Hunting Regulations in Tanzania Hunting

Clients shall only be permitted to hunt those animals for which their permit is issued (subject to quota availability). By Tanzania Law only hunting clients are permitted to hunt. Any observers who wish to hunt will result in upgrading the observer to hunting client status, which will mean adjustment of all fees, including basic safari fees and all Government fees.


The hunting season runs from 1st July through to 31st December. The driest months are July through October, when you can hunt throughout Tanzania. With the onset of the rainy season in November in the West of Tanzania, BUSHMAN HUNTING SAFARIS tend to concentrate on the Northern blocks for the latter part of the season.


Great care must be taken when informing us of your trophy priorities. Your four main species should be given to us well in advance so that the correct areas and quotas can be allocated. Please note that if you are hunting cats, RHS recommend a minimum of ten days per area to ensure a fair chance. Some game is restricted to you when booking less than a 21 day safari.


Please bring your own firearms. You may import three guns into Tanzania for your hunting safari. Handguns, together with automatic and semi-automatic weapons are not allowed. Most of your shooting will be done with a medium rifle, from .264 to .300 magnum. Favourite calibres for dangerous game are the .375 H&H Magnum, the .416 Rigby and the .470 Express. For long range shooting, telescopic sights are ideal. Please do not bring rifles equipped with recoil reducing muzzle-breaks.

Please bring your own ammunition. You are permitted to import 200 cartridges in each different calibre or gauge, which is ample. We recommend a minimum of 60 rounds for each rifle if you are an experienced marksman and plan to take an average quota of game. For the medium rifle, reliable bonded soft nose bullets are ideal. For your heavy rifle, bring a combination of half soft points and half "solids" of the heaviest available bullet weight. We have a limited stock of ammunition, sporting rifles and shotguns, which may be rented.

Whatever the calibre, ammunition should be loaded with bullets designed for large animals. If you are a hand loader, consider such bullets as Trophy Bonded Bear claw or Swift A-Frames. Be certain your medium rifle is sighted in to strike zero at 200 yards (183m) and the heavy rifle at 100 yards (91m).

We arrange for import/export permits as required in Tanzania for firearms and ammunition, which are subject to Import Duty. Please be most careful to check your rifle serial numbers and to bring the same rifles which you have given us details. Any different firearms may be impounded by Customs pending correct licensing. Airlines require that firearms and ammunition be checked. Firearms should be securely cased and unloaded, with the ammunition in a separate container. You must advise the commercial airline in advance that you are travelling with firearms and ammunition. International Airlines carry restrictions on the weight of ammunition allowed, and particular packaging requirements. Please be sure to check with the appropriate airline as to their particular regulations.


BUSHMAN HUNTING SAFARIS has sufficient quotas for all their clients but, because of the quotas set for each individual hunting area, this necessitates some restrictions on where you can hunt the animals you require. Therefore, in the case of animals such as lion and leopard, these are restricted on the basis of each hunter being permitted one cat in one area and the other cat in a second area. This does not apply to a client only hunting one area for the whole safari.


CITES permits, from your country of residence (or country to where your trophies are to be shipped), must be obtained for the animals you wish to hunt. Some countries require that these permits are obtained before you leave for your safari, other issue them on production of your safari trophy list, after completion of your safari.