Moving up the continent, it appears George Angelides' plans to open Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Zaire) have foundered this year, and perhaps for good. We have that from Hunting Report subscriber Charlie Rothe, who was scheduled to hunt Congo this month. That leaves Felix Barrado of NSOK Safaris in Cameroon as the only player in Congo. We have been told that he plans to go forward with exploratory hunts this spring in the same CAR/Congo border area that Angelides had targeted as the most promising area in the country. We have not been able to confirm this, however. More details as we get them.
In that same part of the continent, German agent/outfitter Chris Weth of Jagdkontor has not yet broken through in his plans to open full-scale safari hunting in Uganda. Reached last month in Kampala, Weth said he had two clients in the field, but both were hunting in the Lake Mburo National Park Concession that has been open for several years. The area is quite small and has limited game. He went on to say he was sure some new concessions would be opened this summer, offering species such as Uganda kob, sitatunga and more.
Weth and US filmmaker Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film are working together on arranging early hunts in Uganda. Wilson tells us he has two hunters ready to join him in Uganda in July. He says he knows of two other US hunters booked into Uganda this summer. "If we can't hunt the new areas, we will hunt the Lake Mburo Concession," Wilson says.
Here at The Hunting Report, we support Weth's efforts in Uganda and wish him well. But we would not be doing our job if we did not tell you there is significant resistance to the opening of full-scale hunting in that country.