INFORMATION ON HUNTING IN NAMIBIA / ABOUT NAMIBIA / WHAT TO PACK / BOOKING YOUR FLIGHTS /
TRAVELLING WITH FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION / PREPARATION OF TROPHIES / TIPPING & SALES TAX /
HEALTH ISSUES / TERMS AND CONDITIONS
GENERAL HUNTING INFO
- Rifle sight-in will be done before the start of your hunting safari at our shooting range.
- The trophy hunting season begins on 1 February and ends on 30 November.
- No hunting is allowed during December and January.
- There’s no regulation controlling the number of days a hunting safari may last.
- It’s illegal to hunt for trophies at night and/or with an artificial light.
- It’s illegal to hunt with dogs.
- All trophy hunting must be done in line with Fair Chase principles.
FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
- A maximum of two firearms per hunting client is allowed. We suggest 60-80 rounds of calibre-specific ammunition per firearm.
- Smallest calibre: .270
- For small game (springbok, duiker) 1 350 J
- For medium game (hartebeest, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, eland) 2 700 J
- For large game (buffalo, elephant, rhino) 5 400 J
- For plains game, we recommend .300 and .338 Winchester Magnum, and .375 calibres. (The smallest recommended calibre is .270.) A hard copper bullet like the Hornady GMX is ideal or a Barnes triple shock.
- Bow-hunting is permitted in Namibia, and no import permit for the weapon is required.
- For small game 25ft/lb
- For medium game 40ft/lb
- For large game 65ft/lb
- Automatic and semi-automatic weapons (AK47 and other military guns)
- Solid-point cartridges
PERMITS FOR TROPHY-HUNTING
- We are registered with both the Namibian Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET) and the Namibian Tourism Board (NTB). They will, on behalf of us, organize your trophy-hunting and export permits. They will need a copy of your passport in order to do this.
- The Namibian MET, prior to the start of the hunt, issues a separate permit for each hunting client.
- A maximum of two trophies per species may be harvested, per hunting client per permit.
- Additional special permits are required for hunting large cats (leopard, cheetah and lion).
- Ensure the airline you are flying with is ‘firearms friendly’, and will carry your firearms and ammunition. (Some airlines don’t.) Ask about any application or permission forms that have to be filled in.
- Anyone entering Namibia with rifle/s must complete an application form for each firearm in their possession. This will be issued on arrival and you must hand it in, together with the firearms and cartridges, at the police firearm customs checkpoint.
- Firearms must be packed separately, unloaded, in a sturdy, lockable case. Ammunition must be in its original packaging, in a sturdy, lockable case, and it must be checked in with your luggage.
- 100 rounds of ammunition are permitted per firearm you’re carrying with you (it must match the rifle’s specific calibre), with the exception of black-powder and/or percussion caps (see below).
- While it is legal to hunt with black-power-cartridge rifles in Namibia, you may not import black-powder and/or percussion caps into the country, as they are extremely volatile and flammable. This ammunition can, however, be bought in Namibia.
- Ensure that your country of origin allows the importation of your target-species trophy.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO-DO’S
- Do take out full insurance on all your firearms before travelling.
- Do clearly label all firearms cases (and all other luggage) with your name and a contact phone number.
- If you’re not flying directly to Namibia (if you’re travelling via another destination, or have a layover elsewhere), enquire about booking firearms and ammunition straight through to Namibia. If this isn’t possible, leave your checked luggage and locked firearm case/s at the airport overnight. Label them with a clearly visible ‘in transit’ tag.
- Namibia is a politically stable country, and an easy, safe and affordable destination for great plains-game and big-five hunting safaris. It attracts more than 5000 international hunters a year, and is a favourite for family groups, first-time hunters and African hunting veterans alike. Most of the hunting in Namibia takes place on the private game ranches found throughout the country.
- The habitat of the hunting areas varies from dense thorny savannah to vast semi-desert plains. The relatively high elevation of the central plains where many of the prime hunting areas is located can be physically challenging for the less fit.
- When it comes to the big five, leopard are also found mainly in the northern regions, while lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino are restricted largely to the north; all four are hunted on a limited basis.
- Namibia covers about 825 000km2, making it about half the size of Alaska, three times the size of the UK, and as big as France and Germany combined. The country measures about 1 500km north to south and about 600km west to east.
- Namibia, shares borders with Angola and Zambia in the north, Botswana in the east and South Africa in the south.
- The entire western border of Namibia is the Atlantic Ocean, which assumes to have the oldest desert in the World.
- The major rivers of the Kunene, Orange, Zambezi, Okavango and Kwando, together with their branches, the Chobe and Linyanti, all flow along international borders.
- Namibia’s longest river, the 600km Fish River, flows only after rains.
- Etosha National Park lies in the north of Namibia.
- Namibia has a population of 2.2 million people. The capital city is Windhoek.
- The official language is English, but Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Wambo, Herero, Damara and Nama are also all spoken.
- Time zone: West Africa Summer Time (UCT+02:00) in summer, West Africa Time (UTC+01:00) in winter.
- Most water is safe to drink although caution should be exercised in rural areas. We have bottled water for you to drink while on Safari.
- 220/230V AC running at 50Hz; plug type D. You will find the standard European 220 V two-pin outlets at our main lodge, where there’s a fulltime electricity supply from Solar Panels and a backup generator.
- Typically for a desert country, the days are warm to hot and the nights are cool to cold. Rainfall is low and irregular, with unpredictable dry and wet cycles. Generally, though, northeast winds bring rain in summer (November to March).
- Namibia gets an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day.
- The hottest months are October in the north, December in the central interior, January in the south and February on the coast. Summer temperatures can reach 104 F / 40°C.
- Winter lasts only three to four months (May-Aug) and even in midwinter the days are still pleasantly warm, although the evenings can be chilly and temperatures occasionally drop to zero.
- Frost is rare and snow is unknown.
- The best time for trophy hunting is during the cooler, drier months from March/April to October
SAFETY AND SECURITY
- Although Namibia is generally a safe country, take sensible precautions. Don’t wear conspicuous jewellery, don’t carry large amounts of cash or important documents in a handbag or backpack, don’t behave like a tourist, and don’t leave belongings in an unattended car (not even if the car is locked and a security guard is present).
- Cash: The Namibian dollar is equal in value to the South African rand, and both currencies are accepted throughout Namibia.It’s a good idea to carry some small-denomination US dollars and/or Euros.
- Cards: We unfortunately do no accept debit and credit cards at Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris. If you intend to pay by card if buying something in Namibia’s shops, remember to tell your bank that you’ll be travelling abroad, so that they don’t block what they may consider to be an unusual charge on your card.
- Most shops and hotels in Namibia also accept credit/debit cards.
- In order to ensure you can use your debit, credit and ATM cards throughout Namibia, make sure you have a four-digit PIN number for each card. If you don’t, speak to your bank.
- ATMs: All Namibia’s bigger cities have ATMS but most have daily cash limits, which vary from bank to bank. It may be more expedient to go into the bank to draw larger amounts.
- Namibian banks are open from 9am to 3:30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 11am on Saturdays.
- Cellphones are now more common than landlines in Namibia and the cell reception at the hunting lodge is quite good in most parts of our territory. We do not have cellphone reception at the tented camp in the Conservancy. If you’ll be using your cellphone, remember to organise international roaming with your service provider prior to departure.
- We have free WIFI at the main lodge.
- Namibia’s dialling code is 264.
- Carry all valuables, essentials such as medications and 1 set of clothing plus your hunting boots, in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bags are delayed or lost. A money belt or travel pouch that you can wear around your waist under your clothing, and in which you can securely store some cash and important documents, is a good idea.
- Light clothing made from breathable fabric such as cotton, in camouflage colors like greens, browns, khaki and olive, are most recommended for hunting. Daily temperature changes in Namibia can be extreme, varying by as much as 20°C (35° F) from day to night. In the rainy season we recommend you bring some fast-drying synthetic clothing that maintains its warmth when wet. (We do laundry daily, so bear that in mind when packing.)
- Warm clothing is a must in the winter months, between May and September. You’ll need a warm jacket for relaxing around the open fire, and the addition of gloves, a woolly hat and a wind breaker will come in handy when travelling on the back of the hunting vehicle in the early mornings and late afternoons. Pack well fitted and comfortable walking shoes or boots.
- While most shots are taken from about 110 yards (100m), they can range from fairly close in thicker bush to up to 250 yards (230m) on open plains, so a good variable scope would be most useful. A shooting stick is also a good idea.
- Any prescription medications (plus a copy of the prescription in case the medicine gets lost)
- A copy of your prescription for eye glasses or contact lenses (in case of loss or breakage of the originals)
- A Copy of your passport and visa for trophy permit needs or in case you lose documents
- A copy of your personal contact details and itinerary, packed in your checked bags, in case your luggage goes missing and your tags get torn off or otherwise removed in transit.
- A printed or written list of emergency contact phone numbers (don’t rely on the information contained in your cellphone!)
- When leaving Namibia, make sure your luggage isn’t overweight (check with your airline what its upper limit is). The rules are strictly enforced and the excess baggage fees are high.
- Binoculars (minimum 8×30)
- Range finder
- Ammunition pouch or belt
- Pocket knife
- Shooting stick
- Rifle cleaning kit
- Comfortable long pants
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Warm Jacket or fleece
- Well broken-in hunting shoes
- Extra lases
- Casual shoes or sandals and casual clothing for in camp and travellings
- Long underwear if hunting leopard
- Sun hat
- High SPF sunscreen
- We supply shampoo, body wash, body lotion and soap as well as clean towels in the rooms
- High SPF sunscreen
- Camara (plus charger/batteries)
- Plug adaptors / electric converters
- Lip balm with high SPF
- Insect repellant
- Ziplock bags
- Small first-aid kit containing analgesics, antihistamines, antiseptic ointment and plasters, plus emergency medication for those with serious allergies (eg to bee stings)
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
- Most international flights, with the exception of some from Frankfurt (Germany), route through Johannesburg (South Africa) to Windhoek in Namibia.
- Hosea Kutako International Airport (WHK), situated 45km east of the capital city of Windhoek, is Namibia’s main point of entry for international flights.
- There are landing strips throughout the country, and air-charter services are available from/in Windhoek and Swakopmund.
BOOK THROUGH A TRAVEL AGENT
- International travel always requires lots of arranging, and travelling for the purposes of a hunting safari even more so. For this reason, don’t try to tackle all the arrangements yourself. Use a travel agent you trust, and preferably one who specializes in hunting safaris to Namibia. We do recommend Travel Express http://www.travelexpressagency.com Speak to the Owner: Lori Ginn
- A good travel agent will be able to get you the best possible prices, will know what’s required to fulfil regulations around travelling with firearms and ammunition, and will be able to advise you on insurance, among the many other tasks that need to be done for this kind of travel.
- Importantly, your travel agent will be able to advise you on what the airline you’re using, requires in terms of travelling with firearms and ammunitions; some airlines simply don’t allow this at all, while others have their own set rules and procedures.
WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Namibia Airports Company: http://www.airports.com.na
- Major airlines that fly into Namibia include:
- Air Namibia: http://www.airnamibia.com
- South African Airways (SAA): http://www.flysaa.com
- Lufthansa: http://www.lufthansa.com
- Delta: http://www.delta.com
TAKING OUT HEALTH INSURANCE
- Although by far the majority of hunting safaris go off without the slightest hitch, it would be foolhardy not to prepare for unforeseeable circumstances and unfortunate incidents. For this reason, we strongly advise that you take out comprehensive health insurance before your trip. Be sure to tell the company providing the cover that you’ll be on a hunting safari, as some companies won’t provide coverage if you’re participating in a dangerous activity that they deem an extraordinary risk.
- Some credit-card companies provide automatic health insurance when you buy your air ticket. Read the small print very carefully to ensure it’s adequate for your needs.
- If you have particular concerns about your health, investigate taking out medical evacuation coverage. One company that provides this service worldwide is Global Rescue: www.GlobalRescue.com
PASSPORT, VISA AND OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months after your intended departure date from Namibia, and it must have at least six blank pages.
- You must have a valid return air ticket.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and are valid for three months from the date of issue.
- The only legal vaccination requirement for entry into Namibia is a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travellers coming from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. For a list of these areas, go to http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/africa.html
VISAS NOT REQUIRED
- Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa: Angola, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavian countries, South Africa, Spain, Singapore, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- For visitors from other countries, please check with your nearest Namibian Consulate.
- Although this information was correct at the time of writing, visa requirements do change from time to time, so please double-check all entry requirements when planning your trip.
PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT THESE WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Namibia Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration: http://www.mha.gov.na/
- Embassy of the USA in Namibia: http://windhoek.usembassy.gov/
- Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in the USA: http://www.namibianembassyusa.org/
- Searchable database of embassies and consulates worldwide: http://embassy.goabroad.com/
- US passports and international travel (US Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs): www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
- Travel Document Systems, for visa, passport and other document expediting needs: www.traveldocs.com
- IMPORTING FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION INTO NAMIBIA
- The temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Namibia is quick, easy and free of charge. There’s no permit or charges for bringing in a bow and arrows.
- Although it’s not required by law in Namibia, it’s a good idea to carry a copy of your gun licence and/or proof of ownership.
- Fill in an application import/export permit for all firearms and ammunition. On entry into Namibia, you’ll have to present this, along with a a Letter of Invitation indicating the farm name and number on which you’ll be trophy-hunting. We will email this to you before you arrive in Namibia to have with you.
TRANSITING WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA
- If you’re passing through South Africa on your way to Namibia, your firearms and ammunition should simply be transited through without your having to fill in any paperwork, while you remain in the transit area.
- It’s very important, however, to check with the airline if this is their practice, because if not, you’ll have to collect all your luggage and firearms and go through the South African customs-clearing process.
- When checking in your luggage, firearms and ammunition at your point of departure, be sure to instruct the airline agent to check everything in all the way to your final destination in Namibia.
If it’s not possible for your firearms and ammunition to be transited straight through, South African customs will require:
- A completed South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form SAPS 520.
- A South African letter of invitation from the hunting company, which we can email you on request (leave plenty of time before your departure to get this). This is so you can secure a temporary firearm import permit from the South African Police Services (SAPS). The permit is free. Bows and arrows don’t need a permit.
- A letter of intent stating the handgun will be used only for hunting purposes.
- A letter from a registered association of your country of origin, stating that you’re a registered member of the association and that the handgun will be used exclusively for hunting purposes.
WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FORMS TO FILL IN IF TRAVELLING TRHOUGH SOUTH AFRICA
- For more information about the legalities of transiting firearms and ammunition through South Africa, click here: http://www.saps.gov.za/services/flash/firearms/importation.php
- Rifle Permits is a South African company that works with SAPS to expedite the paperwork for importing or transiting firearms. Visit www.riflepermits.com/
TRANSITING FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION THROUGH OTHER COUNTRIES
- Laws and regulations around travelling with firearms and ammunitions, including in transit, are specific to each country, and are constantly changing, so you need to ensure you have up-to-date information before you plan your trip. Your travel agent should be able to advise you.
- Skinning, salting, drying and tagging of trophies is included in our daily rate, as is the transport to the local taxidermist in Namibia, Kings Taxidermy in Otjiwarongo
- From time to time, when special trips are required to the taxidermist (eg, for the transport of a skin that can’t wait to be treated or collecting trophies from Conservancies), additional fees may be charged.
- If you’d prefer to use your own taxidermist for the preparation of your trophy, the Namibian taxidermist will still do a ‘dip and pack’, which takes 4 -6weeks. It involves the skins, hides and horns being treated and salted, to make sure that the trophy is safe to export in raw form and to enable the taxidermist on your side to create a beautiful mount.
- Make sure you bring your taxidermist’s contact information, along with laminated trophy tags that should have all the relevant information, including your name, port of entry in your home country, and final shipping destination.
INFORMATION ON NAMIBIAN TAXIDERMIST:
- Although customary, tipping isn’t mandatory. A tip acknowledges great service, and how much to leave – if anything at all – is entirely up to you.
- When tipping, take into account the success of your hunting safari, the type and duration of the hunt, the price of the hunt and the number of hunters. If you’re unsure, please ask us.
- It’s best to tip at the end of the trip. We recommend tipping in US dollars. Please give your tips to the manager, who will divide them fairly between all staff.
- If your experience was so bad that you feel you don’t want to leave a tip for anyone involved in your trip, please do also inform us so that we can put right whatever went wrong.
WHO TO TIP AND HOW MUCH
- This is a rough guide. Remember, tipping is entirely your choice.
- Professional hunter: Add up the cost of the hunt (daily rate and trophy fees combined), excluding tax. On a sliding scale, give him 15% for great service, down to 5% for average service.
- Tracker: US$10-15 per day
- All other staff (together): US$10-15 per day
- Although gifts such as clothing, cigarettes and sweets, and bigger-ticket items such as a hunting knife or pair of binoculars, are of course always very appreciated, most staff members prefer to be tipped in cash. These kinds of gifts, distributed throughout your visit, do buy a great deal of goodwill, however.
GETTING BACK YOUR SALES TAX
- Namibian sales tax, known as Value Added Tax (VAT), is 15% and is included in the price of anything you buy. Foreign visitors may apply for VAT refunds on merchandise but not on services (such as daily rates paid for a hunt).
- When making a purchase, ask for the relevant documentation for a VAT refund — a form that has to be filled in and stamped. Carry your passport and return ticket with you, to prove to the vendor that you’re a foreign visitor.
- To claim your VAT refund, show the merchandise with its paperwork to the customs official at the airport, before you check in your baggage.
- Malaria, a potentially serious illness spread by the Anopheles mosquito, occurs only in the northeast of the country, roughly from Etosha National Park northwards. If you’ll be visiting these areas, speak to your doctor about taking anti-malaria medication. The prophylactic course usually starts well before your departure, so planning ahead is vital.
- If you have any flu-like symptoms after you return home, see your doctor immediately and let him/her know that you’ve been in a malaria area.
- Prevention is always better than cure, so wear loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants with cuffs, use a good insect repellent (especially between sundown and sunrise, when mosquitoes are most active), and sleep under a mosquito net if possible.
WEBSITE ON MALARIA INFORMATION:
- Where malaria occurs in Namibia: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/namibia/namibia-malaria-map.aspx
- Vaccinations recommended for travellers to Namibia include those for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. Polio and tetanus booster shots are also a good idea. Speak to your medical professional about the suitability of these vaccinations for you.
- Expeditions to wilderness areas (for eg Etosha National Park) for purposes of hunting or adventure travel is or can be of a dangerous or hazardous nature, and any client undertaking such an expedition assumes a dangerous risk which includes a greater scope of risk than an ordinary risk.
- The payment of the non-refundable deposit, or any part thereof, constitutes agreement by the client to these Terms and Conditions.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris retains the sole right to accept or refuse proposed reservation dates.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris reserves the right to cancel a hunting safari prior to the departure from the point of origin.
- In the case of cancellation by Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris prior to departure, the client is entitled to receive from Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris a full refund of all monies paid. This refund constitutes full and final settlement of all claims that the client may have against Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris reserves the right to terminate the safari at any time after its commencement for whatever reason, including but not limited to the clients’ misconduct and/or failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions, or any action which causes a danger to the client or others.
- If the client wishes to cancel the safari, he/she must do so in writing. Non-refundable deposit if booking is cancelled 12 months before arrival. 50% refund of deposit if booking is cancelled 12-16 months before arrival with a 15% administration fee charged for cancellation. No cancellation fees are payable if a replacement client is booked. No cancellation fees are payable if a hunt is deferred by one calendar year. Re-booked hunts will be subject to new price structure for following year.
- If the client wishes to postpone the safari, he/she must do so in writing. All efforts will be made to accommodate changed dates but no refund will be given if the safari cannot include the original number of hunting days purchased.
- All air travel arrangements are the responsibility of the client. Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris will not be liable for losses or costs incurred due to untimely processing of airline reservations, airline problems, weather or unforeseen events of travel.
- Obtaining any necessary health documentation, visas and permits, and ensuring that all travel documents are valid and up to date, is the sole responsibility of the client.
- All prices are in US$ and are subject to change without notice.
- Safari reservation dates will be confirmed once the full non-refundable deposit (US$ 3000 per hunter and U$ 500 per observer) has been received by Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris
- Payment of the balance is due not later than 60 days prior to the commencement of the safari.
- Prior to departure from Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris, the client shall be required to pay the full amount due, in an acceptable form of payment, for trophy fees and all additional costs that have been incurred.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris regards the following as acceptable forms of payment: bank transfers that have been received prior to clients’ departure to Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris, electronic fund transfers (EFTs), which can be done at our premises; and cash (US$ or Euros). Personal cheques, travellers’ cheques and bank-certified cheques cannot be accepted as payment.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris reserves the right to deny the client permission to shoot an animal for any reason at any time.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris makes no guarantees or promises of success, either expressed or implied.
- Once Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris has delivered the clients’ trophies to the appropriate third party, taxidermist or shipping agent, it no longer assumes any responsibility whatsoever for its damage or loss.
- Wounded game, which is not recovered, is considered as hunted and is subject to payment of the listed trophy fee.
- Government tax of 15% is not applicable on exported trophies. However, government tax of 15% is applicable and payable by the client on wounded game not recovered and trophies/animals that are not exported from Namibia.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris strongly recommends the client to buy cancellation insurance, medical insurance, accident insurance and baggage insurance. Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris provides no insurance whatsoever on behalf of the client.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris cannot be held liable or responsible for accident, injury, illness, death, loss of property or damage to property during the safari or any expense arising from such events.
- Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris shall not be liable for any misrepresentations of its available services and/or costs made by an agent. Any guarantee or promise made by the agent shall be the agent’s sole responsibility to assume.
- Agents act only as intermediaries between the client and Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris and, as such, agents have no control over Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris actions, personnel, equipment, services or goods. Accordingly, agents shall not be liable for loss or damage to property, death, injury, substitution of equipment or facilities, mechanical defects or failure, however caused.
Disputes between client or agents and Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris shall be governed, interpreted and enforced pursuant to the Laws of Namibia.