Successful Conservancy and Ranch Hunt in Namibia
Namibia is a paradise for hunting and sustainable use of wild game, offering a wide range of trophies and a lot of value for money. This month, subscriber Preston Sharun sends his report on L’wyk Jansen van Vuuren’s Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris (www.leopardlegend.com; +264-812-847-843). Sharun hunted in late June and early July on Leopard Legend’s private Outjo area as well as the Sesfontein Conservancy, taking a number of species. This is our first report on a Sesfontein hunt under this operator.
Writes Sharun, “LLHS offers many different types of hunting for trophy animals in varying habitats. Discuss everything with L’wyk and he can set up your hunt as you wish when booking, with no surprises. This was my second hunt with him, and I believe everyone should experience Namibia with a PH of this level.”
In an email conversation, Sharun writes, “My wife and I arrived in Windhoek on June 25. We were quickly greeted by L’wyk and took the 5 hour scenic drive to the main lodge near Outjo. This area has a great camp with comfortable personal quarters and a wonderful common area in the lodge. We enjoyed a nice BBQ dinner over wood coals.
“We were up early the next day covering the property. Some cheetahs had made a kill and they were in the area. As we headed to the lodge for lunch we came across a herd of red hartebeest, including a big trophy bull that I went after. Everything happened quickly, and I didn’t hit him squarely, so we gave the trackers some time to work. They did an amazing job, and I managed to get him on a slow running shot that afternoon.
“On June 27 we headed to the Sesfontein Conservancy, another beautiful five-hour drive. The landscape becomes much different as you near the lodge, with grassland and sand surrounded by small rocky hills. Here one can glass the wide plateaus for miles, sometimes seeing four or five species of animals from a vantage point on one of the copies. The animals are adept at using these outcroppings to escape.
“We spent four days hunting the conservancy, and only scratched the surface of what was there. I successfully took two Hartmann mountain zebras, Kalahari gemsbok (oryx), a 17-in springbok w 6.75-in bases, and jackal, baboon, and ostrich. We saw some trophy klipspringer as well, but this animal wasn’t on my list.
“On July 1 we returned to the main reserve to go after eland and kudu. On my first trip three years ago I passed on a nice bull eland, deciding to save that experience for a future trip. Our day was productive but we never saw the kind of bull we were looking for. I did manage to take a double on baboons as we caught a group of them heading down a dry river bed unaware of our presence.
“The next two days were mainly spent targeting kudu. I did harvest a nice warthog in the afternoon of the 3rd. L’wyk received a call from an adjacent farm that a pack of spotted hyena had killed a zebra foal so we decided to set up in the evening to wait for them to return. Four hours later I managed to take my first spotted hyena. There are many in the area but with the pressure on them you rarely see them in the daytime hours.
“On July 4 we hunted L’Wyck’s father’s ranch. There is very little hunting pressure there. Animals pass back and forth between the adjacent farms and surrounding areas, as there are only cattle fences. We passed on a 47-plus-inch kudu bull that was smaller than one I have taken previously
“With an hour left of light we spotted a nice kudu bull high up on a copie overooking us. L’wyk set up the trackers to flank him and get him to come down angling towards us. It worked like a charm and I got a heavy 53-in kudu that would be a trophy for any caliber of hunter. Once pictures were taken we crossed paths with another bull equal to mine, as often seems to happen. Go figure.
“The next three days we hunted L’wyk’s brother’s farm, where he has several thousands of acres with a healthy population of blue Wildebeest and black Wildebeest. The wind was up this day like something I have not seen in Africa and the animals were skittish. After several blown stocks we managed to get my blue wildebeest.
“We concentrated hard on getting an eland for the remainder of the hunt. We cut a track from the Land Cruiser and decided to track this bull, as it was mid-morning. The trackers were incredible, and we walked miles, seeing the trophy bull three times. I had one shooting opportunity where I needed one more second to close the deal, and it slipped away. We took water breaks and kept a comfortable pace to deal with the heat and sun, and still managed to stay on top of him. An unforgettable experience.
“The next day we did stalks on a couple groups of eland and got close to three bulls, but there were no shooters seen. That’s hunting, and I am already looking forward to another attempt. This hunt was even better than my first with LLHS, and the conservancy is not to be missed. You could spend a lot of time there, and the terrain is just incredible for hunting.
“LLHS has very fair pricing, and offers the opportunity to take a lot of different species. Everything is looked after, and the trackers, skinners and support staff do an amazing job. I can’t recommend this operator strongly enough.”
Sharun gives the cost of daily fees and trophy fees on his hunt at about 15,000 USD.
The Sesfontein Conservancy covers about 650,000 acres and is bordered on the west by Skeleton Coast National Park. For more details on this area and the adjacent Otjikondavirongo Conservancy (which Leopard Legend also hunts) see “Leopard Legend Acquires Rights for Sesfontein Conservancy in Namibia” from 2015 in our database. These areas are massive, but have a low quota set by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The private ranches near Damaraland total some 125,000 acres.