Your Operator will advise what rifles are appropriate for the hunt booked. A .375 or bigger and a medium calibre 7mm-300 HxH range are suggested as generally suitable for most hunts. Hunting weapons may be temporarily imported into Zimbabwe by declaring them, together with your ammunition, at Customs upon arrival and obtaining a Temporary Firearms Import Permit. This permit is checked upon your departure again. No payment is required for this permit.
Bow Hunting with approved draw-weights, handgun hunting with approved calibres in line with the prescribed schedule and black powder in line with the prescribed calibres are permitted on private and communal land with a Special Permit from National Parks. Tracking leopard with hounds is permitted on private and communal land with a special permit from National Parks. The packs of hounds must be suitably trained, registered and licenced. The hounds may not be used to kill the prey. None of these may be used on National Parks Estate.
THE THIRD SCHEDULE OF THE FIREARMS ACT
- This states a calibre of no less than 9.22mm in diameter with muzzle energy of 5.3 kilojoules is required for Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo.
- A calibre of no less than 7mm in diameter with a muzzle energy of no less than 4.3 kilojoules is required for Lion, Giraffe and Eland.
- A calibre of no less than 7mm in diameter with muzzle energy of no less than 3 kilojoules is required for Crocodile, Hyaena, Kudu, Leopard, Nyala, Sable, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra etc.
- A calibre of no less than 5.l6mm with muzzle energy of 850 joules is required for Bushbuck, Bushpig, Impala, Reedbuck and Warthog.