I love bowhunting in Africa. I've traveled to the Dark Continent more than 20 times on safari, and each time I feel like a kid in a candy store. Africa is pure adventure. My adventures have taken me to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and now Mozambique.
Mozambique is situated along the Indian Ocean on the eastern coast of southern Africa. The country is very remote and the wild home of elephants, lions, leopards, cape buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and an equal helping of plains game that are all unique and tough to bowhunt.
The photo above shows us getting our daily water at the community well. In rural Mozambique there are very few shops to buy bottled water, and the only water available in camp is pumped from a stream for showers. This well provides clean water for the local village as well as us safari hunters.
Hunting in Third-World Africa requires lots of homework. It's essential that your tetanus and hepatitis shots are current, and that you begin a regimen of malaria preventative before the trip. Malaria kills many people in Africa and has an incubation period of 7- 30 days, so you can get symptoms even after you get home. Tsetse flies are another bothersome nuisance and can cary dreaded sleeping sickness.
It's also not uncommon to have snakes in camp; we had both an asp and black mamba visit our safari camp!
Many would say, "Wow ... why risk so much to hunt?" I say there's no risk for the hunter who is prepared, and hunting in Africa is the adventure of a lifetime.
Stay tuned for more from Africa ...