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Hunt in Zambia

Next Trip: 1st-7th June 2021 // 30th July-22nd August 2022

Zambia

Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in SouthernCentral Africa with a tropical climate, and consists mostly of high plateaus with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. At 752,614 km2 (290,586 sq mi) it is the 39th-largest country in the world, slightly smaller than Chile. Its neighbours are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west. Most of the country consists of a high plateau, only approx. 6 to 7 % of the area is used for agricultural purposes and the majority of the rural population is concentrated on this comparatively small area. The rest of the country is more or less sparsely populated and offers enormous hunting possibilities. The hunting grounds are therefore vast and in some cases not yet fully developed. 

The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. In 1964, Zambia became independent of the United Kingdom.

Hunt in Zambia

Zambia is still a very original hunting country, away from the “abandoned paths” where you can still experience the real Africa. Zambia is often called “Africa Forgotten Paradise”. For a long time Zambia has been considered a secret for big game hunting and this beautiful country has always been in the shadow of other countries of Africa as Tanzania, Zimbabwe… However, in Zambia there are excellent hunting possibilities and  in terms of wildlife and trophy quality it is similar to these other countries, if not better. Because of its very sustainable hunting, you can expect very good trophies, especially with Lion, Leopard and Buffalo, as well as many Plains game species.

The best wild area in Zambia is certainly the famous Luangwa Valley, where we have access to the best Game Management Areas (GMA) / Prime Hunting Areas. The terrain in the Luangwa Valley is mostly flat to rolling hills, with vegetation ranging from open meadows to dense bushes. It is a first-class large game area with a significant amount of Elephants (seasonal), Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Hippos and Crocodiles, but also we can find a lot of different plain game as Waterbuck, Kudu, Cookson Wildebeest, the rare Puku (there are many of them), Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Impala, Grysbok, Common Duiker, Zebra, Warthogs, Roan, Hyena…

Zambia – and especially the well-known Luangwa valley is an excellent destination for hunting big game and plains game because the quality and quantity of animals and the qualified organisation of the hunt.

Hunt in Area: Luangwa Valley

Luangwa Valley is the classic hunting destination for a first class wilderness experience. Home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, Cookson Wildebeest, Puku and other game and bird species. The terrain encompasses the Luangwa River, sweeping open plains, Mopani forests and thickets.

The hunting in this area is generally challenging but the rewards definitely out way the hunt. There are very seasoned professional hunters and trackers that make the hunt feel pleasant and exciting. Our hunts occur in shrubs, open plains and thick forest. Hippos and Crocodiles are hunted from the river banks.

Hunting Season and Weather

The hunting season starts on 1st May and normally concludes in November with the rainy season imminent. 

There are three types of weather in Zambia. These are rainy which runs from November to March, sometimes into April. The winter time starts in May and runs through to August, so June and July are the cooler months and will require guests to pack a warm jacket for the cooler evenings and mornings on the open vehicles. The grass can be even higher in the first half of June, so the visibility and shooting distances are sometimes slightly lower than at later dates.   And finally the summer starts in September to October.  The warmer time from August to October is also very good. However, in the Luangwa Valley, October is the month with the highest temperatures.

Accommodation

The camp is strategically located with striking views overlooking the majestic Luangwa River. There are five spacious and private double chalets with suite facilities and hot/cold running water.

The dining room and lounge enjoy panoramic views of the river, often teaming with game coming down to drink at the water’s edge as the sun sets, the perfect end to each day.

Fourteen friendly camp staff covering chef, waiters, skinners, trackers and general staff are there to ensure that each guest is given a top quality and personalized service.

Hunting Program: Elephant

The population of Elephant is seasonally good – especially in September and October – from the beginning of September until the middle of the month. Fruits like the marula begin to ripen, a very attractive food for the Elephants. That’s why many Elephants come from the National parks to the hunting area.

In Zambia Elephants may only be hunted if the weight of the tusk is at least 15 kg (33 lbs). But there are also opportunities to shoot bigger trophies; the expected trophy for a good one is +/- 45 lbs, and more than 70 lbs. for capital trophies. 

Even if the population of the Elephant is good in September and October, the success of this hunt is not 100%, so what we recommend is to book a 14 days hunting program for Buffalo or a combo with Buffalo and Leopard with option to shoot an Elephant.

We recommend for hunting Elephant any caliber from 400 and up.

Hunting Program: Leopard

Leopard is a solitary animal, hunting usually at night, and spending much of the day hiding in thickets or in the fork of a tree. They are extremely adaptive and are able to live in a variety of terrain. They hunt a wide variety of prey from small antelopes, baboons or monkeys to rodents, and birds, being quick and efficient hunters. 

Leopards continually move about their home ranges, seldom staying in an area for more than two or three days at a time. A male will accompany a female in estrus for a week or so before they part and return to solitude.

The hunting area is well known for its frequent leopard sightings. 

We can hunt leopards in Zambia with special permits during the cooler season from May to September. Baiting is the most popular hunting method for Leopard. Any of the .300 Magnums is a recommended caliber.

Hunting Program: Buffalo

The Buffalo of Zambia is one of the biggest one that we can hunt in Africa.

Minimum caliber for hunting the Buffalo is 9,3 x 62 Mauser or 375. H&H but according to our experience we recommend any of the 400’s, .416 Rigby, .416 Remington, .404 or .458 Win. And only premium bullets should be used. Buffalo have earned the reputation as Africa’s most dangerous animal. Once wounded, adrenaline will turn it into a killing machine seemingly possessed by a conscious thought of vengeance.

The hunting method is by stalking; vehicles are used to cover the hughes hunting areas but once game or any sign is seen by the trackers, then the stalking begins!

Zambia is home to a large a variety of antelope including some species endemic to this place as the Cookson Wildebeest. The combination of the Buffalo program with other extra game is a perfect Safari experience!

Hunting Program: Hippo, Crocodile, Plains Game

On the Luangwa River there is a very good population of hippos and crocodiles and they can be included in a 5 or 7 days package. The crocodiles that live in Luangwa are the typical river crocodiles that measure between 3 and 3.5 meters, even up to 4 meters.

The crocodiles are hunted from the river banks, behind a blind.

The quality of the hippo trophy is very good. It is hunted on land and in the water. 

Zambia hosts to some of the most diverse wildlife in Africa. The Plains Game program allows you to choose from a long list of different species: Waterbuck, Kudu, Cookson Wildebeest, the rare Puku (there are many), Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Impala, Grysbok, Common Duiker, Zebra, Eland, Roan, Warthog, Hyaena…

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