Hunting Leopard & Hunting Cheetah

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Hunting Leopard in Namibia →
Leopard Hunting Package →
Leopard Hunting Permits and Rules →
Hunting Cheetah in Namibia →
Cheetah Hunting Package →
Cheetah Hunting Permits and Rules →

Hunting Leopard in Namibia 

If you are looking for a Leopard hunting safari in Namibia Westfalen Hunting Safaris has an excellent Leopard population and amongst them are some very big Toms that are an intensely satisfying challenge to hunt. Big smart Leopards like we have must be earned, be ready and willing to be patient and put in the time and you may experience one of the ultimate thrills and satisfaction that hunting has to offer! As you can see from our pictures we have excellent trophy quality Leopards for those of you who are seeking this elusive member of the Big 5.

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We bait periodically about 10 locations for Leopard throughout the year on Westfalen just to keep the Leopards interested to return and check on the baited areas. We set up from time to time trail cameras to monitor the cats coming in and trail cameras are used more extensively prior and during the Leopard hunt. We begin baiting more consistently and setting up hides in key locations several weeks before your arrival in order to stimulate the Leopard activity and increase your chances of taking a big Leopard.

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By the time you arrive for your Leopard hunt, there will usually be good Leopard activity at a couple of the baits. We try to maintain the cat(s) on the bait, which is a tricky balance, sometimes if baiting is done for too long a leopard may loose interest for some time, only to come back later. We observe and gauge all aspects prior to the hunt to keep the Leopard’s interest going to maximize success and trophy quality.

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The better months for Leopard hunting at Westfalen Hunting Safaris are May through November, although Leopards are present and can be hunted throughout the hunting season. We do not charge for baiting and a minimum of 12 hunting days (15 nights in camp) is required. Most hunters enjoy combining their Leopard hunt with plains game hunting which makes the safari more interesting and active.

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Leopard Hunting Package US$16,000 

Leopard Hunting Package Includes
– Ground transportation to and from Windhoek airport roundtrip
– 12 full 1×1 hunting days (13 nights in camp)
– Government tax of 15% on daily rates
– Leopard trophy fee ($7,000 will be credited/refunded if Leopard is not taken)
– Leopard tag
– Leopard baiting and pre-hunt preparations
– Services of Professional Hunter, tracker, driver, skinner
– Four wheel drive hunting vehicle
– Hunting license
– Hunting permit
– Field preparation of trophies (skinning, salting, drying and tagging)
– Transport of trophies to local taxidermist in Namibia
– Accommodations
– Daily services of maid and laundry
– All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
Activities at Westfalen Hunting Safaris

Leopard Hunting Package Excludes
– Additional days may be added for $550 per day plus government tax of 15%
– Trophy fees for animals other than Leopard
– Dip pack, taxidermy and shipping of trophies
– Alcoholic beverages
– Excursions and tours
– Gratuities to camp staff

Leopard Hunting Permits and Rules 

The United States, as well as some other countries, require a CITES permit for the importation of a Leopard hunting trophy, which ideally should be applied for before the Leopard hunt takes place.

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An application for a predator trophy hunting permit must be submitted to the Permit Office of the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) 14 days before the hunt commences. A copy of the passport of the trophy hunter must be attached to the application for a predator trophy hunting permit. Namibia does not allow bowhunting Leopard as dangerous game species cannot be hunted in Namibia by bow.

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Predator trophy hunting may not take place during the period between 30 minutes after sunset in any day and 30 minutes before sunrise the following day and artificial light is prohibited. Only free roaming, self-sustaining and adult predators may be hunted as trophies with a minimum skull measurement of 32cm for a Leopard. A female Leopard may not be hunted as a trophy. A predator may be stalked, tracked or ambushed, but dogs or horses may not be used to hunt it. A Leopard may be baited, but a live animal may not be used as bait.

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Hunting Cheetah in Namibia 

If you are looking for a Cheetah hunting safari at Westfalen Hunting Safris it’s important to know that Namibia has the highest density of Cheetah population in the world. Our Cheetah hunting trophy pictures speak for themselves, we obviously have a good Cheetah population and excellent trophy quality. Scroll further down the page to see many Cheetah hunting pictures.

We have an excellent hunting team of PHs and trackers at Westfalen Hunting Safaris who have successfully been tracking and hunting Cheetahs for many years. The chance according to the Namibian Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) to take a Cheetah in Namibia on a safari is around 20 percent. It is one of the most difficult predators to hunt, which any hunter wishing to embark on a Cheetah hunt must be well aware of going into the safari.

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Cheetah hunting is challenging because a Cheetah’s territory is vast and they are constantly on the move. The density of Cheetah varies according to prey availability and Westfalen Hunting Safaris has a great population of game. A Cheetah only eats freshly killed meat so they don’t respond to baiting as is commonly done for Leopard or Lion. However if you happen to come across a freshly killed antelope by Cheetahs, the chances of the Cheetahs coming back to eat their kill is very high, even if they have seen or smelled you. This is a very fortunate encounter situation and a well placed simple makeshift hide should be quickly put together on the spot for an opportunity to see them return to their kill within a pretty short period of time.

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Suffice it to say that Cheetah hunts are mostly done on an encounter basis, it does take a bit of luck to encounter them, usually while traveling long distances by car over our territory. Some tracking can also be conducted although the Cheetah is a particularly challenging animal to track for a variety of reasons. Hunting can also be done from a blind at a waterhole or known areas frequented by Cheetahs within our territory such as particular plains, play trees and scat rocks which can tremendously increase the chance of a successful Cheetah hunt.

There is no particular time of the year that is necessarily considered better to hunt a Cheetah as they migrate in and out throughout the year since their territories are often located in areas where there is a rich supply of wild game and water. A Cheetah hunt in combination with plains game hunting requires a minimum of 12 full hunting days (13 nights in camp). Hunting Cheetah with a bow is legal in Namibia, although it is very difficult to do as it requires both skill and lots of luck.

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Hunting at night in Namibia is prohibited however since Cheetahs are diurnal, more active during the day than night, it is the perfect situation to hunt one. In warm weather, they move around mostly during the early morning and late in the afternoon when the temperatures are cooler however one can truly be encountered at any time during the day. A Cheetah’s day is dedicated to hunting so they are often on the move until their needs are satisfied otherwise they are trying to stay cool when it gets very hot.

Should the opportunity at a mature Cheetah present itself, one will have usually a very small window of opportunity to take the shot, as they do not normally stick around for long and as we all know they are fast!. The interaction can be so brief that it may be difficult to discuss much with your PH at that time, so the discussion of certain potential circumstances should be sorted out before hand to avoid any missed opportunities or confusion. The hunter must be prepared and ready to shoot to seize the opportunity when it presents itself.

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Both male and female Cheetah are hunted in Namibia, the male is usually slightly larger than the female, but there are no major differences in appearance between the male and female cheetah, even a discerning eye can not often tell the difference. It is very difficult to differentiate between the two and aside from being able to see the testicles of a male Cheetah there is no reliable method of judgment. Even if time allows, not seeing their walnut sized testicles does not necessarily mean that it is a female as their broad and heavy tail can very often conceal them.

Shooting distances will vary greatly depending upon the environment but a 300 yard (300 meter) shot in an open area should not be out of the question should one be comfortable with it. Cheetahs are not very hardy animals so a caliber for plains game such as a 7 mm (.284) caliber along with a good bullet should do just fine.

Cheetah Hunting Package US$11,797 

Cheetah Hunting Package Includes
– Ground transportation to and from Windhoek airport roundtrip
– 12 full 1×1 hunting (13 nights in camp)
– Government tax of 15% on daily rates
– Cheetah trophy fee ($4,000 will be credited/refunded if Cheetah is not taken)
– Services of Professional Hunter, tracker, driver, skinner
– Four wheel drive hunting vehicle
– Hunting license
– Hunting permit
– Field preparation of trophies (skinning, salting, drying and tagging)
– Transport of trophies to local taxidermist in Namibia
– Accommodations
– Daily services of maid and laundry
– All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
Activities at Westfalen Hunting Safaris

Cheetah Hunting Package Excludes
– Additional days may be added for $550 per day plus government tax of 15%
– Trophy fees for animals other than Cheetah
– Dip pack, taxidermy and shipping of trophies
– Alcoholic beverages
– Excursions and tours
– Gratuities to camp staff

Cheetah Hunting Permits and Rules 

Although it is legal to hunt a Cheetah in Namibia, the United States, as well as some other countries, do not permit the importation of a Cheetah hunting trophy. Canada, many countries in South America, Mexico and most countries in Europe, such as Spain, France and Russia will permit the importation of a Cheetah trophy.

An application for a predator trophy hunting permit must be submitted to the Permit Office of the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) 14 days before the hunt commences. A copy of the passport of the trophy hunter must be attached to the application for a predator trophy hunting permit.

Predator trophy hunting may not take place during the period between 30 minutes after sunset in any day and 30 minutes before sunrise the following day and artificial light is prohibited. Only free roaming, self-sustaining and adult predators may be hunted as trophies with a minimum skull measurement of 27 cm for a Cheetah. Hunting Cheetahs with dogs is prohibited in Namibia.

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