Uganda Wildlife Safaris Expands As Clients Rave Over Sitatunga Hunts


Published: January - 2012

In Uganda, Christian Weth of Uganda Wildlife Safaris (Christian.weth@uganda-wildlife-safaris.com) tells me he is expanding his operations a bit. I first learned of his plans from subscriber Doug Yajko, who hunted with Weth this past August in his Ngoma and Patwach camps. When I contacted Weth for more information he announced that he is developing a lodge in his Kafu concession to serve as his main base of operations. The wilderness lodge will be located on a property Weth has purchased on the Mayanja River in the Kafu River Basin. He plans to offer lodging in elevated tents as well as in several cottages. The lodge will also have its own vegetable and herb garden as well as fruit trees. Weth even plans to offer the services of a professional Chinese chef from New York City as an upgrade.

In addition to the property he has purchased, he says he has an agreement with surrounding famers to fence off about 2,000 hectares where he will raise zebra, waterbuck and kob for future release into the surrounding areas.

As for Yajko's report, he describes finding an "amazing" number of animals in the Ngoma area as well as the hunt area outside Murchison Falls National Park. "Tons of elephant, giraffe and buffalo in the Park area," he writes, "along with kob, bushbuck and waterbuck." He reports taking a Nile bushbuck, Uganda kob and East African bush duiker.

I also received a report on Weth's sitatunga hunts from subscriber T.D. Kelsey, who first hunted Sesse Island sitatunga with Bruce Martin of Royal Uganda Outfitters (bruce@royalugandaoutfitters.com) and also the operator of Lake Albert Lodge. Kelsey says Martin has gone 10 for 10 on Sesse Island sitatunga this year. "There are sitatunga everywhere, but it is not an easy hunt," he says. Martin's hunts are done by driving the sitatunga into clear-cut shooting lanes. However, Kelsey says the sitatunga are timid and quite clever, either stopping at the edge of clearings or bolting back around them to avoid exposing themselves. "You will get one, but you must........(continued)

 
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