Dull dark green or brown clothing is recommended. Leave the light khaki at home. Commercial hunting camouflage is OK, but military style is NOT allowed in Zimbabwe. Camo clothing is more appropriate for bow hunters who would like to still-hunt. A warm jacket for mornings and evenings is essential, and fleeces are good for camp wear, but not in the bush as there are thorns, grass seeds and stickers. Shorts are often worn, but most hunters wear long pants or jeans to protect their legs.
A well-worn-in pair of boots is essential, but a very heavy style hard sole boot is not ideal. Most of the area is flat and free of rocks. Quiet, light hikers are ideal. Casual wear for around the fire and mealtimes is useful. Laundry service is provided daily, so 3 changes of hunting clothes and two casual outfits for travel should be sufficient. A hat or cap is advised as you will be in the sun quite a bit. Bring your own personal toiletry kit. Soap and shampoos are provided.
A good pair of binoculars is advisable for each person on the trip. Pocket sized digital camera is recommended and should be carried on one’s belt. Video cameras are often useful and can be recharged in camp. The camps are supplied with 220-volt electricity. Bring a travel adapter to meet the needs of your equipment. GPS units are not necessary, but many people enjoy using them on their hunt. Range finders are essential for bow hunting. Shooting sticks should be purchased and practiced with prior to your hunt as they are invaluable. Please bring your shooting sticks along on the trip with you. A folding lock blade knife or Leatherman is useful. Any gunsmithing tools and gun cleaning kits you may need should also be packed and brought with you.
Water is carried on hunts by trackers, so a camelback is not necessary, but may certainly be brought if that is your preference. Energy bars and trail mixes are useful and should be brought in by the client as they are not readily available in Zimbabwe. Sometimes the walks or tracking of game extends into scheduled mealtimes. Humani has no tsetse flies and there are very few bugs and mosquitoes. Therefore, bug spray is not required. Sunglasses for riding in the vehicle as well as ear protection are important. A chest harness for carrying your binoculars will keep them from bouncing around on your chest. For communications there is limited Wi-Fi in camp to keep in touch around the world.
Butch Coaton Safaris caters to bow, rifle and muzzleloading clients. Clients can hunt the dangerous game legally with bows after obtaining the necessary permit. Weapons can easily be imported into Zimbabwe on a temporary import permit which will be issued at the airport on entry to Zimbabwe.
For those hunters wishing to hunt thick skinned dangerous game, a .375 is the minimum caliber allowed. A .375 is the ideal one weapon caliber, as elephant down to duiker can be taken with this caliber. However, hunters should bring whatever they are most comfortable shooting. Practicing off of sticks is a huge bonus. Ammunition is difficult to obtain in Zimbabwe so ample ammunition should be brought. Generally, 60 rounds for a light caliber, and 20-40 rounds for heavy caliber.
Bow hunting on Humani is very successful with dedicated ground and tree blinds at waterholes and game trails. Hunters should be sure that they bring all necessary bow, arrows, and broadheads, etc. as there are no bow shops in Zimbabwe. Modern bow targets are available in each camp.