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Zimbabwe

  

Geography
Statistics
Economy
Hunting Areas
Accommodation
Species
Hunting Itinerary



 Geography

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa. Most of the country
is elevated on the central plateau
stretching from the southwest to the northwest at altitudes between 1200 and 1600m. The countries east is mountainous with Mt. Inyangani as the highest point at 2,592 m. About 20% of the country consist of the low veld under 900m. Victoria Falls, one of the worlds biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, are located
in the countries northwest and is along the Zambezi river. Despite the current economic climate Zimbabwe remains a beautiful country.

 Zimbabwe Statistics

Population: 12.5 million
Official languages: English, Shona and Ndebele
Currency: US dollar
Capital city: Harare 
Major tribal groups: Shona, Ndebele
Industries: mineral exports, agriculture and tourism

 Economy

In early 2009 the Zimbabwe dollar was replaced by the US dollar  as the currency of use. Ever since then the economy has started to gradually recover.

This country, formerly known as Rhodesia, was once one of the most prosperous countries in Africa.

 Hunting in Zimbabwe

Surprisingly, tourists and hunters continue to visit Zimbabwe. To date, there have been no incidents involving foreign tourist or foreign hunters. In addition, most of the safari operators continue to offer hunts in Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe continues to be an important hunting destination.  Zimbabwe is home to an Elephant population estimated at 100,000 animals, with a threshold at 50,000, mostly in Hwange and the Zambezi Valley. Hunting of Elephants is allowed.



Lion and Leopard hunting are also allowed. Lions and Leopards are hunted exclusively with bait and can be found in almost all areas. Zimbabwean Leopards are well known for their size.


There are also large herds of Buffalo  in Zimbabwe and so this country offers the possibility to hunt four of the renowned “Big Five”.

In Zimbabwe much stalking and hunting is done on foot but given the vastness of the hunting areas, it is often necessary to travel by vehicle to get to the hunting spots. The hunting areas are not very rugged and the actual hunting is not especially physically rigorous.

In Zimbabwe we conduct our hunting in the remote  Matetsi area in the west of the country .  Our prime hunting area is Matetsi Safari Area Unit 2.   This area is world renowned for its big open vleis, springs/river lines, wild life numbers and trophy quality.   The Matetsi River runs through the length of the concession providing pools of water through out the year for wildlife. 

We also hunt the neighboring  Kazuma Forest area which borders Kazuma Pan and Kazuma Pan National Park.   This area varies slightly from Matetsi Safari Area in that it contains huge teak and false mopani forest areas on Kalahari Sand.  This area also produces many great quality trophies (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and sable). 

Both areas are remote,  wild , unfenced offering true fair chase hunting. These areas are all very well known for delivering consistently good quality trophies of both Big and Plains Game animals. PH Guav and Johnnie Johnson have won numerous awards for trophies harvested in these areas.  



There is no defined hunting season in Zimbabwe however , due to the summer rains, most hunting is conducted between the months of April and October, with June, July and August being the most popular months for hunting . 

 Accommodation


Matetsi Camp

Beautifully located on a small hill overlooking a typical Matetsi vlei.   Camp consists of three thatched rondavels all with bathroom ensuite.  The camp has electricity with a back up generator.  A separate thatched bar, dining area and fire pit face west giving the most incredible views of the sunsets.

Kazuma Camp

Is constructed of 4 " A " frame thatched chalets under a grove of False Mopane Trees. All chalets have running water, flush toilets and there is a communal dinning area and fire pit . Lighting is all solar.

Species List 

Baboon
Buffalo – male and female
Bush buck
Bushpig
Caracal
Civet
Crocodile
Duiker Grey

Eland Bull
Elephant – male and female
Genet
Giraffe
Grysbok
Hippo
Hyena
Impala – male and female
Jackal

Klipspringer
Kudu – male and female
Leopard
Lion
Monkey
Porcupine
Reedbuck
Roan (on special request)
Sable
Serval

Steenbok
Tsessebe
Waterbuck – male and female
Warthog – male and female
Wildcat
Wildebeest Blue
Zebr
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Birds
Dove
Francolin
Sandgrouse


Day of Hunting in Zimbabwe 

 5:00am (or first light) - Breakfast).  The wake time depends how far from the camp one will be hunting that day, if some species of animals are a long way from camp one would arise much earlier in order to get to the hunting area early. 

5:30am - Transport to hunting area in Land Cruisers especially equipped for safari hunting purposes.  Once you arrive at the  hunting area you will travel from vehicles on foot.
  

 
7:00 am - The hunting begins. Early morning is the best rime for hunting so you will stop for lunch depending on how your hunt is going that morning

 
Noon - Usually by lunch time it is pretty hot making hunting during these hours not very fruitful. You head back to the camp for lunch and maybe a little siesta.  If any animals are shot during the course of the day they are normally transported back to the camp where qualified skinners/capers  are available to skin the animals and prepare the  trophies according to the hunters requirements

After lunch - After the siesta, we will head out to hunt once it becomes a little cooler and game starts to move about. 

End of Day - After hunting all afternoon around dusk time, we return to camp.  You will then have time to shower / bath.  I.
 

7:00pm - You relax around the camp fire with your professional hunter with a sundowner.   Dinner follows with a three course meal thereafter plans are made for the next day’s hunt and then to bed. 


10:00pm - Everyone heads to bed to rest for the next great day of hunting.
  

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