Central African Republic Hunting Operators Cancel 2013 Season Due to Rebel Activities


Published: February - 2013

Over in Central African Republic (CAR) many operators have canceled their hunting season for 2013. Others will be operating in limited capacity. The reason is that a group of rebels calling themselves "Seleka" blazed a swath through CAR in late December, capturing a number of towns and stopping less than 50 miles outside of the capital of Bangui, demanding the ouster of CAR President Francois Bozize. The US State Department issued a Travel Warning on December 23 and again on December 28 when the US Embassy and the UN chose to fly all of their personnel out of the country, leaving their offices empty. We distributed an Email Extra Bulletin on December 28, about a week after our January issue had gone to press. In it, we informed Email Extra subscribers about the imminent danger in Bangui and the possible cancelation of all commercial flights. Even if hunters could have entered the country in early January, there was no guarantee they would be able to leave if the rebels took Bangui.

A ceasefire was negotiated in mid-January, and, as I wrote this, peace was holding in the country. Unfortunately, the hunting season has been a casualty of war, at least in many cases. Club Faune and Rudy Lubin Safaris have canceled their seasons, along with several other operators. I received reports that numerous hunting camps were looted and destroyed, along with vehicles and anything that could not be taken. What's worse, I'm hearing that the damage, in many cases, was not done by rebels, but by locals, including some who have worked with the hunting operators.

What this means for hunters booked into CAR this year, and even next year, is that your operator may not be able to conduct the safari you purchased. The timing of events could not have been worse, coming after operators had set up camps, hired staff and paid for supplies and workers to clear trails, which means overhead expenses have been lost. If you are booked to hunt CAR, we urge you to have a frank discussion with your operator. Ask about lost........(continued)

 
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