Hunters Worried About Situation In Zimbabwe


Published: April - 2007

Elsewhere in Africa, I have been receiving some calls from hunters worried about the situation in Zimbabwe now that President Mugabe has begun to literally beat opposition politicians. Remarkably, his reaction to criticism has been to tell everyone to Go hang!

The worry at this point is not that the country is going to become dangerous. Likely as not, despite the chaos and suffering, if you go on safari to Zimbabwe this summer, you will see no evidence of political turmoil. Indeed, while the inflation rate at this writing now exceeds that of Germany before World War II, safari operations are continuing to go forward as usual, fueled by foreign exchange that allows operators to buy diesel outside the country and foodstuffs that are out of the reach of ordinary Zimbabweans.

The worry at this point and it is a minor one, according to my sources is that the US and Europe might impose economic sanctions on Zimbabwe like those the US has imposed against Cuba. The Cuba sanctions make it illegal for Americans to spend money there and amount to a travel ban. It's hard to characterize the chances of sanctions being imposed a three maybe on a scale of 10, with 10 being certainty. The sense I get from my sources is, sanctions would be imposed only if the recent political beatings turn into lethal and widespread violence against opposition figures.

It's impossible to know whether Mugabe would be crazy enough to go down that road, but with that possibility floating around, the prudent client may want to consider buying a Safari Club International Trip Cancellation policy for his Zimbabwe safari. Ask for Tim McCane. At press time, I specifically asked McCane if the imposition of travel restrictions against Zimbabwe by the US government would be grounds for the filing a claim under the SCI policy. His answer was yes.

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