Hunting in Namibia
Here we would like to introduce you to some important general information about hunting in Namibia.
Through the basic principle of selective hunting many endangered species have been re-established in various areas of the country. Hunting guests from all around the world experience unforgettable impressions and contribute with their reports back home to the fact that hunting in Namibia remains attractive for many friends of hunting.
In Namibia the government has embodied the sustainable use of all its wealth in its Constitution, which enabled trophy hunting to be placed under lawful protection. Since 1994 this has led to a steady increase in trophy hunting.
The professional hunters and hunting guides in Namibia always act according to the principal of sustainable utilization.
Huntable Game in Namibia
Namibia is home to a large amount of free roaming huntable game. Some species only occur in certain areas of the country. Not all game is huntable. Strictly protected and excluded from hunting are for example black rhinos and wild dogs.
Other species underlie the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and are only allowed to be hunted after the issuing of a special permit. These are: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, mountain zebra, baboon and crocodile. Freely huntable are kudu, steenbok, duiker, warthog, jackal, caracal and many more.
For the interested hunting guest
The trophy hunting season is restricted from the 1st February to the 30th November each year. Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 min after sunset. The hunting guest must be in possession of a valid hunting permit, which is applied for by the hunting guide or professional hunter at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and which must be issued before the commencement of the hunt.
We will gladly send you further information regarding permits, importing of firearms, ammunition, bow hunting, etc. on request.
The wildlife that roams our hunting territories
Namibia offers the visitor a range of remarkable experiences in a variety of astonishing environments – exciting hunts, big trophies, challenging stalks, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, fierce thunderstorms, boiling-hot days and freezing-cold nights, flat savannahs, rocky mountains, gigantic dunes, majestic rivers…
The country gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990. President Hage Geingob leads a multiparty parliament with a democratic constitution. The country’s main economic sectors are mining, fishing, tourism (including hunting) and agriculture.
With a surface area of about 825 000 square kilometres, much of which is under desert, and about 2.1 million people, Namibia is one of the least populated countries in the world. This translates into some of the most magnificent wildlife habitats and wilderness areas on Earth, from the world’s largest shifting sand dunes in the southern Namib to riverine forest and swampland in the Caprivi in the northeast.
Namibia has 14 vegetation zones supporting some of the richest wildlife in the world. Big game includes elephant (including, in the Kaokoveld, the world’s last surviving population of desert elephants), lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard and giraffe. There are 20 antelope species, 240 mammal species (14 endemic), 250 reptile species, 50 frog species and 676 bird species.
Namibia fast facts
Namibia’s official language is English
Namibia has two international airports: Hosea Kutako and Eros, both in Windhoek.
It has 46 additional airports and airstrips scattered throughout the country
There are two privately run hospitals in Windhoek with intensive care units. Medical practitioners and services are available in outlying towns
All goods and services include 15% VAT, which may be reclaimed by visitors
Namibia has over 45 000 km of good-quality roads, although many aren’t tarred due to the very low volume of traffic