Zimbabwe Update On Politics And Safaris, Plus CITES Permits


Published: June - 2008

The good news this month is safaris to Zimbabwe are continuing to go forward without trouble as this is written. We are processing a single new subscriber complaint about a safari to this country, but it turns upon issues other than security, which is what most hunters are concerned about at this point. Typical of the reports we are receiving is the following one we received in April from Mike Streetman. It is not as recent as some of the others we have gotten, but it does not differ in tone or substance from all of the reports that have come in:

Just a note to inform you that I returned yesterday from 19 days in Zimbabwe. I flew into Harare, where I spent two days with my PH and his family. We then traveled to the Save Valley Conservancy for four days before driving on to Mahenya, the communal area bordering Gonarez- hou National Park, to hunt elephant. We went through a few road blocks coming and going but were either waved through or experienced a friendly conversation with police or military. The mood in the areas I visited was `business as usual.' I sensed an anxious but hopeful mood in the people I met.

When I arrived at Harare International Airport the only thing that I noticed that was a bit different than on prior trips was the presence of uniformed soldiers around all of the military helicopters. On about the 26th and 27th of March, we drove about town. The only unusual sights were fairly long lines at banks and at ATM's, as citizens are only allowed to withdraw about $5 per day. Shops are low on goods of all kind, and many are closing down. We also drove by Mugabe's main compound and found it to be fairly well guarded by North Korean-trained military personal.

I would have no qualms about returning to Zimbabwe, but I do think it would be prudent for hunters to leave their hunting areas promptly and make sure that their PH has an........(continued)

 
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