There are many areas in Namibia that are free ranges and not listed on that list. I've hunted on 5 that are not listed.
Topic should read Free Range vs Game Ranch. Many game ranches that offer fair chase.
· Game animals within the natural, historical habitat of the specific species
· In an area, where the game animals are able to elude the pursuits of the hunter beyond the boundaries of such an area
· In an area where at least one of the five large African beasts of prey occurs (Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, African Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena) and evidently regulates the game populations in the specific area ...
Also the species being hunted can make a big difference. One place I hunted was self sustaining for impala, warthog, duiker and a few others but the bigger animals I learned were mostly put and take, although they tried to hide that fact.Land size, Vegetation, Terrain. The problem that I have is that the entire South Africa gets painted with the same brush.
It all boils down to what YOU consider free range. If a whitetail deer on a Kansas cattle ranch is free range , then South Africa has huge free range areas for many indigenous species .
If a kudu has a natural range of 2 square miles and you're hunting him on 20-65 square miles ( typical size of a SA private game reserve) is that free range for a animal reintroduced into its natural range 20 years ago ?
DEFINATELY fair chase as you cannot guarantee success or that you're going to get that nice bull you saw with the last client?
On properties of that size you don't know what you're gonna get and on the low fence properties making up the conservancies , you DEFINATELY don't know what you're gonna get.
South Africa is a big country with many different areas and outfitters and you can't paint them all with the same brush.
The other option is wilderness areas in Mozambique , Zimbabwe , Zambia and Tanzania. These hunts will be considerably more expensive.
Best of luck finding your hunt of a life time.
If you are looking at a free range / fair chase experience in South Africa. They do exist.