What you should be prepared for, no matter who gets what concession, is a significant jump in prices. That's because of increased concession fees and a hike in government trophy fees and other costs. Plus, operators are required to pay for 70 percent of their quotas up front. The Hunting Report obtained a tendering document issued by the Zambia Wildlife Authority with quotas for each area and the proposed government fees. Some trophy fees are increasing more than 50 percent. Lion has increased to over $10,000. Leopard is up to about $5,000. Buffalo and crocodile are both up to about $3,000 each.
There are also changes in some quotas. Many of the areas offering lion had annual quotas of three cats, but some of those areas have lost a lion in their quota. To see exactly how many of the most popular species are on quota for each area, go to Website Uploads on the homepage of our website. Look for New Zambia Concession Quotas & Government Fees.
If you are thinking about a safari to Zambia, you may want to review our Zambia Hunt-Planning Package, featuring hunts from 2010 to present. (Non Email Extra subscribers pay $26, plus postage for this package.) Many of the reports offer insightful observations on the areas, game availability, trophy quality and human encroachment. There are a number of hunt reports on safaris this year. I was specifically asked not to cover them in the newsletter until the reallocations were done because operators........(continued)