By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Still in Congo, Andre van Deventer (firstname.lastname@example.org
) has told us about his renewed operations with Edgar Opani, who owns Congo Hunting Safaris (CHS). Van Deventer says he guided a few hunts in Congo with clients this season and hopes to resume full operations next season.
As readers will recall, a number of hunters ran into major problems with CHS during the partnership between Opani and Namibian operators Tielman and Carin Neethling (see Articles 3833
). Van Deventer had already left CHS before the problems and returned during the disorder in 2016. Numerous trophies taken by the Neethlings' clients had not been shipped. Van Deventer says he managed to get some of those trophies to the clients, but it required hunters pay a second time for shipping costs, which they had already paid to the Neethlings. Some clients refused to do so, and their trophies remain in Congo.
As for the current season, says van Deventer, "I did not do any marketing, as we were waiting for our signed contract from the Congo government, so I only had three clients this year. The hunts were very successful, camp is good, and all vehicles are in good running order. We saw a lot of bongo, buffalo and gorilla....