By Barbara Crown, Editor
International hunt organizer Srdja Dimitrijevic and his daughter Sonja of Safari International tell me they have purchased a stake in a safari operation in Guinea
. This West African country is bordered on the north by Senegal and Mali, on the east by Cote d'Ivoire, and on the south by Sierra Leone and Liberia, with coastal Guinea-Bissau on the west. We've covered some stop-and-go developments in Guinea over the years with various people trying to get trophy hunting operations or chasse libre
hunts going. (See articles 811
.) But it seems organized safari hunting was tough to move forward, in part due to continuing civil unrest. Despite all that, Dimitrijevic says that an Austrian managed to open hunting there about five years ago and ran safaris in two different areas. He took only a handful of clients mostly from Germany and Austria each year. Dimitrijevic hunted there personally two years ago and says he saw great potential. Recently the concession holder died and the Austrian operator lost the concession. The new concession holder is a professional hunter from Venezuela named Carlos Corces, who has been living in Guinea for the past 10 years. Dimitrijevic partnered with him to organize safaris in Guinea and market them to US hunters as well as to Europeans.....