SOAZ Discount Scheme
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa comprising 39 075 700 hectares (1 hec. = 2.471 acres). It is bordered by South Africa to the South Mozambique to the East, Zambia to the North and Botswana and Namibia to the West. Altitude ranges from around 500 metres in the northern Zambezi Valley up to 1 500 metres in the Highveld, and slopes down again to around 300 metres in the South East Lowveld.
Zimbabwe's climate is divided mainly into Summer (October – April with temperatures around 32°C) and Winter (May – September with temperatures around 20°C but can drop much lower at night).
Legal requirements for the Safari Industry
Safari Operators in Zimbabwe are required to be registered and licenced by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. Their Tour Operator’s licence number should commence with HOP… Ask for your Operator’s number when booking your hunt and if he does not have one check his bona fides through Safari Operators Association Zimbabwe (Email: email@example.com).
Categories of Hunting Land
Hunting takes place on various categories of land:
Animals available for hunting in Zimbabwe
The following animals may be legally hunted in Zimbabwe on permits issued by the National Parks Authority:-
Cites quotas in Zimbabwe for endangered species
National Parks applies to CITES each year for quotas of Elephant, Leopard, Cheetah and Crocodile. Animals that are present in Zimbabwe but not hunted because of low populations are:
Rhino, Roan Antelope, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest and the Painted Dog (also known as Wild Dog).
Booking your hunt
Prospective clients should enter into a written agreement with the Hunting Operator in regard to:
Daily Rate, number of days, species to be shot if available, price for each specie, charge for non-hunting visitors, cost of transfers from port of entry to point of departure, Zimbabwe Tourism Levy, arrangements for treatment and dispatch of trophies. Enquire whether any other charges are applicable.
The Hunting Operator is responsible for obtaining the licences, paperwork, permits and supplying the necessary services to conduct a hunt such as:
Camp accommodation, catering, trackers, skinners, vehicles and a Zimbabwe licenced Professional Hunter.
Your Operator will advise what rifles are appropriate for the hunt booked. A .375 or bigger and a medium calibre 7mm-300 HxH range are suggested as generally suitable for most hunts. Hunting weapons may be temporarily imported into Zimbabwe by declaring them, together with your ammunition, at Customs upon arrival and obtaining a Temporary Firearms Import Permit. This permit is checked upon your departure again. No payment is required for this permit.
Some bird shooting is available but in smaller numbers than in the USA. Guineafowl, Partridge, Duck and Geese are available in appropriate areas in season. Doves and Pigeons are available year round in fairly large numbers. Bird Shooting and Fishing can be combined and arranged by your Operator. Good times for bird hunting are from February to April or August to November.
Sport fishing in Zimbabwe offers the fighting Tiger Fish found in Lake Kariba and along the Lower Zambezi River. The annual Tiger Fishing Competition is held in September/October. Other species include Bream, Vundu (the ultimate in catfish), Chessa and Bottlenose.
Bass fishing is available in privately stocked dams.
Trout fishing is available in the Eastern Highlands in stocked National Parks dams in season.
Catch-and-release is practiced by many Zimbabwe sport fishermen, but visitors are welcome to retain their prize catch for taxidermy work, which can be undertaken in Zimbabwe. Serious fishermen should bring their own tackle with them.
Your Safari Operator will advise on suitable clothing and equipment to bring with you. Dark khaki and jungle green clothing is preferable. Military camouflage clothing is not permitted in Zimbabwe. Taxidermists of good quality are available in Zimbabwe or your Operator will arrange for dip and pack of your trophies for despatch to your own taxidermist.
Electricity supply is 220-240V accessible via 14 Amp square pinned fused plugs.
A Tourism Levy is charged at 2% by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. Enquire from your Operator how this will affect the cost of your hunt.
National Parks charge a levy of 2% of the trophy fee for preparing the export documents for the trophies. A further 2% on trophies is charged by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
Malaria preventative medication is necessary. Please consult your own physician prior to coming to Zimbabwe. Use of insect repellants and concealing clothing in the evenings is recommended. Bilharzia is present in many dams and rivers. It is advisable to make minimal contact with kind of water; however Bilharzia is easily cured by a single dose of Biltricide or similar medication. Please consult your own physician.
AIDS is prevalent in Africa but can be avoided by refraining from irresponsible sexual behaviour. Medical Blood Bank serum and blood is tested prior to use.
Medical Air Rescue and Ambulance Services are available in most areas of Zimbabwe and insurance cover for this is available. Your Operator can assist you to obtain this cover.
Private as well as Government clinics, hospitals and doctors are available in the main centers, and your Professional Hunter has First Aid training.
Activities for the Non-Hunter
Zimbabwe offers a wide range of other interests for non-hunters accompanying the hunter, or for the hunter once he has completed his hunt.
These range from canoeing the Zambezi River, whitewater rafting below the famous Victoria Falls, houseboats on Lake Kariba, fishing, bird watching, photographic, walking or horseback safaris, walking with lions, riding on elephants and game lodges.
Our Operators make every effort to ensure your hunt runs smoothly and that you enjoy your stay in Zimbabwe. However, should you feel that you have been subjected to unethical practices or unreasonable treatment; you are welcome to make a full written report to the:
CATEGORY A (Countries whose nationals do not require visas) Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bennuda, Botswana, Cayman Isl., Congo (DRC), Cyprus, Fiji, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland,
Zimbabwe's vegetation is covered principally by tropical woodlands and savannas interspersed with areas of grassland.
Various international airlines service Zimbabwe to Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Air charters or luxury coaches are available to most areas.
-Tourism Act 14:20 of 1996-Parks & Wildlife Act 20:14 of 1996
-Parks & Wildlife Amendment No.19 of 2001
-Firearms Act 10:09 of 1996
-Forest Act 19:05 of 1996
-Trapping of Animals Act 20:21 of 1996
-S.I 362 of 1990
-S.I 114 of 1993
-S.I 108 of 1996
-S.I 107 of 1996
-S.I 106 of 1996
-S.I 76 of 1998
-S.I 48 of 1998
-S.I 26 of 1998
-S.I 11 of 1999