The US currently has sanctions in place against Sudan, but efforts are underway to build bridges of support and understanding for the southern (more African) part of the country, which has been at war for many years with the largely Arab north. For Americans to be able to hunt anywhere in Sudan, some kind of exemption to the current sanctions will have to be found. And here is the latest on that from Doug Scandrol of Scandrol and Swan-epoel:
"Things are progressing well in Sudan. As this is written, an aerial survey is being conducted by Thomas Mattanovich and the Director of Wildlife for New Sudan, Alfred Akoch, among others. I should have results and photos shortly. On the diplomatic front, I have made good progress through the military attaché to the US Embassy in Addis Ababa regarding 'clearances' for US citizens to participate in this new opportunity. I hope to have approval on this very soon.
"In the meantime, several non-US citizen hunters have committed to safaris that will be conducted in mid-February through April of 2004. If we get approval for US citizens to participate, I have several US hunters on standby, ready to go in and hunt as well.
"The plan for the balance of this dry season is to concentrate on road development, community projects, anti-poaching initiatives and camp-building, along with further study of game concentrations and movements. Meanwhile, progress has been made to export trophies from 'New Sudan' through Ethiopia. Stay tuned for more soon...."