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Hunting laws

(different sources)

General info about Hunting in Namibia


  • The Namibian trophy hunting season begins on February 1 and ends on November 30 of each year.
  • Hunting is only allowed in the company of a registered hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter.
  • Hunting professions are divided into three categories:

  • > Hunting guides (HG) may only hunt on their own farm land, which must be properly registered as a hunting farm.

    > Master hunting guides (MHG) may conduct hunts on their own farmland and two other properly registered hunting farms

    > Professional hunters (PH) may conduct hunts on all farms provided they have written permission from the owner of the land, regardless of whether or not the land is registered as a hunting farm.

    > PH with big game permit; only they are allowed to conduct hunts with guests on big game, such as elephants, rhinos, buffaloes and lions.

    > Bowhunting; only hunting guides/master hunting guides/professional hunters with the appropriate bowhunting permit are authorized to guide the hunting guest with a bow while hunting.

  • A hunting guide/master hunting guide/professional hunter may guide only two hunters at a time on the hunt.
  • Representatives of hunting professions should comply with all the regulations established by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MUT) on trophy hunting.
  • Trophy hunting is allowed from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Trophy hunting may take place only where permission has been granted by the owner or lessee of the land.
  • Grounds where bowhunting is allowed must be additionally registered with the MUT for bowhunting.
  • For trophy hunting licenses/hunting permits (permits), please note:
  • > Licenses must be available before the start of the hunt.
    > A separate license is required for each hunting guest.
    >An additional special permit, which is bound to further conditions, must be obtained for the big cats of prey (lion, cheetah, leopard).
    > The license must be filled out completely by the hunting guest and the professional hunter/hunting guide (also sick shot and not found animals must be entered).
    > Licenses are issued exclusively by the MUT.
    > A maximum of two trophies per species may be harvested, per hunting client, per permit, per year.This regulation is also made for game birds. During the official game bird hunting season more than two species are permitted.

  • Dogs are not allowed on the hunt while hunting for Cheetah.

Requirements for importing firearms

  • There is no limit to the number of firearms that may be imported into Namibia for trophy-hunting purposes. Hunters entering Namibia with a rifle(s), must complete a temporary import permit application form for all rifle(s) and / or ammunition in their possession. A copy of "The Rifle Import Permit" you will find here.
  • The minimum caliber is 7 mm.
  • The minimum muzzle energy: 1350 joules for springbok, duiker, etc., 2700 joules for hartebeest, wildebeest, kudu, oryx, eland, etc., and 5400 joules for buffalo, elephant, rhino, etc.
  • Bow energy must be: 25 ft/lb for small game, 40 ft/lb for medium game, and 65 ft/lb for large game.
  • A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting weapon, and only ammunition for the specific caliber of the particular hunting weapon being imported.
  • Hard jacket (full metal jacket) bullets are generally prohibited.
  • Hunting with muzzleloaders and black powder is permitted in Namibia.
  • All trophies exported to EU countries must be cleaned and disinfected according to EU regulations. Hides require 14 days drying time
  • The import of bows for bow hunting is allowed. Import permit is not required.

Prohibited Practices:

  • Trophy hunting is illegal in the following cases:
  •     > at night and/or with artificial light;
  •     > if trophies do not meet the established minimum level of "Namibia Quality Control" from the MUT;
  •     > When the principles of fair and ethical hunting, as embodied in NAPHA's Code of Conduct, are violated.
  • Prohibited firearms are
  •     > All handguns;
  •     > all automatic weapons,
  •     > any type of crossbow.
  • It is not allowed to transport or import black powder and primers. Both are available in Namibia. Check with your hunting operator.
  • The immediate export of trophies without appropriate certificates. You need a veterinary certificate, an export permit from the MUT and the import permit from the country of destination where the trophy is imported.

Recommended guidelines:

  • Book only with a trophy hunting operator who is verifiably registered with the Namibian Tourist Board (NTB) and hunt only with a verifiably registered NAPHA member. See the NAPHA website for the complete list of members: (All hunting companies included in the "Hunting Portal Namibia" in the subpages of the "Hunting Providers" page are registered with NAPHA).
  • It is recommended that before you start your hunt, you have a signed document in hand stating the agreements you have made with your hunt organizer.
  • If your hunting experience in Namibia or any member of NAPHA does not meet your expectations, please contact NAPHA with the details of your complaint:

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