Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. ~ Edward Abbey

Wilderness hunting – the Nyae-Nyae Conservancy

Location: Bushmanland, 2 hours’ drive further east from our home area.

The Nyae-Nyae is without doubt the most sought-after hunting area in the country. It is vast, wild and dramatic, with no fences and very little road access. SMJ Safaris has been the official concession-holder for this prime wilderness area for the past five years and has just won the sole hunting rights for a further three years.

The area stretches over 890 000  hectares or 1 958 000 acres of mostly flat, open savannah. It is truly one of the last wildernesses left in Africa, consisting of unspoilt bush dotted with ancient baobab trees and shallow pans. The only permanent inhabitants are the less than 3000 Bushmen who still live mostly off the land in the centuries-old way of their hunter-gatherer forefathers. The concession borders on the remote Kaudom National Park in the north, Botswana in the east, and other hunting areas in Bushmanland and Hereroland.

The Nyae-Nyae is home to approximately 1500 elephant and many other species, including large herds of roan antelope and packs of the rare African wild dog. More pointedly, it contains the biggest concentration of mature bull elephant in Namibia.

Hunting

As far as hunting is concerned, the Nyae-Nyae is world-renowned for its huge elephant. Clients of the previous concessionaire shot two 100-pounders in the ten years he hunted the area and recent seasons record an average of over 75 pounds. Other huntable species are buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, eland, roan antelope, kudu, blue wildebeest, oryx/gemsbok, red hartebeest, springbok, duiker, steenbok and ostrich.

Although the area is flat, hunting here is not for the unfit or the meek. Tracking or walking & stalking is the name of the game and to cover long distances every day is pretty standard. You will see many elephant but hunting is highly selective and it may take several days before the right bull is found. Leopard are hunted from blinds over bait.

Accommodation

Our unfenced hunting camp was built under a magnificent, centuries-old baobab tree in true African style. It is not far from a natural water hole that is regularly frequented by herds of elephant and other animals.

Guest accommodation consists of three safari tents with beds, solar lighting and en-suite  bathrooms. The open-sided lounge/dining area has the gnarled trunk of the ancient baobab as a back wall and although rustic, is well served from an adjoining kitchen.

This is a true bush camp, but limited cellphone reception and electricity supply is available.