Hunting in Ethiopia

hunting in ethiopia

Ethiopian Hunting


All You Need To Know About Hunting in Ethiopia

Lions and Leopards are available to hunt in Ethiopia and are present in large numbers.

Hunting Lion is only done by tracking. Ethiopia issues more licenses for hunting Leopards than any other country in Africa.

Hunting in Ethiopia follows specific rules. A species can only be hunted in those areas that have been designated for hunting that particular species.

Unfortunately for hunters interested in hunting Elephant or the Neumann's Hartebeest, these species can be hunted in theory only, no land has been designated for their hunting in Ethiopia as of yet.

There is no hunting season in Ethiopia and therefore it is theoretically possible to hunt all year round.

The best time of year for hunting in Ethiopia is from October through June. The months of July, August and September can be particularly wet.

The hunting areas in Ethiopia are spread out over a large portion of the country.

The larger areas are mainly located in the southern half of the country and south of the capital, Addis Ababa.



The Omo Valley, Bale province, Arusi mountains and Bale Mountains to the south as well as the Danakil region and the Afar region to the north are the most frequented hunting areas.

The hunting areas in Ethiopia are open territories, not fenced.

Hunting concessions are leased and managed by hunting outfitters.

There are less than half a dozen hunting outfitters in Ethiopia and the professional hunters are mostly English speaking (American, South African or white Zimbabwean).

Hunting in Ethiopia is done on foot except for the Mountain Nyala for which hunting is most often done on horseback.

It should be known that Mountain Nyala hunting can be very physically demanding and is similar to hunting sheep or Bongo.

It is often described as a "vertical" Bongo hunt due to the difficulty negotiating the terrain.

While hunting Mountain Nyala, flying camps are often the standard.

Elsewhere in Ethiopia the hunting camps are tent camps and are usually large and quite comfortable.

The hunting areas are accessible only by road from Addis Ababa and the drive is on average 5 to 10 hours depending upon the location of the area you will be hunting and the road conditions.


Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Organization


Wildlife in Ethiopia is protected by the forest and wildlife Conservation and Development Proclamation No 192 of 1980 and other relevant legislation.

These laws define categories of wildlife and provides for their protection and in some cases utilization.

These laws also provide for the administration by Ethiopia of its obligations under various international conventions and treaties for the protection of the environment, notably CITES (Conventions on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora).

Hunting is still legal in Ethiopia; but the list of species is periodically revised in the interests of conservation.

These are 18 controlled areas for those who wish to hunt on payment of a special fee.


The Four Types of Hunting License


1. General hunting license; enables the hunting of most crop raiding and smaller animals bush pig, dik-dik, duiker, hare, warthog, vervet monkey, Anubis baboon, and porcupine. The number to be hunted is limited and license is valid for the four months only.

2. Supplementary license, under this license some fifty different species of mammals, and ostrich are included. The most important are Menelik bushbuck, crocodile, elephant, grant's gazelle, Soemmering's gazelle, gerenuk, hippopotamus, klipspringer, greater and lesser kudu, leopard, mountain Nyala, Oribi, Beisa oryx, Bohor and Chandler's reedbuck, Defnassa waterbuck, serval cat, Caracal, gelada and hamadryad baboons, buffalo, and lion.

Hunting areas; the hunting area for most of the above mentioned plains game, leopard and lion is the Awash valley all year round.

Hunting for most species also occurs in the Omo valley in South West Kaffa from July to January.

Hunting for big games, such as buffalo and elephant, occurs in Gambella from December to May.

In Mizan Teferi (monatane forest areas of kaffa and Illubabor), Elephant and leopard hunting is from November to May.

Arissi, Bale, and parts of the Chercher Mountain are the area for Mountain Nyala and, Menelik's bushbuck. Hunting is possible all year round, but is not recommended from July to October because of rain and fog.

3. Game bird license; under this license, up to ten of any one species or all species combined are allowed in one day; ducks, francolins, geese, quail, partridge, guinea fowl, sand grouse, pigeons, and doves. The season is from 1st October to 31 March; the license is valid for two months.

4. Snipe license; all species, except painted snipe (Rostratula bengalensis) can be hunted-up to thirty in one day. The season is from 10 November to 6 August. The license is valid for 3 months.


General Information on Hunting


A) Prohibited areas; Hunting is strictly prohibited in National parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries. Hunting without a permit in a controlled hunting area is also forbidden.

B) Prohibited species;

Aard wolf Rhinoceros

Dibatag Wild Ass

Airaffe Patas monkey

Ardvark Cheetah

Walia Ibex Pelceln's Gazelle

Spekes Gazelle Trova Hartebeest

African hunting dog Simien fox

Beira Antelope Bat -eared fox

Dugong Grevy zebra

Swaynes Hartebeest

C) Prohibited methods of hunting; hunters are not permitted to:

- Use fire to drive or surround game

- Use any artificial lights for hunting, except for specified nocturnal animals

- Use dogs to hunt down and chase any game animals other than game birds

- Hunt during night, except for specified nocturnal animals

- Shoot from a motor vehicle, motor driven boat, or aircraft

- Use hides or blinds

- Use a grenade or explosive, poison, or any toxic substance.

- Use bows, handheld pistols, air guns, air rifles, and air pistols.



D) Registration of trophy and certificate of lawful possession after hunt, the trophy should be registered and application should be made for a certificate of lawful possession at the licensing office.

E) Export of Trophy; trophies are allowed to be exported only through a customs port exists. An export permit for trophies may be issued by the hunting license office up on the production of a certificate of lawful possession and veterinary certificate. Original receipts of all payment made for hunting licenses and professional hunters services must be submitted in order to obtain approval for export from the National bank. Comp able CITES export permits are also issued by the license office to facilitate import destination.

F) Wounding of game animals; all hunters are legally bound to follow up and kill any animal they have wounded. In the case of dangerous animals, when wounded and lost, a full report must be made to the nearest official of the Wild life Conservation organization, district administration office, or police office in charge of the area.

G) Fees and conditions:

All license and capitation fees are to be paid in advance and are non-refundable. There is also an extra ivory payment after hunting elephant.

For further information on any of these matters please contact:

The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Organization,

P.O. Box 386, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone 00251-115-151477 and 00251-115- 151507

Fax 00251-115-514190

E-mail: ewco@telecom.net.et