More Details On Those Namibia Hunting Trophy Concessions


Published: September - 2009

Still in Namibia, I have received more information on the operators who successfully bid on those government trophy hunting concessions I've been telling you about. I've already reported on two of those concessions, a black rhino concession held by Thormählen and Cochran Safaris Namibia and the Waterberg Plateau National Park concession held by Jofie Lamprecht of Hunters Namibia Safaris. In late July (after going to print with the August issue) I received the list of remaining operators and concessions. Several of these operators told me they still have openings for this season, and since the season is getting on and these concessions have gone unhunted for numerous years now, the opportunity warranted an E-mail Extra bulletin. Some of these slots may have been filled since my bulletin, but it is worth a call or e-mail if you are interested in them.

Boet Nel of Boet Nel Hunting Safaris secured the Mahango Game Park concession, which is part of Bwabwata National Park. When I spoke with him he had already taken two 50-pound elephants and had permits for four jumbo left, along with buffalo, kudu, warthog, duiker and impala. Mahango encompasses 245 square kilometers (60,540 acres). It borders the Okavango River in the east, Botswana to the south and Popa Game Park in the north with communal land on the west. Mahango offers protection to a significant number of species that should be of reasonable quality and number.

Nel was finishing up construction of a new camp on the banks of the Okavango to house his hunters in the concession. It consists of three double tents with ensuite bathrooms on concrete slabs. In addition to elephant, Nel says his first clients took buffalo and crocodile, all within four days of hunting. In two days, he says they looked over 45 elephant. "The Mahango Game Park is known as an area where almost all the elephant encountered are bulls," Nel says. The average goes 50 pounds, but he claims 70-plus-pounders have been seen. As for other game, he says sable from 44 to 48 inches are present, as well as 58-inch kudu,........(continued)

 
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