Why Club Faune Cancelled Safaris In Northern Central African Republic


Published: May - 2011

In Central African Republic, Club Faune cancelled all of the safaris they booked with operators in the northern concessions in March. Several subscribers returning from hunts there told me they heard about troubles with Sudanese rebels, poachers and even a civil disturbance. Jean-Pierre Bernon of Club Faune was in Benin when I contacted his office in Paris, but I received a reply from his assistant Cyrus Khodaï. He wrote, "Nothing as bad as what you heard has happened in CAR where we hunt. There have been problems with thieves in the region, but our main problem is that one of our partners, Christopher Lemée, had a microlite accident and almost died crashing into a tree. We had to bring him back to France early in the season."

Khodaï said Bernon would contact me in early May with details. In the meantime, I heard elsewhere that roving bandits had indeed moved into a safari area in the north and stole all kinds of equipment, including a safari vehicle. I'm told the government has caught up with them and put an end to their shenanigans.

I also received several reports on hunts in CAR, two subscribers (Mark Jones and Dickey Hendry) who hunted with Club Faune early in the year, plus a glowing report from Mike Daley who hunted in the southeast with Central African Wildlife Adventures. I also got an excited phone call from John Hoestenbach, who promised me a written report and photo of what he says may be the new Number One giant forest hog. I'll share what I get in next month's issue.  Get in a good safari somewhere on the Dark Continent.

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