Hunters Defend Club Faune Services In Central African Republic


Published: October - 2010

Remember that complaint from subscriber Robert Costos on a safari to the Central African Republic? The hunt was arranged by Jean-Pierre Bernon's Club Faune and conducted by Mathieu Laboureur of Idongo Safaris. Costos detailed a number of things he felt had gone wrong with his hunt and was quite critical in his review of both Club Faune and Idongo. (See Hunt Report ID 7784 for his complete assessment.) By contrast, we also ran a report we had received at the same time from subscriber Pemble Davis, who raved about his experience with Idongo. (See Hunt Report ID 7782 for his complete assessment.) With such disparate accounts about the exact same opportunity, we asked other hunters who had hunted with Idongo Safaris to weigh in with their own experiences. Several contacted us. Here's what they had to say. Bill Figge: I booked a safari for giant eland, bongo, forest sitatunga, giant forest hog and red river hog. This was my fourth safari to CAR, so I was not interested in hunting the other species available.

"One week in and I had taken fantastic trophies of every animal I wanted to hunt. I spent another week with Matthieu tracking buffalo just for fun. During this time I could have easily taken great trophies of buffalo, roan, bushbuck, hartebeest, blue duiker, bush duiker, red-flanked duiker, oribi and warthog. 

"Matthieu Laboureur is one of the best hunters I have ever hunted with. When you take a track, he is in the front and tracks as well as any native tracker. He has the full respect of his crew. Everyone knew their job and everything ran like a well-oiled machine.    

"The camp was very comfort- able. The food was not very good, but I was never hungry and never given anything I felt was unsafe. We had no vehicle trouble, and I was very surprised to read complaints about the roads. I have never seen a concession in CAR with such an extensive road system. 

"I have hunted with/through Club Faune in CAR, Benin and Gabon. All trips were a huge success. One example I can give of Jean Pierre Bernon's professionalism........(continued)

 
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