Hunting Safari in Zambia
Most of our camps will give you the same style and quality as first class camps in Eastern Africa. Most camps offer some form of electricity. Some offer roof fans or even air-conditioning.
Tailor-made safaris include consideration of individual clients’ needs when selecting the hunting area and camp. Special accommodation suitable for families or hunters with limited mobility can be arranged.
Our camps are constructed of natural materials and high quality “classic” safari-style tents. All of our tents are equipped with private, en-suite bathrooms, showers with running hot and cold water and flush toilets.
Taking a hot shower after a hard, dusty day out in the bush is absolutely great. Enjoying your sun downer at the camp fire is even better. Look out over the river and listen to the sound of the Hippos and wildlife of night coming alive while waking to the nightfall you can relive all of the experiences of another fantastic day of hunting. This is the moment that you understand why so many hunters come back to Africa again and again.
Our hunting blocks in the Luangwa Valley consist of Mwanya, Lower Lupande, Nyacolwe, Nyamvu and West Petauke hunting areas and in the west along the Kafue National Park lies Mufunta Gma as well as the Bangweulu and Kafue Flats for the swamp game and safaris, we can basically offer you all that Zambia has to offer from Large Sable and Roan, Big Lion, Very Good Buffalo and some of Africa’s best Leopard hunting combined with Hippo, Crocodile and Plains Game.
Zambia has a Minimum Age Restriction on Lion of 6 years, so there might be hunts ending with no Lion in the bag taken, in all our areas you will see and find plenty lion while on safari but we will not allow any Lion to be shot younger than the minimum age or to the discretion of the Ph in charge of the hunt.
Kafue Flats is where we hunt the exclusive Kafue Lechwe in their natural habitat.
Bangweulu Swamps meaning “where Water and Skies meet” is where we hunt Sitatunga, Black Lechwe and Tsessebe mainly but Oribi and Common Reedbuck occur there to and are good to consider. The elusive Sitatunga is said to be the Ghost of the Swamps as they can be there one moment and gone the next. Searching the misty reeds for the magical appearance of a mature male as the sun rises over the Bangweulu is truly an experience of a lifetime.
Zambia season is from 1st of May to mainly the end of November but hunting can be done till the 31st December each year.
The Climate is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are cold to mild. October to March can be warm to extremely hot (up to 40°C) with very high humidity in Areas like the Selous and Eastern Parts of South Africa. Snowfall in certain mountain ranges of South Africa occurs with sub-zero temperatures that are not uncommon in allot of the areas throughout the winter months May - September.
Health and Safety
Fully equipped medical kits and telephone or radio communication are available in case of an emergency. This is malaria areas mostly, consult your doctor or Outfitter to take the necessary precautions and ask ahead of time witch areas are a danger and witch not. Always carry your travel documents, and cash on you in person and ask the outfitter to keep it in safe custody when arriving to your final destination off the safari if you don’t have the possibility to lock it up yourself.
We also recommend you have a good Medical Air Rescue plan when coming on your safari as anything can happen any time of the day or night being in the wild. We also provide a service to arrange your medical air evacuation, if preferred (Please consult your Outfitter).
Most of the Areas in Zambia and Tanzania have Tse Tse Flies but sleeping sickness has been not been heard off for many years.
Travelling, Accommodation & Meals
We will make provision for all accommodation and travel expenses before and after your safari on your behalf. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff at the main port of entry in the country off your destination with all necessary documentation and permits and helped or transported to the camp/lodge by either air charter or ground transport as well as take care of you if overnighting in a hotel or guesthouse to get to and from the airport. Depending on the required species and hunting areas, you will be based in a serviced grass thatched lodge or tented African style camp.
Most off our camps will have some form of Electricity and ability to charge anything you want while on the trip. The camps in Zambia will newly be covered with V Sat systems which will provide Wifi Internet while on safari at a nominal additional charge to your safari, Tanzania will be offering the same in short future and allot of the Camps and areas in South Africa and Namibia have got normal cellular coverage for use of normal cell phones.
Linen and basic toiletries are provided. All meals, drinks and a laundry service are provided on a daily bases.
Customes, Visas and Insurance
Customs clearance is operative at your port of entry. A passport valid at least 6 months beyond your departure date and depending on your country of origin is needed, a Visa. Visas is issued normally at your port off arrival into Africa but consulting and checking before coming with your authorities is recommended.
Insurance for personal effects, luggage and trip cancellation is strongly recommended.
Your Visa upon arrival will cost you about $ 70 - 100 in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe so make sure to keep a few small denomination notes handy for this. In Zambia and Zimbabwe there is a $20 departure & arrival tax to be charged when departing and arriving with charters in the country.
Certain species require permits that will be arranged ahead of your safari by confirmation of your Safari.
Currency & Spending Money
USA $ Cash is preferred and notes not older than Series 2006 should be brought with as the banks don’t except anything older than this, also notes in denominations of $ 100 and $ 50 is the norm as smaller notes loose exchange value when exchanged.
Safaris can be paid for in Euro to the exchange off the Dollar and Euro currencies rate at confirmation of safari and or whenever payments or settlements of the safari will be done.
It is customary to tip Staff and Ph’s in recognition of good service and recommended Gratuities is given on your Contract Confirmation of Your Safari, please review and discuss with Outfitter ahead of time.
Arms & Ammunition
We will gladly in advance also supply you with any Rifle Import Paper work, in Zambia and Tanzania all this is done ahead of time for you and will be with our meet and greet person awaiting you on arrival at the airport.
There is a small import tax to be paid on ammunition for entering Zambia and Tanzania, which will be sorted out in helping you with this by our representative meeting you on arrival.
Any rifle, shotgun and ammunition may be imported/exported into Africa. Semi-automatic rifles and handguns may be imported/exported with special provisions (consult your Outfitter upon booking of your safari).
The following paperwork will be needed on arrival of your safari, at the airport, for the issuing of your permit:
- Proof of ownership of your rifle and in the case of USA Citizens (Form 4457 for USA).
- Valid Passport.
- Invitation letter from the company where you will be hunting.
- A completed SAP 520for South Africa or Temporary Import form for Zimbabwe
- Airline ticket with departure date.
The following is recommended:
- Lightweight cottons and linens in natural coloured clothing preferably Dark Green and Brown Colours for hunting days and daily laundry is done so no need for packing more than 3 pairs of clothing.
- Comfortable walking shoes x 2 pairs with natural fibre socks.
- Long trousers, a tracksuit or sweater, warm weather resistant jacket, bug jacket for Tsetse flies.
- Hat or Cap and Sunglasses.
- Binoculars, Camera, Torch and Batteries, Headlamp.
- Step-down converter (220 – 110volt) and world travel adaptor plugs.
- Anti-malaria medication (if applicable), prescription drugs, personal toiletries, sun block, mosquito repellent.
- Raincoat if in the rainy season, Gloves.
- Ammo belt & Rifle Soft Pack for Hunting Vehicle.
- Trophy Tags (if preferred personal tags from your shipper or taxidermy).
Packing, Dipping & Shipping of Trophies
An import and export CITES permit for Appendix I and an export CITES permit for Appendix II animals are required for each shipment. Field preparation of trophies are done in camp and transported to a shipping agent designated by the outfitter. Clients will be put in touch with the shipping agent to discuss their requirements to arrange for the payment of services.
Clients should have sufficient trophy tags (if preferred) and full shipping instructions handy and should make sure that their skinning instructions are clearly recorded in the outfitter’s hunting register.
220/240 volts AC – three pin round plugs are used. Some remote camps make use of generated or 12 volt battery power.