Kowas Hunting Safaris



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Hunting information – Kowas Hunting Safaris

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Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, has a rich and interesting history. At one time the British Empire took partial possession of Namibia and later the Germans colonized the country until the First World War. Namibia was then placed under the administrative rule of South Africa and was finally granted independence on March 21, 1990.

Since independence, 21st March 1990, 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 year.  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.

Kowas in the dry season-2

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.

Danie and Ansie Strauss are the owners of Kowas Hunting Safaris.  We own the property, Kowas, which is about 5 000 ha (17 000 acres).  Kowas is a wildlife only territory with no inner fences.  Kowas has no domesticated species such as cattle, goat and sheep on this property.  Kowas forms part of the Dordabis Conservancy area, which is 400 000 acres.

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 hunting with dogs are not allowed.  Leopard hunting over bait is allowed and can be found in many areas.  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 (but not imported into the USA).

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 (Kowas Hunting Safaris is known for the walk and stalk hunting method) taken into consideration each hunters ability (medical/ physical condition) – 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.

Hartmann zebra SCOTT DINGER

The accommodations at Kowas Hunting Safaris are permanent lodges and/or bungalows. The units are very comfortable and even quite luxurious.  On request, we provide tent camps for special occasions such as remote hunts from the main lodge since each safari is tailor made.

Hunting areas are accessible by road from the country’s capital, Windhoek.  Kowas Hunting Safaris is conveniently situated only 1 hour 15 min drive from the Windhoek International airport,

Bowhunting in Namibia
Bowhunting in Namibia was legalized in 1997.  Bowhunters, familiar with Namibia, consider the overall hunting conditions for bowhunting in Namibia particularly well suited for bowhunting. Possessing some of the highest populations for plains game hunting and variety of African trophy hunting species makes it a paradise for any hunter, but climate and terrain are the features that make it so well-adapted to bowhunting.

A hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter is required to possess an additional qualification as a certified bowhunting guide to take clients bowhunting in Namibia. Bowhunting may only take place within hunting areas in Namibia which are registered for this purpose with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).  We confirm herewith that Danie Strauss of Kowas Hunting Safaris is a registered bow hunting guide.

Bowhunting big five and/or dangerous game, such as hunting Elephant, hunting Rhino, hunting Cape Buffalo, hunting Lion and hunting Leopard is illegal in Namibia, however bowhunting Cheetah is allowed.

For bow hunting in Namibia, Kowas Hunting Safaris recommend the later part of the season as it is more suited to bow hunting because it is drier June through mid October.

Importation of Bows & Arrows into Namibia
It is legal for hunters to import bows for bowhunting purposes into Namibia and no import permit is required.
Jim Pritchard Blue wildebees Oryx
Minimum Equipment Requirements for Bowhunting in Namibia
– Large Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 65 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 450 grain
(Greater Kudu, Cape Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Hartmann’s Zebra, Burchell’s Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, etc.)
– Medium Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 40 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 400 grain
(Warthog, Cheetah, Nyala, Chacma Baboon, etc.)
– Small Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 25 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 350 grain
(Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Gray Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Faced Impala, Red Lechwe, Damara Dik-Dik, Klipspringer, Black-Backed Jackal, Game Birds, etc.)

Minimum Equipment Requirements for Rifle Hunting in Namibia
– Namibia does not have a minimum caliber requirement for rifle hunting and rely by law on minimum energy (Eo – muzzle velocity).

Smallest caliber recommended by NAPHA: 7 mm (.284).
– Minimum energy (Eo – muzzle velocity)

Big Game
5400 Joule
(Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, etc.)

Large Game
2700 Joule
(Greater Kudu, Cape Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Hartmann’s Zebra, Burchell’s Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, Leopard, etc.)

Medium to Small Game
1350 Joule
(Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Gray Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Faced Impala, Red Lechwe, Damara Dik-Dik, Klipspringer, Black-Backed Jackal, Warthog, Cheetah, Nyala, Chacma Baboon, Game Birds, etc.)

Traveling with Firearms & Ammunition
Traveling to Africa usually requires taking at least a couple of different airlines as well as departing from several countries whose laws and regulations are constantly changing.  And they all have their own rules, regulations and laws for which it is your responsibility to be aware and in compliance with all of them.  Ensure that your professional travel agent  is updated with the latest regulations.

PHOTO GALLERY RIFLE HUNTING spotting and stalking

Permits & Importation of Firearms & Ammunition into Namibia

– Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Namibia is free of charge and the process is quick and easy.  Should you be traveling with bows and arrows to and/or through Namibia, there is no required permit or charges.

– Hunters entering Namibia with firearm(s) and ammunition must complete a Temporary Import/Export Permit Application Form for all firearm(s) and/or ammunition in their possession. If you need a copy of this temp. import permit, it could be downloaded from our website www.kowasadventure.com

– This application form must be submitted upon entry while declaring your firearm(s) and ammunition in a small office located in the baggage claim area of the airport, where your temporary import/export permit will be issued.

– At the time of declaration of firearm(s), hunters will have to present and show a copy of their hunting permits to police officials. Kowas Hunting Safaris provides this to you in advance – prior to arrival.

– At the time of declaration of firearm(s), you will also be required to supply a “Letter of Invitation” received from Kowas Hunting Safaris.  It is a supporting document from Kowas Hunting Safaris that you are visiting for the purpose of trophy hunting indicating the farm name and number (address where the hunt to be conducted).
– A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through.
– Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

– There is no limit to the number of firearms per license holder that may be imported safely stored in one locked case into Namibia for trophy hunting purposes, however if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit.  Some European countries also have greater limitation than Namibia as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit.
– Black powder rifles are permitted in Namibia, however it is illegal to transport on commercial airlines black powder and percussion caps.  These may be purchased in Namibia but it is best to contact Kowas Hunting Safaris to arrange for it prior to your hunt as it may need to be special ordered.

– Fully automatic firearms are not allowed for importation to Namibia.

– Other self-loading, considered semi-automatic firearms are permitted in Namibia, but you can expect questions at the airport upon importation.

– Namibia does not have a minimum caliber requirement for rifle hunting and rely by law on minimum energy (Eo – muzzle velocity). Smallest caliber recommended by the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA):   7 mm (.284).

– No solid point cartridges are allowed for importation.

– No handguns for importation are allowed.

– No weapons which fall under military categories, to be imported into Namibia.

– No crossbows to be allowed into Namibia.

Namibia Arms Ammunition Application Form

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 Kowas Hunting Safaris prior to your arrival.  When trophy hunting with Kowas Hunting Safaris, the cost per trophy hunting permit (where the plains game species to be hunted being reflected on one permit) is US$25 per hunter per permit.

The following is required regarding permits for trophy hunting in Namibia:
– Permits must be issued prior to the hunt commencing.
– A separate permit must be issued for each individual hunting client.
– An additional special hunting permit is required for hunting Leopard, hunting Cheetah or hunting Lion. This hunting permit mandates a special list of conditions to hunt big cats.
– The hunting permit must be completed in full by the hunting client and the professional hunter or hunting guide (wounded or lost animals must also be indicated on the hunting permit).
– Hunting permits are issued by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) only.
– A maximum of two trophies per species may be harvested, per hunting client per hunting permit.
– Government taxes are applicable on daily rates, currently the government tax is 15% (VAT).
– No government taxes are applicable on exported trophies.
– Trophies that are not exported from Namibia, not taken in a package hunt or wounded game not recovered are subject to a government tax of 15% (VAT) based upon the trophy fee paid by the hunting client.

CITIES Permits & U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The importation of some individual sport hunted trophies requires a CITES permit (i.e. African Elephant, White Rhinoceros and Leopard to name a few), you will need to submit an application to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service if you are planning to import any of the species on their list.
Camouflage clothing is allowed in Namibia during the actual hunt.  Kowas Hunting Safaris would advise that it only be worn during the hunt and not in town or for travel.
Planning safari 3
Bird Hunting Season in Namibia
From February 1st to November 30th, a hunter may take no more than two members of the permitted bird species during his hunt, which will be listed in the trophy permit.

During the official bird hunting season more birds of certain species can be hunted, hereunder is the list by species and daily quota per hunter.
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1st May – 31 st October:

Dove African Mourning
Dove Laughing
Dove Namaqua
Dove Redeyed
Dove Ringnecked
Dove Turtle
1st May – 31st Augus:
Francolin Cape
Francolin Redbilled
Francolin Swainson’s

1st June – 30th September
Guineafowl Crested
Guineafowl Helmeted

May 1st to July 31st
Quail Button Kurrichane
Quail Common
1st June –  31th July
Quail Harlequin

1st May – 31st October
Pigeon Speckled

1st October – 30 th November
Sandgrouse Burchell

1st September – 30th November 30th
Sandgrouse Boublebanded

1st September – 30 thNovember
Sandgrouse Namaqua
Sandgrouse Yellow Throated
Windhoek 1

Tourism in Namibia
Namibia Official Government Tourism website is a good place to explore various options for a potential photographic safari destination www.namibiatourism.com.na

Contact Kowas Hunting Safaris for recommendations depending the available days for photographic safari.

Windhoek 2
General Information about Namibia
– Republic of Namibia
– Population 2,040,000
– Capital City Windhoek (224,000)
– Languages English 7% (official), Afrikaans 60%, German 32% and numerous tribal dialects
– Official Currency Namibian Dollar (NAD), which is linked and of equal value to the South African Rand (also accepted in Namibia). Denominations in 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 NAD bank notes. 5 and 1 NAD only in coin form.
– Electricity, the Namibian standard is 220/240 volts, three-pin 15 amp outlets however Standard European 220 volts, two-pin outlets are widely used as well.   Kowas Hunting  Safaris have available electricity inlets (plugs) to recharge your electronics – however, if you have plugs / power inverters that you want to bring along, feel free do to so.
– Country Dialing Code 264
Windhoek 3
Official Government Website Of The Republic Of Namibia

Always remember:  Proper prior planning prevents pity poor performance…

Never forget to enjoy the planning and the travelling since it forms a huge part of your safari…!

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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