Botswana had always been a premier big game hunting destination, particularly for elephants, until 2014 when hunting was totally banned in the Controlled Hunting Areas of the Okavango and on all public land. This ban even includes the traditional subsistence hunting done by the San Bushmen of the Kalahari who had a legally binding right to hunt on their ancestral land.
"The shooting of wild game for sport and trophies is no longer compatible with our commitment to preserve local fauna." Pesident of Botswana, Ian Khama.
So with a vast and growing, surplus population of more than 130,000 elephants, this short-sighted commitment ensures that local fauna doesn't stand much chance of being 'preserved' due to habitat destruction. The only small ray of hope for re-opening of this once fine elephant hunting country is the changing attitude of the local people who are now suffering even more massive crop damage and living with the ever present danger of far too many elephants near their villages.
The only hunting available now in Botswana is on private game farms for plains game.
The best time to hunt the private game ranches is March through to September as the climate is most comfortable - dry, warm days and cold nights.
There is no point showing in the Maun weather any longer, so here is the forecast for Selebi Phikwe, a town close to private game farms of the Tuli Block.
Click the image for detailed weather conditions and long-range forecast in Selebi Phikwe, Botswana.
This land use map of Botswana shows the location (marked in brown) of private game farms and ranches in the Tuli Block and the Kalahari.
Most hunting accommodation is in permanent camps with chalets with all mod-cons. Some even have swimming pools and air conditioning. A few outfitters do offer semi-permanent safari tent accommodation with permanent dining areas.
The Tuli Block is mainly bush-savanna with low hills. There is dense bush with big trees along the Limpopo river but generally the terrain is easy to move about in on foot.
The Kalahari is a semi-arid region and the predominantly flat terrain consists mainly of sandy savanna with acacia or mopane forest, thorn bush and grassy plains.
These game laws now only pertain to hunting on private game farms.
Now big game hunting in the Controlled Hunting Areas and on any public land in Botswana has been banned, the available hunting species has been reduced to the following species...
Hunting In Botswana by Tony Sanchez-Arino (1994) is an anthology of big game hunting in Botswana with contributions from numerous famous sportsmen including Oswell, Leyland, Holub, Gillmore, Baldwin, Farini, Stevenson-Hamilton, Bryden, Chadwick, Selby and many others.
The Hunting Blackbeards Of Botswana edited by Brian Marsh (2007) is the story of three generations of Blackbeards who have hunted and guided in Botswana.