In a vast arid country like Namibia, the Eastern Caprivi is an oasis with rivers like the mighty Zambezi, Chobe, Kwando and Linyanti. Mamili National Park is the largest wetland area in Namibia that enjoys conservation status and so creating a protected zone for the fauna and flora living in this lush, complex marshland.
… named after King Nehale ya Mpingana whose warriors attacked Fort Namutoni in 1904.
The conservancy is situated directly on the northern border of the famous Etosha National Park and is easy accessible from Windhoek on the tar road. It was registered in 2005 and covers an area of about 43,000 hectares. The vast area is home to large herds of Springbok, of Plain Zebra, Blue Wildebeest and Oryx. Hyenas, Lions and Elephants are regular visitors in King Nehale and often become a problem when they collide with the humans, their Mahango fields or cattle. A plains game hunter will not seldom be offered to shoot one of those problem animals. Hunters that are prepared to arrive on short notice (within 5 days) can experience a big game hunt for an extremely low price, often going home with a great trophy.
Our main hunting area is 1 hours’ drive south east of Windhoek, Namibia’s bustling capital city and only 1 hour from the international airport. The area is situated between the Auas Mountains with an elevation of 1 600 m and higher (up to 2 140 m) and the Kalahari Desert. The Van Heerden cattle ranch comprises of 6,000 ha / 15,000 acres and in close vicinity, VHSaf has various other concessions on private owned land, totaling 15,000 ha / 52,000 acres.
Most farms have five metal strand fences, which only prevent cattle from moving freely. The majority of the area has NO high game proof fences to prevent game from roaming freely. The area falls within the Southern part of the Highland savanna interspersed by a number of rocky outcrops which are perfect for glassing the area for game. The dry sandy riverbeds with its big trees are an attraction to the animals as they can dig there for groundwater in the dry season. The vegetation is on average medium density: Grasslands covered with short brush, huge Acacia Erioloba trees and patches of dense Acacia Mellifera, where kudu and oryx like to lie up during the hottest period of the day. Here large populations of southern greater kudu, grey duiker, steenbok, warthog, leopard, baboon as well as herds of oryx / gemsbok and red hartebeest roam freely. Small herds of springbok move seasonally through the concession areas. On game proof fenced ranches a wider variety of game species is available.
Van Heerden Safaris’ accommodation is real Namibian farm style, cosy with a warm atmosphere. The guest facility is situated next to the main farmhouse, each room has its own shower and toilet facilities in one big complex. The garden is filled with the most beautiful cactus, surrounded by large tall trees. The farm is personally managed by Van Heerden Safaris and is our permanent base camp.
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Being the 3rd largest Communal Conservancy in Namibia with 8 729 square km's. The conservancy was officially registered in 2006 and granted a trophy quota in 2009. The Herero people are the main tribe staying in the conservancy, totalling about 2 000 people. They live in settlements ranging in size from a few huts to small villages. Most of the residents farm with cattle on one quarter of the conservancy surface. The voluminous Victorian-style dresses of the Herero women were influenced by the missionaries' wives and are still a deep tradition to this day.
The undulating landscape of the north-western Kalahari is characterized by diverse vegetation including woodland, grassland and a series of pans that fill after good rains. The borders stretch from Botswana in the east, communal ranchland in the south and west to Nyae-Nyae Conservancy (Bushmanland) in the north. Nyae-Nyae Conservancy is the famous hunting ground where Kay-Uwe Denker has hunted a couple 100 lb elephants in the last ten years. The area has an average of 75 lbs per trophy Elephant for the last 15 to 20 years.
Ondjou Conservancy is "BULL COUNTRY"! Large stretches of land with very little water for animals that live off the land. Water is scarce and in small quantities which is not sufficient for the larger cow herds. Here older Elephant bulls come to find some peace from the cow herds.