So, whatever happened with those Angola hunting safaris that were scheduled to take place this month? They've been postponed. We have that from Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film, who was marketing the hunts for Roger Whittall Safaris in the United States. You'll recall my report on the announced opening of Angola this past February (see Article ID 2395). I told you then that a lot of paperwork still needed to be completed and various issues sorted out before hunting could take place there. According to Wilson, the Whittalls are finding it more difficult than expected to get things rolling in Angola. The biggest hurdle, they claim, is getting visas. Until they have everything sorted out, they are not booking any more safaris for 2010. Wilson says they still hope to complete at least some hunts this year, as the season is supposed to run through November 30.
Based on conversations with other sources who have worked in Angola or are currently doing so, I am not optimistic that the final pieces will fall together in time for this season. But, I would love to be proven wrong. Hunters booked on these safaris need to remain flexible if they wish to be among the first back into this destination. Anyone booked on one of these safaris is encouraged to file a report whenever they get over there. There's a place on our Subscriber Honor Roll for anyone who does.