Based in Victoria Falls in northwest Zimbabwe, Richard Cooke Safaris offers hunting in some of the top unfenced concessions available in Zimbabwe. The two main areas we hunt are Matetsi Safari Area, and the Ngamo-Sikumi Forest block on the Eastern border of Hwange National Park. Both of these blocks are very good for big-maned lion, leopard and buffalo. Ngamo Forest is arguably the best area in Zimbabwe to hunt big elephants without having to patrol National Park boundaries. At any one time the area hosts a resident elephant population estimated at between 1000 and 4000 animals. Most bulls hunted are around the 50-pound mark, but 60, 70 and even occasionally 80 pounders are taken.
Richard Cooke Safaris is very involved with the conservation of these hunting areas, anti-poaching operations, game water supply and management, working very closely with the department of National Parks and the Forestry Commission. As a result, game populations in our blocks are very healthy and increasing. The annual quota we offer is 12 elephants, 24 buffalo, 2 lions, 5 leopard, 10 sable, plus a good selection of plains-game animal species. These quotas are very carefully monitored and controlled (and kept very conservative) by National Parks and ourselves.
The areas are within easy driving distance of Vic Falls town and the international airport.
Matetsi Unit 4 (120 000 acres unfenced) is 45 minutes’ drive
Ngamo-Sikumi Forest (420 000 acres unfenced) is three hours’ drive
A family-owned and run operation, Richard and Belinda take care to ensure the smooth running of safaris and complete satisfaction of all their hunting clients. Regular professional hunters are Richard Cooke, Tim Ellement and Dean Peel, all living in Vic Falls.
Matabeleland North Province
- Bushbuck: Chobe
- Buffalo: Cape
- Duiker: Bush
- Eland: Livingston’s
- Greater Kudu: Southern
- Grysbok: Sharpe’s
- Hyena: Spotted
- Impala: Southern
- Reedbuck: Common
- Roan: Southern
- Waterbuck: Common
- Wildebeest: Blue
- Zebra: Plains
Property & Location
MATETSI - 5 x en-suite rooms with hot shower and bath. Swimming pool. A/C in rooms.
NGAMO - 5 x en-suite chalets with hot showers. Brick under thatch. A/C in 2 rooms.
MATETSI - Long open vlei grasslands, separated by forested basalt ridges. Frequent running springs, seeps and streams which flow year-round. Escarpment in the East dropping down to the Deka River valley.
NGAMO-SIKUMI FOREST - Flat and sandy terrain. Open teak and brachystegia forests and grasslands. 420 00 acres with 12 solar-pumped waterholes, each watering several hundred elephants per day as well as other game.
- State Owned
Borders other unfenced Matetsi concessions, Unfenced game areas. Hwange National Park is on the Southeast corner. 15km of Deka River frontage on the Eastern boundary.
- State Owned
No Fences. 80km of open boundary with Hwange National Park on the South West. Gwaai Valley conservancy on the North East.
Toyota Land Cruiser x 4
Each Freelance Ph also has his own Cruiser
VERY GOOD WILD LION WITH BIG MANES ALL AVERAGE BETWEEN 460 AND 570 POUNDS.
GOOD BUFFALO AVERAGING BETWEEN 36 AND 43 INCHES.
EXCELLENT LEOPARD MOSTLY HUNTED IN DAYLIGHT.
NGAMO PROBABLY THE BEST SABLE AREA IN ZIMBABWE TODAY.
MATETSI GOOD ELEPHANT - EXPECT BETWEEN 40 AND 50 POUNDS.
NGAMO BEST ELEPHANT HUNTING IN ZIMBABWE. THOUSANDS OF ELEPHANT IN THE AREA. AVERAGE 50 POUNDS UPWARDS.
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