10 questions to ask a hunting guide operator in Zimbabwe

  1. Is the hunting operator or professional hunters registered under an official association? The Zimbabwean Professional Hunters and Guides Association has a list of all the professional hunters. These Zimbabwean hunters are officially certified and follow the rules of the association to protect their clients from legal harm.
  2. Clarify the number of each animal that is in the hunting package. Some hunting operators in Zimbabwe will not be clear with this?
  3. Does the operator provide transport for the animal trophy to the taxidermists as part of the hunting package?
  4. Will the hunts be done in National Park safari areas, private conservancies or near tribal villages. Hunting in Zimbabwe´s Private conservancies and tribal areas will have more taxes from the Zimbabwean government and the need to hire a National Park ranger who monitors the hunting.
  5. Are the arrival and departure days separate from the hunting package?
  6. Is car transport included in the hunting package?
  7. What is the refund policy for animals that are not killed or shot? Each hunter or hunting camp operator will have their own  refund policy. It also depends on whether the hunt is in National Park near Victoria Falls, a Private Conservancy like Save or a tribal hunting area.
  8. Are clients accommodated in tents or a safari lodge?
  9. Which airline does the taxidermist use to transport animal trophies. Some airlines do not permit certain animal trophies to certain countries.
  10. What does the medical insurance provide?

Shopping in Zimbabwe shops for clothes, art and food?

Shops in Bulawayo, Harare, Mutare and Victoria Falls have informal markets and supermarkets. Traditional african dresses and shirts are available for women. In every Zimbabwean city are informal clothes markets where donated clothes from Spain and Europe are sold in big piles. Near Victoria Falls is a traditional african villages where cheap traditional artwork and wood sculptures of giraffes, lions, elephants, crocodiles and leopards are sold. Wooden chairs and tables are also available. The traditional food of sadza, crocodile meat and beer is available in most supermarkets and restaurants. To avoid health problems do not buy food from the street. The baobab tree produces the monkey bread fruit. Monkey bread is very rich in Vitamin C and is used to make delicious drinks. Mopani worms are another traditional food but are not available in some supermarkets of Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Animal meat from elephants, elands, impalas and buffalo are only available in specialist food shops. Zimbabwean traditional beer Chibuku is available in all supermarkets.

Pesca y pesca submarina en Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe tiene buenas zonas de pesca y pesca submarina para lubina, tigre de mar y bagre. Las zonas populares de pesca son el lago Kariba y el río Zambezi. La mejor época para la pesca submarina y de pesca es septiembre u octubre, pero está disponible durante todo el año. La pesca del río y la pesca del barco están disponibles. La pesca de la mosca y el efectivo y el lanzamiento se ofrecen. El equipo de pesca se puede organizar con antelación. Los peligros de la pesca submarina son los cocodrilos y los hipopótamos.

Health problems in Zimbabwe?

There are private hospitals in Bulawayo, Harare and Victoria Falls. Avoid using public hospitals. Helicopter evacuations for medical reasons are also available but only with appropriate health insurance.

Contact 112 on a Econet SIM card or 114 on Netone for emergency medical assistance. Also ask your health provider for recommended numbers.

Which areas are good for hunting in Zimbabwe?

Savi Conversancy near Bulawyo has good hunting areas. The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve has areas for hunting, seabass fishing and safaris. Gonarezhou National Park is famous for hunting extremely aggressive elephants. The elephants are aggressive because of poaching; the young elephants are taught this kind of behaviour and become aggressive. The hunting of elephants and lions in Gonarezhou is more dangerous but full of adventure. Areas for hunting elephant,leopards, lions, wild pig, crocodiles and buffalo are in the north and west parts of Zimbabwe such as Hwange, Mana Pools, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Valley.

Soon, hunting will not be possible in the safari area of Rifa.

Fishing and spearfishing in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has good fishing and spearfishing areas for bass, bream tiger fish and catfish. Popular fishing areas are Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River. The best time for spearfishing and fishing is September or October but it is available during the entire year. River fishing and boat fishing are available. Fly fishing and cash and release are offered. Fishing equipment can be organised in advance. The dangers of spearfishing are crocodiles and hippos.

Legal problems with hunting in Zimbabwe?

Professional hunters are chosen for their experience and respect of the hunting regulations. Experienced legal practitioners can be arranged for any problems that may occur. Chosen taxidermists will organise the necessary documentation to avoid legal problems with the movement of trophies. There will be a welcome and departure team at the airport to assist.

Taxidermists and trophies in Zimbabwe?

Qualified taxidermists in Bulawayo and Harare can prepare either a full mount or package the trophy for delivery. Documentation can be organised for non-ivory products to the desired destination. Repairs to damaged trophies from bullet marks or transport can also be done upon requests.

Bow hunting in Zimbabwe?

Bow hunting is only available in private conservancies upon request. Bows can be hired in the country in advance. Choose between stalking and hiding in wait for the animal. Hunt the dangerous animals with organised documentation.

Big Five Hunting in Zimbabwe?

Lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo are available for hunts in Zimbabwe. Black and white rhinos are not available. Quotas for hunting depend on the hunting and safari areas. A hunter may need to travel to different areas to hunt elephants, lions, leopards and buffalos.