A Campfire Program in Mozambique with Mokore and Western Safaris


Published: April - 2012

In central Mozambique, this past February I told you about a campfire-type hunting program there implemented by Western Safaris and Mokore Safaris. The two companies, you'll recall, partnered in Coutadas 9 and 13 to improve the habitat and incentivize the local villagers to help improve game numbers in the area.

Subscriber Pemble Davis says he has seen the work there first-hand. He writes, "My wife, Peggy and I spent two weeks split between Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with Mokore Safaris, from June 29 to July 11, 2011. We arrived in Harare and spent the night and then left for Mozambique the next morning with Barrie Duckworth. We got to the Nhacainga area, also known as Coutada 9, in the afternoon and were met by Bertie Duckworth, Barrie's wife. The Tandikwe Camp is situated in the middle of Coutada 9 and is a beautiful camp overlooking a valley with mountains in the background. It is a newly-built tented camp with en suite bathrooms, which were very nice and comfortable. The tents were built on concrete floors and had a porch out front. Lights were provided through a generator at night. They were working on a new chalet while we were there. The camp had an open dining area under thatch with seating areas providing views of the valley. "The Coutada 9 area is approximately 2,800,000 acres, and Mokore Safaris operates 500,000 acres of this concession area. John Rosenfels of Western Safaris has the area right next door to Mokore Safaris.

"Each day we loaded the Land Cruiser and spent hours riding over the area checking on the road crews and game scouts. They were still clearing trails for roads and marking the GPS for future roads. Barrie has built an extensive road system with a D-6 CAT and about 15 men on a road crew. He and his son, Neil, have also constructed huge dams, one of which will hold approximately two miles of water. It took them one year to construct it. They have several other dams and 20 solar panel boar holes. These worked quite well until poachers........(continued)

 
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