We have compiled the following information, which we feel is important in order to make your holiday and hunting experience an unforgettable one.
We recommend that you make use of a hard case with locks for your bow and equipment during traveling to Namibia and back home, with your nametag and address. Also clearly mark on the hard case ARCHERY EQUIPMENT is of importance.
Bowhunters always bring their own equipment, as the bow has been set up for your draw length and style. We do however have several bows that can be set up for you, should it be needed in case a bow have been lost or damaged. We also have a fully equipped bow room with all the necessary equipment such as bow press, arrows, sights, arrow rest, broadheads, bow wax, loops, peeps, stabilizers etc.
We advise our clients to bring a complete set of strings for their bow, should we need to replace the string during the hunting period. Also a bow bag will be supplied to you to use during the hunting period to protect your bow against dust and any bumps to the bow.
A demarcated shooting range up to 60 yards is available for you to practice only walking distance from your room with suitable back stops (buds) even for broadheads.
Arrows and broadheads are extremely important and we recommend total arrow weight not to be less than 400gr. We prefer 420gr to 480gr total arrow weight. Also recommended is a sharp fixed blade broadhead of 100gr or 125gr with a cutting diameter of an inch plus. Broadheads such as Ramcat, Muzzy, Slick Trick and Thunderheads has performed very well and proved themselves over the years. Do not store any equipment in your hand luggage.
Rifles and locks must be packed separately to conform to international air traffic safety regulations. In other words, the rifle and scope to go into the gun case, and the lock into the suitcase, not into your hand luggage. Ammunition must likewise be packed separately from the firearm in your luggage (not in your hand luggage).
Regarding the choice of caliber the 7 mm is the required minimum. African game is known to be extremely bullet resistant. Best results have been achieved with calibers such as 9.3x62, 9.3x64, .375 H&H, .300 Win.Mag and .338 Win.Mag. Since firing distances as a rule range from 60 to 150 meters (65/160 yards), speed is of secondary importance. It is essential rather to land as much bullet at the target as possible. For the hunting of the Big Five (the exception here being the leopard), a minimum caliber of .375 H&H is required.
Mainly walk and stalk will be done for rifle hunting. This means that shooting is done either from the shooting stick or offhand. As with any other activity, the rule applies - practice makes perfect. Relevant target practice at the home shooting range will enhance your chances of success and avoid misses and/or wounding shots while you are out hunting. A shooting range up to a 100 yards is available at all times should it be needed during your hunting period.
If you prefer to avoid the time-consuming customs declaration, as well as the risk of damage to your gun while in transit, we have at your disposal loan weapons. You can choose from the following calibers: .416 Rem Mag, .300 Win.Mag, 338 Win Mag and .375 H&H. We charge you according to our price list.
Trophies and Skins
We set great time and effort in your trophies and skins being properly prepared, which is why our professional skinners attend to the preliminary treatment thereof, al done in a separate building equipped for skinning and salting. Only fine table salt is used for hides and skins. Thereafter experienced taxidermists are available for Dip and Pack or who will prepare your trophies in a highly professional manner and according to your individual wishes, either as head trophy, flat skin, shoulder mount, or even full mount. Shipment is handled either by your taxidermist or via a forwarding agency specializing in shipment of trophies, details of which company we will gladly convey to you on request. Such forwarding agents also attend to the entire customs clearance procedure to your home country, thus safeguarding smooth transport of the goods right up to your front door.
We recommend that you wear sturdy protective sportswear when hunting. Synthetic textiles are not suitable for the bush! Cotton, on the other hand, has proved to be most effective. For bowhunters we suggest dark collared clothing or camo when sitting in a blind. During our winter months (June/July) nighttime temperatures vary from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius, so it is advisable to pack one or two articles of warm clothing. For summer conditions we recommend you bring a few long-sleeved shirts or blouses as a protection against sunburn. It is not necessary to bring too many clothes since we offer a daily laundry service, which comes free of charge. This will ensure that you will have freshly laundered and ironed clothes available every day.
For stalking the game in the bush, please bring along ankle-high hunting boots, which have been broken in. Furthermore, you will need comfortable sport shoes and sandals.
Of vital importance, though easily forgotten to bring a hat, we also supply hats if needed.
Further Personal Requirements
Most important don’t forget your personal medicine, sun protective lotion with minimum protection factor of 15, your photographic and video equipment and also a good set of binoculars and whatever else you feel you cannot do without!
Photos, Film & Video Making
Make sure you bring along enough film and video material supplies should you which to record your own video and still images. We however also capture all the shots on video and compile an unedited DVD for you to take home for family and friends. We also specialize in photos and will give you a CD with your hunting pictures.
Namibia possesses one of the best telecommunication networks in Africa. There are roaming agreements with most European countries and also with the USA; therefore you can use your cell phone. We also provide free Wi-Fi at the lodge dining and bar area to communicate via Skype, Viber and face time with your family at home.
The predominantly very dry climate, combined with the altitude (approximately 1200 meters or 4300 ft.), as a rule is agreeable and healthy. Apart from your personal medicine you don't have to take any special precautions. All you need is the usual tetanus vaccination. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended exclusively for midsummer should you visit the river areas. Medical care in general is excellent. You will find German/English speaking doctors in larger centers of the country.
Avis, Budget and Imperial are represented in Namibia. It is advisable, however, to book your car in good time prior to your departure. Better still; let us know your requirements and we will handle the car rental on your behalf.
To be on the safe side, we would recommend that you take out a combined trip/cancellation/baggage policy plus health cover for travel abroad, all of which are on offer by way of low-cost package. When you make your reservation, kindly advise whether you wish us to attend to the insurance aspect on your behalf.
Scale of average temperatures for Tsumeb/Namibia
May/June/July/August (Namibian Winter)
At night: 0°C to 10°C / 32°F to 50°F
Daytime: 20°C to 28°C / 68°F to 80°F
September - April (Namibian Summer)
At night: 15°C to 25°C / 60°F to 75°F
Daytime: 28° to 38° / 80°F to 100°F
Here in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed. From December to April, short-lived but heavy rainfall can occur. From May to September it is rather cold at night, with clear starlit skies. During the day it is pleasantly warm.