Hunters Namibia Safaris Secures Waterberg Plateau Concession


Published: August - 2009

Jofie Lamprecht of Hunters Namibia Safaris says he has secured the rights to the Waterberg Plateau National Park Hunting Concession, where he is able to conduct hunts for white rhino, Cape buffalo, roan, sable and plains game. "This concession has some of the biggest buffalo, sable and roan in Africa," he wrote me early last month. "It is also the only national park white rhino hunting concession there is," he says.

Waterberg Plateau National Park is located about two hours north of Windhoek. Towering 1,200 feet above the Kalahari plains of Eastern Namibia, the Waterberg Plateau is the dominating landscape. It is not easily accessible and thus the perfect place to protect sensitive species. It was declared a park in 1972, initially to preserve eland, which were hunted heavily as they made their way across commercial farmland. Today the park focuses on protecting other species at risk, such as black rhino (reintroduced from Damaraland in 1989) as well as white rhino, tssessebe, roan and sable. The area has not been hunted in eight years and has never been commercially hunted. Lamprecht says the trophy quality is exceptional.

The white rhino population at Waterberg has never been hunted, and Lamprecht expects good long trophies with heavy bases. As required by the parks department, all trophy rhino must be post-productive animals. Buffalo hunters should find very good buffalo with deep curls and extremely wide bosses. Historically, the widest buffalo to come from this area was 49 inches! Scouting missions found what Lamprecht describes as "extremely massive" sable. According to him, hunters should see "old bulls well over the current trophy hunting benchmark and topping record book trophies." Roan are very common, and trophy expectations are exceptionally high. Above all, Waterberg is eland country. This is the dominant species on the plateau, and Lamprecht says trophies should be world class. (See photos from his scouting trip on our web site under Website Uploads.)

Lamprecht is conducting hunts in Waterberg as 1 x 1 affairs, predominantly tracking and stalking on foot. There are some roads, but he says they........(continued)

 
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