Safari hunts


Sitatunga! - This is truly one of Africa's most elusive species ranking alongside mountain Nyala and giant Eland as one of the most challenging safaris. One of the more specialist spiral horned antelope, Sitatunga are probably the most economical of this hard to get group and success is usually high if you concentrate upon Sitatunga only and choose the right country and region.

In Zambia you find ideal Sitatunga habitat and this is one of the best countries for a successful sitatunga hunt, usually over 7 or 10 days. Recently Sitatunga and hunting them has become more accessible with the opening up of various previously unhunted regions.

Without a doubt, Zambia's Bangweulu swamp, a vast wetland spreading to over 70,000 square miles in the wet season, is the Sitatunga capital of Africa. Currently this is your best bet for a Sitatunga hunt, combining a high success rate, trophies in the 28 inch range and enough habitat to go after big bulls.

Zambia does have other areas, isolated wetland pockets where Sitatunga occur in huntable numbers although these areas are usually remote and quality is not as good.

Recently there have been new areas opened up on the fringes of the Bangweulu swamps which do harbor Sitatunga and other species like Sable and Puku, however these remain unexplored due to their hostile environment BUT still hold great potential and excitement which brings us to offer exploratory hunts at reduced rates into this region.

Sitatunga in the Zambian Swamps - with safariBwana

Sitatunga, Lechwe and plainsgame - 2x1 Safari $14,900
Most other operators and agents sell this safari on a 7 day package which is your standard Swamp hunt. HOWEVER, to truly appreciate the vast wilderness of the Bangweulu swamps and allow enough time to select a decent Sitatunga (not just shooting the first one you see) I sell this hunt on a 10 day basis and still give you a cheaper price than any other operator / PH in Zambia!

Going after big Sitatunga means covering a large area, locating a big bull and then waiting for the opportunity of a shot. You can only do this when the swamp waters have receded enough to allow access so our 10 day hunts run from August thru October and typically you'll need a full 14 days in Zambia as we drive you in and out of the concession.

Hunting the Bangweulu is a specialised affair as you only get a few species on license - Black Lechwe, Tsessebe, Oribi, common Reedbuck - that's all and you can select which ones you'd like to shoot.

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SafariBwana's expedition style rough hunts

This 14 day trip is a classic combination of tough mental attitude and extreme patience. To get a big Sitatunga takes time and even if you know they are there, it can mean hours of hard work and scouting before you get your shot.

We have access to a new hunting concession which surrounds a national park. Within the park Sitatunga numbers are very high as well as Sable and Puku. In 2008 we will be exploring this area with a view to open it for 2009 hunts and we are able to offer those wanting a true expedition style experience the opportunity to come along and take a Sitatunga at reduced rates.

This hunt is an expedition style trip where we cover the entire hunting area with a 4x4 Toyota land cruiser, camping out wherever we are at the end of each day and sleeping beneath the stars. Typically we'd find suitable Sitatunga habitat, stop, set up a rudimentary campsite and we check out the area for large tracks and sign. We usually build tree blinds and then sit early in the morning and evenings in anticipation. This trip is participatory and you need to be prepared to look after yourself and have a sense of adventure to enjoy this true African bush trip.

We provide the essentials, vehicle, tracker / skinner / camp help, food, drinks, bucket showers, basic toilets. That's it! You need to bring your own tent, sleeping gear and and other usual stuff you go hunting with. We do not expect you to do any hard work, we have staff for that but you may enjoy cooking over the open fire or building a tree blind or even constructing a boma out of grass and tree branches where we will sleep.

This is a great African hunting experience as it allows many days in a wilderness setting at reasonable rates and gives you a typical rough hunting experience. This is how we grew up hunting as kids, this is the best way to experience Zambia.

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