The hunting areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah and open grassland to rocky hills, mopane and riverine woodland. In the Caprivi it varies from mopane forests to swampy areas with wooded islands.
Privately owned except in the Caprivi, which is state 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. However, during the day temperatures can reach 30Â°C. The summer rains start in January till end of March.
The land was previously used for cattle but has been used for hunting for the last 30 years. There are no inhabitants on the land used for plains game but there are locals living in the conservancy in the Caprivi.
Progress Safaris operates in three areas. The main lodge area is 40 000 hectares with stock fencing; the second area is 40 000 hectares on the borders of neighboring Botswana (two hour’s drive), and the last is the 100 000 hectare unfenced concession in the Caprivi. All areas except the Caprivi are in a low-risk malaria zone. If hunting there (Caprivi), it is recommended that anti-malaria prophylactics are taken. The distance between the main lodge and the Caprivi area is an 80-minute flight away with Air Namibia.
|IMPALA||BURCHELL’S ZEBRA||WHITE RHINO|
|BLESBOK||MOUNTAIN ZEBRA||SPOTTED HYENA|
Many different trophy species are available, ranging from the Big Five to most of the plains game. There is a limited quota on mountain zebra, klipspringer and the Big Five. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered if quotas are not fulfilled, and the minimum hunt is seven days. Bow and rifle hunters are catered for.
Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, sable, roan, crocodile and hippo as well as plains game can be hunted in the Caprivi. All other trophies taken are good quality, and Mike wealth of experience will make the whole hunting experience a memorable one.
Record Trophies taken last year.
|Elephant||To be announced at SCI show|
The main hunting lodge is purpose-built, and the lounge, bar and dining room are separate from the accommodation. All the buildings and chalets are brick with either tin or thatched roofs. All have en suite bathrooms, flush toilets, hot and cold water, constant electricity and are fully air-conditioned. If there is a power failure they have a back-up generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. The camp in the Caprivi is tented and provides a truly African hunting atmosphere. A maximum of 10 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road is10km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Windhoek (Hosea Kutako), a half-hour away by vehicle, and the closest airport in the Caprivi is Mpacha Airport. There is a hospital within an hours drive of all the hunting areas.
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 in moderation, are included in the daily rate.
Five full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Mike for 15 years. They also have skinners and all the necessary lodge staff.
All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by the Kibbles. This service is inclusive, and field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$450 per day, and a two-on-one hunt is US$350 per day for plains game. In the Caprivi the daily rate for dangerous game is US$1,150 and US$850 for two-on-one. Numerous package deals are also on offer.
The hunting vehicles are well maintained.4 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick-ups1 x Toyota double cab1 x Toyota VX SUV.
Mike has been in operation for 30 years and is registered in Namibia and is a member of NAPHA , APHA, SCI and Dallas, and has approximately 20 hunters a year.
Years in Operation
|Mike Kibble||Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter||15|
|Brian Kibble||Professional Hunter||8|
|Kevin Kibble||Professional Hunter||8|
|Peter Kibble||Professional Hunter||40|
|Martin Britz||Professional Hunter||20|
|Colin Britz||Professional Hunter||20|
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 15 years experience and are NAPHA-trained. Reiser Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client own taxidermist of choice.
Notes: Mike has a wealth of big game hunting experience. They also process and distribute their game meat which I sampled. The smoked gemsbok was delicious