At this writing, Barth tells us he has sold the single lion hunt and is offering it as a 15-day lion/leopard safari. Daily rate is $900, with trophy fees of $4,500 for lion; $3,000 for leopard. "I have been very cautious in the way I approached these hunts," Barth told The Hunting Report, indicating his awareness of conflicting opinions about the amount of game in the area.
Indeed, one of our sources here at The Hunting Report told us flatly, "There's nothing there. I wouldn't dare take a client there!" Another source was more positive, as was PH Adrian Read, with whom we spoke by phone near press time. Read was particularly positive in his assessment of the leopard population.
The opening of this area has not been warmly received by the Zambian hunting community, who view it as a distraction from the larger effort to get all of the country's GMAs reallocated. They also don't like the low prices attached to the hunt, or the fact that a Zimbabwean is behind them. Indeed, the hunt is somewhat of a fluke. It appears to have come about because the chieftain of the area (a woman) is also a member of the board of ZAWA.
"It's just a sideshow," one Zambian contact grumped near press time. "Everyone is talking about this one area and all of the GMAs haven't been allocated yet. The whole thing is verging on a real tragedy for Zambia."........(continued)