Namibia Conservancy Hunts with Didimala Safaris


Published: March - 2008

A number of conservancy hunts in Namibia deserve a close look. Note what PH Keith Wright of Didimala Safaris is up to. Seems he has gained access to three adjoining conservancies in the Kuene area of the northwest Namib Desert between the Skelton Coast and Etosha National Park. The block totals just over nine million acres of unfenced wilderness. That's almost the size of the country of Switzerland!

The three conservancies are Omatendeka, Seisfontein and Anabeb. Wright was granted a 10-year contract for Anabeb and Seisfontein on the condition that he build a permanent camp and train locals to be camp staff and professional hunters so they could take over the operation upon Wright's departure. The contract for Oma- tendeka is for three years with an option to renew for another two.

At this point Wright has invested $120,000 into permanent camps he uses as a base for what are essentially mobile hunts. Wright uses a 4wd vehicle to access the most remote parts of his block. The truck is loaded up with all the necessary equipment to set up a camp that moves ahead of the hunters, much like old classic safaris.

Hunting Report subscriber Jeff Buck experienced one of these hunts just this past November and says he is going again this month. He says it is a singular experience. The area is so huge, one could not see all of it in one trip, and it is so remote that he did not see any signs of humanity for days. As for game, he saw black rhino, elephants, gemsbok, springbok, klipspringer and other species in great numbers. He hunted leopard and lion on baits and by calling them in. He took two leopards, but struck out on the lion when the weather turned bad. Buck says that in such a huge area of desert with scattered water sources, it is critical to be able to move easily in order to hunt efficiently. He says Wright's camp is completely mobile and yet a full camp with good tents, beds wit........(continued)

 
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