Malawi Expands Hunting Opportunities With Cluny Hunting Safaris


Published: June - 2011

Derek Macpherson of Cluny Hunting Safaris tells me the government of Malawi has not only renewed his trial hunting concession there but expanded it for this season. You'll recall my report this past January on how Macpherson managed to reopen hunting in Malawi (sandwiched between Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia) on a trial basis with only a quota of 10 crocodiles and no other species. While the hunting was limited, the development was a very positive one for a country that experienced a disastrous reopening in the 1980s, followed by a swift reclosing of sport hunting there. This season, Macpherson also has a quota for hippo, hyena, bushbuck, bushpig, duiker and game birds. "We are very excited about this development and hope to prove again what sensible, controlled hunting can do for all stake holders and for conservation," Macpherson wrote me in an e-mail. "If we achieve this, we hope to develop a more tangible hunting industry in this country in the future."

Macpherson is offering seven-day packages, focused on crocodile and hippo, with hunts for the other species proceeding elsewhere as an add-on only if there is time left over.

While Cluny Hunting Safaris is allowed to hunt anywhere in Malawi outside of protected areas, Macpherson prefers to hunt the Lower Shire Valley in the south where the Lower Shire River forms the outlet to Lake Malawi and the southernmost tip of the Rift Valley.

Macpherson says quite plainly that this hunt is strictly for the adventurer focused on the hunt experience. Camps are "light fly camps." Transportation on the water is in small inflatable boats with outboard engines. Also, do not go to Malawi expecting to take super trophies. Macpherson says to expect crocs of 10 to 12 feet and otherwise "representative" animals. "Our emphasis is on the experience of fair chase hunting under challenging conditions," says Macpherson. "By hunting with us you will be playing a part in promoting sustainable tourist hunting in a country where this activity has been banned for 25 years." You should also know that these hunts........(continued)

 
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