Hunting in Namibia
Here you’ll find all information regarding hunting in Namibia and about the hunting safaris offered on Farm Ibenstein in th heart of Namibia.
- Hunting at Farm Ibenstein
- Trophies and game species at Ibenstein
- Hunting packages and specials
- Hunting regulations in Namibia
- Important travel information
- Benefits of the hunt in Namibia
- Accommodation at Ibenstein
- Safari options after your hunt
Farm Ibenstein is the ideal place to experience an exciting and successful hunting safari in the heart of Namibia. The farm covers an area of about 15.000 hectares and consists of grass savannas and African mountain landscapes. Including the surrounding farms, Ibenstein offers trophy hunting on 100.000 hectares, guaranteeing a diversified hunting experience.
Hunting tradition at Ibenstein
The farm looks back on a long hunting tradition, which started at the end of the 70’s with Michael Krafft. Michael’s passion for hunting took him to Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe. His dream was to turn parts of his sheep and cattle farm into a game farm and to convert that land back into the pristine wilderness it used to be, financed by hunting safaris. He realised that dream bit by bit during the 80’s.
The hunting tradition is continued by his son René Krafft. Since 1994 René is a professional hunter, offering exciting hunting safaris with his registered company "Ibenstein Hunting Safaris". As professional hunter René is allowed to conduct hunting safaris on his - and with the consent of the respective famer – and on all other farms in Namibia.
Type of Hunting
On Ibenstein we conduct the classical stalk hunt. We drive through Namibian grass savannas, across mountain ridges or camelthorn forests into the pristine hunting area. Here we either start tracking or we source the game from an elevated point in the landscape.
Against the wind we close in on the animal on foot. This way the natural, ethic and fair hunting practice is honoured and a successful hunt becomes an unforgettable experience.
Ibenstein offers trophy hunting on numerous game species. Most of the animals are indigenous to Namibia, complemented by some attractive species from southern Africa, which have adapted to the open nature during the last 30 years.
The overview shows all huntable species on Ibenstein, including the respective trophy rates in €.
- Oryx (€ 800)
- Kudu (€ 2000)
- Impala (€ 700)
- Springbuck (€ 500)
- Duiker (€ 300)
- Steenbuck (€ 300)
- Eland (€ 2000)
- Red Hartebeest (€ 700)
- Blue Wildebeest (€ 1000)
- Mountain Zebra (€ 950)
- Plains Zebra (€ 950)
- Warthog (€ 500)
- Giraffe (€ 1800)
- Blesbock (€ 500)
- Black Wildebeest (€ 1000)
- Nyala (€ 3800)
- Waterbuck (€ 1500)
Waterbucks are normally only found in the far northeast of the Caprivi strip (Zambezi-Region)
Indigenous Namibian predators
Rates on request
Here you will find a complete list of all available trophy animals on Ibenstein including picture of the best trophies hunted.
Here you find our trophy rates and hunting packages for 2020. All rates are quoted in Euro.
Daily rates based on full board (Breakfast, light lunch, Dinner)
- Single hunter: € 400.00
- Two hunters: € 350 per hunter
- Four hunters (2:1): € 300 per hunter
- Additional person (non-hunting): € 150
For more information on our hunting offers, please click on the pictures.
It is our pleasure to organise the preparation and the transport of your trophy with a reliable taxidermy for you. The hide and the skull will be prepared directly on the farm – animals are skinned and the hide salted. The horns are removed, the skulls cooked and bleached. Afterwards the horns, skulls and hides are prepared for the transport to the taxidermy.
The taxidermy organises the necessary certificates for the export (Veterinary authority and Ministry for Environment and Tourism) as well as the import permits for the hunter’s home country.
Here you find some links to reliable taxidermists:
Ibenstein Hunting Safaris is a member of NAPHA (Namibia Professional Hunting Association), the organization for professional hunters in Namibia. The hunting safaris of Ibenstein Hunting Safaris adhere to all the guidelines and laws stipulated.
Hunting Season & Hunting Duration in Namibia
The trophy hunting season in Namibia commences on the 01 February and ends on the 30 November. During December and January hunting is not permitted.
According to the guidelines of NAPHA trophy hunting on farm Ibenstein is allowed from half an hour before dawn until half an hour after dusk.
Trophy size and amount
The MET (Ministry for Environment & Tourism in Namibia) stipulates a minimum size for trophy animals, with the exception of abnormal or old trophy animals, which don’t have to comply with the minimum regulations of the ministry.
Furthermore, the hunter is only allowed to hunt two of the same trophy animals maximum per hunting season (February to November).
We take care of all regulations like hunting permits or special permits for predators like leopard or cheetah before your hunt.
To award a hunter for an exceptional trophy NAPHA, the organisation for professional hunters in Namibia, has introduced a medal system. The intention is to promote the hunt on trophy animals, which have surpassed the age of guaranteeing a superb gene pool for future hunting generations. The medal system also generates income, which is used by NAPHA to support charitable projects and to promote hunting in Namibia.
The gold, silver and bronze system is based on the regulations of the Safari Club International (SCI). For trophies up to 5% under the standard value a bronze medal is granted. Gold is received for trophies up to 5% and above of the SCI value. About 60% of our trophies hunted on Ibenstein fall into the gold medal category.
A foster medal made from old can be applied for abnormal trophies or very old animals.
We gladly apply for your medal at the Namibian Hunter's Association NAPHA.
Here you find important information on visa and entry regulations for Namibia when traveling with your own weapon.
Visa for Namibia
International visitors of most EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia and Great Britain receive a visum at the international airport or any other border post into Namibia free of charge.
Traveling with own weapons
We recommend bringing your own weapon of maximum 2 weapons, as you are already used to it. To be able to import your weapon you have to be in possession of a valid firearm licence. When entering the country at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you receive a temporary import licence for rifles. Please fill in the following document in advance and hand it to the authorities at the airport, who will then issue the licence.
Please take note of the following regarding the import of rifles:
- Firearms should be carried in a rifle case.
- Ammunition has to be transported in a lockable container separate from the firearm, for example together with the normal luggage.
- Handguns as well as semi-automatic and automatic weapons are illegal.
- For unconventional weapons a special permit has to be applied for.
- When flying via South Africa make sure that the weapons stay in the transit area as the import of weapons into SA takes very long. Insist that the weapon is checked in all the way to Windhoek
Hunting in Namibia has an invaluable influence on the development of the local fauna. Both on private farms, as well as – and especially – in communal areas the increase in wild life numbers became visible with the promotion of hunting in Namibia and the arrival of an increasing number of hinting guests and thus hunting safaris.
As in many other countries, the problem of the destruction of natural habitats for wildlife persisted for a long time in Namibia. On some commercial farm in the central areas of Namibia overgrazing by cattle and goats still causes the destruction of pristine African landscapes. The development in rural areas was and still is even worse. Due to the high poverty and persistent drought more and more areas were cleared to allow cultivation. Wild life had no chance to develop here for a long time. In the desert areas of the countries many animals were poached, as there was no other perspective than using the game for meat.
Improvement of Wildlife Numbers through Hunting in Namibia
Through the promotion of hunting on hunting and guest farms, but also through the development of so-called conservancies in communal areas wildlife received a measurable value. The formerly disadvantaged population became hunting assistants and professional hunters. A lot improved during the last years and wildlife population on private and communal lands could increase drastically. Poaching of wildlife has decreased with the regulation of hunting and the concept of sustainable use.
An interesting article regarding the importance of hunting can be found on the NAPHA website:
Hunters and companions are accommodated in spacious en-suite bungalows on Ibenstein Guestfarm. Each of the four bungalows has been individually designed blending perfectly into the fascinating landscape. From the terrace a wonderful view onto the grass plains, the distant mountains and the - at night illuminated - waterhole can be enjoyed. Here you can observe a lot of wildlife and birds quenching their thirst.
Meals are served in the historical farm house on Ibenstein. Our rates include all meals, starting with a good breakfast, a light lunch and a wholesome typically Namibian dinner – often enjoyed around a fire, unwinding from another adventurous day.
Here you find the link to our accommodation page:
After your hunt on Farm Ibenstein, we offer to introduce the countries touristic highlights to you. Namibia has an unbelievable high safari potential, from the oldest desert in the world with its huge red dunes over the diverse national parks, especially the Etosha National Park, to the beautiful mountain landscapes like the Erongo, Brandberg and Damaraland. With our gallery we introduce you to the touristic highlights of Namibia: