Page Updated: Apr 2020
Hunting Namibia - Namibia is a very popular destination for hunters as it offers both plains and dangerous game hunting in fenced and unfenced areas.
Most hunters going to Namibia will hunt on a private game ranch which is either one single property or part of one form of conservancy where several private land owners join their properties, yet still maintain their ownership of their original land.
Trophy hunting is also conducted on some Communal Conservancies which were created to provide a way for rural people to benefit from wildlife while being responsible for conserving the game. The local people decide they will allow trophy hunting in their conservancy and receive payment for the contract and most, if not all of the trophy fees and meat. They also benefit from employment, training and the concession fees paid by the hunter. Communal Conservancies maybe multi-use areas with some trophy hunting zones, some non-consumptive tourism and agriculture.
There are also some government-owned concessions which grant hunting rights to hunting companies. These areas are generally in remote locations within or close to Game Reserves or National Parks.
Most hunters going to private hunting ranches will travel via Johannesburg to Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, from where they will be collected and driven to the hunt areas.
If you are hunting on a Caprivi conservancy you can use Air Namibia to Katima Mulilo airstrip if the schedule fits your hunt dates. Alternatively there a many charter flights available from Windhoek to the more remote hunting areas.
You have a whole lot of choice with your hunting accommodation in Namibia which can range from luxurious 'designer' lodges/chalets/safari tents with top class facilities to the more basic or rustic.
The typical savanna terrain flat and dry with thorny bushes and scrub that can be quite thick. However there are some hunting areas of the south and central regions which are located in quite mountainous terrain which can be more physically demanding for hunters.
Big game hunting, such as for elephant, buffalo and lion etc, is only conducted on Communal Conservancies or state-controlled concessions.
Cheetah is available to hunt in Namibia as CITES I animal, with a hunting trophy CITES export quota of 150 animals but the US Fish & Wildlife Service does not permit import of cheetah trophies from Namibia. Cheetah trophy export from Namibia to the EU is permitted as an Annex A species. Cheetah trophy import is not allowed into Australia.
A CITES import permit may only be issued for adult male black rhino.
Black-faced impala are still listed as 'Endangered' by USF&W so are not permitted to be imported into the USA.
Sands Of Silence: On Safari In Namibia by Peter Hathaway Capstick is an illustrated look at a Namibian safari revealing the Bushmen's culture, political persecution and the lives of these hunter-gatherers.
The Namibia Safari DVD sees Ken Wilson hunting 3 species that can only be hunted in Namibia: the Damara Dik-Dik, Hartmann's Zebra and the Namibian Oryx. There is also footage of 2 species that can be hunted in Namibia, but not imported to the US - cheetah and black-faced impala. 55 minutes. DVD.