If hunting Namibia for Cape buffalo interests you, check out what subscriber Dwight Van Brunt has to say about taking some monster Cape buffalo in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy last July. He took a bull measuring 51 3/8 inches wide with a 15-inch boss, and his son, Ross, took a buff measuring 48½ inches wide with a 14-inch boss. (See photos in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site.) They hunted in what's called the Buffalo Quarantine Area, a fenced area within the Conservancy consisting of 34 square miles. The area is restricted, but Park Warden Dries Alberts is among the few with access to it. A licensed PH, Dries operates a limited number of hunts for old bulls that are long past breeding age. The meat and trophy fees go to the people in the surrounding villages.
Van Brunt says he initially had reservations about this hunt due to his concerns regarding fair chase hunting. But after speaking with other hunters who had been there and looking at the country for himself, he decided to give it a try while hunting for other species nearby and says he had a wonderful hunting experience. Van Brunt arranged the hunt through Jamy Traut of Eden Trophy Hunting and gives a cost of $18,000 per buffalo, all inclusive.