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)