Eshkesh Safari | Tanzania Hunting Safaris | Big 5 Trophy

Safari Information

The Country

Tanzania, with an area of 943,400 square kilometers, offers a variety of wildlife habitats and game trophies unmatched by any hunting country in Africa today. The wide diversity of altitude, climate and terrain contrasts from the arid north-central Great Rift Valley to the fertile highlands of Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru and the many volcanic craters in that region. The legendary grassland savannahs of the Serengeti and northern Masailand are unique for their diversity of wildlife, while the central and south-western regions consist of woodlands known as miombo forest. The miombo terrain in turn offers an entirely different species of game not found in the northern regions. Tanzania has also many of the greatest and least known river systems on the continent, as well as huge swamplands, lakes and the open plains.

Camps

Here you will enjoy the latest 4-wheel drive vehicles and trucks, luxury insect proof tents, refrigerators, freezers, generators, radio, sprung camp beds, foam mattresses, lamps, linen and tableware. We have eight tents and can accommodate for even up to sixteen guests at a time. There is 24 hour electricity via solar or generator power and 24 hour hot and cold water available. We provide a wide variety of international cuisine and are able to cater for the most delicate of palates. Camps are staffed with highly trained gun bearers, trackers, skinners, drivers, cooks, mess waiters, tent attendants and porters. The camps are constructed from local materials where possible, which adds to the ambience. We offer detailed personal attention to each safari. Eshkesh Safari Ltd. is outfitted to the highest standards of the traditional East African safaris from years gone by.

Game and Hunting Areas

We have exclusive rights to the finest game concession area in Northern Tanzania, Masailand (MASAI EAST OPEN AREA). It is 182 kilometers from Arusha and takes 3 hours drive.  Please see the map page for specifics. In addition to 28 species of game and birds available for hunting, our area is noted for, very big leopard and excellent Cape buffalo plus all the Masai Land species, including Gernuk. Record class trophies have been taken from this concession. Our hunting area is internationally renowned for the outstanding variety, quantity and quality of trophies Masai Land can offer.

Bird Shooting

There is excellent bird shooting in Masai Land. Available species include francolin, duck, geese and five species of francolin, three species of guinea fowl and quail as well as pigeons, doves and sand grouse.

Hunting Regulations

All hunting clients, as well as non-hunters, must register their names and passport details with the Company. Eight passport-sized photographs of each hunting client and four passport-sized photographs for each observer are required for permits. Prior to the commencement of a safari, each client is sent an information sheet with the request to complete this sheet. This will assist us with the planning of your safari. This sheet requests firearms and ammunition data, personal details as well as food and beverage preferences. Clients are only permitted to hunt those animals specified on their permits and for which a quota exists. It is important to let us know your trophy priorities well in advance so that suitable areas are selected for your hunt and the proper quotas can be allocated. Kindly remember that hunting licenses are not transferrable.

Safari Duration

We offer the opportunity to hunt during a 7, 10, 14 or 21 day safari. Safaris start on the day you depart Arusha and end on the day you return to Arusha. Please note that Tanzania government regulations stipulate the condition that a minimum 21 day safari be booked if a client wishes to hunt Royal Game. Please note that some travel time is taken with all safari camp transfers.

Season

The Tanzanian hunting season is from 1st July through 31st December. The long monsoon rainy season is April / May, while the short rains usually fall between November and December. There is a minimal variation in temperature as Tanzania is located close to the equator. Masai land can be very cold at night especially during June, July and August.

Language

The official language as well as the lingua franca of Tanzania is Swahili. All officials and some people in town speak English as well as Swahili, in addition to their own dialects. Our Professional Hunters speak English and Swahili.

Transportation & Air Charters

The camp is 182 kilometers from Arusha and takes 3 hours drive. You will be driven to camp via luxury SUV on the first day, morning of your Safari from Arusha and you will be driven back on your last day, usually in the evening.

The option to fly via air charter from Arusha to our bush airstrip is available. All charter flights are an added expense and are NOT included in the cost of your basic safari rate. The charter flight begins on the first day to the hunting camp. Clients return by air charter to Arusha at the end of their safari (optional).

All safaris start and end in Arusha, Tanzania. Currently, KLM operates flights in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport, located in Arusha, Tanzania.

Except for guns and ammunition, clients are asked to limit their baggage to 44 pounds per person on light aircraft. Duffle bags are most convenient due to limited space on aircraft. Please bring soft gun cases in addition to hard gun boxes. The hard gun boxes will be stored in Arusha.

Firearms Regulations

The Tanzania government permits each hunting client to import a maximum of three firearms. 200 rounds of ammunition per firearm are allowed. The minimum calibre for dangerous game permitted by law is .375. The minimum calibre for non-dangerous game is .240. Automatic and semi-automatic rifles or shotguns, and all handguns are prohibited.

We request clients to supply us with full and accurate details concerning their firearms, such as serial numbers, calibre, make and exact quantities of ammunition you intend to bring so that we may obtain permits well in advance of your arrival.

Rifles

We suggest a good medium rifle such as 7 mm. or 300 calibre, fitted with a quality variable scope, such as 3 to 9, e.g. from Zeiss, Swarovski or Leupold. You will use this rifle for most of your shooting, and for all of your plains game. For a 21 or 28 day safari, 160 rounds of soft nose ammunition is adequate for the 7 mm. or the .300.

For a heavy rifle we suggest a .375 magazine or double rifle fitted with a good 4X scope or 3 to 6 or 8. This is the minimum calibre for big game and is mandatory for dangerous game, such as buffalo, lion and leopard. However this is a personal matter and you should use whatever rifle (magazine or double) you feel most comfortable using.

On a 21 or 28 day safari we suggest you bring 60 rounds solid ammunition and 40 rounds soft nose ammunition. The advantage of using either 7 mm. or .300 and .375 is that ammunition for these calibres is usually available from the safari company if you run short. Ammunition is not locally available for similar continental calibres, including 7X57, 8X60, 9.3X64 or 9.3X74. For clients who prefer to hire locally the charge is $ 300 per rifle per week, excluding the cost of ammunition, which is charged separately.

Visas

Clients must insure that their passports are valid and must obtain a Tanzania visa.

Currency

The Tanzanian Shilling is divided into 100 cents. Rates of exchange fluctuate constantly. Please note that credit cards are acceptable in some hotels and gift shops but cash is required at most public places.

Medical

Please check with your local physician and your Public Health Service for current health recommendations, as well as current anti-malarial prophylactics suggested for Tanzania and East Africa. Malaria prophylactics should be taken prior to arrival and continued after your departure. Please be sure to bring your own medications and prescription drugs. All our camps are equipped with a comprehensive medicine chest and all vehicles carry first aid kits.

MedJet Assist is an annual travel membership program for people who travel for business or pleasure anywhere in the world. As a MedjetAssist member, if you’re ever hospitalized more than 150 miles from home, they will fly you to the hospital of your choice at no additional charge in a medically equipped and staffed aircraft. Eskesh Safari Ltd. highly recommends that you go to their link above and check out the options available to you.

Excursions

Photographic and coastal side trips are available upon request.

There are many options to choose from, especially before or after your safari if you would like to explore and relax.

Please feel free to ask and we will send you the options available.