Africa is by many regarded as the most outstanding hunting continent in the world; not least the southern part is popular among Europeans and Americans. This popularity is caused by an unusually large number of magnificent animals. Hunting in the dry and dusty bush is the pride of Africa. The weather and the open spaces as well as the atmosphere are worth remembering. Whether you are a true huntsman or just want to try the experience, Botswana will give you unforgettable memories and make you want to return. Share the experiences and highlights of the day with likeminded people in the cozy atmosphere around the lodge. Evening campfires put a lovely closure to the day at Lotsane Safari Lodge.
A benefit for the wildlife
It is a fact that hunting, in the southern parts of Africa, has been extremely beneficial to the wildlife. Many animals, which previously were endangered, now thrive at the so-called game farms. In South Africa, just next door to Botswana, 18% of the wildlife is found in national parks while 82% inhabits private game farms.
This has caused an increase in the wildlife population in both South Africa and Botswana. It is a misunderstanding that hunting is a threat to the wildlife in the area. No one has greater interest in a thriving wildlife than the hunters. Poachers, however, who hunt for meat, ivory and skin, are the biggest threat to the existence of the wildlife.
Poaching is dangerous to the wildlife population and a hunting prohibition would not prevent this problem. In Zimbabwe, in the 1980s, 90% of the elephant population vanished despite a ban on elephant hunt. In Kenya all hunt was prohibited, however, this did not affect poaching either.
A great part of the financial support to the national parks derived from the game ranch industry. Not least because many of the animals in the game ranch industry are purchased from national parks but also because many of the national parks offer hunting.
Foreign hunters, who visit southern Africa, spend significantly more money than the average tourist. In Botswana alone, foreign hunters spend about KR 160 million a year (local hunters in the surrounding countries spend approximately the same) on trophy fees and hunting alone. Many hunters bring family as well. This increases the employment rate and is an essential income to the country. 63% of the hunters even have the taxidermy carried out in Botswana or South Africa.