Firearms & Bow Regulations
Your Operator will advise what rifles are appropriate for the hunt booked. A .375 or bigger and a medium caliber 7mm – 300HxH range are suggested as generally suitable for most hunts.
Hunting rifles may be temporarily imported into Zimbabwe and forms will either be sent to you by the Operator or may be completed upon arrival at Zimbabwe Customs. Bring your own ammunition with you to ensure you have the type you prefer. Ensure you complete the Firearms Temporary Import Permit accurately.
NB. Automatic Firearms are illegal in Zimbabwe.
A bow with a draw weight of not less than 35kg and an arrow weighing not less than 45 grams is required for Giraffe and Eland and draw weight of not less than 35kg with an arrow not less than 40 grams is required for most antelope.Bow hunting may only take place on private hunting areas or communal hunting areas, NOT in a National Park or Government controlled Safari Area.
* A caliber of no less than 9.2mm in diameter with muzzle energy of 5.3 kilojoules is required for Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo.
* A caliber of no less than 7mm in diameter with a muzzle energy of no less than 4.3 kilojoules is required for Lion, Giraffe and Eland.
* A caliber of no less than 7mm in diameter with a muzzle energy of no less than 3 kilojoules is required for Crocodile, Hyena, Kudu, Leopard,Nyala, Sable, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra etc.
* A caliber of no less than 5.6mm in diameter with muzzle energy of no less than 850 joules is required for Bushbuck,Bushpig, Impala,Reedbuck