Etosha Heights Game Safaris

Website: http://etoshahunting.com/

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The main lodge is 19° 15.860’S 15° 17.015’E. The hunting areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, open pans to mopane woodland. Privately owned.

Hunting is mainly done from March to October which tends to be cool and dry. Daytime temperatures are warm to hot, whereas at night it can get cold and a warm jacket would be needed at night. However, during the day temperatures can reach 30°C. The summer rains start in January till end of March.

The land was previously used for cattle and then only for photographic safaris as wild animals were natural residents. The hunting operation started in 2008. There are no inhabitants on the land used.

Etosha Heights is 62 000 hectares with no internal fences making it the largest private game ranch in Namibia. It is on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and regularly has elephant and lion.

KUDU SABLE OSTRICH
ORYX BLESBOK CHEETAH
ELAND SPRINGBOK LEOPARD
BLUE WILDEBEEST WARTHOG LION
BLACK WILDEBEEST DIK-DIK BURCHELL’S ZEBRA
RED HARTEBEEST DUIKER MOUNTAIN ZEBRA
WATERBUCK STEENBOK ELEPHANT
BLACK-FACED IMPALA GIRAFFE BLACK RHINO
KLIPSPRINGER SPOTTED HYENA WHITE RHINO

The main luxury lodge is five-star, and nothing has been spared. It has a lounge, bar, wine cellar and dining room, and this is separate from the accommodation. All the buildings and chalets are brick with thatched roofs, with en suite bathrooms, flush toilets, hot and cold water, constant electricity and are fully air-conditioned. All the camps run on solar electricity, wind turbine and have a back-up generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. They have three other camps with all the amenities, one of which is tented.A maximum of 12 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road is 80 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Windhoek, six hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Safari Hoek which is a VFR, dirt 1,200 metre runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is a hospital 170 km away in Outjo.

All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are four-course. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served, and typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.
Six full-time trackers are employed who have been working for 4 years since the hunting operation started. They also have skinners, chefs and lodge staff.

All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure. This service and field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$500 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$400 per day for plains game, and package deals are also on offer.

All their vehicles are well maintained and new vehicles are on order.2 x Land Rover hunting vehicles3 x Toyota Hilux pick-ups.

Etosha Heights Hunting Safaris has been in operation for 4 years and is registered in Namibia.They are all members of NAPHA and SCI, and had 79 trophy hunters last year.

Name

Status

Years in Operation

Andre Burger Outfitter Professional Hunter 10 years and
ex nature conservation
Henko Dewaal Professional Hunter 2
Kiepie Burger Professional Hunter 5
Alan Van Rooyen Professional Hunter 4

If necessary, free-lance professional hunters with their own vehicles are used.

Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, very secure and 100% vermin proof. These facilities are well ventilated and have electric lighting. The trophies once dried are stored separately and tags are used for identification. There is also an abattoir with cold room.All the skinners have at least 6 year’s experience. Taxidermy Studio run by Marlo Beyer (e-mail: mbeyer@iway.na or Tel: +264 67 302 763) is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.
Notes: I had the privilege to stay here for 2 nights and be shown around. Game is plentiful and evidence left by elephants is everywhere. The main lodge has a splendid view and the birdlife is second to none. If a first-time plains game hunter, visit Etosha Heights – it will be hard to match their level of luxury and attention to detail.

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