If in the past Tanzania has been able to attract such illustrious guests such as President Roosevelt or the author Hemingway, it is indebted to the magic of its panoramas, the cordiality of its people and the quality of its animals. Today, like in the past, Tanzania offers you the possibility of a hunting safari that will be engraved in your memory forever. The Republic of Tanzania is host to over 70 natural reserves, all with habitats and 61 different species on the permitted hunting list.
The joy of finally capturing a trophy long desired is married with visiting a suggestive location largely unexplored. For this reason, we advise visitors to stay a few extra days and enjoy some of the many nature tours available and get to know “360 degrees” the pure beauty this country has to offer. African hospitality is an obligation, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the people of Tanzania who are often very hospitable to tourists.
Characteristics of Hunting in Tanzania
With a surface equal to 945,090 square km-of which 28% are either reserves or national parks-Tanzania remains a favorite for big game hunters. This land is made up of unique combinations of both arid and marsh-like conditions, mountains reaching 3000 meters and coasts along the Indian Ocean. Hunters can dedicate themselves to their favorite past times within government concessions. In Tanzania, in fact, there are no closed off areas which require hiring a company to organize one’s safari.
Our mission consists in accompanying hunters in the areas that permit them to get the best trophies: From the Serengeti National Park (situated in the extreme northern part of the state) to the Ruvuma region passing by Katavi National Park, The Njombe region and the Selous inhabited reserve. The hunting territory under our competence goes from 1300 to 4000 square km and is characterized by an elevated density of species able to be hunted. They include: buffalo, kafir, elephant, antilope, lion and leopard.
Every area has its own characteristics, from the vegetation to the type of local animals found there. For this reason, you must carefully consider what your hunting goals are. Knowing what kind of trophy you are looking for will help you to narrow down the ideal location and period for your hunt. For those interested in elephant or buffalo for example can choose to book a safari in the southern area of the state starting in September. Those wanting to hunt antelope or gazelle should head to the northern part of Tanzania just a short distance to Kenya.
Hunting doesn’t mean just ferocious lions and gigantic elephants. Upon request a bird hunting expedition can also be arranged. There are numerous species that fly over this vast portion of Africa. Also in this case, depending on the area, it’s possible to find francolins, guinea fowl, geese, dove, pigeon and duck.
Rules for hunting in Tanzania
The Tanzanian government has imposed rigid laws to regulate hunting in its territory. If it’s true that sustainable hunting undoubtedly helps the healthy proliferation of the species, the opposite also holds true that over hunting is damaging to the ecosystem as well as the people who live there. This is why there are quotas per species that are rigorously guarded. Here are some specific limitations: The specimen needs to be masculine and out of reproduction. Hunters can therefore shoot only at the animal they have a government permit to do so.
Before leaving for your safari in Tanzania, it’s best to prepare all of your documents. To participate in one of our hunting trips you will need to send us the following:
- 8 passport type photos
- Detailed personal information
- Documentation/permits for the arms you intend to use
You mustn’t forget to obtain a visa for your trip in Tanzania that is valid for at least 3 months. We strongly advise you to prepare all the necessary documentation in advance in order to fully enjoy your safari in the anticipated timeframes.
There is a 7 mm. caliber minimum for arms in Tanzania. The shotgun is one of the most used instruments for big game hunting. We recommend double checking the regulations for exceptions. The use of ring finger percussion cartridges less than .22 caliber are not allowed. Nor is it permitted to use pellet guns (with the exception of hunting birds), air compression guns or automatic weapons. In some cases, it is permitted to use a bow and arrow.
Organizing your hunting safari in Tanzania
Our organization is ready to help you live the safari you’ve always dreamt of. You’ll have the chance to stay in camps furnished with every comfort, even in the remotest areas. Contact us to organize your trip keeping in mind that the current hunting season runs from July 1st to December 31st (even if it is predicted that shortly the season will be extended to end March 31st) Depending on the nature of the trophy one desires, it is possible to stay for a period ranging from one to six weeks.
We have been organizing safaris for more than two generations with great passion. Can’t wait to see you!