Sunday, August 2, 2015

AFRICA: Bow & Hunting Safaris in Namibia

2015/08/02 - #VieranasSafaris #HuntNamibia

WELCOME TO VIERANAS ADVENTURE SAFARIS - Your hunting partner in Namibia

Vieranas Adventure Safaris is a Bow and Hunting outfitter in the north-west of Namibia, close to the village of Kamanjab and bordering the communal #Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy of Damaraland, five hours drive from the capital city Windhoek.

We are a Namibia owner run hunting operator, the 4th generation on this privately owned hunt area in Africa. We offer top quality plains game hunts at affordable prices with no hidden costs.

We invite you to come and experience Africa in a friendly and safe environment where you the hunter and your family can relax and enjoy the Namibian bush.

Not surprisingly almost 80% of our hunters are returning as friends looking forward to their next Vieranas Safaris experience.

VIERANAS SAFARIS place a high value on the conservation of Namibia’s natural fauna and flora, respecting nature and working towards preserving the hunting of indigenous wildlife populations in their naturally occurring habitats.

Contact us today: We look forward to being a part of your next hunting adventure!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NAMIBIA: US hunter finally bags Black Rhino

Vieranas Safaris US hunter finally bags his black rhino in controversial conservation hunt

The Texas hunter, who bid $350 000 (about R3.9 million at R11.80/$) to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia, has done the deed in the name of conservation. And he says he has no regrets.
Corey Knowlton,35, won the bid about 18 months ago, after the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off the permit issued by Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism - all in the name of conservation hunting.

Despite being heavily criticised for the hunt and even receiving death threats, Knowlton invited CNN along in order to document and show the world that he believes the science of conservation hunting works.

Africa Geographic reports Knowlton has spent the last year and a half preparing and planning the hunt that is being widely scrutinised by animal welfare groups around the world, with many still advocating that hunting of endangered species should be not be allowed.

Knowlton said he "wants the world to see that the hunt of such a majestic beast on the African continent is not the work of a bloodthirsty American hunter but a vital component of Namibia’s effort to save the animal from extinction

According to Knowlton, he believes he has done more to conserve the species by hunting a black rhino that is no longer contributing to the gene pool and endangering younger bulls with its aggressive behaviour.

"This is part of the science of conservation," said Knowlton.

Additionally the money paid by Knowlton to hunt the black rhino will be used in Namibia's anti-poaching efforts across the country.

This is why he believes he has done something good, to actually preserve the species.
According to the World Wild Life Foundation there are less than 5 000 black rhino left in the world.

Adding to the heated debate around trophy hunting and conservation hunting, the Zambian government has just recently lifted the country’s hunting ban of lions for the upcoming 2016/2017 season, while the hunting of leopards can start in the 2015/2016 season already.

Zambia’s Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata cites the improvement of regulation surrounding the country’s hunting industry as the reason for the lifting of the ban, saying “safari hunting is profitable and good for wildlife, which can benefit all citizens if properly handled”

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bushman's Poison - Plants Hunting Area

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After the wonderful rain we had in January these beautiful plants with their striking pink flowers are in abundance, I thought you might want to know a little about them:

Bushman Poison Plant

Bushman’s Poison (Adenium boehmianum). It is the root that yields the poison often used by the Bushman tribe of Namibia when preparing their poison. The milky latex from the root was heated over a fire until it became viscous and then applied to an arrow head. No antidote is known to save either animal or man when the poison enters the bloodstream, however the meat is safe to eat once the area around the wound has been cut clean.

A well placed arrow will take down a small antelope within 24 hours, while a larger game animal can take up to 3 days to succumb.

Also known as the Star of the Kaokoveld and Boesmangif in Afrikaans.

Bushman Poison Flower

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Travelling with Weapons - Transit Permits Germany

We thank NAPHA for sending us the following update regarding the permits for travelling with weapons and ammunition:

No licence to take weapons or ammunition into or through Germany shall be required for weapons and ammunition taken on board ships or aircraft, kept in locked storage while within the territory of Germany, reported without delay to the competent supervisory authorities (customs) (including the manufacturer`s mark or trademark, caliber and serial number) and removed within one month from the territory of Germany.

This arrangement is valid immediately. Already applied and paid permit will be approved by me.

For the future you don’t need a permit for your hunters / shooters going to a hunting-trip / competition via Germany (travelling by airport Frankfurt)

Kind regards
Sabrina Stock

Ordnungsamt Frankfurt am Main
Waffen-, Jagd- und Fischerei
Kleyerstra├če 86
60326 Frankfurt am Main

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

EU Trophy Import Rules to Change


The EU is proposing to make it more difficult to import hunting trophies of these species into the EU.  The rules are not final, but it is expected that they will take effect as described in this note, probably around the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015.  Under the new rules, a trophy of any of these species cannot be imported into an EU country without an import certificate issued by the wildlife authority of the importing country.

The importing country will refuse to issue a certificate if it considers on scientific advice that the hunt was harmful to the species, or that the country where it was hunted has failed to confirm it was legally taken.   The wildlife authority has to take into account the views of the EU Scientific Review Group, which are published from time to time.

What should you do?
If you have hunted these species but have not yet received the trophies, you should contact your outfitter to see if they can be shipped to arrive before these rules come into force.  It may be best to appoint a shipping agent who is watching for these rules to come into force, as if the shipment arrives after the rules come into force, it might have to be returned to the country of the hunt to await the permit decision, resulting in extra shipping costs;
Be aware when you are booking a hunt for these species that you will not know for certain in advance whether you will be able to import the trophy;
Contact the wildlife authority in your country before the hunt and before the shipment of the trophy so you understand whether you are likely to get an import permit, and what the procedures are.

Contact details can be found here:

You will find via the link below information relating to changes in EU wildlife trade law which should be formally adopted by the end of 2014:

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

ANGOLA: Giant Sable Palanca Report

Dear friends,

The trimester started off with worrying news from Cangandala. Partially in response to our constant reporting of poaching, the municipal authorities organized with the local police a series of nocturnal operations placing checkpoints at various dirt roads around the park. And on one occasion detained a poacher which was carrying in his motor bike a roan antelope! It was a yearling female and he had chopped out its head, but still it is amazing how he was driving to Malanje with such a large antelope in his bike. He was duly arrested by the authorities, and at least for a while he stuck in jail while awaiting trial prosecution. It is unclear where the roan was shot, and it may have been outside the park’s boundaries, but of course it may be this case may be the tip of the iceberg.

In spite of the generous rains in previous months, the dry season this year was fairly intense in Cangandala, and against our expectations the natural water holes and drainage lines dried up quite rapidly. This caused occasional shortage of water inside the sanctuary which in turn may have contributed to raise the stress on the animals. Probably of result of this there was quite a lot of animal activity and testing along the fence, and unfortunately it was even brought down a few times as some antelopes violated the perimeter. It wasn’t clear to us which animals broke through the fence. In a couple occasions it may have involved roan, but at least once it was suspected that some sable escaped the sanctuary.

Ground observations and the trap camera record proved that the old females and at least most of the hybrids are still contained in the sanctuary and therefore, our concern grew as we fear that part of the young group may have escaped. Unfortunately none of those sable visited the salt licks in recent months, further raising our suspicions. Tracking the animals on the ground allowed us to locate one young group inside the sanctuary, which included the only two functioning collars in young females. This group comprised six females (ages 2, 4 and 5), two yearlings, five calves and it was escorted by Eolo, a young 2-year old male (third in Cangandala-born lineage, after Mercury and Apollo). Eolo is a handsome young boy, yet to turn black but already with an impressive presence. We were in fact able to approach them several times and get them habituated to our presence, allowing for plenty of nice close-range photos. The composition of this subgroup demonstrates that the initial young herd has split in two, also considering that Mercury had long broken through the fence, the other group likely will be guarded by Apollo and might include five other females and four or five yearlings, plus a few calves. During my visits I could not find the second group, and witness accounts from the rangers are inconsistent (they claim to have seen the group both outside and inside the fence, with irreconcilable numbers and dates). This is a mystery hopefully to be solved during next trimester. Of course the possibility that half of our best breeding sable might be outside the fenced camp, can have major implications on the whole program and force us to propose exceptional response measures. For the time being and until proven otherwise, we will assume the worst case scenario and plan accordingly.

Outside the sanctuary the trap cameras recorded once again our good old friend Ivan the Terrible, patrolling his territory. He has clearly put on some weight and might be recovering some of his lost pride. But hopefully not too much of it. As for Mercury we couldn’t find him, and unconfirmed witness accounts place him patrolling a new territory on the opposite side of the sanctuary, far away from Ivan. I really miss this boy, and it would be a waste if we lose him as a breeding bull. Back inside the fenced camp and after months of frustrating delay it was finally possible to make a bore hole located in a scenic landscape right at the core of the sanctuary, which we will now make sure it will be operational at the onset of the next dry season.

A shocking development that we need to report in Cangandala relates, once more, to poaching activities. There is little doubt that we have at least one team of two armed poachers, who have been operating the area at least for the past three years. They know the area quite well, and mostly hunt at night with a spotlight near the sanctuary, but we know at least a couple times have ventured inside. They have been photographed by a Trap Camera back in 2012, and every now and then have manipulated, destroyed by fire or even stolen cameras. And they seem to have become progressively bolder in their actions. This time they completely destroyed one camera with an axe and took the memory card. Still, one of them was photographed a couple of weeks earlier on a different camera which they are unaware of. Unfortunately we obtained dark night photos, only useful to confirm we’re dealing with the same individuals but not good enough for precise IDs. We have now laid some traps with cameras hidden high up in trees, hoping to catch them in the act next time. This and more efforts are on the way to see if we can catch these guys.

Further south, the bridge across Luando River was finalized in July, and therefore we were able to drive the first car into the reserve in 27 years! We did a couple trips in this period to the reserve and each time spent several nights camping in the deep bush. Having the vehicle with us meant quite an improvement in terms of logistics and reach. But of course the bridge is also cause for concern as it facilitates the way for poachers and stimulates the greed for local natural resources. On the first trip we learnt that our old lion friend had returned to the region and created havoc among some locals, to the point that in certain villages people were strongly encouraged not to come out after dark. Another concern for the sable, although I remember thinking that if we’re lucky this could maybe deter or demoralize some poachers… who knows maybe the lion could even catch one poacher.

In Luando we also tried to approach the sable herds, but even tracking the VHF signals we had limited success. The region is very extensive and remote, and these animals are quite nervous, always on alert for poachers. Therefore the best we could achieve was very brief encounters, and for obvious reasons we decided not to push them further. Most of our time was used to patrol water holes and other hotspots previously identified from satellite imagery. Unfortunately it showed us once again that poaching is rampant in the reserve. We found plenty of poaching tracks, active and inactive traps, recently used cartridges, animal carcasses in traps, poacher’s camps, and even once we came across an armed poacher who got away before we could detain him. As this wasn’t enough the trap camera record were equally enlightening, as apart from roan and smaller antelope pictures, we obtained many photos of poachers, in five independent occasions! This fact was quite alarming.

Now I saved the best for last to end this report on less somber note (even if some might disagree): Before we left the reserve by the end of September we learnt the most amazing news. The lion did it!!! Our big boy caught, killed and had a poacher for supper. And he got away with it. According to the story as told at one local village by a very scared survivor, he and his friend were hunting at night with spotlights, and his companion was in front and carrying a shotgun, when he was ambushed by the big lion who gave him no chance to fight back. The second poacher run away as fast as he could and only stopped at the village, many kms further. He refused to go back to the meal site the following day and disappeared before long. Apparently no one could figure out where the poachers had come from, but were assumed to be diamond diggers operating along the Kwanza River. Now we hope the survivor to tell his tale, and spread it among his buddies.

I must admit that I am starting to see the lion under a different light now. A romantic person could be tempted to accept the lion as an active conservation agent fighting to hold his ground against competitors, while a cynical person could suggest that the lion is simply going for the most abundant prey: poachers! In any case, and however we choose to look at it, my respect for the Big Boy has increased exponentially!!!

Photos are available at the following link:

Best wishes,


Friday, September 5, 2014

NAMIBIA: Ebola Travel Ban

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The Namibian government has announced that, with the exception of Namibian citizens and residents, travelers arriving from countries affected by the Ebola virus disease will not be allowed entry into the country.

The country has banned all travelers from Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria; and Sierra Leone as part of precautionary measures to prevent the virus from reaching its shores.

Those who are allowed to enter will be subject to strict screening measures.

Map of Africa - Countries affected by Ebola: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.