Reports on Zambia Hunting Expeditions and Nchila Wildlife Reserve


Published: December - 2013

Hunting safaris in Zambia continued this year in concessions that were not up for reallocation, as well as on both fenced and unfenced ranches. I have reports this month from subscribers Tim Maier and Robert Spangler on Zambian safaris they enjoyed this season on two of the fenced ranches I mentioned last March (Article 3046). Maier hunted with PH Charlie Harvey of Zambia Hunting Expeditions (www.zambiahuntingexpeditions.com), which operates on Shiwa Ng'andu Estate (www.shiwangandu.com). Located in the northernmost part of Zambia very close to the Tanzanian border, Shiwa encompasses 22,000 acres at the very end of the Great Rift Valley. It is home to more than 30 species, including sitatunga. Accommodations are in a luxurious colonial country estate built in the 1920s.

Zambia Hunting Expeditions also hunts Mukungule GMA, Chifunda GMA and Bangwelu. Maier also hunted Mukungule, a four-hour drive from Shiwa. He says the Cape buffalo in the GMA were scarce, staying in North Luangwa Park due to poachers and lions tracking the herd. He reports seeing only one herd of buffalo in four days, although he managed to take a bull. At Shiwa he shot a sitatunga, which they hunt from highseats, plus bushbuck, waterbuck, and several other species. He also hunted sable at a game ranch in Mukushi. He gives Zambia Hunting Expeditions high praise and says that the colonial atmosphere at Shiwa imparts that feeling of traveling back in history. "It is a totally different experience," he says. "The hunting, the friendly and relaxed people, trophy quality, great food, and, especially, Charlie - it would be hard to find a better guide or individual."

Spangler hunted another game estate called Nchila Wildlife Reserve (www.nchilawildlifereserve.com) in the North West Province, near the source of the Zambezi. Continuing subscribers will remember my 2010 report about this operation (Article 2563). The main property encompasses 10,000 acres, and a second reserve called Nkwaji features 19 kilometers of river frontage offering crocodile and hippo. The main property is where Nchila owner Pete Fisher has been breeding sable for several years and has large herds of them ranging on the property. Spangler reports........(continued)

 
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