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African Hunting Safaris Destination Choice and Planning

For some people, the thrill of travelling through the ‘Dark Continent’ and seeing the awesome animals first hand is not enough. The thrill of the kill takes it to another level. If you have always had fantasies of hunting exotic animals then you will find plenty of opportunities in Africa.

There are a number of tour operators and travel agents that specialise in arranging African hunting safaris. The Internet is a great place to start searching for the company which meets your requirements, although some high street travel agents may also be able to help. Consider carefully which country they suggest you visit, as you may have a better trip if you are able to combine hunting with other activities such as white water rafting in the Zambezi River (Zimbabwe), or relaxing on the palm fringed beaches of Kenya.

Popular Destinations: Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa

A number of countries are generally accepted as typical destinations for hunting safaris, and these include South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana. This is due to the incidence of big game, combined with appropriate licences and sophisticated hunting safari industries. Most companies are able to supply the rifles or bows and ammunition. However, seasoned hunters can bring their own weapons upon completing the temporary import and export permits.

Planning an Hunting Safari

A typical African hunting safari will be around seven to ten days long. You join a professional hunter, who takes a group out into the bush to stalk prey. There are some trips which specialise in tracking and killing particular animals – if you are certain that you want to hunt elephants or lions for example, you are best seeking a company which offers specialist guides and a guaranteed kill. There are plenty of other animals that are popular to hunt, although many new hunters do feel obliged to hunt the ‘big five’. Bird hunting is considered as a great skill, and hitting a sandgrouse as it descends at speed over a waterhole can be a huge challenge.

The travel company you select is likely to inform you of the trophy species they specialise in, and the costs associated with hunting these animals. These often include leopard, lion, wildebeest, elephant, zebra and white rhino. Be aware that you will be expected to pay trophy fees that are over and above the basic costs of the safari. For small game such as a monkey or porcupine, the trophy fees may be as low as the cost of an average meal. However, for larger game such as giraffe or big cats, the trophy fees may double the cost of your vacation. It is common to return home with your trophy, after a visit to the taxidermist. Budget extra if the photographs alone will not be enough.