Eden Hunting and Tourism in Namibia Announces Management Changes


Published: December - 2010

Eden Hunting and Tourism in Namibia has announced a change in management. A subscriber forwarded a letter he received from Johan Hansen of Eden Hunting and Tourism (campeden@ iway.na; www.eden-wildlife.com) announcing the resignation of PH and camp manager Jamie Traut. The letter says the change in management occurred in September when Traut and his wife "resigned" and were "forced to leave the farm." Hansen goes on to say, "They have agreed on not having any business related to or contact with old customers, booked customers or any of Eden's agencies before 1st January 2012."

The new manager for Eden's hunting operation is Naude Alberts, who has been a PH at Eden since 2007. Administration is in the hands of William Ohlsson from Sweden. Ohlsson will oversee the office, bookings and transportation for clients.

Hansen assures that clients will not notice any difference in the operation other than "better planning and a better structure." He also says they have hired two new PHs.

I don't know how other hunts at Eden have gone since Traut was fired, but it seems their first one went all wrong. Subscriber Mark Mills arrived to hunt with Eden the very day Traut was ousted, and his hunt was disastrous. Although baits were up and being hit by a big leopard when he arrived, the permits were delayed by four days. Not only did he miss the opportunity for his cat, but he did not take a single animal while he was there. That is highly unusual compared to the glowing reports we've always received about hunts with Eden under Traut's supervision. As if that's not enough, Mills was almost killed when he was bitten by a cobra that somehow managed to find its way into his tent.

You can read the complete story and how Mills survived the experience thanks in part to his Global Rescue membership on page 14 of this issue. I would like to hear from anyone else who has hunted with Eden since Traut's dismissal. I hope........(continued)

 
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