Feel free to follow your own adviceIf you wish to continue this, I invite you to reply via private message so we may spare the rest of the forum readers the tedious back and forth. If you wish to continue to reply publically that's fine too.. I will be happy to go down the condescending name-calling route with you to the extent that the moderators have had enough of both of us. I will never capitulate until I am proven wrong by the facts.. Your call..
375Fox, although your experience is true of the Eastern floodplains of the Caprivi, it certainly are not entirely correct for the whole of the Caprivi. And yes, a lot of the Caprivi has cattle and people, but so does 90% of wild areas in other countries. Similarly, we do have areas with zero to very little cattle and people. It is really much more area dependant than you portray it above, and you should ask the outfitter that holds the concession what to expect. Areas west of the Katima Mulilo / Ngoma road, tend to have really good buffalo hunts, with little to no human/ cattle interference. Areas like most of Bwabwata, can give you an experience completely free from cattle or human interaction.I haven’t hunted buffalo in Caprivi but these bulls came out while we were waiting on my hippo. Caprivi isn’t wilderness like other famous areas. There are a lot of people, paved roads, tourists, cattle. There is definitely some great hunting there and I will hunt it again, but I think it retains its reputation more on being a dangerous game area in a very safe stable country compared to the other options. In my opinion, the price tag isn’t so much the trophy quality or better hunting experience as much as more people are willing to consider it and go there than other destinations. My next buffalo hunt is going to be to Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe. My first buffalo hunt was against Kruger in South Africa. We got a great buffalo, but it wasn’t a wilderness experience and I think there are better values in other countries or properly managed fenced areas.
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It may be biased but my favourite area is Bwabwata in the Caprivi.
Mark, I prefer areas where you track buffalo above areas where you just spot and stalk. Obviously wilderness areas above ranches, and areas where there is a good population of old bulls, as I believe that is what we should strive to shoot.
Too open, spot and stalk mostly, oftentimes due to the effort involved to get to a herd, younger bulls are taken as you may only have a day or 2 of "swamp" hunting" before the next client needs to get in.