Zambia offers hunting in the classical sense, vast open wilderness concessions where Africa's large beasts wander freely, pretty much as they did a 100 years ago in relative solitude. As a hunter you get the feeling that your time here is temporary and at best, fractious, able to change in an instant. Of all Africa's hunting countries, Zambia must stand amongst the top 3 as the destination of choice for those seeking the true African hunting experience. No matter if you're after the larger beasts or simply seeking the solitude of an African wilderness, Zambia remains the quintessential African Safari destination. While we are more than qualified and happy to take you to the usual government concessions where everyone else hunts, our primary goal is to let you into our secret - our way of hunting Zambia, not the fancy set up high dollar clap trap that everyone else offers!
ABOUT OUR RoughHunts
Our RoughHunts all take place on close to one half million acres of community hunting land in Zambia's Northern and Muchinga Provinces. In the middle of this vast tract of Africa, our safaris are based on a private hunting reserve of around 35,000 un fenced acres with a permanent tented base camp where we conduct our traditional safaris from. It is the surrounding region however that takes our interest and becomes the focus of these RoughHunts – unopened land that holds big game as well as the elusive and cunning species Zambia is known for.
Traditionally the central African countries do not allow the Chasse Libre (self Guided Hunt) and you have to be accompanied by a professional hunter at all times. So your PH along with a reliable mode of transport in the form of a Land Cruiser, a complement of trackers and other staff and some basic equipment to survive on will meet you at the airport and assist with gun clearance. Your PH will have your hunting license in hand as well as the permits for the species you intend to hunt.
Following in the tradition of the early safaris, as outfitters we provide the very basics which includes but is not limited to: classic canvas tents and cots, basic camp equipment and eating and cooking utensils, a supply of dry goods such as grits, rice, beans, flour for bread, potatoes etc. as well as canned food. Fresh meat will come from what we are able to shoot. We also will provide a supply of bottled water.
In addition we are loaded up with the essentials for a remote safari – diesel, salt for the skins, emergency medical kits and satellite phone.
That’s about it – very much like the first safaris of the early explorers where camp was totally mobile and set up where the game was plentiful.
We believe a lot of the fun of this safari can be your pre planning and gearing up and thus we are here for guidance and advice. Your essentials will be – your guns and ammunition, suitable hard wearing clothes and shoes, all personal essentials such as toiletries, bathing soap, medications etc. as well as any new hunting toys that may seem appropriate and fun. If you want any special drinks or food then you will have a chance to purchase this in Lusaka prior to your departure for the bush.
These hunts require a certain amount of time, patience and adaptability on your part as they are based upon breaking open new roads and uncharted country and are in essence unpredictable – the very reason that makes them a true hunting adventure!
To accommodate the unpredictability that is embodied in the term Safari, our rates are structured on a success based style. You pay a hunt or daily fee which is lower and more manageable - in essence it allows you access to the wilderness that Zambia offers at a fraction of the cost you'd pay elsewhere. Then based upon the level of your success in shooting the species you are after, the prices will revert to the countrywide average.
To dumb it down for those on the AR forum -
Current Buffalo Safari average daily rate - $1350 per day = $9450 for a 7 day hunt (without trophy fees OR licenses OR dip and pack!)
Our daily rate for ALL species - $750 per day = $5250 (inclusive of government licenses, rifle permits and transfer fees!!)
SUCCESS, you shoot a buffalo on our RoughHunt! your daily rate goes up to $1000 per day (you're still 350 below the average!) and you pay the trophy fee of $2950 (oh snap... thats $550 less than the average buffalo trophy fee!)
Your buffalo safari total is $9950
NOW what if you don't shoot a buffalo? no biggie you still only pay your $750 per day ($5250) and the plainsgame trophy fees you have taken - no scam, just a fair deal that works for both sides!