By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Last month we told readers about PH Christophe Morio's operations in Congo with Jean-Luc Damy, owner of Congo Forest Safaris
. Morio also mentioned that he will be hunting in Benin again, and we pressed him for more details on his plans there.
"The hunting industry in Benin is doing quite well," Morio tells us. "The five big game hunting areas are situated in the north of the country, some 700 km from Cotonou International Airport. I will be hunting the Konkombri area bordering the Pendjari River for about 50 km on the east side of Pendjari National Park. The Atacora Mountain chain forms the other boundary with the next hunting area. The varied terrain here is composed of forest galleries, western savannah, hills and flood plains. We have permanent water in the area and many well-managed salt licks (we add five tons of salt every year).
"Huntable game includes West African savannah buffalo, western roan, western hartebeest, Sing-Sing waterbuck, western cob, nagor reedbuck, harnessed bushbuck, western bush duiker, red-flanked duiker, warthog, lion and hippopotamus. Elephant, leopard, cheetah and korrigum can be seen, but they are protected. The hunting season runs from Dec. 15 until May 15, with West African savannah buffalo and western roan being the primary species.
"We organize a combo buffalo/roan hunt for seven or 10 days. We can also offer 14-day hunts and a 21-day hunt for a full bag safari, including lion and hippopotamus. The success rate for buffalo is about 99%, and about 80% for roan on a shorter hunt....