This is what we do!

Our services

We offer several services which are related to game capture, helicopter work and the transport of game. We pride ourselves in providing honest and reliable services to the Namibian (game) farmers. 

Our experience allows us to choose the best method of capture, we aim to maximize efficiency and minimize stress for the animals. Animal welfare is very important to us, and over the years we have improved our methods of capture and transport, ensuring that animals arrive safe and sound at their new destination. Below you can find an overview of the services we provide. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or require anything else. We are happy to help!

Boma mass capture

The plastic boma is the most widely used mass capture method in southern Africa. A boma is basically a large funnel, and the animals are driven into this funnel with a helicopter. As the boma curtains look like solid walls to the animals, they keep on running further and further into the boma to ‘escape’ from the helicopter. Several curtains are closed behind the group of animals, so they cannot turn back. From there, they run into a crush system. Here several doors are opened or closed to sort the herd, and all the animals are injected with a long-acting tranquilizer to minimize stress. Once done, the animals go up the ramp into our specialized truck or trailer.

Mass capture has several advantages; human-animal contact is minimized and a herd can be captured and transported as a single entity. Our experienced team can site, erect and dismantle a boma in one single day, depending on the terrain and size of the boma. We are able to capture most African species with this method.

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Transport and relocation

Not only do we capture game, we also can transport them. We have several specialized wildlife trucks and trailers to safely move animals from farm to farm. The trucks and trailers have been built in such a way that stress and the possibility of injuries are minimized.

Our trucks and trailers are visually shielded from the outside and have several small ventilation slits to provide air flow whilst driving. Underneath, our trucks have a special suspension and inside the compartments we have conveyer mats, so the animals travel as comfortable as possible. In case of longer transports we provide food and water for the animals. 

In the off-season (between November and February) our trucks and trailers are available for routine transport.

Purchasing and selling of live game

Whether you want to buy or sell game, we got you covered! On average, we buy and sell ±3000 animals per year. We comply to all permit conditions as stipulated by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) and Veterinary Services. We can also assist you with permits and all paperwork that is needed to translocate game.

Have a look at our 'Game for sale' page, our Facebook page, or join our WhatsApp group to stay up to date on the game we have on sale. On the 'Game for sale' page you can also download some of the forms from MEFT or Veterinary Services.

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Chemical dart immobilization & Veterinary services

With chemical dart immobilization we dart specific individuals out of a herd with immobilizing drugs. In order to do this, we make use of experienced wildlife veterinarians. We fly over a herd, spot the individual we need, and the vet then darts it. Once the immobilizing drugs start working, the ground team takes over and handles the animal.

This method of capture is used for large animals such as elephants and rhinos, expensive breeding stock and/or sick animals. The advantage is that as the animal is immobilized, we can treat it with whatever is necessary; multivitamins, deworming, tick/fly treatment, vaccinations (e.g. against rabies and/or anthrax) and a long-acting tranquilizer.

If you are in need of (wildlife) veterinary services, we gladly refer you to Wildlife Vets Namibia, We have been working with this professional, well-equipped team for many years..

Game counts / Game census

Counting animals on vast areas of land can be a complicated task. Knowing which species and how many you have on your farm is important to make management decisions; should we sell or buy? Which species do well and which don’t? This is important information to keep a healthy ecosystem on your farm.

While doing a game count on your farm we fly the entire farm in transects, and count the number of animals. It is preferable that the farmer or manager flies along. We advise to do yearly or two-yearly game counts. While flying we also look at the veld condition, based on what we see we can advise you on your game management plan.

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Dart vaccination

Dart vaccination is an important tool to prevent and stop disease outbreaks on game farms. We fly in transects over a farm, while the vet shoots out drop-out darts with a vaccine. This way we can cover large numbers of animals in a relatively short time. 

The dart vaccination we do the most is the rabies vaccination for kudus and eland. Our Namibian kudus and eland are very susceptible for rabies, and this disease can wipe out entire populations. Farms that have been vaccinating for a few years have thriving kudu populations. In the video on the left you san see how we dart vaccinate against rabies. In recent years there have been several cases of rabies in rhinos, and therefore we strongly advice to vaccinate them as well against rabies. Other dart vaccination we regularly do are against anthrax for antelopes and Rhinovax® dart vaccination (against anthrax and clostridial diseases) for rhinos and elephants. 

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Holding boma

Our holding boma is a well-designed facility based on our farm near Mariental. It is constructed in such a way that stress is minimized; it is far away from people and we can feed and give water to the animals without disturbing them too much. We feed the animals high-quality grass and lucerne.

Our holding boma has 20 pens, which are all linked to each other. When needed we can move animals in order to clean the pens. We can use the holding boma as a temporary facility before moving animals, and as a quarantine and/or hospital boma.

If you would like to make use of our holding boma facilities, feel free to contact us.