N. White says the bongo hunting in Cameroon is well worth the uncomfortable drive to camp.
By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
Email Extra subscribers received our urgent bulletin in late June regarding a sudden lack of air charters in Cameroon. Seems the charter company used by most Cameroon operators for their forest bongo hunts had been shut down. That left hunters with a grueling two-day drive between Douala and their hunting camps on both ends of their hunt.
The reason for the lack of charter services in Cameroon is that the only charter company authorized to fly within the country has been unable to fly its one and only plane since last Christmas when their pilot quit. At the urging of operators to resolve the issue, they have been leasing the services of a charter company from Central African Republic (CAR). Cameroon's Civil Aviation Service shut it down because the company from CAR is not registered in Cameroon and does not have permits to operate in the country.
We spoke with several hunters who have experienced the drive. How bad it is depends on your perspective. Two Hunting Report
subscribers just returning from Cameroon contacted us in late June about the situation. M. Nice spent several days in Douala waiting for the problem to be resolved and spoke with hunters who arrived after taking the long drive from camp. He decided to return to the US rather than attempt the arduous drive. Subscriber P. Davis experienced the drive firsthand....