Rifles, Optics & Ammunition
For smaller game bring a rifle and cartridge producing 1450 joules of energy (equivalent to .223). For bigger game 2700 joules (equivalent to .30-30) and up is recommended. Soft point bullets are required. The one thing we always tell hunters is, ‘make sure you bring a rifle that you’re comfortable with’. In Africa the power of your bullet is not as crucial as the placement. The vitals of our African animals are situated towards the front of the chest. A suggestion to all hunters going on their first African safari: read a book called ‘The Perfect Shot’ by Kevin Robertson. This book gives you very clear guidelines regarding shot placement and additional general information on African animals.
For a riflescope we recommend 6x40 and larger as some shots may be over 200 yards. This is just a suggestion, please use whatever you are comfortable with.
A maximum of 2 rifles of different calibres per hunter are allowed with up to 80 rounds of ammunition per rifle. No solid points. Handguns and fully automatic weapons are prohibited.
Import permits for rifles and ammunition will be issued at the airport on arrival. For hunters from the United States, prior to your departure, you must go to the nearest US Customs office (usually at the airport you will depart from) to fill out US Customs Form 4457. You will probably need to take your rifle(s) with you to be inspected by a Customs officer, call ahead to check current requirements. This form may also be required by your airline when checking your rifle as baggage, check with your airline for specific information. The completed form 4457 confirms proof of ownership and you will need it upon arrival in Namibia and when you return to the USA. It is recommended that you visit US Customs and fill out this form at least a couple days prior to your departure. (You may also want to take any expensive camera equipment with you to register with Customs so as to avoid problems upon re-entry into the USA.)
You will also need an invitation letter from us which we will provide and which you will be asked to present to the rifle import office upon arrival at the Windhoek airport. Depending on whether you fly via Frankfurt or via South Africa to Namibia, the regulations on firearms differ. All hunters should check with their travel agent or airline and with us to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork.
Helpful items to include with your hunting gear:
- Holders for ammunition, whether it’s made to fit on your belt, go on your rifle or go in your pocket. This way you always know you have a few shells in
- A good pair of binoculars is suggested.
- A soft rifle case. This is purely a suggestion but it helps to keep dust off your rifle when traveling in the hunting truck.
- A comfortable, thick, padded sling for carrying your rifle while hunting.
Rifles and ammunition can be also be hired on request at U$50.00 per day plus the cost of ammunition. Check with us regarding availability and calibres if you are planning to rent one of our rifles.
Climate and Clothing
Namibia’s diverse climate makes it very difficult to predict our temperatures. Normally in the hunting season the nights are cool to cold and it warms up during the day, especially when you are in the sun.
Average Daytime Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Summer in Namibia is normally from September to April with daytime temperatures of 25° C (77F) to 35° C (90F). Winter is normally from May to August and we expect cooler temperatures, especially in the early morning hours. The rainy season extends from November to March, but heavy storms are not really a concern and do not interfere with the hunting.
Long pants, a jacket, and short sleeved shirts are recommended for the hunt. Colours should be natural, green or khaki. Camo clothing for hunting is allowed in Namibia so feel free to bring it. Clothing need not be heavy, but protecting. For the months of May, June, July and August we recommend a heavier jacket. Layering a shirt, light jacket and a heavier more protective jacket, is the best solution. This allows you to adjust easily to the current temperature and level of activity. A pair of good, broken-in, rubber-soled shoes or boots is very important. The laundry is done every day; therefore it is unnecessary to bring a lot of clothes. Pack about three changes and you should be set.
We have a UHS Trip Checklist that includes a Pack List. Please feel free to go to the Contact page and ask for it.