Zimbabwe – Matetsi

 

 

The Matetsi Safari Area situated in North Western Zimbabwe close to the famous Victoria Falls is Zimbabwe’s oldest and best known hunting safari area. The game rich Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest totaling some 13,000 square kilometers, together with Matetsi Safari Area, Kazuma National Park, Zambezi National Park and Pandamasui Forest area all combine to form one of Africa’s largest un-spoilt, wilderness areas over 20,000 square km in extent.

Unit 3 is located in the prime location which forms the corner bounded in the south by Hwange National Park, west by the Zimbabwe/Botswana international border, the north by Matetsi Unit 2 and the East by Matetsi – Unit 5.

Unit 3 consistently produces large elephant and averages over 50 pounds a side each season, bulls in excess of 65 pounds are regularly taken. Buffalo and lion are numerous whereas leopard are more difficult. Matetsi is famous for producing world class sable and Unit 3 is no exception, other species in abundance are kudu, waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, impala, hyena and warthog.

In addition to the ‘big game’ hunting, clients can also take a day off to enjoy an afternoon of superb bird shooting, particularly – guineafowl, francolin and sandgrouse.

Access to Unit 3, is from Victoria Falls International Airport a relatively short 1 hours’ drive from the concession. This in turn makes for side trips to the Victoria Falls for sightseeing and shopping easy to arrange.

Matetsi – Unit 3

Tshowe Camp – Matetsi

The safari lodge in Matetsi –Unit 3 is known as Tshowe Camp and was originally built by Peter Johnston who owns and operates Rosslyn Safaris, one of the founding safari operators in Zimbabwe.  The camp forms part of the main homestead on the concession and comprises of three very comfortable bedrooms all with private bathrooms, overhead fans and a verandah. There is a fourth separate thatched chalet also en-suite. A comfortable bar, lounge, dining room and fireplace round off the facilities.

Hunting in Matetsi

Elephant hunting in Matetsi is very good; the location of Unit 3 bordering Hwange National Park to the South and Botswana to the West means there is constant movement of quality bulls through the area. We average over 50 pounds a side in Matetsi and bulls in excess of 60 pounds are not uncommon.

Lion hunting in Matetsi is probably the best on offer in Africa today. The five year moratorium on lion hunting in the whole of the region has ensured that today there is a strong population of lion and success on big maned, free ranging, mature lion is close to 100%.

Buffalo hunting in Matetsi is generally very good, all the Matetsi Units are subject to transitory herds moving in and out of the areas and Unit 3 is no different. As such there is not an all year resident population of buffalo on the concession. However roaming rights between the units mean that we can hunt onto other neighboring concessions if the need arise and success rate on buffalo is over 90%. The quality of bulls taken is excellent and 2010 we took the number one and two bulls in Zimbabwe. Generally Matetsi buffalo have big curls and heavy bosses. Leopard hunting in Matetsi is like most National Parks concessions restricted by the fact that it is daytime hunting only and as such success rate is 60%. The quality of leopards taken is very good with big bodied, heavy cats as opposed to the long, slender males found in the Zambezi Valley.

Plainsgame hunting in Matetsi is excellent with solid populations of antelope across the board. Sable are particularly good and Matetsi is world famous for this, unit 3 is no exception. Trophy quality waterbuck, kudu, eland, impala, warthog, hyena and reedbuck are common. There is also species such as giraffe, steenbok, grysbok and zebra all common.

Terms of Business

We confirm a safari on receipt of a deposit calculated at 40% of the total daily rate of the hunt. Please note this deposit is non-refundable if the hunt is cancelled within 6 months of 1st March of the year the hunt is booked in. If the hunt is cancelled prior to this period, 50% of the deposit will be refunded.

Payment is required in travelers cheques or cashiers cheque and the balance of the daily rate is due 30 days prior to the commencement of the safari. All other payments are settled at the end of the hunt. All gratuities are at the sole discretion of the client. If booking contract is sent by way of email it will be accepted as a valid booking/document.

 

Please note, the hunts listed below are a general guideline and we can

tailor a hunt to meet specific requests.

Type of hunt

Days

Required

Matetsi

Lion/Leopard/Buffalo/PG

21

$3,500/day

Elephant Bull/Buffalo/Leopard/PG

21

$1,750/day

Elephant Bull/Buffalo/PG

15

$1,750/day

Elephant Bull and Plains Game

14

$1,500/day

Buff/Leopard/Sable/PG

18

$1,750/day

Buffalo/Leopard/PG

15

$1,750/day

Buffalo/Sable/PG

14

$1,750/day

Buffalo/Tuskless/PG

12

$1,750/day

Buffalo/PG

10

$1,750/day

Leopard/PG

14

$1,000/day

Sable/PG

10

$1,000/day

Tuskless Elephant Hunt

7

$1000/day

Plains Game Hunt

10

$750/day

 

2 ON 1 HUNTS

 

For all hunts, hunting on a 2 on 1 basis deduct US$50/day per Hunter

 

OBSERVER RATES

 

Non Hunter Daily Rates US $250/day
Children under 10 Years No Charge

Trophy Fees

Species

Trophy Fee (US$)

National Parks surtax

Baboon

100

0

Buffalo bull

3500

2,000

Buffalo cow

1,300

0

Bushbuck

1,000

0

Bush pig

450

0

Caracal

500

0

Civet Cat

500

0

Crocodile

5,000

0

Doves

4

0

Duiker

300

0

Eland

1,750

0

Elephant bull > 49lbs

12,000

1,000

Elephant 50 – 59lbs

14,000

1,000

Elephant 60 – 69lbs

15,000

1,000

Species

Trophy Fee (US$)

National Parks surtax

Elephant 70 + lbs

17,000

1,000

Elephant Tuskless

3,750

0

Genet cat

250

0

Giraffe

2000

0

Grysbok

450

0

Guinea fowl

5

0

Francolin

5

0

Hippo

4,000

0

Honey badger

250

0

Hyena

550

0

Impala male

300

0

Impala female

150

0

Jackal

250

0

Klipspringer

750

0

Species

Trophy Fee (US$)

National Parks surtax

Kudu male

1450

0

Kudu female

600

0

Leopard

4,750

0

Lion male

15,000

2,600

Porcupine

200

0

Reedbuck

950

0

Sable

5,500

0

Sand grouse

4

0

Serval cat

500

0

steenbok

450

0

warthog

450

0

waterbuck

1,750

0

wildcat

200

0

Zebra

1350

0

 

Important Note: The outfitter operates to strict quotas and cannot offer all species to every client,

as such please ensure at the time of booking your safari,

the specific species you want to hunt are available.

Additional Costs over and above trophy fees, daily rates and transfer costs

 

Dip and pack of trophies: 1 – 2 trophies $500, 3 – 9 trophies $700, 10+ trophies $1000
Government Levy on Daily Rates:  2% of cost
Government Levy on Trophy Fees:  4% of cost
CITES Tags for elephant, leopard and crocodile: $100 each
Gratuities: At clients discretion
Transfer day – if option taken to facilitate movement between areas: US$200 per person.
Air Charter:  To be Determined
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