Update On Zimbabwe


Published: June - 2003

In Zimbabwe, the first two of what we think will be a mini-landslide of Hunt Reports from that country have come in. They are from subscribers Gerald Otterbacher and Austin Armacost, who hunted with Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris and Leopard Ridge Hunting Company, respectively. Otterbacher took a jumbo with ivory in the 45-pound class, while Armacost took a kudu, sable, warthog and zebra. Both give their safaris good marks and recommend them to fellow subscribers.

At press time, Sally Bown of ZATSO (Zimbabwe Association of Tourist and Safari Operators) said prospects for the year are generally good, despite the ongoing political turmoil. She said the country, overall, was about 75 percent booked, with some operators so fully booked they are turning back clients while others are "still struggling."

Barring something unforeseen, she predicated a repeat of last year's generally successful season. That echoes our assessment exactly, with the caveat that booked subscribers need to watch international newscasts closely in the weeks leading up to their safaris. Also, no one should go to Zimbabwe, in our view, without staying in direct, regular contact with an on-the-ground operator he trusts.

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