In Botswana, elephant hunts in CH8 will continue despite a law suite over that hunt area. You will recall I told you that the company Akuna Mathata, owned by Jack Andrews, had lost its lease on CH8 (also called Pandamatenga). The quota of 22 elephant and 31 assorted plains game permits was auctioned in June to a group of professional hunters. I also told you that Andrews intended to go to court over the loss of his area, and it appears he has. Andrews is suing the Paleka Community Trust, claiming that he had been granted another two-year lease when they auctioned the quota out from under him.
How does this affect safaris to CH8 scheduled for the rest of 2010? Not at all, I'm told. Mike Murray of Bottlepan Safaris and Kelly Butler of Greg Butler Safaris (Kelly@greg butlersafaris.com) are two of the operators who bought quotas for CH8. Both tell me it is business as usual for them and their clients. "Our contract is with the government for the quota allocated to CH8," says Murray, "and it runs through the end of November. We do not foresee this affecting any clients..."