Safari Operators in Zimbabwe are required to be registered and licenced by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. Their Tour Operator’s licence number should commence with HOP… Ask for your Operator’s number when booking your hunt and if he does not have one check his bona fides through Safari Operators Association Zimbabwe (Email: email@example.com).
Operators must hold a lease or agreement on a suitable concession with accompanying quota of animals. They are responsible for the official paperwork and permits connected to the hunt.
Bow and handguns are permitted on an experimental basis and require special permits. Blackpowder is legal provided the weapon complies with the requirements of the Third Schedule of the Firearms Act. This also applies to handguns.
Hunting Operators are required by law to provide the services of a Zimbabwe licenced Professional Hunter to accompany foreign hunters in Zimbabwe. Licencing is undertaken by the Zimbabwe National Parks & Wildlife Management Authority. Professional Hunters write a Learner Examination, then are apprenticed for at least two years during which time they must pass a shooting test set by the Zimbabwe Shooting Federation and obtain an Advanced First Aid Certificate. They then attend a Proficiency Test in the field. Full Licence holders carry a plastic disk issued by National Parks which shows their photograph, ID number and Licence number. Learner Licence holders carry a paper licence with their details and a licence number. Only Professional Hunters licensed in Zimbabwe may conduct hunts in Zimbabwe.