We have not been able to detect any movement at all toward the reopening of concession hunting, but we have received a generally positive subscriber report on a game ranch hunt there. The report is from subscriber Tony Bessette, who hunted with Balla Balla Safaris at Dendro Park Ranch this past August 3 to 14, taking three good buffalo (a 36-incher, a 38-incher and a whopping 42-incher), a roan, a Chobe bushbuck, a reedbuck, an oribi, a zebra and a warthog. He says he passed on a 40-inch sable and simply failed to see a Kafue lechwe and Lichenstein hartebeest because there were none available. He expresses some irritation at being told he could take these latter two animals and then finding none were present, but he still gives the overall experience a thumbs-up. He gives the total cost of the hunt as roughly $20,850.
In an attached note, Bessette indicates that Zambia has followed Tanzania's lead in charging for each round of ammunition that is imported. The current charge is $1 per round. He goes on to express a concern we share here at The Hunting Report about the impact of poaching on safari areas. "I must say that poachers are having a field day in Kafue National Park," he writes. "We witnessed blatant poaching of animals, elephant included. I hope concessions open soon, as the game is really getting hammered...."