The news in neighboring Zambia continues to be very positive. Returning hunters are still raving about game conditions and trophy quality. For certain, Zambia will be one of the "hot" countries this winter at the hunting conventions. In fact, the degree of excitement about Zambia leads us to be a bit concerned about overbooking.
We don't have any hard facts to go on yet, but we are hearing rumors of hunters being "waltzed around the bush" in search of lions the outfitters do not have quota for. And those rumors are surfacing this year, when few hunters had time to book hunts. The possibility for abuse is even greater next year. Our advice is to push your intended outfitter to show you what his quota is for various animals, particularly lion, leopard, sable, etc. Push him to tell how many clients will precede you into his area. Showing you are aware of the possible overbooking problem will likely be enough to prevent him from trying to fool you.
Our file of reports on 2003 Zambia safaris is much slimmer than our Zimbabwe file, but we do have 14 reports, two of which came in this past month, totaling about 28 pages. We can send this all to you for $10 in the US; $12 in Canada/Mexico; $14 overseas.