Botswana is widely regarded as Africa’s premier hunting destination for big tuskers. Our hunting outfitter is widely considered to be Botswana’s best. He has several concessions bordering the Okavango Delta and two in the famed Chobe Enclave. All his hunting concessions produce outstanding bulls, as evidenced by the outfitter’s 60 pound average and the incredible 104 pound bull he produced the first week of the 2010 season.
The number and size of Botswana’s Elephant bull must be seen to be believed. Their ivory is thick and heavy and the biggest bulls are two feet taller and 2,000 pounds heavier than you’re likely to encounter anywhere else. Whether you’re an avid Elephant hunter or you just want to experience Elephant hunting once in your life, there is no better place than Botswana.
Botswana is located in Southern Africa. A landlocked country, Botswana borders Namibia to the West, Zambia to the North, Zimbabwe to the Northeast and South African Republic to the South. This former British protectorate gained its independence in 1966.
It was not until 1962 that sport hunting started to catch on in Botswana once hunting outfitters from East Africa established themselves for hunting in Botswana. These well connected hunting outfitters from East Africa partnered with local hunting outfitters in Botswana and in only a few short years, it became one of the finest hunting destinations in Africa.
There are two major hunting areas in Botswana, the Okavango Delta and the central region of Kalahari (the Central Kalahari Game Reserve).
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. It is undeniably a paradise on earth. The unique habitat is so rich in vegetation and water, it is home to a very diverse animal population. Thousands of Elephants, considerable herds of Cape Buffalo, Crocodiles, Hippos, Lions and Leopards are all found in this region. The Okavango Delta is also home to the unique Red Lechwe and an incredible variety of birds.
The central region of the Kalahari (Central Kalahari Game Reserve) allows the hunting of some of the largest and most beautiful antelopes in Africa such as the Gemsbok, Cape Eland and Greater Kudu. There are also Lions and Leopards which are hunted with dogs and Bushmen trackers. Elephants are also present in large numbers and can be hunted.
Unfortunately, many species have been closed to hunting in Botswana for many years and it seems unlikely that licenses for these species will be granted in the future. These would include the Situtunga, the Sable, the Roan Antelope and the Southern Reedbuck. The Common Waterbuck is also fully protected.
Botswana also offers the opportunity to hunt on game ranches. These are fenced territories such as those found in South Africa or Namibia. Several species can only be hunted on these game ranches, Bushbuck, Black Wildebeest and Blesbok.
In the Okavango Delta, as in the Kalahari Game Reserve, hunting areas are open territories, not fenced.
The habitat of the Okavango Delta is alternating wet and dry areas with seasonal variation: lagoons, islands, marshes, palms forest and grassy plains. The habitat of the other hunting areas varies little from one region to another. It is primarily sandy terrain including acacia or mopane forests, thorn bush and dry grassy plains.
Hunting safaris in Botswana usually begin with a drive in a 4×4 from camp, then once in the bush, tracking on foot. The terrain is flat and the hunting is not very physically demanding. While hunting in the Okavango Delta for species such as Cape Buffalo and Red Lechwe, wooden dugout canoes may be used to get to areas inaccessible by other means.; a truly memorable hunting experience.
The hunting areas in Botswana are managed by outfitters and professional hunters who are most often locals or from either South Africa or Namibia. The hunting camps are generally large and comfortable tent camps with full amenities. In the vast majority of cases, access to the hunting areas is by small plane from the capital of Botswana, Gaborone.
The hunting season in Botswana runs from the beginning of April through the end of September. Most hunting outfitters do bird hunting. Dove, Pigeon and Quail are hunted throughout the year. Duck, Francolin and Guineafowl from April 1st to September 30th and Sandgrouse from October 1st until April.
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