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I've been enjoying hunting in Namibia for a number of years and my wife and I have traveled/toured it pretty extensively. I meet lots of people who have always wanted to hunt in Africa but always thought it was more expensive than it actually is. What I'd like to do is offer up my services and put together a small group of hunters who've always dreamed of going but either have had no one to go with or have been a bit intimidated by the idea of traveling out of the US to the "dark continent" alone.

The place we've been going to is http://www.sebrahunt.com/. It's about a 6hr drive NW of the capital of Namibia in the Northwestern Mountains. it's about 50K acres of private land, all low-fenced, free range and fair chase. There are a couple of large (25k-30k acre) high fenced properties you might hunt on, depending on the species you're after.

Namibia is a very safe country, no special shots required and a non-malaria area. Namibia is very hunter and firearm friendly. It was predominately colonized by the Germans and the capital city, Windhoek, is just about like being in Germany. Great food, outstanding beer and the exchange rate is REALLY good - the USD goes a LONG way there. Our "group" will be the only ones on the property or "in camp".

What I would like to offer is organizing a small group of 2-4 people who would like to go. I'll help coordinate the dates, your airfare and travel, permits and be your personal guide there and back. I will pay my own way/expenses and I don't get a commission or a "cut" of the fees. My only desire is to honestly help others achieve what may be a life long dream.

To give a general idea of the cost of a "hunt" here, a 10-day, 2x1 (means two clients and one PH), with each client taking a mountain zebra, gemsbok, impala and springbok with economy class airfare can be done for less than $10K per person. That includes, all the food and lodging, daily laundry service, daily maid service, PH's, trackers/skinniers, initial trophy prep and delivery to a local taxidermist/exporter but does NOT include any taxidermy work.

I've attached a complete price list,. Send me a PM with your email address or ask questions here and I'll answer publicly. Mostly want to see what, if any, interest this generates.


PS - Jan said the 2018 prices will be the same for 2019.
 

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I just want to be sure I'm clear that I will not be one of the "hunters" in this group. I will help organize travel to and from for everyone and go along a the groups personal guide. I will pay my own expenses out of my pocket. I do NOT get a "cut" or commission to do this.

While on the property, I will not be "hunting". I may go along to only be an extra set of eyes to spot, track and recover game taken or Jan may have me off doing something completely different, a lot depends on the situation and requirements from day to day.

As I've mentioned above, the reason I'm offering this is to help those who've always dreamed of hunting in Africa but thought it was way out of their price range or not confident in planning and traveling overseas on their own.

The second reason is this land has been in Jan's family since 1900. It was purchased by his grandfather and grandmother whom are both buried on the property. Jan hopes to carry on the tradition of passing the land on to his son. I'm a "farm boy" and understand the desire to pass the family farm on to the next generation. Because this is a small family operation, he doesn't go to the "Big Shows", like SCI or DSC to advertise. The up side of this is he doesn't have the huge advertising costs that gets passed on to you, the clients. Plus, he doesn't have to have the high volume of hunters every year and the high number of animals taken.

I've attached below file with a breakdown example of a 1x1 hunt cost for a 10-day PG hunt. Going as a 2x1 will save $750 in the daily rates. He can't do any better if four clients go because under Namibian law, one PH can only guide a max of two hunters at a time so, he has to hire in an extra PH. IF it turns out that only three clients can make the trip then I'll go ahead and pay the extra cost to make it a foursome.
 

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For those that might not be familiar with the term "daily rate", what that means is the cost per day. This price includes all meals (beer, wine and soft drinks included), daily laundry service, twice a day maid service in your room, tracker(s), skinners and initial salting/drying and prep of your trophies and then delivery to the local taxidermist/export agents, vehicle, fuel, PH and your license.

Only "extras" you pay are hard liqueur, travel expense to/from the capitol of Windhoek until you are picked up and of course the trophy fees for the individual animals you shoot.

Due to the overnight flights and depending on the route we take it could take two to three calendar days to get there and the same coming back. Also means we may have to stay over one night in Johannesburg or Zurich or Frankfurt or Amsterdam but, we can sort that out once the group has committed to dates and routes that workout the best for all.

We will need to spend a least one night in Windhoek either going in or coming back and that mean dinner at Joe's Beerhouse!!!
 

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Just want to answer the most common questions I get:

1. The "Official" hunting season is from 1 Feb to 30 Nov. The prime hunting months are from mid May to early Oct. Mostly due to the weather. Because there are so many species, there is always something in "rut" and it runs longer than typical US species. Earlier in May and it is still HOT, same for after early Oct. Jun-Aug, the overnight lows could be in the low 40's but, it warms quickly to the mid-high 70s. Humidity is 3-5% and virtually zero chance of rain.

2. Terrain is in the NW'ern mountains. Average elevation is about 3500ft. a "typical" hunt is spot and stalk where you climb up a small koppie (hill) and glass a valley and the stalk begins. IF you want to be a long range "shooter" you can and if you want to be a "hunter" there is enough cover, terrain/vegetation and your skills, you can get to well under 40yds. Typical shooting distances are under 150yds.

3. Firearms - minimum legal caliber is 7mm, so if you have any of the 7mm or 270 Win on up, your fine. HIGHLY recommend the heavier for caliber bullets and especially Barnes TSX. Most clients bring 308 or 30/06 etc. Namibia is VERY hunter and firearms friendly. It will easier to bring your guns into Namibia than bringing them back into the US. NO handguns and NO full or semi automatic firearms.

4. General Kit - Don't over pack. Because laundry is done everyday, all you need is 3 changes of clothes - the set you wear over, one set in your carry-on and one set in your checked luggage. I highly recommend long sleeve cotton shirts and long pants. Full leather NON INSULATED hunting boots, wide brimmed hat, light sweatshirt, medium weight jacket and depending on month, a heavy coat. Key is to layer up. Bino's - 8x or 10x only and don't have to break the bank. Nikon Monarchs are **** good glass for the money.

5. General - Only need a valid US passport with at least 8 blank pages. Entry visa is free and stamped in your passport upon arrival. No special shots/immunizations needed. I do recommend you update your tetanus. It is a non malaria area so no special meds required unless you are a belt and suspenders guy and want to take something.

6. Typical hunting day: Breakfast at daylight and on the truck out at sunrise and hunt till mid-day. You either come back to the house for lunch or stop for a picnic lunch in the bush. Take a nap for an hour or two and back hunting till dark. The reason for the nap/break is the animals pretty much stop moving and bed down for a few hours themselves. Back to the house at dark, have a few "sundowners" around the fire while dinner is finished. Shower, sleep and repeat. The meals will be all game meats - if you shoot it in the morning, you'll be eating it that night. Cooking is generally in the "German" style and all you can eat and it is GOOD!

This is a pretty good summery and wiling to answer any and all specific questions.
 

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For what it's worth category, I have hunted Namibia on Jan's ranch many years ago as one of his first "clients" and had a "blast". He and his wife are great hosts who are very accommodating, and the land is the "Kalahari Savanna" that resembles the "foothill mountains" near the desert of Arizona (my take). M3taco gives a lot of good advice and information and offers a good deal to interested parties!
 

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Thanks Jager. The place has really improved over the years. That's the main difference in hunting private land vs. lease/concession. Much more incentive into and taking care of the place if you own it and want to pass it down to your son.

We first went there a year or so after they finished the first two floors of the main house and the guest bungalows. Since that time, they've added a formal/proper skinning/meat processing shed, the 3rd story to the house several more bore holes (wells) and water points, several permanent elevated and ground blinds, road improvements and the brie area. Upgraded the solar system and battery bank capacity a LOT and now all the bore holes (wells) are running on solar pumps. They've also bought in a starter herd of springbok a few years ago and it has grown to several hundred head.

Greater Western Kudu numbers and sizes have been down the past few years region wide due to a four year drought that finally ended two years ago. Had all the water they could drink from the bore holes but, very little food and a virus that only effected the old bulls. Numbers are coming back and the sizes are improving, will just take time. Good odds of finding a very respectable mid 50's bull.

Gemsbok populations are really good and this year there were several bulls in the 40-43 in range.

Mountain Zebra populations are really good too.

If you haven't seen Windhoek in a few years, you might not recognize it for all the home and commercial construction. City is still just as safe and all the normal modern conveniences etc.

Exchange rate is crazy good right now, over 14 to 1 ($1.00 USD = 14.00+ ND). Can eat and drink like kings there. A full meal with starters, entree with all the trimmings and desert and all the beer/wine you can hold will set you back maybe $20.00. A 1ltr beer is about $2.25 US. A 750ml bottle of Jack Daniels in a liquor store is between $20-$25 US and a bottle of Glenlivet or Glenfiddich 12yr is between $40-$45 US.
 

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Getting a few inquiries. This does not have to be a full group of 4 - could just be two people. Two friends, father/son, father/daughter, husband/wife.


And this doesn't have to be only hunting, can also include a few days of sightseeing in Namibia or Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. In Namibia, Windhoek, the capital city, is good for a couple of days, Swakopmund/Skeleton Coast is good for a couple of days, Fish River Canyon, second larges canyon in the world, with a stop in Sossusvlei along the way, is good for a day or two and of course Etosha National Park for a day and an overnight.
 

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Have been talking to Jan and wanted to update on this post. He currently has open dates for late May, late June, late July and late Aug thru all of Sep. He'd like to fill up the rest of his calender so....

He said that anyone who books and confirms via deposit BEFORE 1 Apr 2019, will get 25% off the daily rate. Game fees remain the same. That is nearly $1000.00 discount on a 1x1 10-day hunt. He hasn't offered a daily rate like this since 2010. This offer is the same if I'm your guide over or you go on your own.


Just to clarify - you don't have to conduct your hunt by 1 Apr. You just have to book and confirm your dates with him before then. The actual hunt can be any time he has open dates remaining in the 2019 season.
 

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OK guys, quick update.

My wife and I are going sometime in Aug-Sep. We are fortunate that we can be flexible on our dates so, we're leaving it up to the first person(s) who want to go and can make one of those months.

Bring your bolt guns, lever guns, single shots or you can bring a black power rifle, whatever you'd like to bring. We don't have b/p but, can you imagine the time you'd have with a b/p plains game hunt!!

We won't be booking our tickets until May-mid Jun to allow anyone who might be seriously considering this to find dates that work for them.

This could be a couple of guys, husband/wife/son/daughter, or even a single hunter with no one to go with. Come with us! If it's a husband/wife, at the end of the hunting, we can sort out a side trip up to Victoria Falls and you can stay in the original Victoria Falls Hotel for a few days and recommend things to do/see/go and places to eat.

Plan on at being "gone" for at least 14-16 days to allow for a full 10-days of hunting and if you can be a little flexible a couple of days in your time, this can save $400-$600 on your airline tickets. If you want to do the Vic Fall trip add 3-5 more total days.
 

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Had a txt from Jan that two clients shifted their hunting dates a few days in June and this opened up a 3 1/2 week window for another hunter(s) this June.


I can go along if someone or a husband/wife/son/daughter would like to go. Can be any firearm(s) you'd like to hunt with except handguns or semi or full automatic rifles. I'll bring same type of rifle you bring from single shot, lever or bolt. I don't shoot black powder but this would be a terrific time and place to do a real "traditional" black powder African safari.


If anyone is interested, it would be good to start making definite plans and date commitments sooner rather than later. This is primarily because the flights start booking and filling and ticket prices start climbing pretty steeply.
 

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Just wanted to give this a gratuitous Sunday bump up and repeated and highlighted the discounted offer above in case someone missed it.


He said that anyone who books and confirms via deposit BEFORE 1 Apr 2019, will get 25% off the daily rate. Game fees remain the same. That is nearly $1000.00 discount on a 1x1 10-day hunt. He hasn't offered a daily rate like this since 2010. This offer is the same if I'm your guide over or you go on your own.



I would honestly hate for someone whose dreamed of going to miss out on this. At that discounted rate, you looking at $262.00 per day for a 1x1 hunt and $206.00 per day for a 2x1 plains game African safari.


Still dates open in Aug and Sep.
 

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Want to pass along a little update.

Still a window open for this June but, airfares for June bookings have taken their normal high season price increase. When I originally posted this, airfares for this June could still be booked, depending on city of origin, for $1500 or less r/t. Right now, it's difficult to still find economy class seats for this June for under $2500 r/t. If you check yourself, be very careful because a number of lower cost airline offers, those airlines don't allow firearms or charge $100-$200 extra per rifle case each way.

I've asked Jan to pencil my wife and I in for a two week window the last two weeks of this Aug to the first two weeks of this Sep. Airline tickets can still be had for the normal "shoulder season" prices of $1500 or a little under. We're leaving this sliding window open till around mid May to allow anyone else who'd like to go to fit their schedule into that window. Once we purchase our tickets, our dates will be locked. Others will still be welcome but, will have to match our dates.

I am still willing to go with anyone who'd still like to go this Jun or remaining open dates this Aug or Sep.

As always, feel free to PM or public post with any questions.
 

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Quick update - I've committed to mid Jun hunt but, Jan still has some windows open for late Aug-early Sept.

He has also extended the 25% discount on the daily rates for anyone who books a hunt from now to the end of next year's (2020) hunting season and confirms/locks the trip by paying a deposit by the end of 2019. The discount means the daily rate for a 1x1 hunt will be $262.50 and 2x1 will be $206.25 per day. Trophy fees are unchanged.
 

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OK gents, a little update.....

The June hunt I mentioned above was with a twice previous hunter to Jan's place in Namibia. He wanted to go "some place different". So, I found an PH/Outfitter in the Tuli Block of Botswana. We organized a combination plains game and trophy hunt. Had such a great time, I booked to go back again with my wife this past Aug and just returned home just before Labor Day weekend. I'll post more about the Botswana hunting in a new and separate post.

My wife and I also went to Namibia for 10-days and did a little cull hunting (zebra only) at my friend's place above before we went over to Botswana. This was more of an Anniversary getaway for us than a dedicated hunting trip. I hadn't been to Namibia for two years and my wife hadn't been able to go back for three.

We flew into Windhoek direct on Delta/KLM via Amsterdam. Relatively easy connections - overnight flight to Amsterdam, 11 hour layover in Amsterdam and then KLM direct (one hour fuel stop in Luanda Angola) to Windhoek. All the luggage and rifle cases were checked all the way through. Since we had both "seen the city" several times, we just booked a day room inside the airport. Long hot shower and stretched out flat on a queen size bed for several hour nap, I nice dinner at the airport and then overnight flight into Windhoek.

Arrived at 11 am, cleared Immigration and customs, collected and cleared our rifles in less than 30 min. Had per-coordinated with my regular taxi guy Willie who was waiting for us in the arrival hall. Then about a 30 min drive to the Heinitzburg https://www.hotelheinitzburg.com/ for three nights before Jan picked us up Monday morning. We just spent the weekend shopping and eating and seeing all the new construction and development going on around the Capital from our previous trips.

The drive to Jan's was very surprising. The entire country has been in a very bad drought and the complete lack of grass all the way from Windhoek to his place was very disheartening. We still saw a few game animals along the way but fewer and farther between than in the past. He explained that it was so bad this year, that even the few large high fence properties just decided to take down sections of fence and open gates and let their animal go. Was more humane to release them than to try and keep them as there wasn't even any feed to feed them and what was available was very high $$ and being directed towards the ranchers with cattle and small stock (sheep and goats). Personal note/thought on this is letting those high fence animals roam free in the short term is a negative thing but, in the long term, when/if the rains come this year, it will mean game animals that previously were only available on the high fence properties will be truly "free range" over most of the country.

Jan and Mariesie were great as always and enjoyed seeing all the improvements they have made to the grounds, bungalow and the property in general. Still plenty of water available for the game and livestock, but forage for the cows and goats is pretty much gone. There is still some forbs and vegetation to support game but, the game populations are down country wide. The first day, we just spent a leisurely morning "catching up on ol' times" and just before lunch did the customary sight in checks at the range.

Rifles we took this time were just 30/06's. Mine was a Ruger 77 RSI that I put a single set trigger in with a old classic Zeiss compact 6x33. Her's was a J.C. Higgins (Husqvarna) 51-L that I found in a local pawn shop earlier this year for less than a "song" and restored it. Had my smith shorten the stock LOP cut to fit her and nice thin rubber recoil pad. I re-blued it, installed a match trigger and a set a bedded Warne Maxima steel rings and their Maxima QD rings holding a Leupold 2-7x33 Rifleman scope. Ammo was hand-loads I worked up for each topped with 180gr Speer Grand Slams (FANTASTIC BULLETS - will never spend money on Partitions or TSX's again!)

For the hunting, Jan was having a bad problem with hyena so, we spend a couple of nights out in permanent blinds he has set up and had been baiting before we got there. He was in one, his son in a different one and us in a third one. All told, between the three sites, three confirmed dead and one likely with a lethal wound.

After three night of this, we were supposed to go to a neighbor's property and cull everything we could for the rest of our time there. This plan ran into a little bit of a last minute glitch in that the culling permit was denied. The reason the the govt gave was there was so much game meat hitting the market, it was driving down the price of beef which was already very low because the ranchers were selling all the cattle they could before they died. Since the game was better able to survive the conditions then that cattle, the beef ranchers had priority. In the end, we took a half dozen zebra and a few jackals. Was still a good time because it was low pressure and we got to see some new areas we had not seen before. Despite the sever drought, the scenery of the mountains and koppies and sunsets was still as remarkable as always.

The last day, we packed early so we could drive back to Windhoek early and have time to see some of the new shopping malls in town and also HAVE to check out a couple of the gun shops and fondle some DBL rifles!!! That last night we celebrated our anniversary with Jan, Mariesje and there son Lourie at Joe's Beerhouse. He had just turned 18 this year and turned out it was his first time to Joe's. We did dinner early because we had to catch an early flight and 6 am taxi ride to the airport for the next leg of our trip to Botswana. That story will be posted separately.

While conditions were very tough for all of Namibia this year, the winds off the west coast have FINALLY changed and gotten back to their "normal" pattern. Usually, August has high/strong winds that have been absent the last couple of years. This August, the "winds were good". Several days saw winds where you couldn't keep a hat on your head and lots of dust blowing. Difficult hunting but the locals were happy as **** and hopeful for good rains this year. All said, that if they get good rains the game will very quickly come back to their "normal" locations and populations will rebound very quickly - "it's the Kalahari way" they say.

As always, if anyone has any questions please feel free to PM or ask in the open forum. I'm always willing to organize a trip for anyone wanting to go and go along if you'd want.
 
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