Most dangerous game safaris will be conducted from bush camps, which are comfortable and provide for basic needs.
Full three course meals, comfortable chalets and beds, daily laundry service, and a welcoming lappa with cold beverages and a relaxing atmosphere are what is needed after a long day's hunting.
A typical day would involve getting up early to reach the hunting grounds at sunrise to catch the most active moments of an animal's day.
Depending on the distances travelled, we may return to camp for lunch. Otherwise, lunch packs are taken along to allow continued pursuit of the quarry until evening. We then, return after sunset to a cold "sun downer" drink around the campfire, enjoy a warm shower and sit down to recite the day's stories and adventures over a freshly prepared meal.
Caprivi / Zambezi Region
The Zambezi Region of Namibia, (formerly called Caprivi) was named after the German Field Marshal General von Caprivi, who negotiated a swop of the land with then Bechuanaland (Botswana) under British Rule to allow easier access between Deutsche Sud-West Afika (Namibia) and Tanganyika (Tanzania), which was also a German held territory.
Commonly known as the pan handle of Namiba, the "stem" is Bwabwata National Park and the land east of the Cuando (Kwando) River is Communal land on which hunting concessions are allocated to Gazetted Communal Conservancies. The area is very flat, with no rocky outcrops or mountains, and is a stark contrast to the rest of the arid Namibian country side in that the region is zoned as sub-tropical vegetation. It is inundated with the swamps and floodplains of the four rivers that surround the area: Kwando to the west, Zambezi to the north, Linyanti to the south and Chobe to the east.
The rich diversity of wildlife that inhabits this area exists because of these swamps, floodplains, and thick mopane forests that grow in between. Salambala, Lusese and Kabulabula are three of Zambezi's best hunting concessions, and these are where BHAS conducts most of the dangerous game hunting. These concessions are situated on the Namibian side of the famous Chobe River, directly opposite the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Salambala and Lusese are known for their extensive forests and high elephant populations with some exceptional trophies. Kabulabula, which is in the eastern flood plains and for a majority of the hunting season is only accessible by boat, is a buffalo hunter's haven.
Accommodation is provided in a variety of camps, from luxury tented chalets to fly camps on the banks of the Chobe River.
Other species available in the area are hippo, crocodile, red lechwe, kudu, impala, warthog, waterbuck, and the beautiful Chapman's Zebra, a variation of Burchell's zebra, with Mountain Zebra-like traits.
There is nothing more satisfying than tracking down your trophy elephant through the mopane woodland forests to find him standing with a few Askaris, huge ivory prominently visible through the bush, or stalking buffalo through long grass and reeds. These moments are sure to get one's blood coursing, a main reason we pursue these large adversaries.
Victoria Falls is the widest waterfall in the world. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Dr. Livingstone gave them their English name in honour of Queen Victoria. He wrote of the falls, "No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." The Victoria Falls are a day visit from the main hunting concessions in Zambezi and a great option to split a safari with family time or just R&R.
The Arid North West (Namibia)
Safaris can be organised in the North West regions of Namibia in various concessions. The landscape is breathtaking, with near desert scenery, high flat-top mountains, interspaced with rolling hills and all teaming with wildlife in the ephemeral river systems that cross the arid plains.
Species to hunt include leopard and cheetah, oryx, springbok, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, kudu and the rare, endemic Black-faced Impala. Hunting for elephant and lion can also be done, but these are in high demand and need to be booked far in advance.
Hunting in Uganda is organised in co-operation with a partner outfitter at lakeMburo and Katonga. Being near the equator, the area is very green with lush thick bush, swamps and open grasslands.
Main hunting species include buffalo, eland, Defassa Waterbuck, topi and the elusive sitatunga. Camps are the typical East African style tented camp on stilts.
South Africa (Eastern Cape)
Safaris here are also organised with a partner outfitter, on one of the largest privately owned properties in the Eastern Cape, about 1 hour's drive from Port Elizabeth. The perimeter is fenced but there is no internal fencing (camps). This area is home to buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, zebra, eland, giraffe, blessbok, springbok and a variety of other species.
Accommodation will be in any one of the lodges on the estate, offering the ultimate comfort and relaxation one could wish for. The estate is suitably located for short excursions to the beach, golf courses, and Addo Elephant National Park.
"Moz" is one of the last few very untamed African countries, still safe enough to travel to. Safaris here are in very large concessions north and west of Tete. Camp facilities are very rustic, but comfortable with excellent cuisine.
Most dangerous game safaris in this area are booked on an 18 day basis purely due to remoteness. Great opportunities on elephant and lion are available, but the areas are well known for buffalo, leopard and crocodile on the shores of Lake Cahora Bassa. Plains game is also very abundant, mainly kudu, bushbuck, Lichtensteins, Hartebeest and sable. Tiger fishing is popular in the dead hours of the day.