ourebia Ourebi), Klipspringer (Oreotragus Oreotragus), Warthog (Phacochoerus Aethiopicus)…

Hunting in Namibia is most often done on foot, sometimes directly from the lodge or camp, but more often by driving a 4×4 from the lodge to the area to be hunted, then tracking on foot once in the bush. The spot and stalk hunting technique is quite often used as well. In Namibia, the professional hunters are usually white Namibian PHs.

In most of the private hunting areas the accommodations are permanent lodges and/or bungalows. These lodges are very comfortable and some are even quite luxurious. A few outfitters provide tent camps for special occasions such as remote hunts from the main lodge.

Hunting areas are accessible by road from the country’s capital, Windhoek. Depending on the location of the hunting area, the drive is on average 2 to 5 hours. The roads are excellent however, since many hunting areas have their own airstrip, transfer by chartered plane is also possible, but not required.

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Species to Hunt in Namibia

Namibia offers over forty species for trophy hunting, including the big five which consist of Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo. The most commonly hunted species in Namibia are plains game; Gemsbok, Warthog, Greater Kudu, Springbok and Red Hartebeest top the list.

Namibia Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET)
All hunting outfitters, hunting guides, master hunting guides, bow hunting guides and professional hunters in Namibia must be registered with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to be legal. Note, all trophy hunting outfitters in Namibia must additionally be registered with the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB). Kowas Adventure Safaris is registered as such.

Namibia Hunting Permits & Licenses
The wildlife authorities and the government of Namibia allocates quotas by species to each hunting concession or hunting block on an individual basis. On privately owned land for the most part, the owner decides based upon his own conservation practices the quota for each species.

Your hunting license and permit will be applied for and obtained by your hunting outfitter well prior to your arrival.

How to Get To Namibia
A majority of international hunting clients will fly directly from their country of origin into South Africa on a major international airline, many of which offer a route to Johannesburg (O R Tambo International Airport – JNB). A less traveled, although still popular route, is through any major European city to Johannesburg. Both routes then require a short flight to get to Namibia’s capital Windhoek. Direct flights into Windhoek are available on Air Namibia through Frankfurt several days a week.

International Airport in Namibia
– City: Windhoek – capital of Namibia
Hosea Kutako International Airport
Airport Code WDH
Located 28 miles (45 km) east of the city of Windhoek

Kowas Hunting Safaris is conveniently situated only 1 hour 15 min drive from Windhoek International airport.

If you know where you want to go, you can map out how to get to Kowas. You can make plans, create a strategy, work methodically toward reaching your goals, and finally arrive at you desired destination – Kowas Hunting Safaris!

We trust that you will gather memories to cherish forever while the employees of Kowas Adventure Safaris take very good care of every aspect of your safari…

You will arrive as a stranger, but leave as a friend…
Kowas Hunting Safari: Ethical hunting is our pride and passion

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