The Truth About Chaos In Zimbabwe And Hunting Revenues


Published: November - 2008

You have probably seen the article "Chaos in Zimbabwe' that was published on the Zimbabwe Situation web site on October 5 and heavily circulated last month by e-mail. I received a copy and was asked how hunters could safely continue traveling to Zimbabwe under the disastrous conditions described in the article. (You can read the article for yourself, if you haven't already at www.zimbabwesituation.com). To answer this question I turned to Hunting Report correspondent Steve Scott, who has returned to writing for us after a hiatus during which he was focused on producing the cable television show Safari Hunter's Journal. The show has had him going in and out of Zimbabwe for more than a year. Here are his observations, gleaned during some of the countries most recent turbulence:

Over a 13-month period my crew and I have made four separate trips to Zimbabwe. We have traveled by road from the Zambezi Valley in the north to the Mozambique and South African border in the south, and numerous places in between. The following is my perspective of the situation in Zimbabwe.

This is not a `snapshot' account from a single trip, but more of a mosaic view of different regions, cultural perspectives and observations over an extended period of time. While there is no doubt that conditions in Zimbabwe are tough and are likely to remain that way for some time, many of the issues facing resident Zimbabweans do not pose the same problems or to the same degree for the visiting hunter. In fact, some of the economic difficulties actually benefit the nonresident sportsman. It is simply a matter of economics.

Big game hunts are still available in Zimbabwe, but demand for these hunts has fallen because of the negative perception of the country in general. Many visiting international hunters that would otherwise have traveled to Zimbabwe have either booked other venues or cancelled their African plans altogether. Due to this lessened demand, hunt operators have been forced to cut prices to generate enough cash flow to stay in business, which........(continued)

 
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