Article author: Marko Sibold
The Mission of MARKO SIBOLD HUNTING SAFARIS is to guide you on the adventure of a Lifetime, bringing you close to the Trophy of your dreams by making sure that only the oldest and best are hunted. Our goal is to continue the successful journey of ethical hunting in Namibia through fair chase. We would like to share this adventure with you on a unique walk and stalk hunt under the Namibian sun.
Introduction to your Hunting Guide
My name is Marko Sibold and I was born in 1994. I was raised to speak English, German (mother tongue) and Afrikaans.
I grew up on a hunting Farm and developed my love for nature and hunting from a young age.
At the age of 4, I started to hunt with an Airgun on all sorts of huntable birds at the age of 6, I shot my first Warthog with an old Mauser 8×57, my Father guided me at the age of 7, on my first Oryx. From that day on I was sure that I wanted to be a hunter for the rest of my life.
After working as a hunting guide for a few years on a Hunting Farm, my desire grew to one day run my own Hunting Operation.
After one year of ups and downs it was finally accomplished that I had my own Safari Operation written under my name.
In 2019, MARKO SIBOLD HUNTING SAFARIS cc, was born.
I hope to soon be guiding you, your friends and family towards your hunting dreams.
Number of Hunters
We can take a maximum of 4 hunters if they are related to each other. We do not mix groups in order to offer a personal hunting experience for each and every hunter. Non- Hunters are welcome and will be able to join on the hunt as spectators or can relax at the lodge. Tours can be arranged for non-hunters durning the hunting safari.
All hunting vehicles are equipped with comfortable seats and electric winches to facilitate the loading of larger game. Constant radio contact is provided with the hunting car and farm in case of an emergency during the hunt, in order to quickly bring the situation under control. Your hunting guide has first aid training to assist you in any emergency and do everything in his power to help you.
We make use of rangefinders to confirm exact distances.
A tripod is used as a support for the weapon and with the help of the hunting guide, the arm is supported to give a safe shot.
26 Game Species
Oryx, Kudu, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Warthog, Plains Zebra, Mountain Zebra, Common Impala, Black faced Impala, Black Wildebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Eland, Roan, Sable, Haartebeest, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Steenbuck, Duiker, Dik-Dik, Klipspringer, Jackal, Baboon.
On the different hunting areas there are different qualities of trophies, which arise because of the genetics or the grazing.
Usual daily routine
I will personally pick you up at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. From there we head directly to the hunting area. The hunting areas are located between 25km-200km around the capital city, Windhoek, depending on the species being hunted. Upon arrival at the hunting farm, a hearty lunch is served and the plans for the rest of the day are discussed. After a small lunch break and a good coffee, we will go to the shooting range to sight in the rifles. After everything is sighted in, a small game drive will get you the feeling for the hunting area. In the evening we enjoy a sundowner by the campfire with the farm owners and the hunting guide. After a tasty dinner we will reside for a good night’s rest.
The remaining hunting days
Before sunrise, a coffee and something small to eat will be served. With the hunting vehicle we go to the hunting areas accompanied by a farm assistant. Known places, where certain game species can be found, are being targeted. We drive along the paths until a suitable animal comes into view. Immediately the hunter and guide get off the vehicle and the stalk is on. The hunting guide uses a rangefinder to give you the exact distance to adjust the shot placement. Distances can be between 50m and 300m. Before the hunt, the personal safe distance is discussed with the hunter, in which he feels comfortable to take the shot. At all times, the hunting guide is in contact with a radio in conjunction with the hunting vehicle in case of an emergency or if game is wounded and the hunting dogs must be called in for assistance.
Around 10 a.m. we return to the farmhouse to enjoy a brunch.
After brunch, a cooler bag is packed with small snacks and something cold to drink. Over lunchtime we sit at a waterhole to wait for warthogs and other game that like to come to water during the hot hours of the day. In the afternoon, spot and stalk continues to popular places, in which the game feeds during the cooler hours of the day. The day is concluded at the campfire and the hunting stories of the day are told.
Our hunting areas are spread over the whole of central Namibia. Mountain landscape in the Erongo Mountains in the west adjacent to the desert, bush savannah in the east, mountain and bush areas in the Khomas Highlands in the south-west of Namibia. The hunting areas vary from smaller cattle farms of 6000 to 15 000 hectares game farms. Adding up to over 60 000 hect. prime hunting area. Stalks up to 10km can be expected during a day, of course only if the fitness of the client allows for it. Each hunting area has comfortable accommodation and food prepared by the owners or by trained kitchen staff. All the hunting areas are free of Malaria.
Hunting clothes and Binoculars
Dark green or brown clothing is recommended also camouflage clothing is preferred. Good tracking boots are an advantage in the mountains. Long-sleeved shirts protect against the sun and a good hat is an advantage. Bring along good binoculars with 8×42. All larger glasses can become an unnecessary load to carry. A shoulder harness is optimal to take the weight off the neck. These products can be ordered by BIRDNET.COM.
I also offer a quick course to shoot from 300m-500m. Shooting range with good backstop are foreseen and can offer quite some fun.
After the hunt
If time permits, I can take you to the well-known coastal town Swakopmund,for sightseeing tours, such as the museum, boat trip to the Oyster farms or Cape Cross to visit the seal colonies.
Also, longer tours through Namibia can be booked for you either before or after the hunt, such as tours to the south of the country, Sossusvlei, or to the north to the famous Etosha National Park.
After a successful hunting trip one can also enjoy dinner at the world-famous restaurant, Joe´s Beerhouse, located in Windhoek.
Expectations towards the client
In order to make your stay on the safari as relaxing and successful as possible, I would like to ask you to consider the following points:
- I count on your full confidence in me, both in hunting and business.
- I expect complete honesty during your stay in Namibia in connection with dissatisfaction, as well as in the business sector.
- Good communication, during the hunt and before the shot, to be sure that you are comfortable with the shot is essential.
Wounded game is considered killed and must be paid in full.
The client should be familiar with shooting from a tripod and in prone position
It is recommended to bring your own rifle to hunt but if you are comfortable with using other weapons, weapons are available for hire on the hunting safari. Calibres like 30-06, 300 Win. Mag, 9.3×62, 8×57 IS.
You should familiarize yourself with shots up to 300m before the journey and on arrival I will give you some tips for the further shots. However, I will try at all times to keep the shots in your comfort zone as discussed prior to the hunt.
Hunting season in Namibia
The Namibian hunting season starts 1 February and ends on November 30th of each year.
Prohibited firearms are:
- All handguns
- All automatic firearms
- All crossbows
Please Note that silencer are legal in Namibia and are no problem to import!
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RIFLE HUNTING
(e.g. Dik-Dik; Steenbok; Duiker; Springbok)
Minimum caliber: .243 (or equivalent caliber in mm)
Energy: 1350 Joule
(e.g. Hartebeest; Oryx; Wildebeest; Kudu; Eland and all exotic species)
Minimum caliber: .270 (or equivalent caliber in mm
Energy: 2700 Joule
- We advise to use calibres from .308 and up, preferably 300 Win. Mag.
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Published in European Gun Market, 6.5.2020