Safari means, “hunting expedition”. It is our philosophy to provide you with a once in a lifetime hunting experience, resembling the walking and stalking done by the Bushmen of the Kalahari. For this it is not necessary that the “Safari” will have to extend beyond the boundaries of the Private Game Reserve, CAMPBELL.
The plains game on offer for the hunt will be limited to what the reserve has available at a given point in time. However, you can be assured that a great variety of species will be on offer. By applying scientific methods in determining the appropriate carrying capacity, the correct mix between browsers, grazers and mixed feeders will be maintained, so as to ensure healthy, good quality animals.
Animal numbers will largely be kept at a level where the natural food supply allows them to be sustained without supplementary feeding. There is always the temptation, to increase animal numbers substantially during periods of good rains. In the Kalahari, droughts are certain but unpredictable and together with poor farming practices have periodically led to dramatic and irresponsible stock losses of animals who are accustomed to migrating to areas of better grazing.
On CAMPBELL, the combination of trophy and meat hunting as well as the selling off of surplus game, ensures the strict control of the numbers of animals.
Mainly as a result of sound game management practices, many outstanding trophies have been taken at Campbell..
We do not guarantee that each trophy will “make the record book”. However, your professional hunter and his staff will do their utmost to present you with attractive and representative specimens of a particular type of game.
There are a number of taxidermists available, all of whom produce outstanding work. Depending on the budget, the type of work and the lead-time allowed, we could recommend the right person to take care of your trophies. Careful handling and preparation of the trophies on site and the speedy delivery to the selected taxidermist will ensure that hair slip is prevented.
Campbell has one of the most modern abattoir facilities in the Kalahari, consisting of a state of the art cool-room and tiled clean-room area. Working tables, shelving and racks made of stainless steel ensure the hygienic treatment of meat and the proper handling of your trophy.
Rifles and Calibers
African game species are hardier than those of North America or Europe. A general-purpose calibre is the venerable 30-06 loaded with 150 grain (smaller buck) to 200 grain (large antelope) bullets. Good calibres are the various .300 Magnums and the .270 (for Springbuck and Duiker). Even the .375 H&H is a good choice for Giraffe, Zebra or larger antelopes such as Blue Wildebeest and Eland.
Shooting distances vary from 100 m (110 yards) to 200 m (220 yards) and rarely require shots over 250 m (275 yards). Loads producing excessive speeds are thus not required. The heaviest calibre you feel comfortable with will be the best choice.
For those who dread the thought of excessive “red tape” when exporting and importing rifles, rifles inclusive of ammunition and shooting stick (or tripod) are made available for hire:
• 30-06 (Ackley), K98 Mauser action, Leupold 4.5 – 14 x 40mm scope, loaded with 180 grain core-bonded bullets (for left hand shooters)
• 30-06 (Ackley), K98 Mauser action, Leupold 4.5 – 14 x 40mm scope, loaded with 180 grain core-bonded bullets (for right hand shooters)
To accommodate the increasing interest in bow hunting, we have created two hides for bow hunters, well recessed into the ground. They are situated at two of the most frequented water holes, thereby ensuring a high probability of success. In keeping with the conservation principles of Campbell, they were built with recycled materials. Largely natural materials were used so that the hides would blend in with the environment. The hides are spacious (4.5 m² or 54 ft²) with comfortable seating for up to four people and are well ventilated. Shooting distances between 20m and 40m can be expected.
The use of the hides is the recommended hunting method during the latter part of the winter until the end of October. Then being extremely dry, all game has to come to the watering holes.
From March to May it is recommended to use the “walk and stalk” method. The long grass allows the bow hunter to get within 20 to 30m of the animals. It involves a fair amount of “leopard crawl” and requires the hunter to be reasonable fit.
Preparing for the Hunt
Before commencing the hunt, the rifles have to be sighted-in. CAMPBELL provides a shooting range, equipped with a solid table and a sturdy rifle rest. Targets are placed at intervals of 100 m (110 yards), 150 m (165 yards) and 200 m (220 yards). Shots will also be fired using a shooting stick, as this will be the condition the hunter will encounter during the hunt. The use of a shooting stick is a good method to minimize wounding an animal, when shooting over longer distances.
It is recommended to practice at home shooting off a shooting stick before coming to Campbell for a hunt.
A professional hunter or any other authorised person, who will render any assistance or give advice if required, will supervise the sighting-in. Once you (and the supervisory staff) are satisfied and have the necessary confidence, we will proceed with the hunt.
The terrain in the reserve is ever so slightly undulating. Being the Kalahari desert, you will encounter mainly sand. Apart from roads, where tyres have churned the sand, walking is not strenuous and requires only an average degree of fitness.