INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Your Namibian safari will include plains, and in some cases dangerous game, or even both. Your trophy list of preferred animals will determine the choice of hunting area/s. We will assist you in finding the right combination of hunting days and hunting area/s as to experience your ultimate African Safari.
Due to the habitat diversity of Namibia it is impossible to hunt all the endemic species in one specific area of the country.
Ruark Game Safaris guarantees exclusivity in all their concessions, with you and your hunting party having the entire concession to yourselves. We only take one group at a time. We offer a variety of hunting packages, from novice to expert and we adapt our hunting style to fit the ability of our clients.
Your hunt will also benefit marginal communities. Ruark Game Safaris is committed to the long-term conservation and social upliftment of the people in the areas where we hunt.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING
Clothing and footwear
Clothing and footwear is fundamentally important, as this will contribute to your comfort and success.
The clothing and footwear you choose is important to avoid premature detection as most of our hunting is done on foot.
Medium dark colours are recommended for the reasons as stated above and you should bring three changes of green or brown shirts and trousers of a tough cotton type. No light-coloured Khaki.
Rubber soft soled ankle high hunting boots, plus at least 4 pairs of thick woollen or cotton socks are most suitable. Make sure your hunting boots are broken in before coming on Safari.
A Safari hat should be brought even though we supply each client with a complimentary hunting cap. Good quality sun glasses and sun cream are useful.
May through to August is our winter months and occasionally it can get very cold, so bring warm clothing and gloves during this period. The rest of the year, shorts and short-sleeved shirts will suffice, but early mornings and evenings, can be quite cool. Pack both light and heavy clothing; clothing that can be worn in layers.
Please note for leopard hunting - the clothing that is worn while sitting in a blind should be of such fibre that do not chafe or make a rustling noise when slight movement takes place.
Rifles and ammunition:
We would like to encourage you to read Craig Boddington's Safari Rifles 2, as it gives valuable background information especially for first time hunters to Africa on calibres and ammunition suitable for all types of African game.
Ruark Game Safaris recommend the following:
Make sure you are fit as this will enhance your shooting ability. Secondly, make sure you are familiar with your rifle and the ballistics for the ammunition you are about to use. Use one type of ammunition for the game intended to shoot. (Do not mix your ammunition) Practice as much as possible i.e. shooting from different positions, but most importantly offhand shooting and the proper use of shooting sticks.
One rifle for Plains game and Leopard in Namibia: Any of the .300's, 8mm, .325 WSM, .338's and .375's.
One rifle for Dangerous thick-skinned game in Namibia: Minimum calibre allowed in Namibia; any of the .375's, then any of the .416's, .450's, .458's, 460 and .470's.
Recommended bullets for Plains game and Leopard in Namibia: Barnes X/TS, Swift A-Frame, Woodleigh and Trophy Bonded Bear Claw. (Rapid expanding bullets for cats are recommended)
Recommended bullets for Dangerous thick-skinned Game in Namibia: Barnes Banded Solids and Woodleigh Solids.
Best times to hunt in Namibia:
The best times to hunt is during the dark moon phase as animals tend to move a lot more during the day to feed in comparison with the full moon phase when they feed at night and rest up during the day.
The best time for elephant and buffalo hunts is normally during the drier months i.e. July through to October.
Our personal experience for leopard hunts is to start one week after full moon.
The best months for hunting in Namibia are from end April through to beginning of October for Plains game.