By Barbara Crown, Editor
I ran into PH Sherdell O. Sherdell at the African Hunting Show in Atlanta. Old Tanzania
hands know Sherdell has guided for several operations over the years, including Usango Safaris, which imploded when the owners did not pay trophy fees to the government. Seems Sherdell, a native Tanzanian, has now started his own safari company, Mwatisi Safaris
), represented in the US by his American partner Jimmy McLean (254-634-4514; firstname.lastname@example.org). Sherdell has succeeded in securing three hunting blocks in the recent allocation: Msima Game Conservation Area W, Rungwa Mzombwe Open Area and Kitwai Game Conservation Area SE.
Sherdell says he started his company in 2004 and had been working with other safari operators, including Foa Adventures. Currently, he is hunting in Rungwa Mzombwe Open Area, and four "partnership" areas: Masailand, Selous R1, Selous K4 and Selous M1. While Rungwa Mzombe is an open area, he tells me no one can hunt it without permission from the government, and he is the only safari operator utilizing the area for the past several years. Rungwa Mzombwe is 1,800 square kilometers, and borders the western edge of Ruaha National Park in western Tanzania.
His partner, McLean, says that despite it being an "open area" Mzombwe offers very good hunting. He says they conducted their own game survey when they first began hunting it and counted 44 lions in one day, along with good numbers of elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, eland and other game. "All of our clients have gone home happy, taking all the game they wanted," says McLean. From the beginning they started an anti-poaching program and worked with the villagers to provide employment and medical supplies, and develop schools, teacher housing, and water projects. "We are very active with the local people and can see the results," says McLean.....