Hunting in Africa





January 30th - 2017

"Dr Livingstone I presume?"

The Henry 1860 repeating rifle is considered the grandfather of all modern day lever actions, being incorporated under the Winchester brand into the famous 1866 repeating rifle.

Having gained a name in the American civil war as the rifle which could be loaded on Sunday and fired all week long, the 15 round Henry repeater in .44 rimfire was taken across to Africa by no other than Henry Morton Stanley on his now infamous journey to find Dr David Livingstone. Records show his arsenal for the expedition included 2 repeating Carbines, an 1866 15 round carbine in .44 rimfire and a 1876 carbine in 45-75.

After a few months exploring lake Tanganyika together, the two men parted ways with Henry M. Stanley leaving behind with Dr Livingstone, a repeating rifle along with 1500 cartridges in .44 rimfire. From this point the use and whereabouts of the rifle fades as Livingstone made his way south into Zambian territory and eventually befallen by fever and exhaustion, succumbed to the continent at the village of Chitambo in Northern Zambia.

After 143 years, the HENRY REPEATING RIFLE in 1860 form is set to return to the place where Dr Livingstones heart lies buried in Chief Chitambo's realm. The territory is still remote and untraveled by most, a small sign pointing to the memorial, the palace of the incumbent chief and the tree under which his remains lie.


Purpose: Henry Repeating Arms has kindly donated an original 1860 rifle in 45 Long Colt, the original replica of the rifle given to Livingstone, which will end the journey in the southern town of Livingstone at the Livingstone Museum as an exhibit. This rifle will be along for the ride, so to speak, possibly seeing some use on smaller game such as Warthog and Bushpig - however primarily it is there for the journey from Livingstones grave at Chief Chitambos village, through the hunting country of the Luangwa escarpment, then west to the waters of the clear Kafue river and the vast Miombo country which eventually opens up to the floodplains of Barotseland and the great Zambezi river. Here the journey will follow the great river as it winds southwards, along the Angolan, Namibian and Botswana borders, through cataracts and islands ending up at the 'Mosi-o-Tunya' the marvel Dr David Livingstone first named the Victoria Falls.

Chitambos - I travel this road often, it is the gateway to one of Zambia's greatest and most under appreciated wilderness areas - the great Bangweulu Swamps with all its inhabitants. Livingstone no doubt encountered many of the great beasts - swamp dwelling Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and the entourage of species which make up the tapestry of Zambias wildlife. Sadly today they are few and weary of man as they have been harassed and poached for their ivory and meat, yet the abundance of the elusive Sitatunga and the great herds of Black Lechwe still remain.

Wild Country to the East - To the east, a few hundred miles as the crow flies the Miombo drops down into the southern extension of Africas great rift valley, the Luangwa, considered  Zambia's last true remaining wilderness paradise with a very large part dedicated as hunting zones around the north and south Luangwa National parks. It is here that the great herds of Buffalo wander in peace, the Lions follow and the Leopards prowl - intersected by the magnificent Luangwa river holding the largest concentration of Hippo and Crocodile per kilometer of river than anywhere else in Africa. The journey travels through the heart of big game country and opportunities to hunt Buffalo and other species does exist.

Miombo and the Kafue - Livingstone traveled a great many miles and one of the rivers he did explore was the Kafue, a tributary of the Zambezi. Our journey takes in days in the magnificent Kafue wilderness in one of Zambia's prime safari hunting concessions and without a doubt one of the most scenic areas of the country.

Barotseland and the mighty Zambezi - further west before the floodplains hit the Angolan border the Zambezi flows strong and deep, a haven for large Tigerfish and bream. The area is the realm of the Litunga, the Royal ruler of this part of Zambia, still recognised as a monarch by the British Royal family. Our journey follows the course of the river west and southwards to the town of Livingstone where we finally lay the rifle to rest in the Museum.

You can join the journey for a small sum of farthings - email me for more details!

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I've always looked to those way out places where only the hardy survive as the ultimate test of a hunters will - not from the point of hardship, but rather from their acceptance that hunting in a vast open uninhabited wilderness is enough reward and the trophy is merely an achievement not a must have.

We offer you the opportunity to experience our Africa in a rougher style, a more authentic or rustic manner of safari – nevertheless a true challenge and adventure. By law we cannot allow you to hunt without a PH so we provide the basics, the very basics and then the rest is up to you. A good PH, a land cruiser, some rudimentary camping equipment, first aid supplies, clean water and dry goods for your trip – naturally trackers and helpers are also present. Sounds very much like a camping set up BUT here's the difference – there is no set camp nor a campsite, no roads where you will be heading, it is just virgin territory with a healthy population of game to seek.

We have over 900,000 acres of open undeveloped hunting land for you to explore – at your own time and your own risks and decisions – bring your own gear, pre order food supplies, load up and head into the bush!


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ZAMBIA - African safari adventures

Zambia offers hunting in the classical sense, vast open wilderness concessions where Africa's large beasts wander freely, pretty much as they did a 100 years ago in relative solitude. Of all Africa's hunting countries, Zambia must stand amongst the top 3 as the destination of choice for those seeking the true African hunting experience. No matter if you're after the larger beasts or simply seeking the solitude of an African wilderness hunt, Zambia is where you'll find the safari of your dreams.

Our flagship property lies in the famous Kafue region, an unfenced private hunting Eden often refereed to as the very best hunting property in the whole of the country. Mushingashi Game Conservancy offers 100% success for the discerning hunter in an environment that is classic unfenced Africa. With a competent team of professional hunters and staff this is currently the premier hunting property in Zambia for those wanting unfenced hunting adventures!

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Zambia has some magnificent private UNFENCED hunting properties offering Sable, Sitatunga, Roan, Livingstone's Eland, Puku, Chobe Bushbuck, Sharpe's Grysbok, Kafue Lechwe, Black Lechwe, Defassa Waterbuck plus all the other prime animals like very big Kudu (55" plus), Warthog.

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