Update On Zimbabwe


Published: August - 2005

Moving on to Zimbabwe, it's no secret that political turmoil is continuing there. But so is hunting. As this issue goes to press, a steady stream of Hunting Report subscribers are coming back with mixed to positive reports. At this writing, we have 15 reports on 2005 safaris to Zimbabwe, and the flow is picking up. E-Mail Extra subscribers can keep up with 2005 Zimbabwe reports simply by going to the password-protected, E-Mail Extra section of our web site, www.huntingreport.com. Non-E-Mail-Extra subscribers can order the reports by going to our web site and clicking on Reports/Articles, then clicking on Reports and limiting their search of Zimbabwe reports to Last Six Months.

The problem that seems to be looming largest in the country as regards safaris is a scarcity of fuel. I've mentioned this before, and I reiterate it here, as the problem has gotten worse. Safari operators, of course, have access to foreign exchange, which means they can buy fuel from neighboring Botswana or South Africa, which is what most of them are doing. Still, the booked client may want to ask his intended outfitter to explain his fuel sources.

For the record, here are a few of the bleakest comments we have received so far from returning subscribers. Keep in mind, as you read them, that these are very much out-of-the-ordinary comments:

Fuel difficult to get in Bulawayo. I didn't realize how sad the economic and political situation is in Zimbabwe. In spite of this, I never felt unsafe or threatened in any way. I would gladly return, and I urge others to do same.

The rapid decline of the country is very apparent. Fuel shortages everywhere. The burning of squatter homes was going on everywhere. People still pleasant out in the country. Just stay away from the cities.

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