Mount Loosimingor is located in the northern part of Maasailand in Tanzania. It lies in the Rift Valley, 2 hours west of Arusha town. Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) it takes about 3 hours by vehicle to get to the hunting area on the mountain.
This hunt is one of the most challenging Cape buffalo hunts in Africa. During the past 15 years we have perfected our style of stalking buffalo in this difficult environment. Our strict policy of sustainable hunting, which involves taking only non-breeding bulls, has resulted in a healthy buffalo population. It is not unusual whilst hunting on the mountain, to see different herds of buffalo several times a day.
The trophy quality is excellent, but what makes this hunt so extraordinary is the fact that you will be hunting for 10-12 hours a day, on foot, from a mountain camp. Close quarter buffalo hunting allows purists who prefer rifles with open sights, or hunting with bows, a good chance of success. There is no way of experiencing a more intense hunting experience than on a mountain buffalo hunt with us.
Mount Loosimingor is about 25.000 acre (10.000 ha) in size and reaches 7250 feet (2.200 m) above sea level. Mt. Loosimingor is now a part of Burko Open Area of Robin Hurt Safaris with whom I have had a very successful partnership for the past 2 years. You will be hunting all day between 6000 feet and 7200 feet altitude. Here you will experience a mountain forest with morning mist, moss covered trees interspersed with evergreen grass patches. An ideal habitat for Buffalo, Leopard, Eland, Bushbuck, Bushpig and small family groups of Elephants.
Generally Tanzania allows hunting from from 1st July to 31st March. During this entire season you can hunt the mountain, with our prime time being from the beginning of August to the end of October. July can be cold and misty – which sometimes is ideal for bow hunters trying to get within the shortest distance. From the end of October, there is a risk of rain on the mountain. Usually from December, it is again a beautiful time to be up on the mountain.
Both mountain camps lie within the montane forest zone, which starts at an altitude of about 5,500 ft (1,700 meters). Due to the height, the temperatures are moderate to cold. Average temperatures in July and August are 59-68 Fahrenheit (15-20 Celcius) during the day. In the sun it can get very hot. During the night, temperatures drop to about 50-59 Fahrenheit (10-15 Celcius). Usually during September and October, the temperatures are about 10 Fahrenheit (5 Celcius) higher. Due to hanging clouds around the mountain tops, it is sometimes misty and humid.
In the period from July to October, you will probably hunt out of our Loosimingor Mountain Camp, which already offers the most breathtaking view and campsite. We use comfortable safari tents measuring 15×12 feet (4.5 x 4 meters) with a height of 7 feet (2.10 meters). Every tent has two wooden beds and an ensuite bathroom. Electricity is delivered by a silent generator. Power for battery and cell phone charging (English, American and European sizes) is available in the Mess-tent.
In the period November and December we are most likely hunting out of our Ndonde Flycamp in the northwest of Mt. Loosimingor. This camp is much smaller and lighter equipped for a maximum of 2 hunters and 2 guides. Hunting this part is very interesting because it is very remote and is frequented by predominantly bull groups. This camp can only be reached with a 2-hour walk. Such a Fly-Camp consists of bigger dome-tents with a big cot , therma-rest mattress and proper bedding. Every tent has a wash stand and we use one toilet and one shower for all the guests. Food is prepared on an open fire by an excellent cook and we have a mess tent which provides shelter during meal times.
We hunt exclusively on foot whilst on the mountain. Good physical condition is a pre-requisite. It is important to prepare for this adventure. Go for extended walks and climbs wearing your hunting shoes. If you have new shoes, make sure that they are well worn-in before you come. We recommend that you bring two pairs of boots.
In order to better understand the hunting conditions on the mountain, we suggest you watch one or both of the DVD’s that I have produced about Mountain Buffalo Hunting. They are high end productions. You can order them from me. Just send me an email.
The titles are: Mountain Buffalo and Buffalo Hunters – The Mountain Challenge.