Buffalo Hunting is the ultimate hunt desired by many. In South Africa buffalo hunting is expensive. I can arrange good free-range and ethical buffalo hunting at a number of venues in South Africa. The "best" of these is at Mvutshini Estates near Pongola. Edmond Roiullard

My prime buffalo hunting area is the Devils Gorge Concession in Zimbabwe.

 

Affordable Elephant, Buffalo and other DG Hunting in Zimbabwe

The hunt is offered by Hlangabenza Safaris for whom Andrew McLaren Safaris acts as a Booking Agent. The offer is specifically structured to be very attractive for South African hunters, but also hunters from other nationalities, who want to experience a true “Africa” hunt at minimal cost. It is best suited for experienced hunters  - who do not want or need the services of a Professional Hunter - and campers who have their own camping equipment and 4X4 vehicles. Hunters from other countries may also be interested in the offer by making use of the vehicles and camping equipment available through Andrew McLaren Safaris.

 1.   The Legality of the Hunt.

The hunting is 100% legal in every single respect. There are no individuals involved who are on the “banned list” of the US Government. Hunters are free to bring in and use their own weapons. Andrew McLaren will be present on the hunting safari at all times as a “fellow hunter”. His presence on the actual hunt or the final approach is optional and is by the choice of the paying hunter. At all times the hunter(s) will be accompanied by a Game Scout who will report to the Binga Local Council on all activities about the hunting. To be able to export trophies a CITES Permit from South Africa (or the USA, or the country where the hunter comes from) is required for Elephant and Leopard.

 

2.   The Hunting Area.

The Hunting Concession is known as “Devils Gorge”. It lies south of the Zambezi River, and east of the Gwayi River west of Lake Kariba and north of the Kavira State Forest with which an unmarked boundary of about 20 kilometers is shared. The access roads to the area are strictly for 4X4 vehicles, but are so constructed that with careful driving the area is reachable with very little likelihood of any vehicle damage.  There are very few roads or tracks within the area.

 The Mlibizi fishing resort is only about 4 kilometers by boat from the eastern side of the concession, but a 4X4 drive of about three hours is needed to get to Mlibizi by vehicle from the eastern side of the area. [Mlibizi it self is reachable from Bulawayo on a tar road]

There is absolutely no accommodation facility at all in the concession area. The normal procedure would be to set up a tented camp to which everything required, including water, is brought in.

For those interested in more comfort on a hunt, the hunters may choose to stay at the Hotel or the Self-Catering bungalows of the Mlibizi Resort and travel to the hunting area by boat every day.

 3.   Booking, Payment and Cost Structure.

The cost structure is such that the interested hunter places very little money at risk. As far as possible payment is for dead animals on the ground, i.e. no trophy no payment!

Booking and all arrangements are to be made through Andrew McLaren Safaris (AMS). A booking deposit of US $ 500 is payable to AMS to confirm a hunting booking. This covers all costs associated with the actual arrangement of the hunting safari and importation of rifles if required. The Booking Confirmation Fee is non-refundable.

 The minimum Daily Rate is $ 100 per day for every hunter day that any hunting is booked or undertaken payable at the end of the hunt in hard currency US $ [as cash in actual US $ notes]. This is to pay the Binga Council for the services of a Game Scout(s) appointed by them. If two hunters hunt together, i.e. a single Game Scout can oversee them both at the same time, the fee is just $ 100 per day. If they wish to hunt separately the fee is $ 100 per day for each hunter.

 The trophy fee for any animal hunted and recovered or only wounded and not recovered, i.e. for any blood drawn, is listed in US $ in the table below. Hunters should note that the trophy fee is payable in hard currency US $ [as cash in actual US $ notes] as soon the animal is down (or wounded).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species or Service

Quantity on Quota

US $ Price to Hlangabenza Safaris

 

 

Game Scout costs per day

 

$ 100

 

 

PH for Plains Game per day

 

$ 150

 

 

PH for Buffalo per day

 

$ 200

 

 

PH for Elephant per day

 

$ 250

 

 

Baboon

3

Negotiate

 

 

Buffalo Bull NON- Export

4*

$ 4000

 

 

Buffalo Bull EXPORT

4*

$ 2500 Additional

 

 

Bushbuck

4

$ 750

 

 

Bushpig

2

$ 200

 

 

Civit Cat

1

Negotiate

 

 

Crocodile

1

$ 2500

 

 

Duiker Grey or Common

4

$ 175

 

 

Elephant Bull NON-Export

1*

$ 9000

 

 

Elephant Bull EXPORT

1*

$ 6000 Additional

 

 

Grysbok Sharpe's

3

Negotiate

 

 

Hippopotamus

5

$ 2500

 

 

Honey Badger

1

Negotiate

 

 

Hyena Spotted

1

$ 300

 

 

Impala Trophy Ram

2

$ 125

 

 

Jackall Black-Backed

2

Negotiate

 

 

Klipspringer

2

$ 300

 

 

Kudu Trophy Bull

3

$ 750

 

 

Leopard

1

$ 3500

 

 

Vervet Monkey

2

Negotiate

 

 

Warthog Boar

2

$ 200

 

 

Waterbuck Bull

1

$ 900

 

 

Wild Cat

1

Negotiate

 

 

Doves

50

Negotiate

 

 

Ducks & Geese

20

Negotiate

 

 

Francolin

10

Negotiate

 

 

Guinea Fowl

10

Negotiate

 

 

Sandgrouse

10

Negotiate

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Only 1 elephant and 4 buffalo on total quota.

[Hunters who feel they do not want to handle such an amount of cash in the bush should make arrangement to pre-pay the trophy fee into AMS banking account. In the very unlikely event of a hunter not getting a trophy the full amount (less only actual banking costs) will be refunded.]

The hunting costs are so structured that elephant and buffalo can be exported. The prices and availability of plains game species are not really competitive. This is offered as a Dangerous Game hunt. It is not really an opportunity for plains game hunting, although some good trophies may be hunted after the successful elephant or buffalo hunt. The procedure to follow in Zimbabwe to ensure that trophies hunted can be exported demands that certain minimum amounts be banked.  The Trophy Export Fee for elephant is an additional US $ 6000 that is payable, over and above the US $ 9000 trophy fee, by any suitable means [cash, travelers cheques, bank transfer or bank guaranteed cheque] at the end of the hunt. Similarly the Trophy Export Fee for buffalo is an additional US $ 2500 payable over and above the trophy fee of $ 4000. Hunters are advised that they should decide on the wish to export or not any trophy before the onset of the hunt, as a TR2 form has to be completed and officially stamped by the Zimbabwean Parks Board BEFORE the start of the hunt.

The presence of a Zimbabwean PH is entirely optional and is the choice of the hunter. A hunter may wish to hire the services of a PH with a restricted license [practically he may not guide you on an elephant or lion hunt, but he may act as PH on a buffalo hunt]. Typical costs associated to hire a Restricted License PH is US $ 200 per day plus all his travel and accommodation costs.

Alternatively a hunter may wish to hire a Fully Licensed PH, at a typical daily cost of US $ 250 per day plus all travel and accommodation costs.

The costs listed for PH fees should be regarded as a guideline only. For each hunt a specific PH, if required, will be contacted and a fee, method and timing of payment determined and agreed upon before the booking is finalized.

For every hunt the hunter – or hunting party - must pay all costs associated to have Andrew McLaren  in person at the concession for the full duration of the hunt. Here are some alternative options:

(i)     Pick up Andrew McLaren at his house near Soutpan, provide transport and all meals, accommodation and return him to his residence after the hunt.

(ii)            Pay four times Andrew’s fuel cost to drive to a convenient point where he can be picked up and then accommodated as in (i) and pay any cost associated with safe storage of his vehicle for the duration of the hunt. [Fuel cost is taken to be only one half of the actual vehicle running costs, and the fuel cost is only known one way, hence 4xOne way fuel cost is a good estimate of the “there and back” actual running costs.] Alternatively pay for his return flight from Bloemfontein to wherever you want to pick him up for the trip.

(iii)   A hunter who does not have a 4X4 vehicle can use the AMS Land Cruiser at payment of all actual toll and border crossing costs plus twice the actual fuel costs used on the entire trip from AMS home base near Soutpan and back.

(iv)   If a hunter does not have his own camping equipment – like if a hunter flies in from America or elsewhere - AMS can provide all that is required at a very nominal rental cost – to be negotiated.

(v)    AMS can also provide the services of a cook and all catering services at a nominal cost – to be negotiated.

 4.   Contact Andrew McLaren Safaris about hunting the Devils Gorge Concession Area.

Andrew McLaren can be contacted about all aspects of hunting there.

Telephone & Fax:         051 831 1110

Cellphone:               082 654 6474

E-mail:                     andrew@mclarensafaris.com