A Hunter's Paradise

High standard of ethics

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) maintains high standards when it comes to hunting in Namibia. This is one of the main attractions for our international hunting clientele. All hunting concessions are under the strict supervision of the Directorate of Resource Management of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).

Hunting season

The trophy hunting season for huntable game is restricted from the 1st February to the 30th November of each year.

Hunting permits

A hunt shall only commence if the HG / MHG / PH has obtained a valid hunting permit (trophy hunting permit) from Nature Conservation prior to the start of the hunt. For cheetah and leopard an additional hunting permit has to be obtained prior to the start of the hunt.

Wing shooting

A hunter may take no more than two members of the permitted bird species during the hunt, which will be listed in the trophy permit. During the official "wing shooting season" more of each species is allowed.

Hunting clients

A hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter shall accompany only two hunters to hunt simultaneously.

Rifle hunting

Rifle Import Requirements

Hunters entering Namibia with a rifle(s) must complete a temporary import permit application form for all rifle(s) and/or ammunition in their possession.

Game is usually spotted from the hunting vehicle during the early morning or late afternoon and stalked on foot from there on. However, on the client's request, the entire hunt can be done on foot. When hunting on foot, shooting is normally done from the standing position using shooting sticks as this improves shot placement and because bush and grass can make shooting from a sitting position impossible.

It is advisable that the hunter is in a good physical condition and a reasonable shooter as these factors always influence the outcome of the hunt.

Minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity)

  • 1350 Joule for springbuck, duiker etc.
  • 2700 Joule for hartebeest, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbuck, eland etc.
  • 5400 Joule for buffalo, elephant, rhino etc.
  1. No solid point cartridge is allowed to be used on antelope or any other species.
  2. Fully automatic weapons (e.g. AK 47 and other military hardware) are PROHIBITED.
  3. Other self-loading, considered semi-automatic weapons are not prohibited, but you can expect questions at the Airport of importation.
  4. Handguns and automatic weapons are prohibited.

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Bow hunting

Bow hunting has become very popular in Africa and bow hunters are easily accommodated at our concessions. Numerous blinds are placed strategically to ensure maximum success and the average shooting distance ranges from 12 to 23 yards. These blinds range from ground to elevated blinds and even tree stands are used. Archers will have a professional hunter in the blind with them to help with trophy judgement.

Bow energy is specified as follows

  • Small Game - 25 ft/lb
  • Medium Game - 40 ft/lb
  • Large Game - 65 ft/lb

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  • A hunting guest may only take two animals of a kind each year, irrespective if the trophies are exported or not. 
  • All trophies which are exported to the EU must be cleaned according to EU regulations. Hides need 14 days to dry.
  • All Trophies must attain the minimum points of trophy quality.
  • Exceptions are allowed only with old, setback or very abnormal trophies.

Minimum scoring total




Kudu 277 43
Eland 173 20
Gemsbuck 195 30
Red Hartebeest 109 17
Springbuck 87 11.5
Steenbuck 23 3.25
Impala 109 16
Blesbuck 87 11.5
Blue Wildebeest 150 22.5
Warthog 25 6.75
Black Wildebeest 154 23




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