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article published by american hunter, july, 2006
"how can i hunt africa?"
"dreaming of your first african safari but don't know where to begin? check out answers to these important questions."
"q. what is a ballpark price for a typical plains-game safari?"
"a. with an all-inclusive package you can get a nice seven-day safari in namibia or south africa with four or five quality animals for about $5,000. that includes everything from guide, licenses, food, airport pickup and daily laundry. airfare, tips and taxidermy are not included. airfare is an additional $1,500-$2,500; also, plan on tipping $50-$75 per day to your professional hunter and another $100 total for the camp staff."
"q. what is a "trophy fee"?"
"a. there are a few ways to hunt africa: you can pay a set daily rate plus trophy fees (a set price paid for an animal after it is harvested), you can buy an all-inclusive package or you can buy a combination of both. in many parts of africa there are as many as 30 different species available in your hunting area. paying a daily rate plus a "trophy fee" for each animal you take might be a good way to hunt if you're not sure which species you want to take."
"q. can my non-hunting spouse go?"
"a. yes, generally for $100-$200 per day."
"q. what regions of africa are good for a first-time hunter?"
"a. a first-timer can't beat namibia or south africa because of the diversity of species and generous bag limits found in those two countries."
"q. i've heard that most south african hunting is done behind high fences on game ranches. is that true?"
"a. yes, most of the hunting in south africa is done behind fences, but the areas they enclose are huge, generally 50,000 acres or more. in these areas "fair chase" is the rule. you may see the fence in the morning and again at night but will almost never see it throughout your hunt. if you choose the right outfitter, the hunting is most certainly a challenge."
"q. what countries should i avoid?"
"a. right now zimbabwe is probably the only one to avoid, although many people continue to hunt it without problems. the political unrest there and the lack of certain staple products like fuel could cause you to have a less than desired experience there. some countries to consider hunting in but to be careful and research thoroughly are zambia, mozambique and cameroon."
"q. people keep asking me what animals i want to hunt. so, what animals do i want to hunt?"
"a. this is a very subjective question. browse outfitter websites or brochures and read the reviews/species lists for animals you might encounter in the region you plan to hunt. if cost is a major issue, be sure to check prices, as they vary greatly. use it as a reference and look up the animals in a book about african wildlife. see what animals you think would look good on your wall, which ones you can afford."
"q. what shots or vaccinations do i need before i go?"
"a. an up-to-date tetanus shot for all traveler to africa is recommended. most of namibia and south africa is malaria-free. there are a few spots that are not, so ask your outfitter. also check with your county health department for warnings about which countries have malaria present. some countries require a yellow fever vaccination, but not most."
"q. how many guns can i bring, how do i get them to africa, and what calibers do i need?"
"a. generally, up to three guns are allowed, but rarely is there a need for more than two. it is critical to use a competent, experienced agent or outfitter to help with the paperwork before you leave. any caliber from .270 winchester and up is sufficient. a .375 h&h mag. and up is required for dangerous game such as buffalo, lion and elephant in most countries."
"q. sometimes in safari books i see hunter wearing tennis shoes. what is up with this? shouldn't i wear my boots?"
"a. the tennis shoe thing comes from wanting a lightweight, flat-soled shoe that is quiet in thick brush---like what you might encounter in tanzania or botswana. most of the terrain in south africa and namibia is similar to the american southwest, so any boot you would hunt in there in 70-degree weather would work fine. a lightweight, low-cut boot is recommended for africa; preferably with a soft, flat sole. lug soles are okay but they can be noisy in brush."
"q. should i have the taxidermy done in africa or america?"
"a. it can be cheaper to do mounts in africa, but then shipping can add a bit of cost. you should talk to your booking agent about shipping companies, and if you consider a taxidermist in africa make sure you see mounts he actually did, preferably in his shop. this is to be certain you like his work. having five skins and skulls dipped and dried, not tanned, will cost about $500 and then another $500 for shipping. keep in mind that african animals make wonderful "european mounts" (skull and horns only) which is a great way to save a few bucks for hunters on a budget. if you have the money, getting your taxidermy done in america is usually the safest route to ensure their quality, but it is the most expensive."
"q. what three questions should i ask an outfitter before committing to booking a safari with him?"
"a. 1) how long have you been a professional hunter, and how long have you been an outfitter?
2) what is your success rate on __________? (fill in the animal you most desire.)
3) ask for references, and actually call them."
(end of article in american hunter, july, 2006)
faq 's below answered by jaco and jacomien levin
i don't know where to start. how do i choose a hunt on a continent so far away that i've only ever dreamed of traveling there?
always feel free to contact us, even if you don't feel that you know enough to know what to ask. this is what we do. we create hunts to meet hunter's specific dreams. we are available 24/7 by email, or you're welcome to call. namibia is 7 hours ahead of us central time. if it is 12 noon where you are, and if you are in the central us, it will be 7 in the evening where we are.
lindenhof safaris has been in business for over 15 years, serving mainly european clients, until the last few years. increased awareness of the beauty and accessibility of namibian game by the american hunter has led to an increase in our american clientele lately. our reference list is extensive. we have made friends of many satisfied hunters over the years. we welcome the opportunity to make you one of our satisfied clients.
there is no "typical" itinerary for a lindenhof safari. our terrain and our african hunting trophy species are so varied that we prefer to customize the safari to fit each individual's priorities. once you have decided on the species you wish to hunt, we will recommend the amount of time required to meet your expectations for the variety and quality of hunting species that you desire. on average, we work on one day per animal for plains games. bow hunting safaris are between 7 and 10 hunting days, with a minimum of 6 hunting days required for plains game hunting. dangerous game hunting, such as leopard hunting and cheetah hunting, require a minimum of 12 hunting days.
your unsurpassed satisfaction is our foremost priority. you may choose to hunt one-on-one with your own professional hunter. or you may choose to hunt alongside a friend with a professional hunter. we limit two hunters per professional hunter for the highest quality of service for your money. we can accommodate hunting parties of 4 with our on-staff professional hunters. for larger safari groups, we have on call free-lance professional hunters that are familiar with the lindenhof property.
when is the hunting season?
namibia's trophy hunting season opens in february and runs through november. being 10 months long, it incorporates each of the four seasons. there are no particular months when plains game hunting is necessarily better than other times, but time-constraints or personal considerations, such as weather, touring wing-shooting , bow-hunting or specific seasonal activities, might make a certain period of time more desirable to you. keep in mind, while pondering your dates for hunting in namibia, that seasons in namibia, since we're are in the southern hemisphere, are opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. plan your trip for 1 day longer to visit our capital city, windhoek, be spoiled in our best restaurants, sleep in the best hotels, and take some namibian curios for friends and family.
namibia is a signatory to cites (convention on
international trade in endangered species). a cites importation
permit is required for leopard from the united states, as well as many
other countries. prior to exportation of the leopard trophy from
namibia, the hunter is responsible for obtaining and providing us with
the cites permit from his or her country of residence. when you
receive your cites permit, be sure to check that the permit has the
correct information as follows:
for more information, visit their web site - http://www.cites.org
in the united states a cites permit may be obtained from us fish and wildlife service - http://www.fws.gov
weapons and ammunition?
the namibian authority does not place any restriction on the temporary importation of hunting rifles, shotguns, or bows. temporary importation permits are issued by the police at the port of entry. (to print a copy of the permit that you can complete before your arrival, go the namibia professional hunters association website.) please bring with you a document of ownership, stating the serial number of the firearms is required, and this document can be obtained at your local police station. importation of 80 rounds of ammunition per rifle is allowed. please note that ammunition may be transported in your rifle case. it is important to note that some country's laws require ammunition to be transported in a lockable metal container. although this is not a requirement of the namibian government, you will need to observe these regulations if you are traveling through countries whose laws require this.
no pistols pistols, revolvers, automatic or semi-automatic weapons may be imported into namibia.
july, 2004, south africa introduced a new weapons importation regulation, stating that no weapons may be shipped unless directly to their end destination.
should you prefer to travel without weapons, we have quality rifles and shotguns in camp for hire.
trophy prep and taxidermy?
to hunt in africa is expensive, and for many, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. after such a safari, the trophies taken are the proof of all the excitement and wonderful time. they can be showed to friends, and enjoyed for many years to come. we appreciate this. therefore, it is of utmost importance that the greatest care is taken in preparation of your trophy.
immediately after a trophy has been taken, we transport it to the slaughtering facility, where the field preparation is done. we take care to skin the trophy exactly the way you want it. the skinners are skilled and professionally-trained. the trophy (hide, skull, and horns) is labeled with you name, to prevent confusion.
there are very strict conditions that we have to adhere to in order to export trophies. they have to be completely dried, hygienic, bleached, and professionally-treated.
a taxidermist will do the final cleaning and dressing of the trophies and ship it out to you at your cost. he will certify that he received it in good condition and that the field preparation has been done correctly.
it is possible to have your trophies finished and mounted in namibia, and then shipped to you. it is usually cheaper that way, even including shipping. nyati wildlife art provides such services. owned and managed by manfred egerer and van rooyan strydom, master taxidermist, they will guide you step-by-step to your dream trophy.
feel free to discuss with your taxidermist before you leave, and you are welcome to make arrangements for him to receive your skins and skulls and horns.
we want to stress that the utmost care is taken of your trophy: the skinning, the preparation, and the labeling of every part of it to insure that you receive the best possible article back home.
bowhunting safari equipment?
we recommend bringing 2 well-tuned hunting bows of draw weight not less than 50 lbs (or 70 lbs, if you will be hunting african big game). longbow hunting, recurve-bow hunting, and compound-bow hunting is allowed, but cross-bows are not allowed. arrows can be made out of wood, fiberglass, carbon or aluminum. the shaft must be fitted with broad heads of modern configuration with at least two cutting blades and a minimum length and width of 1 inch. broadheads may not be barbed or has serrated edges. mechanical broadheads are legal in namibia. special arrow points, such as judo point, bird points or blunt points may be used for bow hunting birds only. a range finder can be a valuable tool for assessing distance in our unfamiliar namibia hunting environment. a good supply of arrows, strings and other spare parts should be brought along, as there is virtually no bow hunting equipment available in namibia. the most suitable colors for camo are a combination of muted grey, brown and yellow.
minimum equipment requirements for bow hunting in namibia
please note for bow hunting: the clothing that is worn while sitting in a blind should be of such fiber that do not chafe or make a rustling noise when slight movement takes place. we recommend that no white clothing be worn. have three changes of green, khaki, or brown shirts and trousers, made from cotton rather than synthetic fibers. or your normal camo pattern, in a natural fiber, would be perfectly suitable.
as hunting is done on foot, we suggest a good pair of comfortable hunting boots (broken in, not new) in a dark color, ankle high, plus at least four (4) pair of socks.
south africa airways, in partnership with delta, offers a daily service from new york, jfk, and atlanta to johannesburg and cape town, south africa. south african airways, british airways, and air namibia offer daily (2 hour) flights from cape town and johannesburg to windhoek international airport. air namibia has regular direct flights from frankfurt to windhoek international airport.
whether you use your favorite travel agent, or book your tickets from an internet site, you will have no problem finding a good route to namibia.
visa and passport requirements?
citizens of the united states, as well as e.u. member countries (except greece) do not require visas to visit namibia. namibian law requires that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival.
person's traveling to south america must have 2 consecutive blank pages, the left and right hand page, available in their passport.
a parent traveling with children without the other parent will need a letter of consent, certified by the police, from the absent parent.
no specific health requirements are requested for entry into namibia.
in case of extreme medical emergency, a 24-hour medical emergency intervention and evacuation service is on call, with icu facilities which evacuate patients by airplane, helicopter, or road. we also have a comprehensive range of medication in stock at our camp, and all hunting vehicles are equipped with first aid kits. jaco is qualified to perform standard first aid measures.
it is advisable that you bring along an adequate amount of prescribed, personal medication.
malaria is not a threat in our hunting concessions, but it is suggested that you refer to your personal physician on this matter.
what should i pack?
your weapon and ammo, remembering the above needs for documentation, etc. also, keep in mind that the caliber you are using is of great importance, but also a personal matter. it is just as important that you are comfortable and familiar with your rifle, as it is that you have an adequate caliber. for plains game, bring your favorite deer rifle. .270 to a .300 magnum will be perfect. bring a rifle that you are comfortable shooting, that you can shoot well. as with all hunting, shot placement is more important than a large caliber. feel free to contact us regarding your hunt and your rifle to assure yourself that you have an adequate caliber. for dangerous game, contact us for minimum caliber requirements.
documentation of ownership for your firearms, stating the serial number.
hard firearms case for international travel.
soft gun cases for hunting.
60 rounds of ammo for a 10-day hunt.
a good pair of binoculars is a necessity. we recommend 8x40.
a good scope. while most shots are taken from within 100 yards, they can range from fairly close in thicker brush, to relatively long distances up to 250 yards in open plain. a good, variable scope is suggested.
(a monopod or bipod is a wise choice, but, for your convenience, we have them available for your use.)
1 casual outfit for use before and after safari.
3 changes safari clothing.
1 pair hunting shoes/desert boots.
1 pair of light sneakers/ moccasins / brogues for camp wear.
4 pair of socks.
1 pair of leather gloves.
1 lightweight jacket/windbreaker.
sun glasses of good quality.
sun block (we recommend spf 40+) as well as a good hydrating moisturizer.
personal toiletries and medication.
spare prescription glasses/contact lenses.
ammunition belt and pouch.
cameras, tripod, lenses, plenty of film, batteries, and chargers.
a small converter, if you need 110 electricity.
reading matter and diary.
all travel documentation.
additional 2 copies of passport and airline tickets, to be left with lindenhof safaris.
all electricity in namibia runs on 220/240 volts. outlets are of the round, 3-pin, 15 amp type. outlet adapters and voltage converters are readily availabe in the usa from walkabout travel gear.
lindenhof safaris will take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety, well-being, and satisfaction of our clients. we maintain the insurance policies that are required under namibian law. however, as everyone is well-aware, international travel and safaris carry a certain amount of inherent and unavoidable risk and danger. therefore, we cannot, and do not, accept liability for accidents, personal injury, illness, travel delays, and damage to, or any type of loss (including theft), of clients' personal property, such as firearms, camera equipment and luggage. accordingly, we require that all clients arrange for their own travel, life, medical, and cancellation insurance to cover all these potential risks that would occur before, during, or after their safari. this coverage can easily be obtained through reputable and experienced international travel agents.
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