Travel Warning For West Africa


Published: April - 2007

Moving back to West Africa for a moment, you may already know the US State Department has issued still another panicky Travel Warning strongly advising Americans not to travel to Central African Republic. The new warning is the result of clashes between the French army and rebels in the town of Birao, located in the far north where a corner of CAR meets Chad and Sudan. French Mirage jets bombed several rebel positions there in early March, and the French army moved troops from nearby Gabon to Bangui as a precautionary move. At this writing, the clashes continue to be confined to Birao and environs.

We issued an E-Mail Extra Bulletin last month after checking in with CAR operators. Everyone we spoke to said Bangui was calm, despite the presence of French troops. Air France was flying according to schedule, and all charter flights were operating as usual, delivering both clients and supplies to the numerous remote hunting camps.

There are no cowboys in CAR. We are all Old Hands, in business for the long haul, is the way one representative put it when we called. No on in CAR would let their clients walk into a dangerous situation, she concluded. Another pointed out that no hunters have been inconvenienced or had their safety jeopardized since the conflict broke out between the current CAR government and the rebels. Indeed, we have not received any such complaints, and for now do not anticipate any. We will keep an eye on the situation, however, and issue an immediate E-mail Bulletin should things take a turn for the worse. In the meantime, you can read the US State Department Travel Warning for yourself by going to: http://www. travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_940.html.

Still in that country, but on a much brighter note, continuing subscribers will remember we told you about a white bongo photographed by a PH in one of Jean-Pierre Bernon's CAR concessions in December 2005. The fully mature bongo was seen feeding in a clearing in the N'goumiri Hunting Area and was estimated at 32 inches. Now, we have a........(continued)

 
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