HUNTING ETHIOPIA

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Hunting Ethiopia
Ethiopia covers a large portion of the Horn of Africa and shares borders with Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. For decades Ethiopia has been a legendary hunting destination, especially famous for its Elephants. It is also the only country in which one can find the Moutain Nyala as well as hunt the iconic Bongo or Markhor which are as beautiful and exciting as they are challenging.

Despite numerous political crisis and wars waged in the last twenty years, Ethiopia, unlike its neighbor Somalia, offers unique hunting possibilities in exciting and fascinating geographical regions.

Ethiopia has been celebrated by such famous writers as Raimbaud, Henry de Montfreid and Fran霈殃s Guyot and it is useful to read the works of these authors before beginning a journey to this country. Even though these books have been written decades ago, they enable today’s hunter to more fully experience the atmosphere of this beautiful country.

In addition to the magnificent Mountain Nyala, Ethiopia is home to a varied wildlife spread out over different regions in the country that include the following, the Greater Kudu, Lesser Kudu, Beisa Oryx, Nile Buffalo, Neumann’s Hartebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Harnessed Bushbuck, Gerenuk, Bohor Reedbuck, Grant’s Gazelle, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Oribi, Klipspringer, Kirk Dik-Dik, Gunther’s Dik-Dik, Giant Forest Hog, Bushpig, Warthog.

Among the predators are the distinguished Black-Backed Jackal, Side-Striped Jackal and Spotted Hyena (Crocuta Crocuta). Lions and Leopards are also available to hunt in Ethiopia and are present in large numbers. Hunting Lion is only done by tracking. Ethiopia issues more licenses for hunting Leopards than any other country in Africa.

Hunting in Ethiopia follows specific rules. A species can only be hunted in those areas that have been designated for hunting that particular species. Unfortunately for hunters interested in hunting Elephant or the Neumann’s Hartebeest, these species can be hunted in theory only, no land has been designated for their hunting in Ethiopia as of yet.

There is no hunting season in Ethiopia and therefore it is theoretically possible to hunt all year round. The best time of year for hunting Ethiopia is from October through June. The months of July, August and September can be particularly wet.

The hunting areas in Ethiopia are spread out over a large portion of the country. The larger areas are mainly located in the southern half of the country and south of the capital, Addis Ababa. The Omo Valley, Bale province, Arusi mountains and Bale Mountains to the south as well as the Danakil region and the Afar region to the north are the most frequented hunting areas.

The hunting areas in Ethiopia are open territories, not fenced. Hunting concessions are leased and managed by hunting outfitters. There are less than half a dozen hunting outfitters in Ethiopia and the professional hunters are mostly English speaking (American, South African or white Zimbabwean).

Hunting in Ethiopia is done on foot except for the Mountain Nyala for which hunting is most often done on horseback. It should be known that Mountain Nyala hunting can be very physically demanding and is similar to hunting sheep or Bongo. It is often described as a “vertical” Bongo hunt due to the difficulty negotiating the terrain. While hunting Mountain Nyala, flying camps are often the standard. Elsewhere in Ethiopia the hunting camps are tent camps and are usually large and quite comfortable.

The hunting areas are accessible only by road from Addis Ababa and the drive is on average 5 to 10 hours depending upon the location of the area you will be hunting and the road conditions.

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Christian and Claudine Grevendal, Belgium

“I had a beautiful hunt, with success. I shot the species I hoped to: Kudu, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Impala and Warthog. The territory you sent us to is large with plenty of animals. About the non-hunting activities; our wives enjoyed the excursions: flight over the Waterberg Plateau, photo safari on wagon pulled by horses, Cheetah conservation center. We will all keep excellent memories of our safari in Africa. A big thank you to all of the team for their kindness and professionalism. Les accompagnatrices ont beaucoup aprecies les excursions. Nous garderons tous et toutes un excellent souvenir de notre safari en Afrique. Un grand merci a toute l’equipe pour leur gentilesse et leur professionalisme.”
Christian and Claudine Grevendal, Belgium

William Price, United Kingdom

“Dear Jerome, I just wanted to send you an quick email to say how much we had enjoyed our safari. It was the most tremendous place and we were so well looked after by excellent and very friendly staff. The lodge was very comfortable and the food delicious. The hunting really was excellent and between the two of us on a 2×1 hunt, I think we just about got every trophy we were after, which is pretty amazing in only 8 days and in the extreme heat of late November. Our PH was really a revelation. I have hunted with a number of PHs, all of whom I thought were excellent, but none of whom comes close to our PH on this trip. He was relaxed, fun, entertaining, extremely knowledgable, very good company and a superb PH. He really made it an outstanding hunt. You asked me to let you know if I though anything could have been done better and I honestly can’t think of a single thing. The attention to detail and sheer professionalism of yourself and the outfit you sent us to made it an incredible, unforgettable experience. Many, many thanks.”
William Price, United Kingdom

Kurt Leus, Texas, USA

“Dear Jerome, I had a great time on my hunting safari. The game was abundant and all of the animals I took were in great shape. The highlights of my hunting were taking a Hartmann’s Zebra in the mountains after hours of stalking and the 56 inch Kudu, also taken in the mountains. The entire house and field staff were most courteous and pleasant. The meals were great. Our gracious hostess attended to our every need. And lastly same words for our excellent PH, he was knowledgeable, pleasant and courteous. He made my first safari most memorable.”
Kurt Leus, Texas, USA