The importance of BEE in southern Africa can not be underestimated, as witness the continuing logjam over the allocation of state-owned concession areas in Namibia. The logjam is widely believed to be a result of the government's indecision about how to involve blacks in the hunting business. The bottom line is, at press time, the areas had not been allocated and no one expected that to happen until at least March. That means that no outfitter at the upcoming hunting conventions can legally offer you a hunt on a state concession in Namibia. He can tell you he plans to bid on various concessions, but he cannot promise you a given hunt. Beware anyone telling you otherwise.
Importantly, private land hunts and hunts on conservancies in Namibia are unaffected by the logjam. And, make no mistake, both kinds of properties offer wonderful hunts. Here at The Hunting Report, we are particularly intrigued by conservancy hunts in Namibia. The enterprising hunter in search of an unusual opportunity may want to spend some time asking about conservancy hunts in Namibia, particularly several new ones that have just come on stream. I certainly plan to do that myself. Look for a report in a future issue.