"You should tell Hunting Report subscribers to be sure they book their safaris to Zambia with leaseholders, or with persons who have letters of agreement with leaseholders," Beatty said. "Fly-by-night operators are out in force."
He went on to note that a sure sign of trouble is a safari to Zambia that has been discounted. Right now, legitimate safaris there are going for absolutely top prices. "A UK hunter arrived here last week," Beatty said, "and his professional hunter never turned up. The chap had paid $27,000 for a full-bag safari that simply didn't exist."
We warned you in a previous issue of the possible emergence of fly-by-nights in Zambia. The problem stems from a surfeit of good news. Quite simply, it's a sellers market now for safaris to Zambia. Anyone booking a safari to that country indeed needs to be careful, not only that he is dealing with a genuine leaseholder, but also that his safari operator has the animals he wants on quota.
So, how do you get a list of legitimate leaseholders in Zambia? We have uploaded the entire list to our web site. To access it, go to www.huntingreport.com. The list appears on the Home Page, under "Special Report." Non-internet-ready subscribers can get a copy of the list by calling us at 305-670-1361. Keep in mind that operators, agents and individual PHs other than those listed may be in legitimate business with leaseholders. Just don't take their word for it. Insist........(continued)