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Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Must Join the Hunt/Fishing to enjoy
Lodge Rating: Clean & Comfortable
Lodge Capacity: 2 Hunters (6 total guests)
Season: March to November
Age appropriate: 10 Years or older
Location: Southwest Zimbabwe
Nearest Airport: Bulawayo
Holiday Options: Fall Break, Summer
Activities: Firepit, Photo Safari, Shopping
Species: Cape Buffalo, Crocodile, Eland, Hippo, Hyena, Kudu, Leopard, Plainsgame

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Our First-Hand Experience

From our first meeting, we were emotionally connected with these safari owners.  Their passion for their country and their home land is electric.  We couldn’t help but be excited to see their families property.  To hear them tell the story of the land changed our perspective and enhanced all that we know about conservation and hunting.

We enjoyed having dear friends/guests Rusty and David join us on this safari.  Both had successful Buffalo and plains game hunts.

A favorite memory: Corinna hunting in the dark for Spotted Hyena with a very loud Hyena call bringing them within half a football field or closer.  As their eyes darted back and forth, she had to guess for the perfect shot and she made it!  Another was our day trip to Gonarezhou National Park where Elephants poured down the mountainside and played in the water in front of the red clay mountainside.

Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt

This Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunt offers the truly wild Africa that everyone dreams about and reads about in the stories of the 50’s.  Dangerous game hunting such as Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunting, Leopard hunting, Lion hunting and Elephant hunting (exporting to the USA Lions and Elephants varies) on hundreds of thousands of free range wild acres will be your hunting grounds while on safari.  Your hunting areas include Kazuma Forest which is located about two hours from Victoria Falls with hundreds of thousands of acres plus a well known conservancy area of about 70,000 prime acres.  All wild areas!  These are among the finest hunting areas in Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

The Kazuma area is situated in the heart of a vast conservation area, encompassing millions of acres that has open corridors to the Chobe, Hwange, Kazuma Pan and Zambezi National Parks.  There are no barriers whatsoever to prevent the game from free ranging between all these parks, with Kazuma Forest being one of the strategic links between them. This outfitter has operated in the Kazuma Forest since 1998!  A rarity for one operator to have hunted a government controlled area for decades.

Cape Buffalo Hunt

Cape Buffalo Hunt

A high volume of repeat clientele is testimonial to this outfitters effort to ensure that every hunt is a memorable and successful adventure.  With access to some of the finest hunting blocks in Zimbabwe, they are able to achieve consistent success on quality trophies.

This team of well-trained and highly experienced, professional hunters will ensure your safety and satisfaction for the duration of your visit in their hunting areas.

Custom fitted 4 wheeled drive vehicles enable the hunters to explore the vast and remote areas of the Zimbabwe bush.  All hunting is done in a very traditional manner, using the best professional hunters and trackers. Custom fitted 4 wheeled drive vehicles provide hunters the opportunity to explore the vast and remote areas of the Zimbabwe bush. You will enjoy the real Africa. Encounters with elephant and buffalo cause your adrenaline to flow, and you will hear the call of a distant roar of a lion.  This is the real Africa.

We can also arrange daily excursions to attractive tourist destinations such as Victoria Falls and various national parks.

It is the emotions of the safari and the attachment to the land that will bring you back year after year.  This is wild Africa and your hosts are among the finest and friendliest in the safari industry!  But this is not a luxury safari, this is stepping back in time to the way hunting used to be in the mid 20th century.

All itineraries are customized for your personal desires and interests.  A natural add-on to this hunting safari is Victoria Falls and the numerous amazing activities in that area.  Photo safaris in Chobe Park, Hwange Park, and the Okavango Delta make for the perfect add-ons as well.

Accommodations & Meals

Your lodging will be dependent upon the property or properties that you hunt. When we work to design your hunt, we build your hunt based on the animals you seek to hunt. Once we know your wish list, we will select the best properties and give you a good assessment of the lodging.

There are various types of accommodations available and each is unique in its own way. None are luxurious but all are comfortable, offer very good food and have ensuite bathrooms. Typical accommodations will include thatched chalets and cabins.  Please see photos in the photo gallery.

Enjoy fireside sundowners after a hard day’s hunt, followed by a good home cooked meal.

Daily laundry is done, so no need to pack vast quantities of clothes, leave enough room for your hunting accessories!

Hunting

Zimbabwe offers the truly wild Africa that everyone dreams about and reads about in the stories of the 50’s.  Dangerous game hunting such as Zimbabwe Cape Buffalo hunting, Leopard hunting, Lion hunting and Elephant hunting (unfortunately not exportable to the US at this time) on hundreds of thousands of free range wild acres will be your hunting grounds while on safari.

Your hunting areas include Kazuma Forest which is located about two hours from Victoria Falls with hundreds of thousands of acres plus a well known conservancy area of about 70,000 prime acres.  All wild areas!  These are among the finest hunting areas in Zimbabwe and southern Africa.  The Kazuma area is situated in the heart of a vast conservation area, encompassing millions of acres that has open corridors to the Chobe, Hwange, Kazuma Pan and Zambezi National Parks.  There are no barriers whatsoever to prevent the game from free ranging between all these parks, with Kazuma Forest being one of the strategic links between them.

Conservation is foremost in this outfitters mind and your hunt will be conducted in an ethical manner.  Proper spot and stalk methods will be employed for all game except cat hunting baits where baits will be utilized.

Your expectations of this hunt should include an amazing experience in the bush of Africa!  As for trophy size, you will be hunting many of the finest properties in Africa.  You will hunt mature animals and if you are patient, the measurements may be there as well.  No guarantees of a certain sized animals will be given but what you can count on is that every effort will be made to meet your hopes and dreams.

To manage your expectations, we suggest that in the areas hunted, you will find great representative mature Cape buffalo with a high opportunity rate.

Quotas:

This safari company operates on strict quotas and the fact that an animal is offered on the price list does not necessarily guarantee its availability on every hunt.  To avoid disappointment it is imperative that perspective hunters advise of their exact trophy requirements at the time of booking the safari!

Activities

Activities before and after your hunting safari are numerous!  Visit Chobe Game Park, Hwange Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and more…

Horseback Riding
Visit to Livingstone Island for tea, lunch or breakfast
Elephant back safaris
Bungee jumping
White water rafting
Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi
Day trip to Chobe Game Park
Shopping at local markets
Helicopter tours – Click on the link to see a flight in April 2014
Abseil
Lion walks
Steam trains
Canoe Safari
Visit the falls and more

Video your trip:
Videographer services are available for this trip for an additional fee. Please let us know if you are interested in this service.

Changing Generations

This outfitter is extremely involved in the communities around the hunting land!  The founding of the Chiredzi River  African Wildlife Trust was a direct result of the owners love and concern for those in need around his land as well as the need for a strong anti-poaching initiative in his areas.

Here is a little bit of the story:

“The resettlement program of Zimbabwe moved second and third generation farmers and ranchers off African lands.  With the diminished numbers of these conservationists, we lost many custodians of Africa’s wildlife. Illegal settlers spread into the wildlife areas clearing habitat for subsistence farming.

These activities, combined with the relentless slaughter of African Rhino had poaching and habit encroachment at an all time high.

Several years ago, sixteen adjoining property owners pulled down their boundary fences to create a 275,000 acre wilderness for the rhino and wildlife. They created the Chiredzi River Conservancy.  This is where they concentrate their efforts.

Beginning in 2000, there was a dramatic upsurge in snaring, with rhino being a primary target. With more and more illegal settlers moving in to the wildlife area, the few game scouts patrolling the Conservancy were unable to keep the poaching in check.

In an effort to stop the rhino poaching, extensive efforts were made to dart and dehorn any rhino carrying a large enough horn deemed valuable to poachers.

Our story begins in September of 2007.  On this particular day, Barry received a report from his game scouts that the carcass of a rhino had been discovered near the Chiredzi River. Accompanied by his scouts, he was met with the pitiful site of a small rhino calf standing alongside the rotting corpse of her mother.

The calf had a maggot–infested wound along her face and an infected bullet wound above her shoulders.  The mother had been killed and de horned by poachers as much as 3 days prior.  The little calf tried to stay near her mother, but poachers had driven a machete into her face in an attempt to remove her tiny three inch horn. The calf managed to escape, but not before being shot and wounded.  Barry and the scouts tried to capture her, but she ran off and their efforts to locate her before nightfall were in vain.

The next morning, Barry was to start a safari with Nick and Carla Ohanesian, and veterinarian Bill Bannister.  He received a radio call that the calf had returned to its mother.  With all in agreement, the safari was put on hold.  Not owning a dart gun, Barry contacted a neighboring Conservancy and arranged for the manager to drive over and sedate the calf with a dart.

Once sedated, Barry’s veterinarian client Dr. Bannister started IV’s and went to work cleaning the maggot infested wounds.

Once stable, the calf was delivered to Barry’s mom Jane who nursed the calf’s wounds.

Jane raised the young orphan which they named Carla.

As fall progressed, it was clear the rhino of the Chiredzi River Conservancy were being targeted.

Following the loss of 6 rhino to armed poachers, the decision was made to capture what rhino they could and relocate them to a safe sanctuary.

Four months after finding Carla, the game scouts found a nine month old female rhino calf with her right hind leg nearly severed by a copper snare.

Once again Jane was called upon to work round the clock to save the orphaned rhino.

She was never expected to fully recover, but Lisa Marie survived to become an inseparable playmate to Carla.

The family had become very attached to the two orphans however, the economy being as it was, the cost to feed, nurse, and guard the baby rhinos 24 hours a day was not manageable.

Arrangements were made to relocate Carla and Lisa Marie.  Barry left for his annual visit to the U.S. and the Safari Club International convention with a heavy heart.  Little did he know that he would be met upon his arrival with much needed veterinary supplies, a dart gun, and an injection of cash to assist in protecting the wildlife of the CRC. Nick Ohanesian  and Bill Bannister had established the Chiredzi River African Wildlife Trust.

We’ve accomplished a lot in the few years we’ve been together, but it all comes with a price tag.

We support 24 dedicated game scouts. These guys patrol 100,000 acres on foot arresting poachers, collecting snares, and often at great risk to themselves including being shot at by poachers.  They receive subsistence wages, rations, uniforms, and housing.

Because of our scouts, the anti-poaching efforts have dramatically  increased the overall wildlife population of the Conservancy.

We provide the local community with donations of desperately needed school and medical supplies which helps promote our cause, educates the community about the value of their natural resources, and maintains good public relations.  We still have much more to do.

The latest report from the Trust newletter:  “Our first school visit was to Ruware with a little over 800 students enrolled. We were more than a little surprised to be met by several dignitaries in addition to the students and teachers. Although Enos, our director of game scouts and community liaison, always issues invitations, this was an unprecedented turnout. We met with representatives of the Ministry of Education, the President’s Office, the Assistant District Administrator, the Chief’s Induna, and the Councillor.

All were united in the message they conveyed when speaking to those in attendance.“
The children and their education are the future. The protection of the wildlife, trees, and natural resources is critical. These resources have value to the communities and should be treasured”. Talk about a breakthrough!”

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VIP HOSTING SERVICES:

Each year the owners of Family Expeditions, Corinna and Kevin Slaughter, offer their expertise as hosts for clients that wish to be accompanied on their international adventure. As you depart for your adventure, you will be able to relax as they will tend to all the details along the way! As you can imagine, they only host a few select trips each year as their schedule allows. If you wish to inquire about this great opportunity, please ask upon booking your outdoor vacation.   Additional fees will be incurred for this VIP service.

VIDEO SERVICES:

We have a few select experienced videographers available for trips to Africa. They are located in the region for easy access to the properties. Please inquire about the benefits and expenses of enjoying a professional video of your experience.

Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info

Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.

Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:

If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!

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