Hunting Zimbabwe

Waterbuck on the edge of a river in Zimbabwe.

Authentic and challenging African hunting in the wild Southern African country of Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe's wilderness areas are still quite untamed and thus very exciting to hunt. The concession we use is unfenced, with many animals roaming in and out of the area as they please. This means that oftentimes an animal will appear at the opportune moment, adding an extra trophy to your repertoire.

Three of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo and leopard) are available on our hunting safaris to Zimbabwe. Additional dangerous game species include both crocodile and hippopotamus. Some unique plains game subspecies are also available for hunting in Zimbabwe, like the Chobe bushbuck and Livingstone eland.

Zimbabwe has long been one of Africa's top safari destinations. Formerly known as Rhodesia, it is a land-locked country surrounded by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the north, and Mozambique to the east. The Zambezi River defines it northern border and attracts many tourists each year to view the spectacular Victoria Falls; at twice the height of America's Niagara Falls, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. When hunting Zimbabwe, many safari clients include a side trip to the falls. The Limpopo River flows along Zim's southern border and, when hunting Zimbabwe, a tiger fishing trip may be in order.

Hunting Zimbabwe's vast game reserves and concessions can be a challenge for even the most experienced hunter. Hunting areas are typically one of three different types; governmental, tribal, and private, all of which have their own unique rules. Most of these areas encompass thousands of acres and are non-fenced and open. Hunting areas are mostly mopane forest and dry, grassy savanna. Hunting Zimbabwe is accomplished primarily on foot - however, the terrain is not especially rugged and therefore not very physically demanding.

Still reminiscent of the "wild Africa" of a bygone era, game is plentiful. All of the plains game species abound here, as well as the Big Five. If you are keen to hunt Zimbabwe for elephant, the country is home to an estimated 100 000 of the world's largest land mammal. Lion and leopard hunting is still open here and the success rate is high. Hunting Zimbabwe for the big cats is done exclusively over bait and it is of note that cheetah can also be taken here. A word of caution - while cheetah can be taken, their import into some countries of the world is prohibited. In addition to the Big Five, if you come to hunt Zimbabwe for hippo or croc, you will not be disappointed. These two aquatic dwellers abound in Zim's rivers and pans, and can be counted upon to make for an interesting hunt.

While Zimbabwe has suffered some difficult times recently, the country is on the mend and you can come to hunt Zimbabwe with the confidence that the sport hunting and safari industry has remained strong even during the hard times.

ASH Adventures can provide quality hunting safaris in Zimbabwe. A client can expect the same top-notch service, accommodation, and attention to detail that has become our hallmark in South Africa. If hunting Zimbabwe is at the top of your menu, a full and detailed quotation is yours for the asking.

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Zimbabwe Hunting Camps

The exterior of the Zimbabwe hunting camp.

Primary Hunting Camp

Closest Airport Victoria Falls
Region Zimbabwe
No of Rooms 5
En Suite Yes
Swimming Pool NO
WI-Fi Yes
Cellular No
Meals All Inclusive
Drinks All Inclusive

The hunting camp that we use in Zimbabwe's Matetsi concession is wonderfully authentic and boasts a truly African atmosphere. It borders the wildlife-rich Hwange National Park and is crossed by three rivers, which means that it truly abounds with wildlife.

The lodge's five traditionally thatched chalets are separate and private. Each unit is en suite and can accommodate two people comfortably. A generator feeds electricity to the camp and WiFi is available in the lodge.

Matetsi Unit 5, where the camp is located, is ideal for hunting dangerous game like elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and sought-after plains game species like sable and roan. Migratory plains game also move through the greater, fenceless wilderness, which stretches to over 20 000 square kilometers in total.

The Binga camp overlooks Lake Kariba.

Secondary Hunting Camp

Closest Airport Victoria Falls (3 hours)
Region Zimbabwe
No of Rooms 4
En Suite Yes
Swimming Pool Yes
Wi-Fi No
Cellular No
Meals All Inclusive
Drinks All Inclusive

The Binga Lodge that we use in Zimbabwe is plush and comfortable, ideally suited to hunters bringing along observers and their families. The lodge is enhanced by spectacular views across Lake Kariba, and entertainment facilities like a sparkling swimming pool, spacious patios and a well-stocked bar.

The rooms are tastefully furnished, with mosquito net-draped beds and various configurations available to cater to a variety of groups. All rooms are en suite for your convenience.

Hunting in the Binga concession is ideal for hunters looking to pursue big crocs and hippo bulls. The success rate for both trophy and tuskless elephant bulls is also quite high. Avid fishermen will also delight in the opportunity to take on the notoriously feisty tiger fish.

Trophy Animals available in Zimbabwe

A successufl buffalo hunt in Zimbabwe.

Buffalo

Nicknamed 'the black death' and 'the widow maker' by hunters, buffalo pose a challenging, but exhilarating hunting endeavor. First shot placement may be the difference between life and death - a wounded buffalo is an angry buffalo!

A hunter sits behind his blue wildebeest trophy.

Blue Wildebeest

Also known as the brindled gnu (for the ox-like noise they make) or "the poor man's buffalo", the blue wildebeest is a popular trophy in Southern Africa. Hunting blue wildebeest in the bushveld will prove more challenging than on the open plains.

The Chobe bushbuck can be hunted in Zimbabwe.

Chobe Bushbuck

Chobe bushbuck are physically distinguished from Limpopo or South African bushbuck (bushbuck that dwell below the delineation of the Limpopo River) by a slight difference in coloration and spot distribution.

A team of hunters with their crocodile trophy in Zimbabwe.

Crocodile

This dangerous game species is found in most rivers and dams in the wilderness areas of the African continent. First shot placement is important, as if the wounded crocodile has the opportunity to escape into the water, your trophy will be lost.

A pair of hunters with an elephant they hunted in Zimbabwe.

Elephant

Along with the bad-tempered buffalo and well-armed rhino, hunting this enormous pachyderm could mean a very dangerous hunt. However, trophy hunting the Big Five will probably prove the most exciting hunting endeavor of your life.

A Livingstone eland in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.

Eland (Livingstone)

The differences between a Cape eland and Livingstone eland are largely geographic differences, but some physical variations also exist, such as horn size, markings and body coloration.

A hunter holds up his giraffe trophy.

Giraffe

While giraffe are typically docile in nature, they can easily turn aggressive and territorial when threatened by rival giraffe or predators. Giraffe are hunted by spot and stalk or by tracking their distinctive spoor.

An evening hippo hunt in Zimbabwe.

Hippopotamus

Do not be fooled by the hippo's comically bloated appearance - this dangerous game species is responsible for the most deaths by an animal on the African continent! An exhilarating hunting opportunity indeed.

A hunter sits down alongside his impala trophy.

Impala

Impala hunting can often be more functional than just a trophy pursuit. Ideal for camp meat, baiting leopard or simply cutting the hunter's teeth before the real hunt starts, impala are the bread and butter of hunting antelope in Southern Africa.

A hunter poses between the horns of his kudu trophy.

Kudu

The kudu is such an iconic figure among South African wildlife that its silhouette is the official logo for the country's national parks. Sought-after by hunters for its majestic spiral horns, kudu make for remarkable trophies.

A hunter with his leopard trophy and professional huner.

Leopard

The smallest member of the Big Five may prove the most challenging to hunt. In Zimbabwe, leopard are hunted with bait and you may often wait in the hide until the wee hours of the morning before this big cat arrives.

An evening sable hunt in Zimbabwe.

Sable Antelope

Sable antelope are particularly popular to hunt in Zimbabwe. Their spectacular backward-sweeping horns and stark black and white coloring make them a rather sought-after trophy.

A huner stands behind his waterbuck trophy.

Waterbuck

This striking large antelope, with its rounded V-shaped horns and distinctive white ring on its rump, offers a spectacular trophy indeed. Their fluffy coats and additional white markings add to their attractive semblance.

A successful Burchell's zebra hunt.

Zebra - Burchell's

Zebra are sought-after by hunters for their dazzling skins. If it is indeed the skin that you are after when hunting zebra, look for large, younger males rather than older ones that may be scarred or worn.