Namibia

okatore landscape

Namibia is a huge, beautiful and interesting country for both ecotourism and hunting. It extends to over 824,000 square kilometres and is thus over 2.5 times the size of Germany, but with only around 2 million people. 15% of the land area is Nature Reserve and much of the rest is hunted for plains game. The northern Caprivi area is still inhabited by sustainable populations of buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant. Much of the country’s income derives from agriculture, fishing and mining, but the fastest growing sector is tourism. The infrastructure is good with over 5,450km of tarred road in good condition and similarly 37,000km of gravel roads. They drive on the left too.

Hunting is possible year round but usually not done in December and January when it is too hot. There are many private hunting areas in Namibia often joining together to form large conservancies operating a common sustainable hunting policy. I operate with several companies, particularly Okatore in the Khomas Hochland and Silversand east of the airport.

okatore dining room
okatore bungalows

The official language is English, but there are 13 ethnic cultures and 16 other languages and dialects. Air Namibia has a thrice weekly flight from Gatwick to Windhoek, which is officially the second cleanest capital city in the world – Singapore is the first. Grid electricity of 220/240 volts and clean, purified, drinkable water from deep aquifers is on hand nearly everywhere. There is no time difference between Namibia and the UK, give or take an hour, so jet lag is not a problem.

kudu okatore
oryx okatore

Namibia is a wonderful place for eco tourism and hunting can be combined with touring to visit such places as Etosha Park, the Fish River Canyon, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, the Kalahari Desert and many more places of natural beauty. Accommodation is always in high quality establishments with friendly service no matter where you go. There are things to do such as hot air ballooning, quad biking in the desert, shark fishing from the beach, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and bird watching - the bird variety is stunning.

niall with impala
Billy Cooper Kudu May 2013
B Cooper Impala Namibia May 2013
B Cooper Oryx Namibia May 2013