Zambia's best Trophies
Zambia's Lions have been in the headlines since 2003 when hunting was re opened after a 2 year countrywide closure. Although poaching was rampant during the closure, this affected mostly plainsgame and large ungulates while it gave the Lion and leopard populations a chance to recover from over hunting by many Safari Operators prior to the closure.
Since hunting re-opened in 2003 some monsters have been taken and the recent move reducing Lion and Leopard quota in 2008 in most hunting concessions is a step in the right direction. Prices have increased steadily and will continue to do so - so do not think that you can wait for a better deal. However you need to choose your hunting concession wisely as some have already reached the levels where you will occasionally shoot a full maned beast while the norm is more towards younger males.
Leopard in Zambia are plentiful and we take some big boys each season however the hunt is expensive if compared to other countries. It is a true hunt in the sense that you bait the cat instead of running it down with dogs or bushmen trackers. The hunt for leopard in this country is possibly one of Africa's most exciting and challenging hunts and is well worth the money.
Buffalo are widespread throughout the country but the great numbers are found in the Luangwa Valley where herds of over 1000 animals are not an uncommon sight. Each season you'll see some bulls in the 45 inch range being taken but the norm is more around 40 - 42 depending upon how big you want the bosses to be. In general the wider spreads are younger bulls with soft bosses, while the true 'kakulis' provide the character and muscle most buffalo are revered for.
Sable in Zambia are spectacular and there currently is no other country that can even come close to the size of bulls being taken. In 2006 the new world record Sable of 53" was taken in the Kafue GMA of Mumbwa West. On many game ranches you also see bulls well above 42 inches so this is a great country for these most striking of antelope.
Roan antelope are also a good choice in Zambia although they tend to be expensive and scarce. They are considered a classical animal so you need to book a minimum of 14 days. The escarpment regions of the Luangwa valley offer the best Roan in Zambia while the Kafue, the Roan's traditional stronghold, may offer up a couple of good animals each year.
Zambia also has an impressive list of "specials" including the elusive Sitatunga, Kafue & Black Lechwes (which are only found in Zambia), Cookson's Wildebeest (only found in Luangwa Valley), Puku, Oribi & Yellow backed duiker (no longer allowed to be hunted)
Other species which are easily hunted in Zambia are: Livingstone's Eland, Kudu, common & Defassa Waterbuck, Chobe Bushbuck, Crocodile, Hippo plus all the other more common plains species.