We have compiled some important information below in order to make your vacation as easy and enjoyable as possible.
We would recommend bringing your own rifle, to which you are accustomed. The import of hunting rifles and ammunition into Namibia is easy and effortless; the necessary documents will be supplied to you by us beforehand. The African plains game is very hardy so, we would recommend the following calibers: 30-06, 300 Win Mag and bigger. Most plains game are being shot at distances between 100 and 200 meters. For the big five a minimum caliber would be .375 H&H. Deformation ammunition like RWS Evolution, Norma Oryx or Noslar Partion are recommended for our African game. A maximum of 100 rounds may be imported per caliber into Namibia, but 60 to 80 rounds are sufficient for most hunts. The rifle should be equipped with a hunting scope with a magnification of roughly 12; in most cases that is sufficient. Most of the time on a stalk, we shoot from shooting sticks, so the hunter should be comfortable and accustomed to shooting from a shooting stick. If you bring your own hunting rifle, please do not forget to bring your licence for your weapon, should your country issue such a license (the USA is an exception). You will also need a weapons permit, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Customs officers will assist you at the airport, should you need any assistance. Only rifles are allowed, as the Namibian government does not allow import of automatic weapons or hand guns for hunting. A little tip: Weapons and cartridges should be packed separately in order to comply with international air traffic safety standards. In other words, gun and scope in the rifle case, and the cartridges and ammunition in your suitcase. Please do not carry anything in your hand luggage. Different rifles in different calibers with excellent optics are available for hire.
Visitors from the EU (incl Germany, Switzerland and Austria) do not need a visa, they will be granted a visa at the port of entry by the Namibia Customs officer for the duration of their stay. A maximum of 90 days will be granted except if you are planning to study or work. Then a separate visa is needed. The Visa is granted free of charge (Visitors Entry Permit). Your Passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your journey and children must also have valid passports.
The climate in Namibia is generally dry with very little, to almost no humidity. From April to October are the winter months where as from November to March are our summer months. The best time to travel to Namibia for hunting and game viewing, therefore is in winter, when most game come to waterholes and the vegetation is also sparse. Furthermore the risk of malaria is very low in most parts of the country in winter. Rain and thunderstorms occur only in summer during our rainy season.
Namibia mostly runs on 220 AC power. We use three point plugs so an adaptor would be advisable. At Okasandu we are not connected to the public power supply, and are running everything on solar powered panels and store power in batteries for the night time.
After a successful hunt, our team will recover, skin and prepare the full slain animal trophies for the taxidermist. We place the highest priority on the preparation and packing of your trophies. Excellent taxidermists are available locally for the mounting, tanning, or full mount preparations of your trophies, if you should choose to have them done in Namibia, we will gladly refer you to them. Due to new laws and regulations pertaining to the preparation of trophies, we are only able to do the raw preparation ourselves - which we will do most professionally. Any secondary preparations such as Dip & Pack, as well as tanning, full mounts etc. will have to be undertaken either by a licensed Namibian taxidermist, or in your home country. Shipping: specialized trophy-shipping agencies will handle the shipping on your behalf. The corresponding agents handle the entire customs clearance in your country as well as all Namibian documents pertaining to your shipment, in order to guarantee smooth transportation to your doorstep. The shipping agent can also provide you with an in-transit insurance upon request, should you wish to have it.
The Namibian bush is very thorny. Rugged, lightweight clothing is therefore the right choice. In our winter months from June to July, temperatures range between -10 and +20 degrees Celsius. Pack a change or two of warm clothing along with your normal hunting wear. Consider packing long-sleeves shirts for the summer months. Included in the daily hunting fee is a daily laundry service. You will therefore have your clothing washed and ironed daily and will therefore not need an excessive amount of clothes. For stalking in the bush, please bring well broken-in, ankle-high boots. These should also be as lightweight and as breathable as possible. Very important and often forgotten!! Please bring headgear and sun lotion with a 30 to 50 protection factor.
The private hospitals in Namibia are of a fairly high standard, compared to others in Africa. But nevertheless we would recommend an International travel insurance just in case.