Most of the shooting is done in less than 200 yards with shots of 100 yards and under being the norm. Shooting conditions vary from thick bush to partially open savannah and granite mountain slopes. Some of the species are tough, and a bad placed shot with a light calibre rifle will result in a time consuming follow up or an animal lost to die a long suffering death. Personally I regard the .270 with premium grade 140gr expansion bullets the bare minimum for most of the species and would not recommend it as a suitable rifle for our hunting conditions. Rifles in the range of the 30-06 with 180gr bullets and upwards would be more ideal. Hunting Eland and Giraffe requires more gun and the various .300’s and Magnum calibres are more suitable.
When you choose bullets, it is of the utmost importance to use Premium, controlled expansion bullet and for the smaller calibres heavier bullets are recommended. My personal choice of bullet is the Barnes TSX. It is very accurate and leaves a reasonable wound channel and massive haemorrhage, resulting in an easy and short follow up. A minimum of 40 rounds per rifle and no more than 60 rounds of ammunition should be enough. Please contact me in regards to availability of ammunition for non common calibres, should your luggage get lost you might not be able to find any in Namibia.
When out stalking, shots are mostly taken from field positions or 3 legged shooting sticks. Practice these positions as much as possible before your upcoming Safari.
Don’t try to save money when it comes to buying a scope for your Africa Safari. Leopold and Burris make some very good scopes and they perform excellent in Africa. Most of my rifles are fitted with either of the two and they can really take a punch on the vehicle and in the bush. A common mistake made by a lot of first time Africa hunters is a scopes with too high magnifications. A 4x magnification scope is all you really need for most of our shooting conditions. The medium power variables are a great way to go and I would recommend looking at something in the range of 1.5x – 6x, 2x – 7, 3x – 9x. You really don’t need more than this.
During our winter months (May – August) the days are normally around 20 C. The evenings can range from being cool to below 0 C. The mornings on the open hunting vehicles are usually cold and a jacket with a wool stocking cap (beanie) and woollen gloves are recommended. Wearing different lairs of clothing helps and can be taken of as the day heats up. Long sleeve shirts where you can roll up the leaves are a great way to go. Summer months are hot with temperatures reaching the high 30’s C and into the 40’s C. Rain can be expected and a light rain coat as well as a rain protector for your rifle is a must. Laundry is done on a daily basis, except for Sundays and it is not necessary to over pack. Below is a list of items we’ve compiled to serve as a guideline for your trip: 1 light jacket (summer) 1 heavier jacket (winter) 1 sweater 4 shirts (long sleeves for winter) 3 trousers (long for winter) 1 set of casual wear for around camp 4 pairs socks (hiking type) 4 sets of underwear 1 pair of slippers 1 pair of gloves 2 pair of worn in hunting/hiking boots 1 set of gaiters 1 set of comfortable shoes to wear while traveling and around camp 1 wool stocking cap or beanie 1 wide brimmed hat No military camouflage is allowed in Namibia. Commercial patterns are allowed and are recommended for stalking. Due to the bright sunlight lighter colored Khaki clothing is not ideal, try to use the darker shades of green and brown. Some areas are thorn felt and a heavier material will last longer.
Good flash light Spare batteries for all electronic equipment and flash light Spare scope Binoculars (of good quality and a magnification of 7x – 10x) Range finder (optional) Soft rifle bag Gun cleaning gear (Bore snakes work well) Gun wipes Ear protection Day pack or carry on bag for on the hunting vehicle Mosquito net for face Multi tool Hunting or pocket knife Sun screen (especially if malaria tablets are being used) Lip Balm Hand lotion and insect repellant is provided for in camp Camera with spare memory card or films Toiletries Sunglasses Extra pair of prescription glasses Note book and pen (for taking notes for your next trip, etc) Face cloth (Available in camp) At least 2 photocopies of your passport Note: Namibia uses 220 volt electricity.
According to legislation, it is illegal for any outfitter to supply a client with any medication, apart from basic first aid. We do carry an extensive range of first aid equipment and medication, but client are advised to bring along a small medical kit for their own use. Some of the types of medication to consider are: Prescription drugs Pain/headache Tablets Decongestant Anti diarrhoea medication Broad spectrum antibiotic Ant allergy Cold and flue tablets Tweezers and needles for thorns Blister protection and healer Antiseptic cream Please speak to your doctor or chemist regarding your trip to Africa they might have some more useful items to add to the list. We are situated in medium to low risk areas for Malaria but I prefer clients to take precaution in this regards. The effect of malaria is far worst than the effects of the tables. Keep in mind that sun burn and dehydration are worsen by most of the malaria tablets. You need to drink a lot more water than usual and wear sunscreen with a high SP factor to compensate for it.
According to the US Centre for Disease Control the follow precautions and inoculations should be taken: Hepatitis A or Immune Globulin Hepatitis B Rabies Typhoid Tetanus-diphtheria Malaria Please contact your local travel agent or health department to confirm and arrange for these shots.
HIV/Aids is a major epidemic in Africa with Namibia being no exception. You travel agent should advise you on travel insurance, requirements and regulations to travel with your rifle as well as bag limitations. Try to pack your carry-on bag with the basic essentials for in case your luggage gets delayed. Upon entering Namibia, you will need the physical address of the property where you will be hunting (see below). Myself or one of my PHs, will be waiting for you in the arrival area of the airport and will help you should you encounter any problems. Customs and immigration in Namibia will require you to have at least 3-4 full pages open in your passport on arrival.
Shona Hunting Adventures Po. Box 564 Outjo
Farm Huab 261 Outjo District Namibia
Tel: +264 67 697 039 Cell: +264 81 128 3105
These are just some basic guidelines to help you plan for your trip, should you require any additional information please don’t hesitate to contact us.