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On Elephant Hunting in Namibia

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Report ID: 9918 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 25, 2014 to October 13, 2014
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: North Kaudom Conservancy

Outfitter (or safari company): Jofie Lamprecht; Jofie Lamprecht Safaris. Tel. 011 +264 81 12 98765 (Jeff); Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Jofie Lamprecht
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: No elephant, trophy or otherwise
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Very disappointing hunt, no elephant of any amount in area. In 16 days of hunting, saw a total of 6 bulls which were young, never had the opportunity to stalk a trophy bull. Only one stalk in 16 days on 4 bulls of no size.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Air Namibia Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: From Frankfurt

Hunting Fees: $2300 per day for my wife and I on daily rate Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: $37,000 - paid none, no elephant Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Daily rate was highest I have ever paid. All was good except for lack of elephant. He has had good s Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: Hunt was booked for trophy elephant, went downhill quick. After 4 days I was fairly confident there were no elephant. Stayed 2 extra days, 16 total! You are betting a bull will cross out of the park and you can take him. I give these odds at approximately 5% this will happen.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no

Hunter Name: Robert Fred Fortier
Contact Information: Tel. 662-587-0430 - PO Box 505, Ripley, MS 38663 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: All over the world
Physical Condition: Great

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? yes Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? Nothing. Dry season. He said hard only water holes.

E-mail from Jofie Lamprecht to Barbara Crown, December 1, 2014


Thank you for putting me in the loop.

Below notes on the report from Robert Fortier:

I have just sent you our price list with the information on the area so that you can see what is being sold. Success in 2013: 2 out of 3 elephant were taken = average 55 pounds Success in 2014: 3 out of 4 elephant were taken = average 63.6 pounds As you can see from the above the averages are good. Success 5 out of 7. Camp is 5 star with the best of the best accommodations and food. These are two communal conservancies that are working hard to make a living. In the 2000s Kai-Uwe Denker had this concession. He took a 99 pounder out of this same area. All hunters are told that this is a tough area with low volumes of game. There is however quality. Jim Young will have phoned your office today with a report on the hunt that he did with me.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks again


12/4/14 Robert Fortier on a telephone interview with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown

I have hunted all over the world. Jofie is a great person. This area is a tough area. Im not taking anything away from him as a person. When I booked he told me I would not see many elephant, but should expect to see 10  12 a day. In 16 days I saw 6. What I think happened is that the park did not have that much water previously, but they have since they put in huge water holes. Im talking acres of water. Jofie has a place that if an elephant wants to it can go get a drink in a concrete cistern, but it is not an area to bathe and stand in water as elephants do. We went to the park and saw all these big bulls in the huge water areas. Those elephants arent going to leave those water holes to go to Jofies area. Maybe the next guys in will kill 80 pounders. But I doubt it.

Jofie took over area last year. He shot 3 65-pounders before I got there, all in one place. I think they were resident bulls and he killed what was there. Is there a chance for a big bull, sure, but when you are there 16 days and hunt from morning to dark and dont see anything&. We were track hunting. We wore tires off just trying to find a track. This hunt is for someone who has already taken ele and is hoping for a truly big one, but understands he may not get anything. We saw 2 tracks and followed one big one-tusker with the other tusk broken to a nub on the other side. Last day we saw tracks of a bull that was surely a big one, but he crossed over the border into Botswana.

It should be a good area considering the location, but I think Jofie is unrealistic about what he can take there consistently. It is a tough hunt.

He charges the highest daily rates I ever heard of - $2,300 a day. Accommodations are great and the food, but if the game is not there that does not mean anything. I had a culinary experience with some hunting. Im not knocking Jofie, but this is not the greatest hunting experience. Not trying to hurt his business.

I dont expect a guaranteed hunt. I rode in the truck every day. He did the best he could, and we put in the time and the effort. I couldnt ask for more effort.

He has huntable populations of roan, kudu, leopard, impala. But this area is not for a general plains game hunt either. If you want a good roan or kudu, fine. And I am sure you can get a good leopard. Saw several while there.

Everything Jofie says is true, but all three of those ele he killed this year were in the same place. Saw tracks for females and young bulls and juveniles. No bull tracks.

I booked based on the same marketing information he sent you. Jofie says I was there at the best time. But maybe the dry season was the worst time because he was counting on those water holes. Those big bulls wont leave the swimming pools in the park to go to his place. I saw a 100 pounder and several 80 pounders in the parks water holes. Maybe first or 2nd hunt may see something in the hunting area. Area can produce big elephant but I believe circumstances have just changed and it will be tough to catch an elephant outside the park. Maybe early hunts would do better.

If you look at what he has taken and where the area is in relation to Botswana, looks good to take a big bull. I had the option for an extra week of hunting. I stayed extra 2 days and decided not to continue. Had we seen tracks coming and going into the park, OK. But we did not. One herd of cows and few young bulls, moved back and forth, but there just is no reason for the old bulls to move. I think the odds are small for a big elephant. A chance but small. Of course you have a small chance anywhere for a really big elephant.

Had it been somebody less experienced than me as an elephant and African hunter, I think Jofie would have had a big problem with an unhappy client. He has a first class camp and he knows what he is doing, so its the area.


E-mail from Jofie Lamprecht to Barbara Crown, December 17, 2014:


Thanks for the concern.

Answers in brief below:

The average ivory weigh for the 2014 season was 63.5 pounds in this area. 75% of hunts were successful this year. In Kai-Uwes time there was NO water in this area. Hunters have paid for 7 solar powered pumps that pump every day into natural / man-made water-holes. Yes. This area is tough both physically and mentally. The chances of shooting a huge elephant are better here than most places. Just 7 miles from our the hunting boundary in Khaudum Park Fred Fortier saw with his own eyes elephant bulls in excess of 80 pounds, several in the 70s and then a huge amount of smaller elephant that one would settle for in mist areas. This is a free-range area. One cannot determine the movement of elephant. Historically the water in the park would run out by June and July  making the elephant move more. Due to high and late rainfall in this area meant that there was still natural pans with water during Freds hunt.

The future of this are:

We will continue hunting this area in 2015. We are imminently awaiting this area to be extended to include the area known as West of Khaudum. This will give the current hunting area 625 sq miles in addition to what is already hunting area. This area is famous for big elephant. Below is what we sell in our brochure and website and we are upfront and honest about how difficult the hunting is. North of Khaudum - Big Game In the isolated far northeast of Namibia lies Khaudum National Park - an unfenced park bordering Botswana in the east covering 2,400 sq. miles (3,842 sq. km). It is home to Elephant, Leopard, Roan Antelope as well as several plains game species. Other game of interest include African Wild Dog and Lion. This Northern Kalahari Sandveld biome is described as a sandy forest savannah-woodland. Interspersed with flat, clay pans and a series of Omiramba (a local tribal word meaning vague river beds) that provide water most of the year. The Hunting Area On the northern border of Khaudum National Park lies the hunting area known as North of Khaudum. Two communal conservancies have joined their tribal land together and local villages benefit greatly from revenue and protein-rich meat provided by trophy hunting. With the park to the south and Botswana to the east this 250 sq. mile (400 sq. km) hunting area is by no means huge. It is however in one of the prime transient areas for thick-tusked Elephant left in Africa. Other species that are huntable: Roan Antelope, Leopard, Kudu, Oryx, Giraffe, Duiker, Steenbuck and Warthog. The Luxury Tented Camp In the shade of an island of Acacia trees awaits a traditional tented camp built on wooden platforms. Your spacious tent has fine linens, sliding doors, en-suite bathrooms with every amenity you could wish for in one of the most remote areas left in Africa. The camp is environmentally friendly and solar-powered. Built with clean lines and a blend of traditional and a splash of modern design. An open sided dining room overlooks a pan frequented by Roan Antelope and the occasional Elephant bull. Lounging on leather while sipping a cocktail of your choice and reveling under the billion star nights while enjoying the flames of the fire circle will bring you that much closer to bliss. Your own personal professional chef prepares meals. Fresh produce and meat from the hunt are served three times daily as per your requested dietary requirements. Dinners are a decadant affair with unrivaled three course meals in this remote wilderness. A wide variety of fine South African wines are avalaible as well as any other drinks that you have requested.

Hunting The classic form of hunting is used. Land Cruiser vehicles are used to transport you around the hunting area. All of the hunting is done by tracking on foot.

This area is not easy to hunt. Game volumes are low. The high quality of the game as well as the possibility to take very big Elephant is the reason for this difficult hunting area.

Ivory average 2014 season: 63.5 pounds Ivory average 2013 season: 55 pounds

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