First and foremost I owe you an apology Paul, I did not realize that you were Philip's rep. Had I realized it I would have visited with you beforehand. I actually didn't know about that until today when I was talking to Bob and he pointed it out to me.Hello Erik,
Thank you for booking with Khomas Highland Hunting Safaris.
You are going to have a huge time.
Regarding Kudu, do not worry about the past drought or the rabies outbreak.
Since The Khomas Hochland Highlands is not technically a desert, it did not suffer anywhere near as much as many other parts of Namibia did, particularly the low lying parts of the country.
It is a Mountain Bushveld Eco System.
It is covered with grass and scattered trees.
We have large ponds that hold water year around.
Likewise, the last time I asked Philip about the rabies / kudu situation, he said it had not been found on or near his place.
I presume this is at least in part due to the fact that his land is not holding kudu in a tight spot via a game fence and neither is there a small plot game fenced kudu population anywhere nearby.
Nothing wrong with high game fences.
But when they are encircling too small of a space, that holds a large amount of animals, disease sometimes wreaks havoc.
The other side of this coin is that because of the truly wild kudu up there, you will likely have to put a lot more kilometers on the hunting buggy and on your hunting shoes, than you usually would in a high fenced game farm, to locate a good bull.
However spread out they may be, the kudu are there and I am betting that you will get a good one.
No doubt you will notice some geographical similarities to the “Texas Hill Country”.
One more factor in your favor is that, this Covid thing has resulted in very sparse hunting pressure up there.
I am with others here who rate the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra very high up on the list of African game species.
I am also curious what you will have to say about their status in regards to flavor and texture of the meat.
Yours truly finds this particular sub species of zebra comparable in flavor to N. American elk.
It’s perhaps even milder if that is even possible, as IMO elk is tip top table fare for sure.
Likewise, I found Mountain Zebra slightly more tender than the elk I have enjoyed many times.
Well anyway, congratulations on your booking.
I am already looking forward to reading your report as you are one of the most gifted writers in AH here.
Take a million pictures.
We may never get USFWS to allow import of the Cape Mountain Zebra. If this election goes our way, maybe.I'm a zebra nut and went to Namibia twice for a Hartmanns. Iconic animal and only found in Namibia. Common knowledge, there are two sub-species of the Mt Zebra, the Hartmanns Mt. Zebra and the Cape Mt. Zebra.
I have my Hartmanns and will head to SA one day for the Cape.
If you're in Namibia, a Hartmanns is a unique animal to take. They do have some great Eland and Kudu, although the Kudu have suffered due to the drought and rabies, so a big bull may be a little more difficult to find.
No apology required Erik,First and foremost I owe you an apology Paul, I did not realize that you were Philip's rep. Had I realized it I would have visited with you beforehand. I actually didn't know about that until today when I was talking to Bob and he pointed it out to me.
Thank you for the information and I do very much appreciate it. As always you are welcome to PM or call me anytime. I would love to visit with you in more detail.