By Barbara Crown, Editor, with contribution by Bill Woodward, Hunting Report subscriber
Last January I mentioned the Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe in relation to the 2012 Awards of Excellence announced by the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ). (See Article 3008.) You might recall that the Bubye was highlighted numerous times in the awards program. The best buffalo (45 inches; 134 7/8 SCI), best lion (26 9/16 SCI) and best leopard (17 10/16 SCI) of the year were all taken in the Bubye, each by a different client with a different PH. Reports filed by Hunting Report
subscribers on the Bubye referred to "super" trophies in the area and a "tremendous" leopard population, with good numbers of lion, elephant and plains game. Now subscriber Bill Woodward has weighed in with a detailed critique from a recent safari to the Bubye Valley Conservancy, which provides an excellent overview for interested fellow hunters. He writes:
"Many hunters believe that the Bubye Conservancy offers the best plains and dangerous game hunting available in Africa today. Two hundred miles south of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe's Low Veldt, Bubye is a huge conservancy developed in the '80s to create a hunting area adhering to the highest fair chase standards. There are no internal fences, and at 850,000 acres, Bubye offers every species originally present in the 'Sweet Veld' - historically Zimbabwe's prime hunting area.