Sherdell says he started his company in 2004 and had been working with other safari operators, including Foa Adventures. Currently, he is hunting in Rungwa Mzombwe Open Area, and four "partnership" areas: Masailand, Selous R1, Selous K4 and Selous M1. While Rungwa Mzombe is an open area, he tells me no one can hunt it without permission from the government, and he is the only safari operator utilizing the area for the past several years. Rungwa Mzombwe is 1,800 square kilometers, and borders the western edge of Ruaha National Park in western Tanzania. His partner, McLean, says that despite it being an "open area" Mzombwe offers very good hunting. He says they conducted their own game survey when they first began hunting it and counted 44 lions in one day, along with good numbers of elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, eland and other game. "All of our clients have gone home happy, taking all the game they wanted," says McLean. From the beginning they started an anti-poaching program and worked with the villagers to provide employment and medical supplies, and develop schools, teacher housing, and water projects. "We are very active with the local people and can see the results," says McLean.
When the new allocations take effect next year, Mwatisi Safaris will conduct safaris in Msima, which is 1,600 square kilometers, and Kitwai Southeast, 2,222 square kilometers. Msima is west of Tabora near the Ugalla River Game Reserve, while Kitwai is on the Masai Steppe between Arusha........(continued)