I you told in the September issue
of The Hunting Report
that Gert Saaiman (www.saaimanhunting.com was not working anymore at press time; try emailing email@example.com
) had run into some problems conducting his first safaris in the Republic of Congo
. Subscriber Alden Glidden's hunt there in August was canceled because authorities had confiscated the firearms in Saaiman's camp, and Saaiman was unsuccessful getting them released. I have now spoken with the two Hunting Report
subscribers who were there when the military police took those guns and later forced everyone to leave the camp.
Bob Caudle and Van Johnson were in Congo July 8-19, 2011. They were accompanied by South African PH Lambert van Straaten, who arranged the hunt. Like Glidden, the group had originally booked a hunt in Mozambique, but when Saaiman lost access to his concession there, they were offered a safari to Congo instead. When Caudle and Johnson arrived in Johannesburg before flying to Brazzaville, Caudle says they were told not to bring their own firearms, because "it had become difficult to import them." Caudle says they were not informed of any other problems.....