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Bow hunting in Namibia is a challenging experience that requires the highest standard of hunting skills and ethical behavior. Bow hunting in Namibia is best experienced during the winter and drier months from June until October. We use a number of techniques to successfully put our hunters on game. Hunters may lie in ambush in areas frequented by game, they may stalk their prey and utilize our custom built bow blinds. 

Osprey Safaris will work hard to provide you the ultimate bow hunting experience in Africa. We are dedicated to guiding you to success. Contact us today to set up your trip to Africa. 



​Bows can be:

  • Long Bow - being a straight, one piece or take down bow

  • Recurve Bow - being a bow with curved tipped limbs which bend away from the archer when the bow is held in the shooting position

  • Compound Bow - being a bow which uses a cable and pulleys to increase its power or the velocity of the arrow shot from it, by means of the storing of energy

Cross Bows are illegal in Namibia.

Arrows can be made out of:

  • Wood, fiberglass, carbon or carbon compounds and aluminum

  • The shaft must have a minimum length of 19.68 inches (500 mm)

Broadheads must:

  • Consist of at least two fixed cutting blades

  • A minimum cutting edge length and width of 1 inch (26 mm+)


Broadheads may not:

  • Have barbed or serrated edges

  • Contain poison or narcotics

Mechanical broadheads are legal in Namibia. Special arrow points such as judo points, bird points or blunt points may be used for the bow hunting of game bird species only, a hunter may take no more than two members of the permitted bird species during the hunt, which will be listed in the trophy permit.


Namibia offers a large variety of plains game species for trophy hunting. These include the following with the minimum Bow energy restrictions:

Small game
Rock-rabbit (hyrax), Rabbits, Porcupine, African Wildcat, Caracal, Black-backed Jackal, Damara Dik-Dik, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Springbok, Letchwe, Blesbok, Bontebok, Bushbuck and huntable game birds.

Energy less than 33.9 joules (25ft/lbs)
Weight less than 22.68 gram (350 grain)

Medium game
Chakma Baboon, Warthog, Black-face and Southern Impala, Nyala, Spotted Hyena and Cheetah

Energy less than 54.24 joules (40 ft/lbs)
Weight less than 25.92 grams (400 grain)

Large game
Gemsbok/ Oryx, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Tsessebe, Waterbuck, Blue and Black Wildebeest, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Burchell’s plains Zebra, Cape Eland and Giraffe.

Energy less than 88.13 joules (65 ft/lbs)
Weight less than 29.16 gram (450 grain)


The following Dangerous Game species CANNOT be hunted in Namibia with the Bow:

Elephant, Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard

It is illegal to hunt any of the above-mentioned Dangerous Game species with the bow and export the trophy on a Special (Rifle) permit from MET, Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

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