Not Much On Zambia But Feedback Very Good


Published: June - 2004

To end on a brighter note, we have not yet received much feedback on Zambia this year, but what we have heard is very good. Subscriber Mike Daley, for example, is very pleased with a ranch hunt handled for him on a property near Lusaka called Chaminuka Game Reserve. His PH was Pete Swanepoel with a South African hunting company called SafariBwana. Daley took eight species in three days, and he gives high marks to the experience.

Intrigued about Chaminuka Game Reserve, we asked Swanepoel for a bit more information on the place. Here was his reply:

"Chaminuka is a 10,000-acre hunting ranch just outside Lusaka, owned by Andrew Sardanis, who has been in Zambia since the early days and was very close to the previous president, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. He has written several books about the early days in Zambia and makes a very interesting host.

"The ranch has been in existence for some time, probably one of the first in Zambia, and hosts good populations of each of the Zambian plains game species, including better Kafue lechwe than you would shoot on the traditional Kafue Flats. There are two accommodations options - a luxurious and up-market lodge, which also caters to photographic clients; and a traditional bush camp, which is akin to the camps in Game Management Areas. I prefer the latter as it makes for a better hunting experience.

"The ranch is large enough to do a good seven to 10-day hunt on foot. Typically, a hunter will be 100 percent successful on all species. Chaminuka does not offer roan, but it does have good numbers of all the other species, notably: Kafue lechwe, sable, tsessebe, Chobe bushbuck, puku, Sharpes grysbok, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, oribi, reedbuck, kudu, Livingstone's eland, giraffe, hyena and the other usual smaller stuff. Although Cha- minuka is a stand-alone operation, it does not have a resident PH. They usually rely on PHs such as myself to bring them business.

"Just for the record, I have nothing to do with........(continued)

 
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