Zimbabwe Hunting Continues Despite Politics And Trophy Shipment Woes


Published: August - 2008

In Zimbabwe, despite ongoing political tensions, hunters have been arriving and leaving Zimbabwe without experiencing any problems. We received six new Hunt Reports last month from subscribers returning from Zimbabwe, plus several reports called in by telephone. All reported having safe and productive safaris, although one subscriber who was there during the election and asked to remain anonymous told me, "It is not the same Zimbabwe. They have a critical situation that simply cannot continue". According to SOAZ Executive Secretary Sally Bown, Harare has been calm and she has been meeting arriving hunters at the Harare Airport when their safari operator can't.

As this is written, the situation in Zimbabwe is so fluid it is impossible to make long-term predictions. We are watching events closely and will issue E-Mail Extra bulletins as conditions warrant. Whatever happens, there are some things you should keep in mind. First, the major hunting areas are far from the areas where conflict is occurring or is likely to occur. To date, no one has been hostile or aggressive toward international hunters, not even at roadblocks or border stations. But you should have a plan to get in and out of your hunting area if you go. Talk to your operator about this ahead of time. As part of that plan, you should take your own satellite phone. We rent satellite phones at The Hunting Report, as do other companies. Make sure you tuck the US Embassy Emergency number into the phone case, along with the number for the British Embassy. Should you call either one after hours, ask to speak with the duty officer. The British Embassy has an impressive plan of evacuation, should it become necessary. Lastly, buy medical evacuation and rescue coverage through Global Rescue.

As the political crisis has heightened in Zimbabwe, a number of subscribers have taken issue with our continued support of hunting there, regardless of whether it is safe for hunters to be there or not. Some see paying trophy fees and other charges as directly supporting the Mugabe power structure and question the morality of doing........(continued)

 
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