Hunting In Malawi Reopens With Nyala Safaris-Malawi


Published: August - 2009

Malawi has reopened to hunting, according to Mark Hoffman of a company called Nyala Safaris-Malawi. Longtime subscribers to The Hunting Report will remember the disastrous effort to reopen safari hunting in this southern African country back in 1987. A host of problems caused the government at the time to withdraw its support, closing the country off to safari hunting once more. Last month I had heard that hunting had reopened in this destination, and I promised to get more details for you. Well, according to Hoffman, he and partner Max Del Bufalo are operating on a small, private reserve under the auspices of the National Parks & Wildlife Act passed by the Malawi Parliament a few years ago. The Act, he says, endorses sustainable hunting in the country, giving game species value and thus encouraging private ranches and reserves to manage game for sustainable hunting. He claims to be the only company offering safari hunting in Malawi.

At this date, Hoffman says that Malawi's wildlife has all but disappeared anywhere except in protected areas. Outside of national parks, little land has remained uncultivated or unsettled, so it's up to protected areas to maintain game animals. Huntable species in Malawi are very limited, he says, but are coming back due to these efforts. The main species he hunts is nyala, but there are also some blue wildebeest, zebra and common waterbuck.

Hoffman operates on a controlled conservation area south of Blantyre in the Shire Valley across from Lengwe National Park. The reserve is small, under 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres), and fenced. But, he says it is the only game ranch in Malawi currently offering hunting safaris. He describes it as very thick terrain sustaining over 300 nyala, as well as some other game animals.

Hoffman says they have a quota of 30 nyala this year, and some small quotas for wildebeest, zebra and waterbuck. The season is year-round, but May through August is the best time, as the weather is cooler than September through December and the period of January through April is very wet with........(continued)

 
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