The trouble with Rann's reports on Uganda surfaced this month in a note from subscriber Peter Flack in South Africa, who said Rann had cancelled his hunt to Uganda recently, citing security problems in the country. He said a friend of his also had his hunt with Rann cancelled, but the reason given was Uganda had cancelled its hunting quota in the wake of the brouhaha over trophy fees in Tanzania. Seems Rann advanced the story to Flack's friend that Uganda cancelled the quota because it was considering a radical Tanzania-type increase in fees. And hold on. There is more. In a note to me here at The Hunting Report, Rann gave still another reason for canceling the hunts namely, the presence of poachers and refugees in the hunting area.
Subscribers to this publication need to know there is no evidence that any of these statements is true. In fact, it is not clear that Rann plays a significant role in Ugandan hunting, despite the fact that he has secured an e-mail address that suggests he operates, or is allied with, the only bona fide safari company in Uganda namely, Game Trails Safaris. That company is actually owned and run by Kaka Matama, a Ugandan.
What I have come to learn is a man by the name of Holger Jensen of Jensen Safaris in Pretoria, South Africa is as close as the country has to a dominant player. Here is how he describes his role there:
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