Wingshooting in the Kalahari

ImageNamibia’s Kalahari Desert is one of the world’s most magnificent hunting destinations. Not truly a desert at all, the Kalahari takes in flood waters from the Okavango Delta during the reainy season and that water lies just below the sandy surface, making the Kalahari a “living desert.” Long known as a big game destination, the Kalahari is also a fantastic location for a wingshooting safari.

I recently returned from Namibia where I had a chance to hunt in the Kalahari with Cornie Coetzee of CEC Safaris. There are a variety of game birds in the Kalahari including guinea fowl, spotted and Namaqua sand grouse, turtle doves and red-billed francolin. The remote nature of the Kalahari means that trips to the grocery store are few and far between, so these birds provide an important food source to people living in the desert.

The Kalahari is a beautiful location for the first-time safarigoer because it is located only an hour from the international airport. Cornie picked us up from Hosea Kutako airport at first light, and by sunrise we were in the desert. The Kalahari is perfect for photographic and bird watching safaris. In addition, there is a tremendous amount of wildlife in the area–zebra, kudu, giraffe, leopard, hyenas and others.

Look for articles on my Kalahari hunts coming up in Shooting Sportsman and Sports Afield magazines. If you are interested in booking a trip to the Kalahari visit www.cecsafaris.com