As a British Colony, Zimbabwe was known for it’s outstanding Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. It set the conservation standards by which all other African countries were judged. It introduced safari hunting as a wildlife and habitat management tool. It also established a certification program for professional hunters to ensure that licenses are issued only to those who achieve the highest standards of ethics and competency.
Hunting is conducted over most of Zimbabwe from the Zambezi Valley, to the lowveld where an elephant carrying tusks weighing 120 lbs a side was just recently harvested. The Matetsi area, situated between the Victoria Falls National Park and the great Hwange National Park, is home to huge sable, big herds of buffalo and many species of plains game. Zimbabwe has led the way in conservation with its Campfire Project that benefits local village people from hunting programs conducted on their village land. Without the Campfire Project many of these areas would have been over run by cattle and other forms of agriculture. Although Zimbabwe has suffered from land reforms, much of the country is still able to provide excellent hunting at prices well below most other African countries.
Zimbabwe boasts an impressive list of big game species including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo, as well as highly sough after plains game species such as sable and kudu. Zimbabwe also posseses some of the best infrastructures in Africa and is a wonderful destination for a family safari. The mighty Zambezi River crashes over the Victoria Falls and is truly a sight to behold. Within an easy drive of the Victoria Falls is Hwange National Park and across the border in Botswana is the Chobe National Park with its enormous population of elephant. For the more adventurous, rafting below the Victoria Falls or Bungi jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge is a thrill you would not likely forget.
Private ranches, tribal areas and large government concessions host most of the safari hunting today. Hunters must carefully select hunting areas that support the best trophy quality and outfitters with a solid reputation. Land reforms have created much uncertainty in Zimbabwe, which has resulted in hunters avoiding the country in preference for more stable destinations. However, in spite of this Zimbabwe continues to produce many exceptional trophies at very affordable prices. The secret is knowing when, where and who to go with. The options in Zimbabwe vary tremendously but it is possible to tailor a safari that meets and exceeds the expectations of most hunters.
There is no set hunting season. June to November is the optimal hunting time. The higher areas in the east and the High Veld receive more rainfall and are cooler than the lower areas. Temperatures on the High Veld vary from 12 – 13°C in winter and 32°C in summer. Low Veld temperatures are usually 5.5°C (10°F) higher. Summer temperatures in the Zambezi and Limpopo valleys average between 40°C – 50°C.
Duiker ( Southern bush duiker)
Kudu (Southern Greater)