Problems With Safaris To Tanzania Plague Usangu Safaris


Published: September - 2008

Last summer, we reported about problems hunters had with safaris to Tanzania handled by Zahir Mulla of Usangu Safaris. The complaints ranged from a shortage of food in the camp to a paucity of game and lack of fuel. The accounts were so consistent that we created a forum on our web site for affected hunters to post their comments and for Zahir Mulla to post a response. Subscriber Benton Jones, who hunted in Mulla's Majimoto camp in July 2007, forwent the forum and filed a formal Hunt Report, voicing many of the same complaints we'd already heard, namely a lack of game in the concession he hunted, up to 15 hunters in one camp at a time and general dissatisfaction with the hunt. Jones says he managed to kill a buffalo after six days of hunting but never had an opportunity to take any of the other animals for which he had paid the trophy fees ahead of time. His hunting partner was unable to shoot anything at all.

When Jones filed the report this past March, he had yet to receive his buffalo trophy or a refund for the animals he did not shoot. Mulla responded to our inquiry about the incident, saying. I will be happy to correct what went wrong. As the last season several things did not go right, and I am in the process of correcting and/or making right of what went wrong. "One of the things Mulla said went wrong was that his US representative, Bill Fronterhouse, resigned at the very start of the season and that he still had the contract details for various clients. Mulla said he was in the process of getting that information from Fronterhouse in order to address some of the problems reported.

At press time, we checked back with Jones, who had not yet received a refund or his trophy five months after Mulla's e-mail to The Hunting Report. So, we contacted Mulla one more time to find out what went wrong. In an e-mail response, Mulla admits he has not been able to refund Jones........(continued)

 
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