Hunting Exotic Plains Game in Zambia

Hunt Sable in Zambia

Rifle – Bow – Crossbow 1x1 Only $6,500!

2023 / 2024
This is a 7-day discounted package for a trophy bull sable in Zambia. You will hunt on a 12,000 acre reserve for a big sable and then you will have an opportunity to hunt for other exotic plains game such as Kafue Lechwe, Lichtensteins Hartebeest and Crayshaw's Defassa Waterbuck. Enjoy a week in the Zambian bush on this fabulkous exotic plains game hunt in Zambia.

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Hunt Kafue Lechwe in Zambia

Rifle – Bow – Crossbow 1x1 Only $6,500

2023 / 2024
Hunt the exotic and hard to get Kafue Lechwe in Zambia with one of Zambia's leading outfitters. Get your Kafue lechwe and some of Zambia's special species like Crayshaw Defassa Waterbuck, Puku, Livingstone Eland and Lichtenstein Hartebeest. Stay at a nicely appointed bush lodge and enjoy a week in the bush in beautiful Zambia!

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Hunting Exotic Plains Game in Zambia

The history of modern big game hunting in Zambia is fairly recent.  Zambia created Game Management Areas (GMA) located around its national parks in the mid-1970s.  They total over 62,500 square miles.  Hunting is permitted on these, private hunting areas, and conservancies.  Most of the hunting land is located in the Luangwa Valley, or in the Kafue plateau region.  Other concessions are located in the Bangweulu wetlands, or Kafue area.  None are fenced; they are true free-range habitats.

Exotic plains game hunts in Zambia offer one-of-a-kind hunts for animals found nowhere else.  Zambia is home to a large variety of exotic antelope such as; the Cookson’s wildebeest – found only in the huge Luangwa Valley, and hills to the east and west of the valley.  Also endemic to the Luangwa Valley are the puku, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, and grysbok.  The Black lechwe is an antelope found in the Bangweulu wetlands of Zambia.  Lechwe are similar to sitatunga in that they have an elongated hoof that supports them on soft ground.  The Kafue Flats (locally called Butwa) are situated on the Kafue River in the southern, central, and Lusaka provinces of Zambia, and contain the total population of Kafue lechwe.  The Kafue Flats Game Management Area covers over 2300 square miles of the Kafue Flats.  This area affords protection to wildlife while still allowing sustainable use of natural resources.

The Kafue Plateau is home to the rare Crawshay’s Defassa waterbuck (sometimes Rhodesian Defassa waterbuck), along with many sable over 45 inches, Zambian sitatunga, yellowback duiker, and puku.  Along with these, bushbuck, kudu, Livingston eland, reedbuck hippo, oribi, bushpig, and zebra can be taken when hunting exotic plains game in Zambia.

The best area to hunt Zambian sitatunga is in the Bangweulu swamp where they can be hunted in conjunction with the black lechwe.  Bangweulu is Africa’s greatest swamp. It is roughly divided into three main habitats: open water to the northwest, swampland in the center, and seasonal wetlands on the eastern and southern habitats.  The swamp is also home to large herds of oribi and tsessebe.

Other animals available to hunt in Zambia include the Bohor reedbuck, common waterbuck, blue wildebeest, Chobe bushbuck, and Sharp’s grysbok.  There are a number of game ranches around Lusaka that can be added to your safari if the area you are hunting doesn’t offer the desired animal.

Exotic Plains Game Hunting

Zambian plains game safaris are normally conducted from permanent camps with thatched huts, or tent camps mounted on cement slabs.  Travel to the hunting camps begins in the capitol city of Lusaka, or Livingstone near Victoria Falls.  Camps can be reached by vehicle, but many hunting camps have their own dirt landing strip, making air charters much more efficient and time saving.  There are no set hunting seasons, but most safaris are conducted between May and November.  The Zambian government strictly controls the minimum number of days for a hunting safari based on the species being hunted.  For instance, hunting of Kafue or black lechwe will incur the addition of two or three days onto a fourteen day hunt when other game, such as buffalo, is hunted.

Hunting is done on foot, with the safari truck only used to get to the hunting area.  The land doesn’t have a lot of elevation changes and isn’t particularly rugged, so actual hunting – spot and stalk – is relatively easy.

Zambia is warm all year round.  December to April the climate is wet and hot.  From May to August temperatures are cooler and the humidity is lower.  The months from September through November are hot and dry.  Summer temperatures range from 77 degrees to 95 degrees.  Winter runs from 43 degrees to 75 degrees.

Bow hunting in Zambia

As of 1993, Zambia legalized bow hunting.  The country offers tremendous opportunities for bow hunters.  It’s entirely possible that Zambia could be the best place for hunting exotic plains game, leopard, and lion in all of Africa.  Zambia has no minimum requirements for bow hunting but using the South African minimums will work. 

Big/dangerous game: 80ft/lb. energy – 700 grain arrow

Medium game: 70 ft. /lb. energy – 550 grain arrow

Small game: 40 ft. /lb. energy – 400 grain arrow

Exotic Plains Game Rifle requirements

Zambia does not have a minimum caliber requirement for plains game.  A good rule of thumb is minimum .270 caliber; maximum caliber for larger plains game, .300 caliber.  If game like a Livingston eland is on license, a hunter would be better served by a caliber in the .375 range.


"I spent weeks visiting websites for outfitters in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, comparing pre-made packages and regular fees. In the end, for a 7-day, six animal hunt with my son as an observer/hunter, John Martins had the best price."

Andrew and Garet
Georgia, USA
October, 2014

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If we ever go back to Africa, I am sure that we will contact Discount African Hunts to set up another hunt with this outfitter."

Steve Davis
Georgia, USA
August, 2015

"I was hunting with my son and my batchmate from school. We had an experience of a life time and will definitely repeat the experience again. The weather was perfect. We shot Kudu / Zebra / Wildebeest / Impala / Red Hartebeest / Blesbuck / a day of bird shooting." 

"We took back  memories for a life time  and will surly recommend the experience to other hunters."

Ash Katoch
May 2017