Bow Hunting Safari Equipment,
We recommend bringing two well-tuned hunting bows of draw weight not less than 50lbs, or 70lbs if you will be hunting African big game (see Namibia bowhunting equipment requirements below). Long bowhunting, recurve bowhunting and compound bowhunting is allowed, but crossbows are illegal in Namibia.
Arrows can be made out of wood, fiberglass, carbon or aluminum and the shaft must have a minimum length of 19.68 inches (500 mm). The arrows must be fitted with broadheads of modern configuration with at least two fixed cutting blades and a minimum length and width of 1 inch (26 mm). Broadheads may not be barbed or have serrated edges, mechanical broadheads are legal in Namibia. Special arrow points such as judo points, bird points or blunt points may be used for bowhunting birds only.
A range finder can be a valuable tool for assessing distance in our unfamiliar hunting environment. A good supply of arrows, strings and other spares should be brought along, as there is virtually no bowhunting equipment available in Namibia. The most suitable colors for camouflage are a combination of muted gray, brown and yellow.
There is no required permit or charges for traveling with bows and arrows to and/or through Namibia. Crossbows are not permitted.
Minimum Equipment Requirements for Bowhunting in Namibia:
- Bow Kinetic Energy 65 ft/lbs
- Arrow Weight 450 grain
- (Greater Kudu, Cape Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Hartmann’s Zebra, Burchell’s Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, etc.)
- Bow Kinetic Energy 40 ft/lbs
- Arrow Weight 400 grain
- (Warthog, Cheetah, Nyala, Chacma Baboon, etc.)
- Bow Kinetic Energy 25 ft/lbs
- Arrow Weight 350 grain
- (Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Gray Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Faced Impala, Red Lechwe, Damara Dik-Dik, Klipspringer, Black-Backed Jackal, Game Birds, etc.)
Bow Hunting Gear List:
- Bow, we recommend bringing two well-tuned hunting bows if feasible
- Bow carrier or sling
- Points (practice tips, bird)
- Arrow bonnet to protect arrow from getting damaged while hunting and conceal bright fletching
- Release (and spare release)
- Face mask or paint
- Small set of tools, for tuning or repairing your bow
- Sharpening tool
- Pocket knife or Leatherman tool
- Range finder
- Small bag or back pack for taking personal items on hunt
Most places where you go on safari will have no archery supplies within a reasonable distance. For this reason you should be able to keep your bow performing perfectly on your own. Here are some parts to consider.
- Portable bow press
- Strings (complete with a peep, nocking point and loop, and it should be shot enough shots on the bow so that it has settled)
- Peep sight
- Arrow rest
- Limb Dampeners
- Weight tubes