PLAINSGAME HUNTING IN BOTSWANA

IMG_0885Plainsgame Safaris Botswana

While the Big game hunting in Botswana was stopped a few years ago, the plainsgame hunting on private properties in Botswana continues on without any effect.

These hunts are conducted on three huge private ranches in Botswana’s Kalahari. The properties are 60,000, 110,000 and 150,000 contiguous acres with arrangements to hunt the neighboring ranches as well.

This area is excellent for all the indigenous Kalahari species like Kudu, Gemsbuck, Eland, and Blue Wildebeest not to mention the other species available like Springbuck, Impala, Hartebeest, Steenbuck, Zebra, etc. They have growing populations of Sable and Waterbuck that are available on a very limited basis.

Botswana Bow hunting ground blind

Botswana Bow hunting ground blind

Hunting Methods

Both rifle and bow hunters are welcome. Spot and stalk is the preferred method for the majority of the rifle plainsgame species, but it is common to track the game utilizing the awe-inspiring skills of the bushman trackers for larger species such as Eland, Zebra and Kudu. It is a treat in itself to see the the skills of the Bushman at work and a great feeling of accomplishment to hunt in this manner.

Bow Hunting for plainsgame

This area is an excellent alternative for the bow-hunter who does not want to bow-hunt on smaller fenced ranches where wildlife is forced to drink from the only waterhole in the pasture.

There are 25 bow blinds set up on the main 110,000 acre property and the game is abundant. Bow hunting success on the key species like Kudu, Wildebeest, Eland and Gemsbuck is excellent. The vast majority of the bow blinds are similar to the ground blind pictured.

I can not think of a better location to do a bowhunt for plainsgame.

Botswana Main Camp

Accommodations

Accommodations in the camps are either in air conditioned Chalets or large A-Frame style tents.

In either case all accommodations include large comfortable beds, refrigerator, dressers, tables, chairs and an attached, full bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet.

The dining area is a large, spacious, air conditioned, stone walled thatched roof structure with a full bar and seating for any size party.

Huge Botswana Eland

Huge Botswana Eland

The Kudu & Eland

When my hunters return, almost without fail, every one says the Eland hunting was the highlight of the entire trip. I tend to agree. An Eland hunt with the Bushman of the Kalahari is a hunt that you can not experience anywhere else in Africa. I have always thought that Eland hunting is like Buffalo hunting only they are harder to see. It is without a doubt, my favorite plainsgame animal to hunt.

The Kudu

Everyone wants a big Kudu! Having hunted all the Southern and Eastern African countries, I can say with relative certainty that there is no place that I am aware of that has the sheer number and quality Kudu that exist here. I have never seen any area even come close. These guys have Kudu, and big Kudu!

My Assessment

This is clearly one of my best plainsgame hunts. The quality and populations of huntable species are very healthy. The rates for this hunt are competitive with hunts that do not even come close to the quality of this safari! The properties are enormous. 60,000 acres, 110,000 acres (172 square miles!) and 150,000 acres (234 sq miles!)  You would be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck than this hunt.

While the number of species available is quite good, two things stand out that are unique to this safari. The Kudu and the Eland hunting.

GALLERY

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