How Do The Best of Zimbabwe's Hunting Operators and PHs Really Stack Up?


Published: January - 2013

The Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) has released a list of operators and PHs receiving awards of excellence from the association for 2012. With so many award programs around the world, some hunters wonder if the recipients actually live up to the awards they receive. So, we went through the list and compared it against our record of hunt reports by real hunters on the various PHs, operators and hunting areas mentioned. Here's a run down of the winners and what we have on them in our database should you want to know more about them:

· Best Run Hunting Camp: Sango Camp, Save Valley.  This camp is operated by Zambezi Hunters. -- We have a total of 13 reports on this operation, 10 of them on their Save Valley area. All rate the camp, meals, outfit, etc. as excellent. The last three reports specifically mention Sango and are from Will J. Parks. He hunted there in 2009 (Report 7307), 2011 (8505) and 2012 (8759) with PH Thierry Labat. He killed good leopard (see photo in our online Trophy Gallery) and buffalo (one 40-incher) on both hunts, and a "monster" lion, a 56-pound elephant, 11-foot croc and 27-inch hippo.

· Consistent Excellence: Mokore Safaris, operated by Barrie Duckworth in the Save Valley and Zambezi Valley. -- We have 21 reports on file going back to 2010. They are all highly positive, listing good quality trophies, raves on game management, praises for PHs and overall excellent marks on the operation as a whole.

· Best Elephant: Lloyd Yeatman, Shangani Safaris. Areas: Naivasha, Lowveld. Average of both tusks is 90 pounds. -- We have three reports on hunts guided by Lloyd Yeatman, all positive (884, 2229, 8158). Most of the elephants reported on were in the 50-something range, with one reported at 63 pounds. There are also a number of reports on the Naivasha area and Shangani going back to 1999. If you are considering lion and/or leopard in this area, you should especially read reports 2614 and 6659. Just keep in mind they are with a........(continued)

 
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Facilitators: Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe; Zambezi Hunters; Mokore Safaris; Shangani Safaris; SSG Safaris; Mazunga Safaris; Pro Safaris Africa; John Sharp Safaris; Lowveld Hunters/Buffalo Trails;

  


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