Calibre Recommendations


Rifled, nitro-proofed loading firearms chambered to take nitro-express cartridge of minimum:

  • 0.375/9.5 mm Elephant, hippo, buffalo & lion     

  • 0.300/7.6 mm Eland, kudu, leopard, roan, sable & zebra   

  • 0.243/6 mm Other game animals     

  • 0.22/5.5 mm All birds      

12-gauge shotgun will also do for birds


.375 is the best all-round rifle, a .416 or similar heavy calibre is a good choice for buffalo and .300 ideal for plains game.  Most importantly - be familiar with the gun you are using with a good degree of accuracy up to 200 m.  Buffalo, lion and leopard are usually taken at under 100 m.

Maximum permitted ammunition import to Zambia is 100 rounds per rifle; 200 round per shotgun.

Handgun and bow hunting are permitted in Zambia for non-dangerous species; this excludes lion, leopard, hippo and buffalo unless prior permission has been obtained from the Minister of Tourism.

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What to Pack - a rough list
  1. 3 changes of clothes

  2. A warm jacket, preferably wind proof as well

  3. Good pair of hiking boots

  4. Hat

  5. Trainers/sneakers

  6. Sandals/flip-flops

  7. Toiletries

  8. Malaria prophylaxis – check with your health professional

  9. Insect repellent - I recommend a product with high PICARIDIN content to keep tsetse flies away, such as Avon Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard Plus or Sawyer Insect Repellent (available from Cabela's, BassPro and

  10. Prescription medications for your entire safari, plus 3 extra days.

  11. Sunblock

  12. Personal first aid kit (include plasters, anti-histamine ointment, anti-bacterial ointment)

  13. Binoculars

  14. Sunglasses

  15. Camera with extra memory card and battery (we have 220V power for recharging)

  16. Lens cleaner

  17. Pocket knife/Multi-tool

  18. Compact gun cleaning kit

  19. Soft gun case(s) for travel in safari vehicle

  20. Belt and cartridge holder

  21. Day pack/small back pack

  22. Good water bottle (not too big though, you have to carry it!)

  23. Taxidermy shipping tags (from your taxidermist)

  24. Some USD cash (for time in town/airport)



  • Army-style camouflage clothing is acceptable while in the bush however we seriously recommend that you do NOT wear it during travel, especially in Zambia as it is not permitted here.

  • Please only bring dark khaki clothing such as dark greens, greys and browns (black and light greens, greys and browns are NOT good camo in our environment)


It may be wise to brush up on shot placement before your safari; the book “The Perfect Shot” is a good guide.  Familiarizing yourself with using ‘shooting sticks’ (a kind of tripod) is also advised as a lot of the shooting will be done using these.