LUXURY EAST AFRICAN HUNTING
Tanzania is considered by many experienced Africa hands to be the crown jewel of Africa’s hunting countries. Not only does it boast a vast game list, but also Tanzania prides itself on its safari traditions, which include well-appointed tented camps and large staffs catering to the visiting hunter. A large country in East Africa covering 365,000 square miles, Tanzania still contains large regions of near-wilderness, such as the Selous Game Reserve and the Rungwa Game Reserve. It has a wide variety of ecosystems, from the Masai Steppe in the northeast, home to gazelles and oryx, to miombo forest in the south and west, home to sable and roan. Lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo are well distributed throughout the country. The plains-game species are almost too numerous to list, and include some species that are hunted nowhere else in Africa. Among the most sought-after are Eland, Grant gazelle, Thomson gazelle, Coke and Lichtenstein Hartebeest, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Oribi, Oryx, Puku, several types of Reedbucks, Sable, Roan, Sitatunga, Topi, Suni, Waterbuck, Zebra, and White-bearded and Nyasa Wildebeest.
Tanzania has three classes of hunting licenses. A hunter must choose a ten-day, sixteen-day, or twenty-one-day license, and a larger variety of species are available on the longer licenses. For example, a hunter may hunt up to two buffalo and a variety of plains game on a ten-day license, but must buy a sixteen-day license to hunt crocodiles and waterbuck and a twenty-one-day license to hunt elephant, sable, roan, lion, leopard, oryx, greater kudu, and eland. In addition to the license fee, trophy fees are charged for each species taken, as well as other government fees, which can add significantly to the safari cost. A full-bag safari in Tanzania is not inexpensive by any means, but it is one of the hunting world’s most desired experiences.
The Game Department ensure the well being of the reserve and it's game populations by limiting the number of animals taken by means of the licensing system and strict quotas on all the key species.
A tourist visa for traveling to Tanzania is required and must be obtained in advance of your trip. You’ll need to apply to the Tanzanian consulate in your home country, and will need to supply your passport, flight itinerary, two recent passport-size photos, an application form (filled out and signed), and the required fee, which is $100 for U.S. citizens. Allow several weeks for the process to be completed.
Tanzania is a malaria zone country, and antimalarial drugs are strongly recommended.
Medical emergency evacuation coverage is recommended
You will need to send your firearm details to your outfitter well in advance so the proper paperwork and permits will be ready for you up on arrival. Tanzania recently introduced a new requirement to import firearms for safaris: Hunters must now provide photographs of the firearm and of the serial number for any guns brought into the country. Only three rifles per hunter and 100 rounds per rifle may be imported. Automatic weapons and handguns are strictly forbidden. When hunting dangerous game (lion, elephant, and buffalo), the minimum caliber is .375. If you intend to borrow a rifle from your safari operator, be aware that if your safari is jointly operated by two companies, only the operator conducting the hunt in a given area may provide firearms. If you plan to hunt with your operators' rifles in Tanzania, make sure ahead of time that rifles are available in accordance with Tanzania's regulations.
Guests fly from Oliver Tambo International in Johannesburg to Dar Es Salaam Tanzania (3hr flight) and usually overnight at the Sea Breeze Hotel. Additional charters are required as well as charges for firearms clearing and ground transfers.
Please contact your personal physician or local immunization clinic for the required immunizations for your overseas trip. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Prophylactic medication for malaria is also recommended. Please contact the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at 404-639-3534 or for more information visit http://wwwn.cdc.gov.
Average daytime temperatures will be in the 70’s to 90’s Fahrenheit and 20 to 30 degrees centigrade with cooler temperatures in the early mornings and late evenings. The best time of the year to hunt in Tanzania is from July to the end of October.
Most camps have short periods of wi-fi communications usually provided by generator power in the evenings and mornings.
There are limits to your luggage weight on private charters to camp. You will be advised closer to your departure.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN TANZANIA
Tanzania must be one of the most photographer-friendly destinations on the planet. From snow-capped mountain peaks to ‘Big Five’ safaris and dreamy tropical islands, Tanzania is basking in its newfound status of being a seriously hot photographic travel destination. From the Serengeti plains and steep-sided Ngorongoro Crater to the flamingos of Lake Manyara and giant tuskers of Tarangire to idyllic Zanzibar and traditional Pemba to the wild landscapes of Ruaha, Katavi and Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous… the list of iconic Tanzanian photographic destinations is almost endless.