Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris

Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris Overview

A hunters hidden paradise, Zimbabwe has long been one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Formerly known as Rhodesia, it is a land-locked country surrounded by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the north, and Mozambique to the east. The Zambezi River defines it northern border and attracts many tourists each year to view the spectacular Victoria Falls; at twice the height of America’s Niagara Falls, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. When hunting Zimbabwe, many safari clients include a side trip to the falls roughly a 4 hour drive from one of our hunting areas, and well worth the trip to experience breathtaking views and stunning “colonial-era” accommodation at the Victoria Falls hotel. 

Hunting Zimbabwe’s vast game reserves and concessions can be a challenge for even the most experienced hunter. Hunting areas are typically one of three different types; governmental, tribal, and private, all of which have their own unique rules. Most of these areas encompass thousands of acres and are non-fenced and open. Hunting areas are mostly mopane forest and dry, grassy savanna. All hunting is accomplished primarily on foot – in some of our areas the terrain is especially rugged and therefore can be very physically demanding.

Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris Information

Zimbabwe’s wilderness areas are still quite untamed and thus very exciting to hunt. The areas we use are unfenced, with many animals roaming in and out of the area. This means that an animal may appear at the opportune moment and present you with an additional opportunity to add to your safari. 

The Limpopo River flows along Zimbabwe’s southern border and, when hunting in Zimbabwe, a tiger fishing trip may be in order.

Four of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard) are available on our hunting safaris in Zimbabwe along with additional dangerous game species include both crocodile and hippopotamus. Some unique plains game subspecies are also available for hunting in Zimbabwe, like the Chobe bushbuck and Livingstone eland.

Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris Season

Our trophy hunting season is all year round, but with the best hunting days during the dry, sunny, winter months (May to September). Average temperatures range then between 7°C and 20°C (45°F and 70°F) in comparison to summers that can be hot and humid (25°C to 38°C / 75°F to 100°F).

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Still reminiscent of the “Wild Africa” of a bygone era, game is plentiful. All of the plains game species abound here, as well as the Big Five. If you are keen to hunt Zimbabwe for elephant, the country is home to an estimated 100,000 of the world’s largest land mammals. Lion and leopard hunting is still open here and the success rate is high. Hunting Zimbabwe for the big cats is done exclusively over bait. 

While Zimbabwe has suffered some difficult times recently, the country is on the mend and you can come to hunt in Zimbabwe with the confidence that the sport hunting and safari industry has remained strong even during the hard times.

Travel to Zimbabwe

Port of Entry

The closest ports of entry to our hunting concessions in Zimbabwe are Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) and Bulawayo International Airport (BUQ). Airlines that service these airports are South African Airways, SA Airlink, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Air Namibia. We also make use of private airstrips at our concessions.

Entry and Visa Requirements

Every visitor to Zimbabwe must be in possession of a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel as well as a round-trip airline ticket or other proof of exit out of the country. Temporary entry visas for Zimbabwe are required by visitors from almost all countries. Regulations change constantly and we advise all visitors to please check with their nearest Zimbabwean Consulate about entry regulations and obtaining a visa. A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is needed for travellers coming from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Health and Travel Insurance

It is important to note that all hunting safaris are potentially dangerous and it is each client’s own responsibility to arrange his/her medical, evacuation or personal insurance. We recommend Ripcord Comprehensive Travel Protection (www.ripcordtravelprotection.com) as a preferred travel insurer.

Suggested Rifles and Calibres

In this section, we would like to offer some useful information on the various rifle calibres that will complement the animals that you plan to pursue on your hunting safari. A basic list of items that we recommend bringing along on your hunting safari is also provided.

This can become a heated debate indeed. The general rule applies in this case where we suggest that you bring the rifle(s) you are most comfortable with. It is important to spend time on the shooting range before your African hunt commences. You will sight-in your rifles prior to commencing the hunt. However, you must be familiar with your rifle.

  • There is no minimum calibre requirement for rifle hunting in Zimbabwe although we suggest, based on experience, minimum calibres .30-06 and larger for plains game, .375 H&H and larger for Buffalo and Sable, .416 and larger for Elephant and Hippopotamus.
  • Remember the cleaning equipment!

We also offer firearms for hire during your safari.

What to Bring on Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris

There is daily laundry done in camp. Below is a packing list to get you prepared for your Zimbabwean safari:

  • 3 x t-shirts
  • 2 x long sleeve shirts (khaki or olive green)
  • 1 x sweatshirt / fleece
  • 2 x pairs of comfortable shorts
  • 2 x pairs of cotton trousers / pants (khaki or olive green)
  • 4 x pairs of socks and underwear
  • 1 x belt
  • 1 x hat / cap
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight, durable, waterproof hiking shoes / boots
  • Flip flops, sandals or Teva’s for around camp
  • Additional clothes when hunting during the cold winter months (June – August): 1 x warm padded jacket (cammo, khaki or olive green), 1x pair of gloves, 1x beanie, 1x buff and long underwear.
  • Personal documentation: passport, airline tickets, rifle import documentation, invitation letters, emergency contact list and copies of all documents.
  • Personal items: cash, toiletries, sunglasses, reading glasses, any prescribed medication (if applicable), sunscreen, cellphone and iPad charger, power adapter (Local power 220V) and leisure reading books.
  • Hunting gear: camera, knife, ammo belt, binoculars, telescope, hunting backpack, flashlight, hunting gaiters or leggings and insect repellent (Skin so Soft by Avon is recommended)
  • Malaria prophylactics

Travelling with Firearms

It is advisable to take out full insurance for all firearms before travelling anywhere in Africa. Ensure that your ammunition is in a separate lockable container from your rifle. Bows can be imported with a special hunting permit at an additional cost. Hunters entering Zimbabwe with firearms and ammunition must complete in duplicate a Certificate To Possess Firearms (Form F.R. 20) for all firearms and/or ammunition in their possession. Upon arrival in Zimbabwe, present this form together with a copy of the Letter of Invitation which we will be sent to each client before travelling. The temporary import/export permit will be issued at customs at the airport. Clients visiting or travelling through South Africa (depending on the airline in-transit regulations), will need to complete a South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form (SAPS 520) and obtain the permit prior to their arrival. Please check with your travel agent or airline, the transit procedure when travelling through South Africa. 

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Traveller’s Health & Immunizations for Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris

Malaria risk is high throughout the year in the Zambezi Valley (which includes Victoria Falls) and in areas below 1200m from November to June. Risk is negligible in Harare and Bulawayo. It is recommended to take malaria prophylactics and other precautions. Adequate clothing as well as mosquito repellent are important to minimize mosquito bites. Each hunter is advised to also bring a small personal medical kit with necessary preferred medication for headaches, colds, burns, allergies etc.

Considerations to take into account before traveling to Southern Africa

Leopard Rock Outfitters is not able to provide you with professional medical advice. We suggest that you consult your personal physician or contact a doctor in your country who is able to offer medical advice and who can prescribe any medication should they deem it necessary. 

We do, however, recommend that you take the following into consideration:

MALARIA

This is a Malaria area. Please take precautions. Malaria prophylactic medication is highly recommended and should be considered as mandatory. Insect repellent is strongly advisable during the warmer months. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is compulsory.

We do not recommend child observers younger than six years to travel to any malaria area.

ALLERGIES

Dust and pollen encountered in the various hunting areas may aggravate any allergies you might have. It is recommended that you consult your physician regarding precautions which can be taken in this regard. Although allergies can be triggered all year round, it is important to note that the advent of spring (September) is especially known as “allergy season”, due to the high occurrence of flowering plants. Remember to communicate any food allergies so that the hunting camp’s staff are duly prepared.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

If you plan to arrive with prescription medication, we suggest that bring along your prescription as well as the original boxes/containers in which you received your medication. Mozambique is generally less strict regarding controlled medications, but it’s nevertheless prudent to arrive prepared.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

Zimbabwe does not have superb medical facilities and obtaining medical evacuation insurance such as “Global Rescue” www.globalrescue.com is highly recommended, with the option to evacuate to South Africa or your home country. 

South Africa has world-class medical facilities and doctors who are, in some cases, regarded to be amongst the leaders in their field globally. Leopard Rock Outfitters does not, however, offer medical or travel insurance. Ensure that this is arranged prior to your travels in the unlikely event of a medical emergency.

Terms and Conditions

All safaris booked through and conducted by Chapungu-Kambako Safaris are based on the following terms and conditions: (Please see the Safari Price List and Contract for the detailed Terms and Conditions)

Preparation of Trophies

Skinning of trophies and field preparation is included in our services, however all dipping, collecting, taxidermy work and shipping of trophies are not included.

Tipping

A gratuity is a gift of appreciation for services provided. They can be given to staff members at the hunter’s own discretion. We can provide a proposed gratuity list as guideline should it be required.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of the signed safari contract and 50% of the total daily rate. The balance due (which consists of the balances of the daily rate, trophy fees of reserved animals and all extras) is payable 90 days prior to the commencement of the safari. Trophy fees of any animals killed/wounded and any additional expenses incurred during the trip, are payable at the conclusion of the safari and can be paid in cash in camp (US dollar notes, clean and unmarked and not older than 2009 series only) or by electronic bank transfer. Any unused credits will be refunded within 30 days of the safari end date. Any other payment arrangement must be authorised in writing.

Cancellation Policy

There will be no refund of any deposit paid within six (6) months prior to the 1st of March of the year the hunt is to take place in. If cancelled longer than 6 months prior to this date, 50% of the deposit will be refunded.

Policy on Lion and Leopard Hunts

It is hereby agreed that any leopard or lion shot, regardless of its age, without the consent of the professional hunter accrues an immediate fine of US$ 30,000.00 and $US 50,000.00 respectively. The hunt will not continue until payment has been received.

Indemnity

It must be noted that hunting is a dangerous vocation and although Leopard Rock Outfitters are committed to your safety, comfort and enjoyment, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents, illness or death that may occur whilst on the safari.

What’s Included

  • Daily rates, trophy and government fees
  • Professional hunter
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Local drinks
  • Camp staff, trackers & skinners
  • Field preparation of trophies
  • Land transport within the area
  • Rifle permit
  • Hunt license
  • Community taxes
  • Meet & greet at airport
  • VAT

What’s Excluded

  • Transport costs from Country of Origin to safari destination.
  • Dip & Pack & Taxidermy fees.
  • Any charter flights
  • Trophy fees (if you choose to hunt a Trophy animal outside the prescribed package rate)
  • Imported alcoholic drinks, wine & champagne.
  • Exportation documents
  • CITES Permits (where applicable)
  • Tips to the staff
  • Any personal expenses
  • Personal insurance and medical evacuation coverage
  • Any expenses incurred with delays due to weather, airlines, transportation breakdowns, emergencies or lost luggage.
  • Food & Laundry (outside of provided accommodation)Any expenses in lodges, hotels & national parks before or after the duration of the safari.
  • Weapons importation charges (Rifle & Bow where applicable)

SPECIES

TROPHY FEE $USD

Baboon

75

Buffalo

5,000

Buffalo (Non-Trophy -36”)

3,750

Bushbuck

950

Bush pig

400

Caracal

700

Civet

350

Crocodile

4750

Duiker

300

Eland

1,700

Elephant  – +25lbs

12,000

Elephant – NT -25lbs

9,500

Elephant –NE/NT Tuskless (*)

5,500

Gemsbok

7,000

Genet

400

Giraffe

2,000

Hippo – Bull

5,000

Honey Badger

300

Hyena – Spotted

750

Impala Ram (Trophy)

300

Impala – Bait/Female

170

Jackal

250

Klipspringer

1,150

Kudu

1,600

Leopard

6,500

Lion

P.O.A*

Nyala

4,500

Porcupine

300

Sable

5,000

Serval

650

Steenbok

450

Warthog

425

Waterbuck

1,750

Wildcat

350

Wildebeest

1,000

Zebra

1,200

SAFARI TYPE

No. Days

DAILY RATE US$

Lion/Buffalo

18

$1,700

Lion/Double Buffalo

18

$1,450

Buffalo/NT Elephant

15

$1,400

Buffalo/Leopard

15

$1,350

Buffalo/Sable

15

$1,275

Buffalo/Nyala

12

$1,200

Buffalo/Plains Game

10

$1,200

Buffalo Double – 1 & 1 NT

12

$1,200

Buffalo Non Trophy (-36”)

7

$1,150

Leopard/Sable

15

$1,250

Leopard/Nyala

15

$1,250

Leopard/Plains game

15

$1,200

NT Elephant

10

$1,100

Non Export NT or Tuskless Elephant

10

$900

Sable/Plains game

10

$800

Croc/Hippo/Plains game

10

$850

Croc/Hippo

10

$800

Plains game

7-10

$500

EXTRA

COST US$

Rifle import permit (per rifle) $350
Hunting Licence $450
CITES permit $150
Charter Option – Tete to Camp & return P.O.A
Transport to and from hotel (IF REQUIRED) $150
Client’s responsibility to obtain VISA $70
Veterinary certificate $13 per trophy
Dip & Pack   $600 – $1200

OTHER CHARGES

COST US$

Observers 10yrs & Over $350/day
Agents/Cameramen $350/day
Observers/Cameraman $250/day
Rifle hire   $150/day
Ammunition   $5/round

OTHER CHARGES

RATES %

Value Added Tax (V.A.T) 17%
Government Levies Daily rate 5%
Government Levies Trophy Fee 7%

CATEGORY

COST US$

Bow/Muzzle Loaders Permit $1500
Parks Permit $1500

Note: All permits/levies and prices charged are subject to change according to legislation – Prices quoted are an indication only.

ALL fees quoted are subject to change. 

Note: 

Daily rates will apply for 2019/20 provided a 75% minimum deposit is received before March 31st 2020. ALL rates are subject to change.

Term’s & Condition’s Apply. 

Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris Packages

ELEPHANT 1x1 (up to 39lbs)

$37,00018 Days (Minimum)

including Elephant trophy fees & all government fees

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

ELEPHANT 1x1 (Non Trophy)

$29,50015 Days (Minimum)

including Elephant trophy fees & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7 day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

BUFFALO 1×1

$11,0007 Days

including Buffalo trophy & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

AFRICA CLASSIC PLAINS GAME 1×1

$12,5007 Days

including Plains game trophies (Below) & all government fees.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Kudu, Waterbuck, Zebra, Impala, and Wildebeest.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

LION 1x1

$39,00018 Days (minimum)

including Lion trophy fee & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

LEOPARD 1x1

$26,00010 Days

including Leopard trophy fee & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

HIPPO & CROC 1×1

$17,5007 Days

including Hippo & Crocodile trophy & all government fees.

Hunter can take any of the animals under the 7-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

PLAINS GAME SPIRAL HORN SPECIAL 1×1

$9,0005 Days

including 3 trophies (below) & government fees.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Eland, Kudu and Bushbuck.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

Zimbabwe Hunting Safaris Non-Trophy / Management Packages

PLAINS GAME MANAGEMENT SPECIAL 1×1

$5,0005 Days

including 4 management animals.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Bushpig or Warthog, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

PLAINS GAME MANAGEMENT SPECIAL 2×1

$6,5005 Days

including 4 management animals.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Bushpig or Warthog, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

PLAINS GAME MANAGEMENT SPECIAL 2×1

$5,7507 Days

including 4 management animals.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Bushpig or Warthog, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).

PLAINS GAME MANAGEMENT SPECIAL 2×1

$7,5007 Days

including 4 management animals.

Hunter can harvest the following animals:
Bushpig or Warthog, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra.
Once the hunt is completed the hunter can take any of the animals under the 10-day minimum list at the applicable trophy and government fees listed above (subject to quota and permit availability).