No other piece of equipment is more important to the successful outcome of your safari.
We recommend you bring your own firearms. However, we do have company rifles at all camps in the event you do not want to bring your own. We encourage hunters to avoid using extremely high velocity rifles and in most cases, the heavier grained bullets perform better on tough skinned animals.
The most popular scopes are variable power from 1.2 to 4 (or 6) x magnification.
Below are the legal requirements for weapons to be used on the various species of game animals in Zimbabwe:
African game is large and tough, and good penetration is essential for clean kills. Ammunition should be loaded with bullets designed for large animals, if you are a hand loader consider such bullets as Barnes and the extremely good Trophy Bonded Bullets.
You should bring your own ammunition, an ample supply of between 40 and 60 rounds per weapon. For your heavy rifle if you are, hunting thick-skinned dangerous game include half "solids" and half soft points of the heaviest available bullet weight.
Some of the ammunition we recommend is Federal & Barnes.
All clients will be asked to test fire their rifles on arrival in the bush before shooting at game. Be certain your medium rifle is sighted in at 100-150 meters and your heavy rifle, if you require one, at 100 meters maximum.
If you want to bring only one weapon the .375 H&H fitted with a good 4 x scope is your best bet, if however you are only hunting plains game the 30-06 Springfield or a weapon with similar ballistic will be the right choice.
A 12,16 or 20 gauge shotgun with ammunition ranging through Nos. 4 to 7 are adequate for all game birds in Zimbabwe.
Should you be bringing your own weapons, Brooklands will issue you with an Invitation letter to facilitate importation well in advance of your Safari.
Zimbabwe is generally one of the easier African countries into which to bring weapons for hunting,however a Temporary Import Permit will need to be completed on arrival in to Zimbabwe by all hunting clients.
If you do not want to bring your own weapon, please let us know well in advance of your arrival so we may make suitable arrangements for you, in the way of weapon/s and ammunition.