The would-be Tanzanian hunter is well advised to heed this advice. If you contract to hunt with a PH in Tanzania who is not an owner of an area or a full-time employee of an area owner, insist on seeing his written agreement with the company that controls the area you will be hunting. Do not get suckered into a pick-up safari to Tanzania, cobbled together by a subcontracting PH after you have put down your money. Tom Murphy has it right about hunting with, or through, an established Tanzania-based company.
One other Hunt Report begs for special mention. It's from subscriber Jose Marti, who hunted in the Danakil and the Arba Gugu Mountains of Ethiopia this past February with an outfitter we have not heard from in some time - namely, Dimitris Assimacopoulos, booking agent Safari Headlands in Spain. Marti took a 34-inch mountain nyala, a Menelik's bushbuck, a northern gerenuk and various other animals, and has nothing but good things to say about Assimacopoulos. Our hat is off to Jose Marti for filing this report.
Finally, we need to backtrack a bit on what we said last month about the non-importability of civets into the US. We said only fully taxidermied civets can be imported, but the ban also exempts civets that "have been properly processed to render them noninfectious so that they pose no risk of transmitting or carrying the SARS virus." We're indebted to John Meehan of Fauna and Flora for the clarification. Get in a good safari somewhere in Africa this year!