Allan Cilliers Hunting Safaris acquired the hunting rights to the East Kavango Concession last year when Namibia finally auctioned off those government hunting concessions we've been telling you about. The East Kavango Concession borders Bushmanland, which is where Kai-Uwe Denker has been producing great jumbo for years. The eastern part of Cilliers' concession borders Khaudom National Park. That's where Cilliers says all of those big elephant are coming from. Cilliers is very familiar with this area, having been the senior game ranger there in the 1980s. He oversaw road work, water projects, anti-poaching and other activities there. Based on his prior knowledge of the area, he expected to take some very good elephant in East Kavango this past season. Indeed he did, including an 80 x 77 pounder taken this past August by an Italian client. Another client in September shot a 67 x 65 pounder. (See photos in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site.)
Cilliers writes in an e-mail note he sent me, "I only managed to accomplish six hunts; time was short and very late for marketing. This specific concession is mainly frequented by bulls and very few cows. While constructing the camp in May, I saw a number of bulls in the 60-plus-pound range and two very large bulls in the high 70s. After returning from one hunt in September, I found three bulls together, two definitely in the 70-pound range and one extremely large bull that was definitely in the high 80s or more. Over the years I have observed that elephant bulls normally return to the same areas. With good rains and plenty of food, these bulls will most certainly concentrate and be found in the same area this year. It will definitely be one of my challenges in 2010 to hunt these bulls. I still have three openings left, and taken the rainfall this year, a good time will be mid-April through to June for big ivory."