The Dark Continent is still a mystical and alluring place attracting thousands of modern day sportsmen. The safaris of Roosevelt, Hemingway and Ruark may be a thing of the past, however the same captivation exists today as it did in their era. Listed is a sampling of safaris that I offer throughout the African continent. I’ve entailed several that we feel are representative of the country of interest. The beauty of Africa, of course, is the multitude of species available, the numerous ways a safari can be planned and the people, sights and sounds. Africa remains one of the best bargains in the hunting world, especially Plains Game, Buffalo & Leopard.
Any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll give you my best opinion. Keep in mind that most any safari can be tailored to your specific needs.
Scroll down to see all the options for South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique or let me plan a custom trip.
South Africa offers the most diverse range of species of any country on the continent. Long known for its excellent plains game hunting, most professional hunters operate on private ranches and concessions that are managed exclusively for wildlife. In addition to wonderful plains game, South Africa also offers fantastic dangerous game hunting on numerous reserves, especially those bordering Kruger National Park and private concessions. Trophy fees on dangerous game tend to be on the high end of the price scale as quotas are limited; however, the quality is often exceptional and daily rates tend to be lower.
Daily rates on plains game safaris average from $300 to $550 per day and on dangerous game they can be $500 to $1,000 per day depending on the operator and location. This is a great destination to take the family and incorporate a hunting and touring holiday. Excursions can easily be arranged to visit Cape Town, Kruger Park, Sun City and many other worthwhile must see destinations.
Most hunters fly into Johannesburg where they clear customs and obtain a temporary firearm permit if bringing your own weapons. You will be met at the airport either by your Professional Hunter or a transfer service for the trip to their operation. If you are required to take a connecting flight within the country you may be able to connect on arrival in Johannesburg or an overnight can easily be arranged that provides airport transfers, etc.
The following safaris include daily rate & trophy fees for species listed. Additional species may be taken on a trophy fee basis.
#1 - South Africa 5 Day Plains Game - $3,900 (1x1) – Limpopo Province
Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbok & Warthog – Superior accommodation.
#2 - South Africa 7 Day Plains Game - $6,900 (1x1) – Limpopo Province
Greater Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbok &Warthog – Superior accommodation.
#3 - South Africa 10 Day Plains Game & Photographic Safari - $10,500
(1x1) - Includes (1) Hunter & (1) Non-hunter, 3 Nights at Kruger Nat’l Park, Elephant Back Safari for (2). Includes trophy fees for Greater Kudu, Impala, Blesbok, & Warthog – Superior accommodation.
#4 – South Africa 10 Day Plains Game - $7,000 (1x1) – Eastern Cape
Cape Kudu, Black (or) Blue Wildebeest, Cape Springbok, Common Blesbok, Impala, Mtn. Reedbuck (or) Warthog & Duiker – Superior accommodation.
#5 – South Africa 7 Day Plains Game - $4,700 (1x1) – Eastern Cape
Cape Kudu (or) Red Hartebeest, Common Blesbok, Cape Springbok, Impala & Duiker – Superior accommodation.
#6 – South Africa 7 Day Cape Buffalo – Expect hard “bossed” mature bulls 36” to 42” - $13,500 (1x1)
Includes airport transfer to camp/return, daily rate and trophy fee. 5 Star lodging in the Kalahari region. Very good Sable, Gemsbok, Greater Kudu and many other species available.
#7 – South Africa 8 Day Spiral Horned Safari in Eastern Cape - $9,750 (1x1)
Cape Eland, Cape Kudu, Nyala & Cape Bushbuck – Superior accommodation.
#8 – South Africa 7 to 14 Day Plains Game in the Eastern Cape Province - $550/day (1x1) or $500/day (2x1)
Hunting takes place on 3 distinct properties totaling 130,000 acres with a tremendous variety of species – 5 Star accommodation. Also, one of the best Buffalo and Sable properties in South Africa!
#9 – South Africa 8 Day Eastern Cape (Best of the Karoo) – $7,250 (1x1)
Common Blesbok, White Blesbok, Cape Springbok, White Springbok, Black Springbok, Mtn. Reedbuck & Vaal Rhebok
This vast country is fast becoming “the hunting destination” for plains game in southern Africa. Large private ranches located throughout the central and northern part of the country are home to Greater Kudu, Gemsbok, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Mtn. Zebra, Springbok, Impala and more. Along with abundant plains game, Namibia also offers some of the best Leopard hunting on the continent. In addition, there are great opportunities in the Caprivi Strip for Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Crocodile, Hippo, Sable and other species.
Daily rates on plains game safaris average from $325 to $450 per day and on dangerous game they can be $750 to $1,500 per day depending on the species.
Most operations have very comfortable accommodations at a minimum and some are more luxurious. Windhoek is the arrival airport for most safaris and is easily reached via a connecting flight from Johannesburg, or direct from Frankfurt, Germany.
The following safaris include arrival & departure days in camp, daily rate & trophy fees for species listed unless otherwise noted. Additional species may be taken on a trophy fee basis.
#1 - Namibia 8 Day Plains Game - $6,350 (1x1) or $5,950 (2x1) – Includes observer @ no-cost.
Airport transfer to camp/return from Windhoek is $500/vehicle, includes Greater Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Impala & Duiker or Steenbok
#2 - Namibia 8 Day Plains Game - $7,950 (1x1) – Includes observer @ no-cost.
Airport transfer to camp/return from Windhoek is $500/vehicle, includes Greater Kudu, Gemsbok, Burchell’s Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Warthog, Duiker or Steenbok
#3 - Namibia 10 Day Plains Game - $10,250 (1x1) – Includes observer @ no-cost.
Airport transfer to camp/return from Windhoek is $500/vehicle, includes Eland, Greater Kudu, Burchell’s Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Gemsbok or Red Hartebeest, Impala or Blesbok & Duiker or Steenbok
#4 - Namibia 14 Day Leopard & Plains Game - $16,000 (1x1) plus $6,000 trophy fee
Includes airport transfer to camp/return from Windhoek, government taxes and all pre-baiting. Very good Mountain location in northwest part of country.
#5 - Namibia 14 Day Leopard & Plains Game - $18,000 (1x1) plus $7,000 trophy fee
Includes airport transfer to camp/return, government taxes and all pre-baiting. Government Conservancy area. Success to date has been 100%. Very scenic area in Kaokoland with tremendous Gemsbok & Springbok quality.
#6 - Namibia 12 Day Plains Game/ 10 species - $14,700 (1x1)
Includes airport transfer to camp/return from Windhoek & trophy fees for Eland, Greater Kudu, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Mountain. Zebra, Springbok, Warthog, Duiker or Steenbok.
*Many other package safaris are available and most any safari can be custom tailored – Just ask!
Despite political and economic problems over the past 10 or 12 years, the safari industry remains strong. Zimbabwe still offers some of the most affordable opportunities for dangerous game. Many of the government concessions in the Zambezi Valley and near Victoria Falls produce outstanding Elephant and Buffalo. Private conservancies such as the Save and Bubye Valley consist of several hundred thousand acres and they offer multiple species of plains game along with some outstanding dangerous game opportunities.
Zimbabwe has long been recognized for trophy Leopard and continues to produce outstanding cats especially in the Lowveld and eastern part of the country.
Daily rates on plains game safaris average from $350 to $500 per day. If you include Sable in the mix then rates will average $650 to $750 per day. Dangerous game rates can be $750 to $1,800 per day depending on the species and location.
Commercial air into Zimbabwe normally consists of a connecting flight through Johannesburg to Harare, Bulawayo or Victoria Falls. In addition, an air charter may be required, especially if hunting in the Zambezi Valley.
#1 - Zimbabwe 10 Day Cape Buffalo - $14,750 (1x1)
Includes airport transfer to camp/return from Bulawayo, daily rate and Buffalo trophy fee. Area is in south of country near the Limpopo river. Excellent plains game hunting and very comfortable lodging.
#2 - Zimbabwe 14 Day Leopard - $12,000 plus $5,000 trophy fee (1x1)
Located in the Lowveld incorporating both private and communal lands. Includes airport transfer to camp/return from Bulawayo, daily rate & trophy fee.
#3 - Zimbabwe 10 Day Hippo & Crocodile - $14,500 (1x1)
Private Conservancy in the Lowveld with very comfortable lodging, excellent plains game hunting and abundance of Hyena, Baboon and Small cats. Price is inclusive of daily rate and trophy fees.
#4 - Zimbabwe 10 Day Plains Game - $4,500 (1x1) or $3,500 (2x1)
Private Conservancy located near West Nicholson with excellent Eland, Kudu, Waterbuck, Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Hyena & more. Very nice accommodation & scenic property.
#5 - Zimbabwe 10 Day Cape Buffalo - $8,500 plus $7,000 trophy fee (1x1)
Private Conservancy with an annual quota of (1) Buffalo. Very good opportunity at mature bulls in the 36” to 42” class. Two permits are available for 2018.
#6 - 14 Day Leopard & Plains Game - $19,800 (1x1) – One of the best Leopard opportunities available.
Private 70,000 acre Conservancy in Lowveld . Inclusive of daily rate for hunter & (1) add’l plains game hunter or observer. Very comfortable lodging and outstanding plains game hunting. Leopard T.F - $6,000.
#7 – 10 Day Plains Game Safari Package - $9,750 (1x1) – Free range 70,000 acre private conservancy. To
include: Kudu, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Warthog & Duiker.
Still the country of the “classic safari”, Tanzania continues where Kenya left off many years ago. It is not a cheap country to hunt but for the best Buffalo, Lion and the more exotic species such as Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Nyassa Wildebeest to name a few, it is the premier destination. It is home to the largest game reserve in Africa, the famous “Selous”, which at 19,000 square miles, epitomizes wild Africa at its best. Masailand in the north along with the Rungwa areas around Ruaha National Park are famous for producing outstanding maned Lions, large Leopard and tremendous East African Buffalo.
Flying to Tanzania is easily done via Amsterdam with a connecting flight to Arusha or Dar Es Salaam. If travelling with firearms, an in-transit permit must be obtained in advance for the Netherlands and your Tanzania entry visa and firearm permit may be done in advance or on arrival.
The following safaris include airport arrival/departure assistance, arrival & departure days in camp, daily rate, license & government fees. All species are on a trophy fee basis unless otherwise noted.
#1 – Tanzania 10 Day Buffalo - $24,900 (1x1) or $21,900 (2x1)
Located in The Selous Game Reserve – inclusive of daily rate & trophy fee for (1) Buffalo. A 2nd bull may be taken for a $3,400 trophy fee.
#2 – Tanzania 7 Day Buffalo - $29,900 (1x1) or $26,900 (2x1) – Buffalo average 45”……!!
Located in Maswa North Game Reserve – This safari is hands down the best Buffalo area in Africa! Gov’t license & (1) Buffalo trophy fee included. A 2nd bull may be taken for a $3,400 trophy fee.
#3 – Tanzania 12 Day Rungwa/Lunda Leopard, Buffalo & Plains Game - $38,000 (1x1) plus trophy fees
Leopard, (3) Buffalo and all plains game (21 Day License) available. A Lion may also be taken and upgrade fee payable upon harvest.
#4 – Tanzania 16 Day Rungwa/Lunda Lion, Leopard, Buffalo & Plains Game - $55,000 (1x1) plus trophy fees.
Concession is one of the best in the country for good maned Lion. Very good Leopard here as well. (3) Buffalo on license along with Sable, Eland, Greater Kudu, Roan, Hippo etc;
#5 – Tanzania 21 Day Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo & Plains Game - $92,000 (1x1) & $82,000 (2x2)
Concession borders Serengeti Nat’l Park in northwest of country. This is the ultimate “classic” safari and offers Tanzania’s best, for those looking for the best! Area without a doubt produces some of the best maned Lion, tremendous Buffalo and Leopard in all of Africa. Superior Accommodation. - $25,000 upgrade if Lion is taken. All species on a trophy fee basis.
After a devastating civil war during the 80’s and early 90’s, this country is once again on the safari radar screen. Game populations have rebounded quickly in certain areas and many operators are undertaking extensive anti-poaching and community development programs to assist in this endeavor.
The Zambezi Delta offers very good hunting for Buffalo, Sable, Hippo, Crocodile, Nyala, Bushbuck and other plains game species. In the north of the country, you’ll find excellent opportunity for Buffalo, Leopard and Sable along with some of the largest Elephant in southern Africa. The best time for hunting here is late July through late November prior to the rains beginning in December.
Daily rates on plains game safaris average from $450 to $700 per day and on dangerous game they run from $950 to $1,800 per day depending on the species.
Reaching Mozambique almost always requires a transfer through Johannesburg with a connecting flight to Maputo, Beira, Tete or Pemba.
The following safaris include arrival & departure days in camp, daily rate, firearm permit, community taxes and government VAT. Additional species are available on a trophy fee basis.
#1 – Mozambique 7 Day Buffalo & Plains Game - $13,910 (1x1)
Located in Cabo Delgado Province bordering Niassa Reserve - Kudu, Nyassa Wildebeest, Impala etc; available on trophy fee basis. Safari on 10 Day basis is $15,460 (1x1) Both include daily rate/Buffalo T.F.
#2 – Mozambique 10 Day Tiny Slam - $12,960 (1x1)
Inclusive of daily rate, firearm permit, licenses, taxes and trophy fees for 4 species – Take your pick! – Grysbok, Red Duiker, Blue Duiker, Grey Duiker, Suni & Oribi.
#3 – Mozambique 14 Day Leopard & Plains Game - $27,500 (1x1)
Located in Cabo Delgado Province bordering Niassa Reserve – Price is inclusive of daily rate and Leopard trophy fee. Excellent Buffalo, Kudu, Eland, Nyassa Wildebeest etc;
#4 – Mozambique 10 Day Buffalo & Plains Game - $15,450 (1x1)
Located in the Zambezi Delta north of Beira. (Includes daily rate and trophy fee for Buffalo) – Safari on 7 Day basis is $13,960. Excellent Nyala, Waterbuck, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Sable etc;
#5 – Mozambique 14 Day Leopard, Cape Buffalo & Plains Game combination Safari - $32,500 – (1x1)
Includes daily rate and trophy fees for both Leopard & Buffalo. Numerous species of plains game available on a trophy fee basis.