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. While many Africa countries offer big game hunting to some extent, in our opinion there is nowhere better for general dangerous game hunting than Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe (officially the Republic of Zimbabwe and formerly Southern Rhodesia, the Republic of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe 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 of Africa’s famed big five. The Charara concession is located on the Zambezi escarpment with Lake Karbia forming its northern boundary. At over 1,000,000 acres the Charara concession is truly a wild place and probably not the destination for the casual plainsgame hunter. However, if dangerous game is on the menu there may be no better place in Africa. This concession is truly unrivaled in the world when it comes to the hunting of the aquatic species like hippos and crocs. 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.
The Charara concession is home to a variety of plainsgame including kudu, zebra, bushbuck, impala, and eland. In addition it is home to 4 of Africa’s famed big five including lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. The concession ranges from mountainous in the southern sections to rolling and thick along the lakeshore. This concession has produced 100% percent success on leopards for High Adventure company clients over the last 5 years, knock on wood. The area is also an excellent concession for buffalo with our clients experiencing 100% success for the past 5 years with the average bull measuring 38 inches. Each year this area produces multiple 40 inch plus buffalo bulls. Elephant hunting in Charara is also highly successful on both bulls and tuskless cows. While the area holds a tremendous number of elephant’s trophy bulls would average roughly 40 LBS of ivory per side. Occasionally tags become available for bulls to be hunted on the shores of Lake Kariba, the trophy quality of these bulls would be hard to beat anywhere in Africa with roughly a 65 lb average per side. The one area where we fill certain that this concession is unrivaled in all of Africa is the croc and hippo hunting. The 5-year average on crocs is over 14 feet with clients experiencing 100% success on both species in a very short amount of time.
The habitat type in the Charara concession is woodland mopane forest and varies from mountainous in the Southern sections to thick jess along the Lake Shore. Like lots of areas in Zimbabwe and particularly the Zambezi Valley, fire is an important component in the Charara concession. Each winter fires burn lots of the concession recycling the valuable nutrients and dramatically increasing the visibility. It is just a matter of days until the buffalo and other species move into the freshly burned areas to feed on the new growth.
Hunting in Zimbabwe can take place twelve months a year. The majority of our hunts take place from April through October.
Trophy expectations vary by species. Leopard average 150- 160 lb, buffalo 38 inches, elephant 40 lbs per side. Kudu 52 in., bushbuck 14 in., croc 14 ft.
We have 2 camps in the Charara concession. Charara camp is located in the mountains along the Charara River and is comprised of 4 thatched huts with en-suite bathrooms. In addition we have a large dinning area/lounge as well as everyone’s favorite place the deck and fire pit. On the shores of Lake Karbia we have the once famous tourist camp Gache Gache located at the entrance to the Gache Gache channel. This camp sits in one of the most scenic places in all of Africa. With 10 rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. This camp also has a large dining/lounge area with a second story observation room for looking out over the lake. These camps are not luxurious like some of our camps but are very comfortable. Like all our camps both offer daily laundry service.
Most hunters headed to Charara fly first to Johannesburg South Africa and then on to Harare Zimbabwe. From there if headed to the Charara camp it is a 3 ½ hour drive on paved roads except for the last 10 miles into the camp. If clients are starting at Gache Gache it is advisable to charter into the strip located at the lodge. Both South Africa Airlines and Delta flight direct from the US to Johannesburg to connect with the flight to Zimbabwe. Charter costs vary with the size of plane used and the number of passengers.
During the hunting season Charara can be the coldest and hottest place on earth in the same day, and that is only a slight exaggeration. 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.
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Airfare, tips, dip and packing of trophies, shipping, 2 % Zimbabwe gov’t tax, tips, and airfare. International airfare can range depending on the season from $1500 to $2500 for economy class tickets. Round trip round transfers into the concession average approximately $600