Gamekeeping & hunting
CONSERVATION HUNTING AT KAMBAKU
The Kambaku Wildlife Reserve is indeed a divine corner of the universe and at the same time a very sensitive milieu. The biodiversity that guests love to experience requires strict daily stewardship, calling for professional wildlife management, participation in the EMU Project plus many small and big measures to sustainably preserve the environment.
Excessive game numbers in an arid climate can very easily turn into a problem. One dry summer, a protracted drought or a bush fire can make the animal world collapse before one’s eyes. An overpopulation of grazers such as antelope and other hoofed animals causes irreversible damage to the vulnerable vegetation. The result? Game deaths caused by hunger due to overgrazing and trampling, as well as parasites and pests. Although such deaths regulate the game population naturally and enable the ecosystem to heal itself slowly, such scenarios are not equal to ethical and responsible game husbandry.
In concrete terms, it means the following: Some 3 500 animals live on the reserve and their progeny per annum amounts to some 900 calves, fawns and foals. Of these only about 400 are killed per year by predators (leopards, cheetahs, lynxes and others). That is too few to maintain the fine ecological balance of the conservation area.
Only by targeted conservation tactics can we ensure that the herds remain healthy, the vegetation is not unduly harmed and the drought has no fatal consequences for the game. Every year, together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, we create a game management plan which is then duly observed by our professional hunters with expertise and high ethical standards. The Kambaku hunters and our hunting guests cull some 300 antelope per year, of which about half are processed for use by the lodge, the camp and the co-workers. The other half is sold to local meat processors. Our venison dishes are of highest quality and make it possible to avoid buying meat from feedlots. An animal at Kambaku enjoys a natural, free life which comes to a speedy end without there being imprisonment, transport or other anxiety-causing actions.
Modern times are no paradise, least of all for the animals of this world. Even if our guests are not friends of the hunt or are vegetarians or vegans, we do hope that our attitude towards conservation hunting makes sense to you.
If you have questions concerning hunting at Kambaku or want to accompany our professional hunters on their expeditions, you are most welcome to contact us.