Namibia was a German protectorate until 1919, and the German culture is still evident in parts today. Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence.
The infrastructure in Namibia is excellent, among the best on the African continent. With a coastline of nearly 1000 miles, this is a land of diversity and contrasts Namibia lies on the West Coast of Southern Africa, most of the country is comprised of vast and often inaccessible semi-desert terrain, covered with savannah of camelthorn Acacia, interspersed with rocky mountains and grassland, and an extraordinary abundance of wildlife.
Namibia has become famous for plains game hunting due to its great variety of species, including non-indigenous species introduced for hunting.
There are hundreds of large game reserves and huge conservancies, on which livestock have been removed and the land has been turned back to nature and many in turn are now managed for hunting.
The Namibian government has embodied the sustainable use of all its wealth in its Constitution, which enabled management hunting to be placed under lawful protection. Since 1994 this has led to a steady increase in game species through the basic principle of selective sustainable hunting.
The game reserves in Okahandja / Khomas districts, in the western extension of the Kalahari Desert, and Omararu district, in the Erongo Mountains, are classic examples of sustainably managed game hunting concessions.
The Namibian hunting season opens on the 1st February and closes on the 30th November, the mild winter months of April through to August are great for hunting.
Classic semi-desert thorn bush scrub and acacia trees interspersed with dry grass savanna plains, dry riverbeds and undulating rolling hills.
The game reserve has high populations of Greater Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Oryx, Cape Eland, Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Blue & Black Wildebeest, Tsetsebe Hartebeest, Zebra (Burchells Plain & Mountain), Waterbuck and Warthog.
• Omararu (Erongo Mountains)
Situated south east of Damaraland where the sand desert, mountainous granite and acacia bushveld ecosystems combine are the Erongo Mountains.
This rare confluence of ecosystems is home to a vast array of plant, reptile, mammal and bird species, some endemic to Namibia - amongst the nearly 200 varieties of bird species recorded here, include the yellow-billed hornbill, the colourful lilac breasted roller and crimson bou bou.
Wildlife in the area includes Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffe, Elephant, Rhino as well as harvestable game species such as Kudu, Oryx, Eland, Gemsbok, Springbok, Steenbok, Waterbuck Duiker and Mountain Zebra together with specialist species; Black-Faced Impala, Damaraland Dik-Dik and Klipspringer.
Africa Bird Shooting safaris are an important addition to the sustainable management of Namibia’s land and wildlife. Revenue generated from harvesting managed game-bird populations goes back into the overall management of the land for wildlife, as well as providing wonderful eating in camp - excess birds shot are a protein supplement for camp staff and workers; no birds go to waist.
Namibia can be visited throughout the year, as the climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east.
Between December and March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. April-May temperatures range from 20°C at night to 40°C in the day. From June to August, it can get cold at night and in the mornings on game drives but the days warm to around 25-30°C, and from the end of August to December rise to 20°C at night to 40°C by midday.
Sybarite Safaris is a sister company to Sybarite Sporting, which organises and hosts authentic, traditional luxury safaris with an emphasis on sustainable integrated conservation and minimum footprint impact.