Due to the excellent hunting opportunities, variety and quality of game species, outstanding hunting professionals, political stability, our well developed infrastructure, and the focus on fair chase ethical hunting, my beautiful motherland, Namibia, is now firmly established as a one of Africa’s most popular trophy hunting destinations.
Namibia, previously known as South West Africa, is one of the world’s youngest countries, having achieved her independence on the 21 st March 1990. Namibia is a pro-wildlife utilization country, and our progressive Constitution is the first in the world to enshrine the sustainable utilization of living natural resources.
We are a hunter friendly nation with a proud hunting heritage, and our trophy hunting fraternity is well respected by our government and fellow Namibians as an essential and integral part of Namibia’s wildlife conservation, tourism, farming and business sectors.
When trophy hunting was first introduced in the late 60’s, game ranching and trophy hunting were totally unknown forms of land utilization in our country. In those days wild animals were seen to be in direct competition with domestic stock for grazing and water, and therefore regarded as a liability for a stock farmer. Farmers soon realized that game indeed had a value, and our wildlife was no longer regarded as a liability, but as an asset.
Statistics show that the introduction of trophy hunting was one of the most successful wildlife conservation initiatives in Namibia. Trophy hunting has since developed into an extremely lucrative form of land utilization as well as a most effective wildlife management tool. As a result of this, vast tracts of farmland have been bought up and consolidated, with fences and other infrastructure for stock farming being removed, in order to create an environment ideal for wildlife. This land was converted to game ranches, where wild animals can be hunted sustainably within an ecologically functional system.
The Namibian trophy hunting season opens on 1 February and closes on 30 November each year. Clients should ensure that are booked and will be hunting with a Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) registered trophy-hunting operator, as well as a Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) registered Namibian hunting professional.
NAPHA recommend that you book only with a NAPHA member and an operator who can prove that he is registered with the Namibian Tourism Board. Consult the NAPHA website for a complete membership list. At Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club International and Dortmund (Jagd und Hund) Conventions, NAPHA members have the NAPHA logo on display in their booths. It is highly recommended that you enter into a written and signed pre-hunt agreement/contract with your trophy-hunting operator or agent when booking your safari. It is recommended that you request to see your trophy hunting prior to commencing your hunt. If no permit has been issued, your trophy export will be jeopardised. All trophies taken must be checked and signed for by the hunting client and the hunting professional on the trophy-hunting permit on completion of the hunt.