Neuhof Safaris, a bow hunt destination in Namibia. Hannes & Chrizanne Nel are your hosts in the central-eastern part of Namibia on the northern edge of the Kalahari desert. My visits to Neuhof Safaris have been every time above expectations. There are just so many reasons why I continue to return to Hannes and Chrizanne. We have a saying in Namibia which is, “They are genuine people.” It means that they are warm hearted and always ready to be your hosts and to meet you with a coffee or whiskey, an extra chocolate or freshly baked biscuit. They are both passionate about what they do and this is the first most important part of visiting any hunting destination. You have to be comfortable with your host.
Furthermore is it a mix of ingredients which all just gel together. The location, the hospitality, the easy going atmosphere, the peace you experience when sitting outside and viewing the game from the swimming pool, the grill evenings, the abundance of game species, finally the plentiful of opportunities on a bow hunt without putting to much pressure on yourself or on the game. All of this will bring you unforgettable memories.
The location of Neuhof Safaris makes it extremely versatile for all antelope species roaming in Namibia. The mixture of sandy areas, savannah bush and also lime areas supports a varies of grass types, bush structures and large Kalahari Camelthorn trees. This creates effective biotopes for varies species of animals and numerous bird species.
As an economical unit, Namibia has a strong cattle or sheep farming industry. The Neuhof Safaris area is very favourable for cattle and sheep farming due to the lushes grass and savannah bush veld. The Nel family is still farming with cattle, but decided to partly utilise the farm area for game. This means that some species like Kudu, Oryx, Hartebeest, Springbuck, small antelope species such as Duiker, Steenbuck and predator species such as Cheetah, Leopard and Brown Hyena are free roaming all around in the conservancy areas. Withing the fenced areas, species such as Eland, Black- & Blue Wildebeest, Impala and Blesbuck are to be seen.
The bow hunt
My adventure with the bow started in 2005 with the aim to hunt with it. I was hooked with the feeling of my old PSE bow in my hand. The compound bow fascinated me and the challenge was to hunt an animal on a stalk. It took me two years to stalk close enough. It was such an unbelievable experience to me but I realised that stalking with the bow is very challenging. I did not know anything about building blinds or hides. My first real experience with hunting from a blind/hide was, when a good friend Francois Swanepoel invited me. It changed my views about bow hunting. The bow blinds or hides at Neuhof Safaris are exactly the same and create a solid and comfortable way to execute your bow hunt.
The Bow Blind/hide:
The Blind is for me one of the most ethical ways of harvesting an animal. It is about selective hunting, which is most important doing trophy hunting.
Taking aim and releasing the arrow …
The adrenaline you experience with a bow hunt is so much more intense than a rifle hunt. At a distance of 25 metres up to 40 metres, you can sometimes even smell the animals. At first I thought, “What is the big deal about this?” Then, doing it, keeping your breath, getting ready, making your decision, pulling the bowstring into taking aim, closing your eyes shortly to let the breathing slow down and releasing that arrow. Wow! I promise you, it is moment that is not possible to describe. All the things going through your mind inside that moment, is an adrenaline pumping adventure.