Rüppell is situated in the semi-arid north west of Namibia on the farm/ranch *Groot
Omaue. All game hunted on Omaue are free ranging.
With lush bush, some plains, dry river beds and granite ‘kopjes’ that mount from
the flat undergrowth of astonishing African savannah Omaue provides 7500 hectares
(18530 acres) of excellent hunting terrain for plains game, either sitting at waterholes,
drive and shoot or walk and stalk from the ‘kopjes’. We also hunt in the Kalkfeld
conservancy of which Rüppell is a member. Providing about 500 000 more hectares (1
235 500 acres) of superb hunting ground and a variety of species.
Oryx, Burchell’s Zebra and Warthog are all hunted on Omaue. Due to a scarcity of
Kudu and the unreliability to find a good Kudu trophy on Omaue most of the trophies
are taken at other concessions. (The last few years rabies was a problem in many
parts of Namibia, including Omaue. This led to a major decrease in the Kudud population!)
Some Springbok are also taken on Omaue. Steenbok can be hunted on most concessions
whilst non of the other species are taken on Omaue. The concession hunted at when
hunting any other species depends on the species wanted.
(other species are: Eland, Black Wildebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Hartmann’s Zebra, Red
Hartebeest, Blesbok, Impala and any other species on special request.)
As we believe in fair chase, ethical hunting we prefer to hunt on foot (walk and
stalk) and use vehicles only to get to outlook points or spot game. For this method
of hunting one need to have a fair physical condition as we often ascent granite
‘kopjes’ to get to higher ground to spot animals and walk odd distances to get to
a trophy. Hunting either Hartmann’s- or Burchell’s Zebra may require to walk long
distances. Hunting Hartmann’s Zebra may require good physical condition as they are
hunted in sloping or even rough mountain areas.
We also favour backpack hunts. Hiking the hunting ground during the day and sleep
in the field at night. For backpack hunting one need to have an excellent physical
condition as water and food supplies, sleeping bag, emergency kit, ammunition and
other necessities needs to be carried along to make camp at night. We are always
in contact with the ‘base’ in case of an emergency or if a trophy is taken. When
a trophy is taken there will be responded to immediately; to get it out of the African
sun to ensure no damage to any trophy. This method is very time consuming and not
as much ground is covered as when driving to outlook points and stalk from there.
Backpack hunts may only be conducted on Oryx, Burchell’s Zebra, Springbok, Warthog
and although they are scarce in the area where we do backpack hunting, Kudu. On special
requests backpack hunting can also be arranged for other species. To conduct hunting
like this one truly experience the African Bushland and it’s wildlife. Guides need
to pay more attention to animal behaviour and the secrets of the African Savannah.
For the physical poor or ‘wrecked’ we could hunt from the back of the 4x4 hunting
vehicle or sit at permanent water holes. This is not an option during February and
sometimes even March and December as an abundance of surface water in the field drives
the game away from permanent water holes.
Leopard hunting in Namibia are very controlled. Any hunting outfitter who wish to
hunt Leopard must apply for tags at the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism
and only a limited number of tags are granted throughout the whole of Namibia. Leopard
hunting are conducted according to the conditions specified by the Namibian Ministry
of Environment and Tourism. Baits are put out at key locations some weeks before
the Leopard hunt will start and blinds are constructed at the baits where most activity
are to multiply the chances that a Leopard are taken. Leopard hunt goes combined
with a plains game hunt and the minimum days required for such a hunt are 12. No
guarantee are given on any Leopard hunt. Rüppell Hunting are pleased to be granted
with two leopard tags for the 2011 trophy hunting season. Feel free to contact us
if you are interested.
The method on which the hunt is conducted can be tailor made for you and depends
on your physical condition.
Being experienced in hunting and knowing the area where we hunt, Rüppell is equipped
with good vehicles, thorough knowledge of the area and knowing of animal behaviour.
Our trackers are experienced in tracking wounded animals and can follow even the
most misleading of tracks. At Rüppell every trophy is respected and handled with
care. Our skinners does a neat job and proper storage facilities are provided until
the trophies leave the ranch.
No guarantee are given on any hunt.
* The original Farm/Ranch name
Groot, meaning ‘big’ in Afrikaans
Omaue, meaning ‘rock’ in one of Namibia’s many native languages, Herero.
It is believed that this name is derived from a huge granite rock or ‘kopje’
on the ranch, also referred to by some people as Namibia’s Ayers Rock.