Uganda Wildlife Safaris Overcomes Challenges Of First Hunting Season


Published: May - 2011

In Uganda, you will remember my reports last year on Christian Weth of Uganda Wildlife Safaris. After working several years to acquire a number of hunting areas in Uganda, Weth conducted his very first full-bag safaris in early 2010. As occurs with new operators, he had a rocky start. I received reports from several unsatisfied clients at the beginning of the season. Other reports followed, and while they seemed to improve, none were overly enthusiastic except one from Ken Wilson, who, we must note, represents Weth in the US. The season ended with Weth suddenly returning to Germany with a bad case of malaria, causing him to cancel a safari with Craig Boddington at the last minute. All this is in stark contrast to what I am hearing this season, so far. Boddington sent me the following report as he recovered at home from a heart attack he suffered at the end of his safari in Uganda with Weth.

"Uganda is different. It's a very small country with (generally) good road networks, too many people, and limited room remaining for wildlife. It is also exceedingly beautiful and friendly. Winston Churchill was dead right when he described Uganda as the pearl of Africa.' Game availability varies quite a bit from both north to south and east to west. There are currently five hunting outfitters, all pretty much fledgling operations; and there are definitely some good areasand some marginal areas. I will restrict my comments to the outfitter I hunted with, Christian Weth of Uganda Wildlife Safaris, and the specific areas I hunted.

"Despite suggestions to the contrary, Uganda Wildlife Safaris does have legal and viable hunting areas, both private land and public. My safari, with Bill Jones and led by veteran professional hunter Tony Moore, took place from March 8-24, 2011. We started in the Kafu River drainage, a vast area of private holdings about three hours north of Kampala. From there we went north to the Aswa-Lolim area, a former game reserve, now private land, north of Murchison Falls National Park. We also went northwest to the Ajai........(continued)

 
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