Hunting in Africa

HUNT IN AFRICA with the classic LeverGun - Marlin 1895 Guide Gun in 45-70!


Lion Hunting - savior of the African wilderness


Lion Hunting in Luangwa valley

Pete Swanepoel - Chief Chifunda territory, Zambia - 1984

Lioness growling


Lion Feeding on Bait

Hunting the African Lion has been my life long passion starting many years before this photograph was even taken, now close on 30 years ago! Since then I have hunted my homeland, Zambia and the magnificent wilderness it afforded, I have hunted Lion in Botswana before they closed it, I've hunted Lion in South Africa and I have recently opened new territory in Mozambique with excellent success.

In all my years in pursuit of these most magnificent of all of African animals I have realised one thing - Lion, no matter where in Africa they exist, require vast tracts of land to survive and function properly - this is their nature and this land is fast disappearing to human habitation, mining, crops and the worst enemy, livestock.

Hunters are not the enemy and the sooner this is realised, the better for the African Lion because land that is legally and historically designated for hunting protects the land from all of the above.

What I am saying is that I have more experience than most of you bunny huggers reading this combined, you'd never even come close to what I have witnessed in the real Africa and for those true anti hunters that do know me and understand the true issues involved, there is a clear sentiment of my ties to this animal.

It is in those marginal territories, the ones that are too harsh for the average bunnyhugger tourist or SCI hunter to consider, the areas where Africa still remains archaic and undervalued - this is where the big Lions make their living - outside of the cushy pridelands in the national parks - they are there, like silent shadows, the males that have been discarded, big and old and weary.

Today all I hear, in vulgar and foul insults is that hunting the African Lion is wrong. Mostly these people who email me draw parallels with me trying to compensate for a manhood issue or being big headed and egotistical - of course they would because they are largely IGNORANT of the plight facing the African Lion.

They are led by the nose through the popular press, by ignorant non profits vying for their donor buck, they grab unqualified statements off facebook and youtube and then decide they are qualified to make a judgement on the conservation work I do.

An idiot on youtube who pretends to work with tame white Lions gets more respect than the real men doing the work in the real Africa - not on some pussy assed fenced reserve in South Africa where the lions he pretends he's saving (of course for the donated dollar) are in fact pen raised cats which HAVE NEVER EVER OCCURED IN THE WILD.

Here's the bottom line: with all the furor going on about the African Lion, with all the bad hunters to engage and attack and try and stop, there is a silent enemy that goes unnoticed, one that a treehuger sitting in the developed world will NEVER comprehend or even begin to grasp - that of habitat destruction, the surge of humanity taking away from the Lion what they need most - vast open "protected" space. AND NO there is no lucrative ECO tourism venture that can even begin to compare to the revenue and LOW IMPACT tourism safari hunting brimgs in.

Designating land for hunting ensures protection of that habitat by excluding human habitation, land which no treehugger will EVER begin to pay for or support, is well cared for and nurtured by the mere fact that it is designated for hunting and instead of having a 500 roomed lodge which is necessary to make the much hyped Eco Tourism ventures work, a mere handful of hunters will make an impact on the environment through the year.

The recent closure of hunting in Zambias designated hunting areas has seen a massive rise in local people moving onto the land with their livestock and destroying it forever, there is no going back once people have settled and planted crops because they have a tribal right if no hunting exists. Once this happens Lions clash with their livestock and in the modern world of pesticides and fertilisers the lion have no chance, being poisoned or shot by the human invaders.

So while the bunny huggers froth and fume at the only legitimate target they can take aim at, those that are doing it legally and above board in the open, the Lions still suffer from habitat destruction and illegal poaching for the body parts trade to China.

In my 25 years of living in the African wilderness I have never seen a threat so large as that of the Chinese in Africa. Since their numbers have increased on this continent, the poaching not only of the flagship species such as Elephant and Lion has increased but also of ALL other creatures the Chinese find tasty.


SOUTH AFRICA - 2014 safari hunts and adventures

South Africa provides some of Africa's best hunting BUT don't expect to forage into the vast untrammeled wilderness fighting off marauding Lion and fierce warlike savages, much like Selous or Burton did, you'll will be disappointed.

Our safaris and hunts throughout South Africa are quality orientated rather than the more bang for your buck type of package deal which is so common to this country. Sure you can get a cheaper 'shoot' elsewhere but you'll have to look far and wide to find the consistent quality, care, experience and reliability that come with our safari hunts.

Check out our references before you book anywhere else:

7 Day Gemsbok Hunt - $ 4 950 2x1 OR $ 5 250 1x1 - Gemsbok, Blesbok, Springbok, Warthog, Steenbuck OR Duiker

7 Day Spiral Horn Hunt - $ 7 950 2x1 OR $ 7 550 1x1 - Nyala, Kudu, Bushbuck, Impala, Warthog

5 Day Cape Buffalo - $ 16,500 - mature hard bossed buffalo bull

Day rates from $250 per hunter per day with very low trophy fees - enquire directly with READ here for further information


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Namibia - 2014 safari hunts and adventures

In northern Namibia, roughly 340 miles north of the capital of Windhoek and just to the south of the Etosha Wildlife Park, is the Kamanjab conservancy, named after the nearby town of Kamanjab. Within this area we offer superb walk-and-stalk hunting on 19 800 acres of private property.

Game is free roaming with no game/high fences, though there are waist high cattle fences. The area is dotted with granite rock inselbergs providing excellent vantage points to glass the surrounding area from. Grass, shrub and lovely trees (like the African star chestnut) and dry ephemeral sand river beds making for perfect “walk and stalk” hunting.

Species include: Baboon, Black backed jackal, Blue wildebeest, Cheetah, Damara dik-dik, Duiker, Eland, Giraffe, Gemsbuck, Hartmann's zebra, Klipspringer, Kudu, black faced Impala, Leopard, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Springbuck, Steenbuck, Warthog.

10 Day Gemsbok / Kudu Safari $ 5 990 – 2x1 OR $ 6 500 – 1x1

Kudu bull or Hartmann's zebra

Gemsbok/Oryx or Red hartebeest

Springbuck, Warthog, Steenbuck OR Duiker OR Baboon

Day rates from $250 per hunter per day with very low trophy fees - enquire directly with READ here for further information

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SafariBwana's "Rough Hunts "
I've always looked to those way out places where only the hardy survive as the ultimate test of a hunters will - not from the point of hardship, but rather from their acceptance that hunting in a vast open uninhabited wilderness is enough reward and the trophy is merely an achievement not a must have.

We offer you the opportunity to experience our Africa in a rougher style, a more authentic or rustic manner of safari – nevertheless a true challenge and adventure. By law we cannot allow you to hunt without a PH so we provide the basics, the very basics and then the rest is up to you. A good PH, a land cruiser, some rudimentary camping equipment, first aid supplies, clean water and dry goods for your trip – naturally trackers and helpers are also present. Sounds very much like a camping set up BUT here's the difference – there is no set camp nor a campsite, no roads where you will be heading, it is just virgin territory with a healthy population of game to seek.

We have over 900,000 acres of open undeveloped hunting land for you to explore – at your own time and your own risks and decisions – bring your own gear, pre order food supplies, load up and head into the bush!



Luangwa Valley - 1979

ZAMBIA - African safari adventures

Zambia offers hunting in the classical sense, vast open wilderness concessions where Africa's large beasts wander freely, pretty much as they did a 100 years ago in relative solitude. Of all Africa's hunting countries, Zambia must stand amongst the top 3 as the destination of choice for those seeking the true African hunting experience. No matter if you're after the larger beasts or simply seeking the solitude of an African wilderness hunt, Zambia is where you'll find the safari of your dreams.

Our flagship property lies in the famous Kafue region, an unfenced private hunitng Eden often refered to as the very best hunting property in the whole of the country. Mushingashi Game Conservancy offers 100% success for the discerning hunter in an environment that is classic unfenced Africa. With a competent team of professional hunters and staff this is currently the premier hunting property in Zambia for those wanting unfenced hunting adventures!

Mushingashi offers the classical Safari hunts with Zambia's largest Sable regularly taken:

16 Day Leopard, Sable and Buffalo Safaris - Leopard, Buffalo, Sable, Roan plus a full bag of plainsgame species

10 Day Cape Buffalo OR Sable Hunt - Cape Buffalo, Sable Hippo, Crocodile plus limited plainsgame species

7-14 Day Sitatunga Expedition Safari - Zambezi Sitatunga, Black Lechwe, Tssessebe, Oribi plus various indigenous species at our game ranches across the country.

1-3 Day Kafue Lechwe option is available

Zambia has some magnificent private UNFENCED hunting properties offering Sable, Sitatunga, Roan, Livingstone's Eland, Puku, Chobe Bushbuck, Sharpe's Grysbok, Kafue Lechwe, Black Lechwe, Defassa Waterbuck plus all the other prime animals like very big Kudu (55" plus), Warthog.

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