Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Back in March, we shared information from a meeting of Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA) on cross-border hunting (see Article 3928
). Cross-border hunting is the practice of PHs or safari operators guiding clients in countries where they are not legally registered to operate. Unfortunately, this practice is all too common. Recently we heard more information from Danene van der Westhuyzen and Jason Roussos, who are taking a lead on the issue of cross-border hunting as members of OPHAA.
Van der Westhuyzen is a PH and manager of Aru Hunting Safaris Namibia and president of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA).
"Cross-border hunting has been a big problem throughout Africa for a very long time already. In most countries in Africa a PH must have a license to be able to operate there. Many clients want a specific PH to conduct hunts for them in multiple countries, but in many cases the PHs are not licensed and can only travel as an observer. Furthermore, operators and PHs are selling hunts in different countries with the pretense of them operating and conducting the hunts, when in reality they are illegally hunting on another operator's area....