By Tim Jones, Editor
In his report (10922
) and a follow-up email, subscriber R. Kharegat tells us he can't recommend either the operator or the Tete concession from his Aug. 2014 mixed-bag safari to Mozambique
. Kharegat hunted with Safaris de Moçambique and cites "poor availability of quality game, not even minimum shooting standards. Maybe the area was shot out or poached, or game was just not present. Several species sold to me as being widely available were scarce.
"It appeared that poaching was somewhat widespread as we hunted. Live poaching was encountered at least once on the safari-there were some shots and we were retired to camp while staff dealt with the problem. Certain staff were rattled after the event."
Although he did take a 14-foot crocodile, a "small" elephant, plus sable, warthog and bushbuck, he says they could not find a second sable or an elephant for his daughter, who was hunting with him. He also says there were simply no eland in the area and no male lions or leopards coming to the baits.
We forwarded Kharegat's negative report to Simon Rodger of Safaris Moçambique, who disputes most of the report in detail.
"Rustom hunted with one of my most experienced PHs who has hunted for me the last 30 years and has a very good reputation. He has hunted all over Zimbabwe and in Mozambique in our area for the last 12 years. He has shot many elephants with clients, probably in excess of 50 trophy bulls when he hunted for Matapula hunters. In fact, Rustom pushed the PH to let him shoot animals that, under normal circumstances, we most certainly would not let the client take. Had I heard about this earlier I would have intervened.
"Crocodile: A 14-foot croc in any area is a monster, and it just so happens that in our area they are in abundance.
"Sable bull: Rustom took a sable on the second or third day of this hunt and he was told that if he waited he would most likely get a better one. He elected to shoot a 38-inch mature bull....