Hunting and Travel Information for our Guests
We have compiled the following information which we feel is important in order to make your holiday experience an unforgettable one.
Firearms/Import of Rifles
Should you wish to bring along your own hunting rifle(s), please do not forget the relevant licence to possess an arm. In addition, you will need a firearm permit form, which we will forward to you together with the other travel documents.
It is most important to note that you should not bring more than 60 rounds of ammunition into the country, and above all, make sure it corresponds with the calibre of your gun so as to avoid problems arising with Namibian Customs.
A piece of advice: Rifles and locks must be packed separately to conform to international air traffic safety regulations. In other words, the gun plus telescopic sight to go into the gun case, and the lock (in the case of repeating rifles) into the suitcase - not into your hand luggage please. Ammunition must likewise be packed separately from the firearm in your luggage (again, NOT in your hand luggage).
Choice of weapon: In view of the fact that the bush tends to get rough on the guns, the sturdy repeater is still your best choice. Regarding the choice of calibre the 7 mm (30-06) is the required minimum. African game is known to be extremely bullet resistant. Best results have been achieved with calibres such as 8x68S, 9.3x62, 9.3x64, .375 H&H, .300 Win.Mag and .338 Win.Mag. Since firing distances as a rule range from 60 to 150 meters (65/160 yards), speed is of secondary importance. It is essential rather to land as much bullet at the target as possible. For the hunting of the Big Five (the exception here being the leopard), a minimum calibre of .375 H&H is required.
Please bear in mind that you will bring down the African game mainly by following the spoor. This means that shooting is done either from the shooting stick or offhand, or else if and when possible, lying down. As with any other activity, the rule applies - practice makes perfect. Relevant target practice at the home shooting range will enhance your chances of success and avoid misses and/or wounding shots while you are out hunting.
Firearms on loan: If you prefer to avoid the time-consuming customs declaration, as well as the risk of damage to your gun while in transit, we have at your disposal loan weapons. You can choose from the following calibres: 30-06, .300 Win.Mag, 9.3x62 and .375 H&H. We debit you with hire charges of US$ 80 for rifles used by you during the entire hunting period.
The safari company sees to the obtaining of the necessary hunting licences. Such licence makes provision not only for export out of Namibia but also for import into your home country. All animals hunted under licence in Namibia, may be imported into your home country in accordance with the rules and regulations contained in the Washington Convention on International Trade with Endangered Species. (In this regard see also trophies and skins). Kindly quote in your reservation form the type of trophy you would like to take, especially in respect to Cheetahs (an exception to this rule is the USA). In spite of the said licence, you will not get an import permit for the United States as there is no CITES Convention with the USA.
Trophies and Skins
Preparing of trophies: We set great store by your trophies and skins being properly prepared, which is why our professional skinners attend to the preliminary treatment thereof. Thereafter experienced taxidermists are available who will prepare your trophies in a highly professional manner and according to your individual wishes, either as head trophy, flat skin, shoulder mount, or even full mount.
Shipment: this is handled either by your taxidermist or via a forwarding agency specialising in shipment of trophies, details of which company we will gladly convey to you on request. Such forwarding agents also attend to the entire customs clearance procedure to your home country, thus safeguarding smooth transport of the goods right up to your front door.
We recommend that you wear sturdy protective sportswear when hunting. Synthetic textiles are not suitable for the bush! Cotton, on the other hand, has proved to be most effective. During our winter months (June/July) night-time temperatures vary from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius, so it is advisable to pack one or two articles of warm clothing. For summer conditions we recommend you bring a few long-sleeved shirts or blouses as a protection, not only against sunburn, but also against mosquitoes. It is not necessary to bring too many clothes since we offer a daily laundry service which comes free of charge. This will ensure that you will have freshly laundered and ironed clothes available every day.
For stalking the game in the bush, please bring along ankle-high hunting boots which have been broken in. Furthermore, you will need comfortable sport shoes and sandals.
Of vital importance, though easily forgotten - do bring a hat please!
Please include soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, shaving kit, shampoo, comb, and whatever else a man/woman might need.
Further Personal Requirements
Most important: don’t forget your personal medicine, sun protective lotion with minimum protection factor of 15, your photographic and video equipment, and whatever else you feel you cannot do without!
Photos, Film & Video Making
There will be motives aplenty - this we can promise you! However, photographic and film material in Namibia is somewhat limited in selection and more expensive than in your home country. Therefore, please make sure you bring along enough film and video material supplies.
Namibia possesses one of the best telecommunication networks in Africa. There are roaming agreements with most European countries and also with the USA; therefore your D1/D2 cellular phone will work here, so bring it along. In every larger town you will come across an Internet café which will make it possible for you to read emails, call up stock exchange rates, etc., while on holiday. In addition, we have telephone and telefax facilities available in our camps.
Passport: In order to enter Namibia, you must hold a passport which is valid for at least a further 6 months. German or Austrian citizens need not apply for a visa beforehand. You will automatically be granted a visa for 60 days upon entering the country at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport. Nationals of other countries should approach the relevant Namibian Embassy in their respective country regarding the visa aspect in good time prior to embarking on the journey.
Driver’s licence: if you do your own driving you must be in possession of an International driver's licence. Recently, more and more problems have been experienced regarding the non-acceptance of national driver's licences by car hiring companies as well as the Police.
Weapon documents: See Firearms/Import of Firearms
Reminder: Last but not least, please do not forget your passport and air ticket!
Method of Payment/Currency
A tiresome but nevertheless important subject! The national currency is the Namibian Dollar (N$). The South African Rand, however, remains legal tender as well, since the two currencies are linked. You may bring into the country up to N$ 200.00 per person, while the import of foreign currency is unlimited. Exchange can take place without problems at all local banks, and credit cards are accepted in larger shops. VISA and MASTERCARD are the most common cards. American Express cards are accepted only rarely due to the high rates of fees charged. Foreign cheques are generally not acceptable.
The predominantly very dry climate, combined with the altitude (approximately 1200 meters or 4300 ft.), as a rule is agreeable and healthy. Apart from your personal medicine you don't have to take any special precautions. All you need is the usual tetanus vaccination. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended exclusively for midsummer. Medical care in general is excellent. You will find German/English speaking doctors in larger centres of the country.
Avis, Budget and Imperial are represented in Namibia. It is advisable, however, to book your car in good time prior to your departure. Better still; let us know your requirements and we will handle the car rental on your behalf.
To be on the safe side, we would recommend that you take out a combined trip/ cancellation/baggage policy plus health cover for travel abroad, all of which are on offer by way of low-cost package. When you make your reservation, kindly advise whether you wish us to attend to the insurance aspect on your behalf.
Scale of average temperatures for Otjiwarongo/Namibia in degrees Celsius.
May/June/July (Namibian Winter):
At night: 5° to 10°
Daytime: 20° to 30°
September - April (Namibian Summer):
At night: 15° to 25°
Daytime: 29° to 38°
Here in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed. In February/March, short-lived but heavy rainfall can occur. From May to September it is rather cold at night, with clear starlit skies. During the day it is pleasantly warm.