George Angelides says his plans to open the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Zaire) are still on track this year. He writes: "We have had no real hiccups with the project, other than an unexpected problem exporting military-type vehicles from the United Kingdom to the Democratic Republic of Congo. What I am going to do, possibly, is put two Tanzania-registered vehicles on a cargo plane from Lubumbashi to Kinshasa. I need vehicles in Lubumbashi because I am going to reconnoiter the Sakania Hunting Block nearby that I have been awarded. This area is near the border of Zambia, and it should have lechwe, sitatunga, good cats, etc. I am also making arrangements to visit the three areas I have been awarded around Garamba National Park - namely, Gangala Na Bodio, Azande and Mondo Missa. I have been in touch with the African elephant Specialist Group in the IUCN, who are keeping an eye on Garamba. There are supposed to a lot of elephant in this area, plus bongo, eland, white rhino and kob, but not such a lot of buff as there used to be.
"I understand that the Congo is going to formally open professional hunting this month or early September. I plan to start booking safaris into the TWA area as early as this winter. There are forest sitatunga there, plus dwarf buff, duikers, bushbuck, giant forest hog, red hog and, hopefully, bongo. That's all for now. Am excited. All is falling into place."