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Zimbabwe – Sentinel

For the big game hunter there is no place quite like Africa!  For more than a century it has been the ultimate destination for the traveling big game hunter.

Zimbabwe (officially the Republic of Zimbabwe and formerly Southern Rhodesia, is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the continent of Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. Zimbabwe has three official languages: English, Shona, and Ndebele.

Zimbabwe is home to all 5 of Africa’s famed big five.  The Sentinel concession is located in the Tuli Circle where South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe come together in the very southern portion of the country and is part of the new Transfrontier Peace Park.  At roughly 80,000 acres in the game rich low veldt, Sentinel is the perfect balance of wild Africa but with a camp that offers all the comforts of home. Built in the early days of the High Adventure Company, Sentinel was a labor of love for the HAC partners, with president John Burrell being involved from the very beginning. Despite the negative publicity Zimbabwe has received due to its politics, we have experienced no problems whatsoever and have great hunting in this country over the last 15 years.

Hunting

Sentinel is home to most of Zimbabwe’s popular plainsgame species as well as one of the highest densities of leopards in all of Africa. The most popular plainsgame species on Sentinel are kudu, blue wildebeest, Impala, zebra, warthog, nyala, eleand and bushbuck.  In addition Sentinel has a 5,500 acre high fence section (required by law in Southern Zimbabwe for hoof and mouth free buffalo herds) which is home to a large herd of buffalo and a reasonable sable population.  Most all plainsgame at Sentinel would be hunted by either spot and stalk or the traditional method of tracking behind the incredible Shona trackers.

Habitat

The habitat around Sentinel is traditional lowveldt habitat. The concession is very diverse ranging from mopane forest to rock outcroppings known locally as kopjes, with the Limpopo River forming the southern boundary of the property.  In addition Sentinel has two other river systems traversing thru the property, which provide the optimal habitat preferred by many of the species.

Seasons

Hunting in Zimbabwe can take place twelve months a year.  The majority of our hunts take place from April through October.

Trophy Expectations

While Sentinel might not be able to produce the success rate on leopard that our Charara concession has over the last 5 years, it is home to some of the largest leopards in Africa. In addition Sentinel is famous for producing 5 of the top 10 spotted hyena trophies in the world. Hunters can expect to harvest quality representative plainsgame trophies for this special property.

Accommodations

The camp at Sentinel was built and designed by the High Adventure Company ownership. It is truly one of Africa’s most unique camps built into the side of a cliff.  With 4 private guest rooms, dining room, bar, and fire pit, Sentinel is one of the most comfortable camps in Africa.

Getting There

Hunters traveling to Sentinel fly through Johannesburg to either Bulawayo Zimbabwe or Polokwane South Africa with a roughly a 4-hour ground transfer from either airport to the camp.  With the border crossing situation in Beitbridge on the South Africa Zimbabwe border we prefer clients arriving into to Bulawayo for their convenience.

Climate

During the hunting season Zimbabwe can be cold in the mornings and hot in the middle of the day.  Average monthly temps for Zimbabwe in Fahrenheit are April 66, May 60, June 57, July 57, Aug 60, Sept 66, and Oct 70.  What most clients are not prepared for is the large temp swing encounter during the day, often as much as 30 degrees plus.

Pricing 

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Additional expenses

Airfare, tips, dip and packing of trophies, shipping, 2 % Zimbabwe gov’t tax, tips, and airfareInternational airfare can range depending on the season from $1500 to $2500 for economy class tickets

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