Botswana's Hunting Future and 2012 Elephant Hunting Availabilities


Published: June - 2012

I checked in with Botswana safari hunting operators regarding openings they may have for 2012 elephant hunts. Among them was Jim Van Rensburg of Kgori Safaris (http://www.kgorisafaris.com/info@kgorisafaris.com). You'll remember it was an email from Kgori Safaris that was distributed online announcing that hunting had been banned in Botswana starting in 2013. I corresponded with Van Rensburg about that. "Yes, I believe my e-mail caused a bit of a ripple," he wrote. "It was supposed to go to my clients only. I have a wonderful new lady in my office. Unfortunately she sent it to all my contacts instead of all my clients, and I take the blame for it! I was just not prepared to take deposits from my clients for future seasons anymore, not until there is DEFINITE clarity from the government to the industry. That was something clients needed an explanation on. Anyway, it's done. I didn't mean to hurt anybody; in retrospect, I should have said hunting was being phased out' rather than banned.'"

Van Rensburg has three elephant hunts still available for this season in NG43. They can be scheduled for selected openings between June and September. We have five reports on this area (Hunt Report IDs 8198, 7771, 7042, 4774, 6627), including the one from subscriber Peter Stein, who killed a 77-pound bull there last year.

John Barth of Adventure Unlimited (361-852-0537; safaris@trip.net or john@ausafari.com) still had access to three elephant permits as well, but the dates are for the second half of June and July, so contact him immediately if you are interested.

Also, Tharia Unwin of Johan Calitz Safaris (011-27-56-2131633; www.johancalitzsafaris.co.za/; tharia@calitzsafaris.com) had one elephant permit left at $36,900 for a 12-day hunt. She says you can expect a bull in the 59-pound range, but, again, you'll have to act fast, as the dates were for this month.

Unwin also asked us to remind hunters headed to Botswana about several charges they should prepare to pay. First, be aware that Air Botswana is charging a handling fee of approximately 300 Rand (about $38) at........(continued)

 
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