Zambia Area Allocation Problems Continue


Published: May - 2008

Up in Zambia, the area allocation merry-go-round continues unabated, with the announced reallocation of three major areas (Nyampala, Msoro and West Petauke). The reallocation is part of a larger deal that sees the important wetland areas being taken away from private operators and reassigned to ZAWA. This latter development has met with general approval by the majority of the operators in Zambia who resented having to work through a private operator to offer clients wetland hunts for lechwe and other animals.

The most important area to be reassigned is Nyampala, of course, which is arguably the single best concession in Zambia, with good lion, leopard and buffalo among other species. The new leaseholder is Rashid Randera of Baobab Safaris, US agent Gretchen Stark. As for Msoro, it is said to have been reassigned to Eastern Safaris. The West Patauke reallocation, we understand, is being vigorously contested by Ian Manning of Mbeza Safaris who was previously awarded this area. Meanwhile, as if all of the above were not enough change, there are reports that Sandwe and Chisomo have also been reallocated. Just who will operate these areas is not clear.

Area turmoil like this is not unusual in Zambia. Likely as not, it will have little effect on most booked safaris. Still, if you have a safari to Zambia on your calendar, be sure your intended operator is still in control of the area you are booked to hunt. A good source of additional information on Zambia is our book, Zambia: A Country Report. Copies cost $40, plus $2 shipping in the US; $3 in Canada; $5 elsewhere. You can order on our web site (www.huntingreport.com); or by phone at 800-272-5656. This is a print-on-demand book that can be updated repeatedly. As this is written, we are incorporating all the new information mentioned above in a revised edition of Zambia: A Country Report.

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