Namibia Hunting Information

The Namibia Hunting Information on this page will answer most of your questions about hunting in this "hunters paradise"!

It covers the most important facts concerning Trophy Hunting in Namibia.

General Information

1. The Namibian Trophy Hunting season opens on February 1 and closes on November 30 of each year.

2. Clients should ensure that they are booked and will be hunting with a registered Namibian operator, as well as a registered Namibian hunting professional.

3. The three classifications of hunting professionals are:

  • Hunting guides
  • Master hunting guides
  • Professional hunters

     Two specialist qualifications are:

  • Big Game Professional Hunters - registered Namibian professional hunter who has passed the Big Game examination; and

  • Bow Hunting Professional Hunters - registered Namibian hunting professional with an additional bow-hunting qualification.

4. Hunting professionals should comply with all the Ministry of Environment & Tourism's (MET's) trophy-hunting regulations.

5. Trophy hunting may be practised from half an hour before sunrise, until half an hour after sunset.

6. Trophy hunting may take place only on properties where permission has been granted by the landowner.

7. Properties where bow hunting is practised must be registered additionally with MET for bow hunting.

8. The following is required regarding permits for trophy hunting:

  • Permits must be issued prior to the hunt commencing;

  • A separate permit must be issued for each individual hunting client;

  • An extra, special permit is required for the large cats (leopard, cheetah, lion). It contains an additional list of conditions;

  • A permit must be completed in full by the hunting client and the hunting professional (wounded or lost animals must also be indicated on the permit);

  • Permits are issued by the MET only; and

  • A maximum of two trophies per species may be harvested, per hunting client, per permit.

9. All trophy-hunting operators must be registered with the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB).

10. Dogs are not permitted whilst hunting for cheetah.

Requirements for Importing Firearms

Namibia hunting regulations

1. A maximum of one-hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle. Only ammunition for the specific caliber may be imported.

2. It is legal to hunt with black powder rifles in Namibia.

3. It is illegal to transport black powder and percussion caps. These can be purchased in Namibia. Inquire with your trophy-hunting operator.

4. It is legal to import bows for bow-hunting purposes. No import permit is required.

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Payment

1. A detailed Tax Invoice must be issued for every hunt.

2. Value-added tax (VAT) is currently 15% and must be paid on services and trophies that are not exported by the hunting operator on behalf of the client. (The VAT on trophies to be exported by the operator if accompanied with a copy of the passport of the client, the completed hunting permit and a copy of the invoice for the hunt is zero %.)

3. Please enquire what means of payment is required by your operator. (Click here to read our terms and also some tips on payments)

4. VAT is applicable on wounded game not recovered.

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Prohibited Practices

1. It is illegal to hunt for trophies:

  • at night and/or with an artificial light;

  • that do not qualify in terms of the minimum measurement requirements as specified by the MET, Namibian Quality Control. If trophies do not meet this requirement, they do not have to be paid for. Exceptions are trophies with abnormalities and age deformities, which are taken home by the client; and

  • in contravention of the Fair Chase principals as stated in the NAPHA Code of Conduct.

The immediate export of trophies from Namibia is possible only with a veterinary certificate, an export permit from the MET and the import permit as required by the country of final destination.

2. Prohibited firearms are

  • All handguns
  • All automatic firearms
  • All crossbows

Traveling with Firearms to Namibia

Air Travel Tips... for hunters to Africa

1. Take out full insurance for all firearms before travelling anywhere in Africa.

2. We recommend that you fly directly from Europe to Namibia into Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. This will minimise delays associated with firearm transport. Air Namibia offers a direct service.

3. Recent regulations have made travelling with firearms a time-consuming process when entering South Africa. Make sure that you stay in transit with your luggage.

4. It is suggested that you adhere to the following procedure to minimise problems when travelling with firearms:

  • All bags need to be adequately marked with nametags for identification;

  • Pack an unloaded rifle in a sturdy carry case;

  • Have a separate lockable container in which to store your ammunition separate from your rifle in your checked luggage;

  • At the check-in counter at the point of departure, insist that the agent check your firearm through to Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek.

  • Windhoek Airport's International baggage code is WDH; and

  • Physically check baggage tag to ensure that it has been correctly printed and attached. Inquire if a colourful 'in transit tag' is necessary when travelling through another country.
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Meaning of "Uitspan"

'Uitspan' is an Afrikaans word that means place of rest.

When the Boer settlers moved inland in Southern Africa in the 1800's, they used ox carts. When they found a spot with game, water and green grass, they arranged their ox carts into a circular laager for protection against wild animals and stopped for a rest.

They referred to such an action of relaxation for man and beast, as Uitspan.

(Picture above of our ancestors.)

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