We travel all the way up to northern Namibia. From the capital city Windhoek, all the way to Baobab Game Ranch. It would take approximately five hours drive until you reach this fertile area. This is the hunting area and self owned farm of Helmuth, Frank & Margie Friederich called Baobab Game Ranch.
In April this year (2015), I had my first chance to visit this area, due to my partnership through First Class Trophy Taxidermy. I took two of my hunting buddies from Germany on a bowhunting-introduction-safaris. We stayed for 5 days and we had a great time with Margie and Helmuth. The habitat alone is fascinating comparing to other areas in Namibia. The land of contrast as we know it.
The Game Ranch consist of 6 000 hectares and another 20 000 hectares available for more free roaming options. But honestly, you do not need this extra 20 000 ha. Helmuth & Frank will keep you busy for 14 days if needed to be.
The accommodation is a tented camp on the premises of the farmhouse area. To be clear about this, it’s not a five star hotel, but for the hunter and traveller wanting that african experience, this is to be advised. Each tent is suited with its own shower, with running hot water, toilet and two single comfortable beds. You become part of nature this way. Surrounded by the natural sounds of the night and still securely inside. There are two more extra rooms inside the Main Building for those who need to have four walls to sleep easier at night. My experience is that you have the chance probably only once in your life, then use it to the fullest. Live your african dream!
Baobab Game Ranch on Bowhunting in Namibia
To hunt with the bow in April, was not the easiest. April is on the end of our raining season and it provides enough open waters in the bushveld. The animals are wider spread throughout and if you want a trophy animal or specific specie, you need patients and have to work hard for it. Even that said, we had plenty of stalking opportunities within a range of 45 to 70 meters on Warthog, Oryx and Eland. The Bowhides are all 15 to 25 metres which makes it comfortable for the bowhunter.
We were after Burchell’s Zebra and we only had them coming in when the wind started swirling. The winds also tend to change directions through the day which makes it difficult with the bow. I advice bowhunters to try it further in the year, unless you are willing to take the challenge, it is still doable. Train yourself at home on longer distances and be confident about your shot placement, then you can visit Namibia any time between February until October.