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Welcome to Pro Safaris Africa

Our name says it all: Professional, Personalised, real “Old school” safaris!

At Zimbabwe’s dawn in 1980 our beloved country was presented with a golden opportunity of peace with unfathomable potential for growth and development – in particular in the agriculture and tourism sectors. Frik Muller(Snr) recognised the potential for developing his farm in the Midlands Province for both.

Ngezi Safaris was established in 1982 as the 12th registered Safari Company in Zimbabwe.
Using his plains-game-rich farm as the core of operations, Frik(Snr) expanded Ngezi Safaris’ operations rapidly to couple Big Game safaris in Campfire and Safari Areas with highly successful ranch hunts.

His sons Louis and Frik(Jnr) took over the company in 1998, and continued its expansion and retention of the highest of standards seeing many happy clients returning time and again.

After 20 years of developing the ranch with dams, roads and fences to manage game populations,
Ngezi Safaris found itself without a home after the controversial land redistribution program rolled out at the turn of the millennium.

Facing this uncertainty the Mullers merged Ngezi Safaris with another safari operation and took its name – Pro Safaris Africa – securing their position in the industry.

Since 2003 Pro Safaris Africa has been hunting throughout Zimbabwe. We focus on custom made safaris, specializing in elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, leopard and plains-game hunts.
We are particularly proud of our high success rate with leopard hunts and are one of the biggest leopard outfitters in Africa by numbers and success.

10 years ago, in partnership with Walker Watson Safaris, Pro Safaris Africa secured the exclusive 10 year lease to Rifa Safari Area – undoubtedly one of the best free-range hunting conservation areas in Africa. Those of you lucky enough to have visited Rifa will undoubtedly agree that the loss of Rifa as a hunting area is great.

Our growth in the industry and as a company has put us in a position whereby our active training program has a permanent apprentice hunter on staff at all times. Many of the full license graduates of our tutelage are still with the company today, including Zimbabwe’s first Fully Licensed lady PH who fills the niche role of guiding hunter’s wives and independent huntresses who are not comfortable with a male PH.

The Mullers, Pro Safaris Africa and our fine professional hunting team now enter a new chapter in our legacy in Africa – one we are both excited about and thrilled to share with past and new safari adventurers, while we continue to strive to keep the “Pro” in Professional Hunting in Africa.


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When we started our adventure in safaris 35 years ago – hunting was the domain of only hardened hunters.

Over time we have seen the dynamics change to where it is almost impossible to place hunters in one single box. Each and every one of you has a unique reason for coming to Africa and an equally unique idea of what your dream safari should be – it would be irresponsible of us to not take this into account when paving our new path in the safari arena.

Pro Safaris Africa has pulled the best from our years of experience to create an o ering like no other for past and future clients – a conduit to structure and genuinely have the best chance to live your dream safari in the right areas, with the right people.

Zimbabwean professional hunters(PHs) need no introduction as the best trained in Africa and with more than 125 years of shared experience between our directors and 5 permanent PHs, at Pro Safaris Africa we are positioned at the head of the pack. As members of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association – all our PHs are honour-bound to conduct safaris in a safe, ethical and sustainable manner. In line with this we have selected 3 key areas for operation in Zimbabwe to be able to o er guests diverse safari experiences within a fair chase framework, on one trip or spread over a number of trips. To compliment our Zimbabwean o ering we have partnered in marketing prime areas in the Mozambique and South African hunting heartlands – based on diversity of species, style of hunting and above all an adherence to our code of conduct and commitment to providing a service that makes our guests want to come back time and again.

Another new development for us which we feel further enhances the overall African experience is the inclusion of photographic safari ad-ons across Zimbabwe. Each region of Zimbabwe has unique and world famous attractions that one really should consider visiting if you are going to travel all the way to Africa.

In short, like every other operator in Africa, Pro Safaris Africa has standard packages that may be all you need for your safari, but unlike others we want to work with you in creating memories that match your budget and your dreams of your perfect African experience with family, friends or simply with your expert hunting crew.




BIG GAME HUNTING

With some of the best Big game hunting in Africa, we offer elephant hunting, buffalo hunting, leopard hunts in blinds, leopard hunting with hounds, lion hunting, tuskless cow hunts, hippo hunts or combinations as you please. With 4 areas and a combined area of over 1 million acres, of which 2 areas are in the world famous Zambezi Valley system, we can make it work for you!


About Pro Safaris Africa

Pro Safaris Africa is the result of the 2003 merger of 2 Safari companies due to the slowing down of bookings during the Land reform era. The merger has made us better and stronger.

The first company was established in 1982 by Frik Muller (Snr) as the 12th registered Safari Company in Zimbabwe. Hunts were mainly organized in Central and Northern Zimbabwe. His sons Louis and Frik (Jnr) took over the company in 1998.

The second company was established in 1997. It operated mostly in Southern Zimbabwe and specialized in Leopard hunting.

Since 2003 Pro Safaris Africa has been hunting throughout Zimbabwe. We focus on custom made safaris, specializing in elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, leopard and plainsgame hunts. We are particularly proud of our high success rate with leopard hunts and are one of the biggest leopard outfitters in Africa by numbers and success.

With more than 125 years of experience amongst our professional hunters, at Pro Safaris Africa we strive to offer you the best safari experience in Southern Africa. Regardless of whether you are looking for a traditional hunting safari or have something more unusual in mind; Pro Safaris Africa will strive to put the Pro in Professional Hunting.

 

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Pro Safaris Africa PH Profiles

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Achievements

2016
  • Bow Hunter of the year – Louis Muller ( for taking 6 Free ranging Buffalo bulls all spot and stalk within the same hunt)
  • Biggest contribution to the industry and association
    • (Worker of the Year Award) – Louis Muller

2015
  • Most consistent excellence – Pro Safaris Africa

2014
  • Most consistent excellence – Pro Safaris Africa

2012
  • In recognition of an outstanding trophy taken – Spotted Hyena – 20 2/16” – Spike Claassen

2011
  • Best hunting camp – Rifa
  • Best aquatic animal – 16’1” Crocodile – Spike Claassen
  • Runner-up for widest Buffalo – 46” – Frik Muller (jnr)

2010
  • PH of the year – Spike Claassen
  • Best aquatic animal – 33” Hippo – Spike Claassen

2007
  • PH of the year – Spike Claassen
  • Best Buffalo – 124” – Spike Claassen
  • Biggest Elephant – Spike Claassen
  • Best out of 3 elephant – Spike Claassen
 

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**Cape Buffalo Hunting in Zimbabwe**

Cape buffalo hunting is the most popular trophy hunt in all of Africa, and for a good reason. Cape buffalo hunting is the surest way to hunt the way we are intended to hunt. By cutting tracks and following, clients are hunting the way the old hunters used to do it. This ensures that you get the true African hunting experience.

Buffalo hunting is done in areas with abundant Buffalo. Our focus is sustainable offtake and focusing on Dugga Boys. We will only hunt the herds early in the year when the bulls are with the cows, but come June we avoid applying pressure on the herds where possible. This helps keep the Buffalo herds in big numbers and is better for protection from predators like lion and hyena. From June onwards we focus on the Dagga boys. This does make it harder but most certainly more rewarding when that mature bull is taken. We have very seldom failed on a buffalo hunt, by making sure all quotas are sustainable.

Hunts start off in the morning by cutting tracks and you generally catch up to the bulls or herd within an hour. Lots of crawling is done to try getting close and getting a better look. Our hunts are not strenuous but very exciting. We have a good enough road network that tracks can still be found in the afternoon and more often than not, Buffalo is seen from the vehicle.

Buffalo combination hunts, with elephant, leopard, lion, hippo and croc can be done in the Zambezi Valley. If you are interested in a full Buffalo plainsgame hunt, then we recommend the Save Valley as plains animals are abundant here.

Recommended Caliber is .375 or bigger but we do recommend a scoped Rifle or Scoped Double. The reason for this is more often than not, you catch up to the buffalo resting in the shade and since Buffalo are dark, and it can be difficult to distinguish between one buffalo and the next in the shade. This is where a scope is very handy, as well as for those long shots of 80-100 yards.

Bullets are a topic of contention between PH’s, so generally bring both solids and softs but make sure they are the same weight.

Bow hunts are also offered and are conducted strictly on private land and done by stalking. Buffalo are not to be hunted from blinds.

Best time for buffalo are June- December. For bow hunts later is better.















 

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**Elephant Hunting in Zimbabwe**

Elephant hunting is done the old-fashioned way by cutting tracks and following them. A typical hunt would consist of driving the key roads in the morning looking for tracks, and then once a sufficient track is found, it is followed. Trophy elephant hunts, as well as Tuskless elephant hunts, are offered.

Trophy hunts generally run for 10 days but can be combined with any of the key species like buffalo, lion, leopard, hippo or croc. Combination hunts are generally conducted in the same area making it convenient for the hunter.

Prices depend on the quality of the area and elephants, our offtake focus is sustainable.

If it’s something more affordable or exciting you’re after, then we recommend a tuskless elephant hunt. Tuskless hunts are the most underrated hunts. You can not ask for a more exciting hunt that gives you more bang for your buck than any other hunt. These hunts we conduct in our Zambezi Valley area or in areas that we know provide sustainable numbers of tuskless.

Recommended Caliber is a .375 with Solids. However with elephant bigger is better PROVIDING you are familiar with your firearm and comfortable firing it. Scopes are the shooters choice but not necessary as shots are taken between 10-40 yards. Elephants have poor eyesight and are therefore very easy to approach and get close.

A good pair of comfortable older shoes are needed for those long walks and water is always carried with.

Elephant are not offered for Bow hunts.

Best time of year: June – December.
 

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**Hippo & Crocodile Hunting in Zimbabwe**

Hippo and croc hunts are included in all big 4 combo safaris. They can however be booked as a Combo of its own. Croc would need to go with a hippo hunt as you need bait. Crocs are very limited in permits as they are Cities controlled animals and a mature big croc is many years old. Our Crocs are sought after as they reach over 13 feet and our biggest taken was 16’2”. Crocodile are hunted over bait and blind but the majority are harvested by stalking when they are digesting food in the sun or resting. Crocs are generally taken by a head or neck shot at ranges from 40-100 yards. This means a good accurate rifle is needed with soft nose bullets. Any caliber in the .270- .375 ranges is good with an adjustable good quality scope. Shots are generally taken from a very steady rest either from a blind or stalk. If a croc hippo combo hunt is booked, it will be a minimum of 7 days required. By law, if a shot is fired at a crocodile, the animals is bought as there is no way of tracking or telling if it was wounded.

Best time: May – December with later months being better.

Hippo are hunted on land and water however in the Zambezi hunting them in strong current is avoided as you will lose your trophy. Hippo Bulls are generally hunted for trophy however, it’s near impossible to judge a Hippo in the water or land. So we focus on Mature Bulls and hope for the best.

Hippo have poor eyesight and are not very difficult to approach. Alarm calls from birds are their biggest defence.

By Law the minimum Caliber required is .375 due to the thick hide and skull. Head shots are taken with softs. Solids are preferred for body shots as well as back up shots.

By law, if a shot is fired at a Hippo, the animal is bought as there is no way of tracking or telling if it was wounded.

Best Time: Later months hippo tend to get out of the water during midday more for grazing and sunbathing.













 

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**Leopard Hunting in Zimbabwe**

Leopard hunting is done in three different ways with Pro Safaris Africa, however all Leopard hunts are conducted in the cooler months of March – Mid August. This is due to baits lasting longer, cats being more on the roads and riverbeds, due to tall grass and thick bush and therefore more predictable. At Pro Safaris we will only book hunts during this time and that has contributed to our huge success rate. Further we believe that our success has been due to our focus on sustainable utilization. Cats range from 110-170lbs on average with bigger cats mostly being a myth. However we have over 20 years of hunting taken 2 of over 200lbs. Any MATURE male is a superb trophy as seeing one and being able to harvest one is a challenge in itself.

Leopard hunting over bait in day and night time

These hunts are done over bait and blind, but the leopard can be hunted at night with artificial light. These hunts are conducted on private land or communal land, where this practice is permitted. Typically the first few days are spent hunting baits, putting out baits and building blinds. Hunts are booked at 14 days and on average, leopards are taken between day 9 – 14. Lots of driving is done during the day in checking baits and moving baits as this the most important aspect of the hunt. So it can get tedious but is most certainly worth it. Most cats are taken during the early hours of the night. The reason for this, is there tends to be more human activity on these game ranches and areas and the leopard therefore only feel comfortable under the cover of darkness.

A rifle of 270 – 300 caliber is best. A good scope with a large optic is essential for those low light conditions.

These hunts are also offered to Bow Hunters.

They are conducted in both our C.A.M.P.F.I.R.E. and Conservancy concessions. Expect cats to be 130-160lbs

Leopard hunting over bait in day time only

These hunts are done over bait and blind, but the leopard can ONLY be hunted in daytime, in our Zambezi Valley safari area , where night hunting is NOT permitted. This means legal hunting time is 30 minutes before daybreak until 30 minutes after sunset. The major advantage of this hunt is you get to observe the beauty of this secretive animal during daylight. An experience not easily matched! It further allows you to experience this wonderful event under little pressure and gives you time to make the correct shot. This hunt is more difficult for the PH but due to our sustainable offtake, our success is unprecedented. The vastness of the area and little human pressure, means these cats are more likely to come to bait in daylight. Typically the first few days are spent hunting baits, putting out baits and building blinds. Hunts are booked at 14 days and on average, leopards are taken between day 9 – 14. Lots of driving is done during the day in checking baits and moving baits as this the most important aspect of the hunt. So it can get tedious but is most certainly worth it. Cats are taken 50% during the early hours of the morning after daybreak and 50% during and after sunset. Due to this be prepared to put in the hours and typically your day starts at 3:30 am.

It is hard work but worth every minute when you get to see these beautiful creatures.

A rifle of 270 – 300 caliber is best. A good scope with a large optic is essential for those low light conditions of early morning and last light.

These hunts are NOT offered to Bow Hunters as it is illegal to hunt with bow in a safari area. The Zambezi Valley Leopard tend to be shorter than their cousins in the south but stockier. Expect cats to be 115-155lbs.

Leopard hunting with hounds

These hunts are specialist hunts and are for clients that love watching hounds work, or those that don’t have the patience to sit in a blind. More often these hunts are booked by hunters that have hunted everything Southern Africa has to offer but have yet to get the elusive Leopard.

These hunts are conducted in areas that don’t offer much other game and are mostly in cattle ranch areas in the South-West of the country. Leopard populations are not high, but fair. Due to diet and genetics these cats tend to be larger than cats in most other areas in Zimbabwe.

Hunts are sold on 10 days due to the hounds. But will include 4 days of pre-baiting by your Professional Hunter and his crew.

The hunt is different in the sense that the baits are laid out. Baits are close to roads or on roads so they can be checked easily and fast. All you are trying to do is to find a track.

Hunting typically starts around midnight or in the very early hours of the morning.

Generally you are done checking baits by mid-morning and you will return to camp to rest. The afternoons are spent dragging roads and bait with scent drags.

Leopard with dogs require a special permit and an official from Zimbabwe Parks to accompany you. This is a substantial extra cost but is worth it when you get close and personal with and angry Leopard. These hunts are conducted in our West Nicholson area. These cats tend to be about 10Lbs bigger than our other areas and expect cats to be 130-170lbs















 

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**Lion hunting in Zimbabwe**

Lion hunting in Zimbabwe is wild Lion hunting with all Lion being free range. Lion hunting in Zimbabwe now comprises of the 5 year old rule meaning all Lion harvested must be 5 years old or older. This rule does make it more work for the PH and can be more frustrating for both client and PH, but it means Lions harvested are sustainable and the impact of offtake on the Lion population is minimal.

For this reason we are confident in our success and pride ourselves in having been a part of this conservation driven initiative. Our population of Lion is healthy and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Lions are Cities animals and because of this, permits are limited and rather sought after.

Lions are hunted over bait and blind but can sometimes be tracked. Depending on the area, Lions can be hunted by daylight and artificial light on C.A.M.P.F.I.R.E. and private land. Trail cams are placed over baits to help ageing the Lion prior to sitting and waiting for them. This helps with trophy selection and time management. It also helps the PH understand the feeding patterns of the Lion. Lion hunts are sold on 18 days, as this is how long it can take to get them on bait. Since the big males cover vast territories, it does take time to get them on bait as baits are also larger and harder to come by in big numbers. This is the reason for such long hunts. Lion hunts can also be sold as combo hunts and we recommend hunters to do a Lion Leopard combo, as it is most likely that a Leopard will also be hitting bait. Combos can however be done with other key species in either of our 3 main concessions, but could take between 21-28 days.

The preferred caliber is a .338 -.416 with a good scope with large optic for gathering light, in low light conditions. We recommend using softs for these dangerous cats.

These hunts are not offered for bow hunting.

Bets time of year: April – August









 

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**Plains-game Hunting**

Plainsgame hunting is the perfect way to whet your appetite to African hunting and there is no better place than to do it in unfenced big wild areas. Plainsgame are added in all areas. We mainly do plainsgame hunting in our Conservancy area and to a lesser extent in our Safari area. These hunts are booked from between 5-10 days but why come all this way for only 5 days? Typical hunting is in the mornings and afternoon while you spend lunch and the heat of the day in camp. Most animals are spotted from the road and then stalked.

For the first timer we recommend the Conservancy area where you can find kudu, Livingstone eland, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, impala, duiker, steenbok, warthog, giraffe, zebra, Limpopo bushbuck, klipspringer, grysbok, honey badger, hyena and small cats. This hunt can be combined with Cape buffalo hunters if you are in a group.

In our Safari area we offer kudu, eland, waterbuck, impala, duiker, warthog, Chobe bushbuck, klipspringer, grysbok, hyena and civet. This hunt can be combined with Cape buffalo, hippo, croc or elephant hunters if you are in a group.





































 
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**Accommodations with Pro Safaris**

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