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.
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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 as well as big five hunting safari. 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 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.
Namibia along with South Africa are 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).
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, is found throughout the territories of Namibia. The following species are also found in abundance; Cape Eland, Greater Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Impala, Steenbok, Klipspringer, Warthog, and the list goes on.
Hunting in Namibia is most often done on foot, sometimes directly from the lodge or camp, but more often by driving a 4x4 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.
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 well prior to your arrival
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.
Hunting Season & When Hunting is Allowed
Hunting Season: February 1st to November 30th
Trophy hunting may take place from half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset during the hunting season and no hunting is allowed with artificial light.
There is no regulation controlling the number of days of a hunting safaris, if a minimum, it is set it is by the hunting outfitter.
Hunting from a vehicle is permitted.
Source: Africa Hunting.com
General Information about Namibia
Capital City: Windhoek
Languages: English 7%, Afrikaans 60%, German 32% and numerous tribal dialects.
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD), which is linked and of equal value to the South African Rand (also accepted in Namibia).
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. Most lodges/camps have generator(s) to power the electricity through rechargeable batteries therefore it is recommended to bring a small power inverter that plugs into a cigarette lighter to invert 12V DC Power to 110V AC for recharging in the hunting vehicle. Generator(s) in most camps are only run during the morning and evening hours and sometimes can be run at other times by special request.