Successful Safari Hunting in Central African Republic Despite Rebels


Published: April - 2013

In the February issue I warned you that a number of hunting operators in Central African Republic had canceled their seasons due to the activities of the rebel group Seleka. Several lost camps and equipment to looting as Seleka marched to within 50 miles of Bangui. Despite that, at least two operators did not shut down. Those were Erik Mararv of Central African Wildlife Adventures (CAWA) and an operator called L'île du Buffle Rouge. I now have reports on both.

Subscriber Pemble Davis had called me just days before his January 15 safari with CAWA to discuss the situation there. You'll recall I had sent out an Email Extra Bulletin on December 28, 2012, warning that the US State Department and the UN had evacuated all of their personnel from the country and left their offices unmanned. Also, the State Department had issued a strong travel warning in which they specifically addressed American sporthunters.

Davis had spoken to Mararv, who told him his area was unaffected by the rebel activity and advised him to come hunting. The question Davis had was whether he would be able to fly into Bangui or if he could get stuck in CAR if the rebels moved on the capitol, as they were threatening to do. Air France was still flying into CAR at the time Davis and I spoke, and, being the stalwart hunting adventurer he is, Davis decided to go for it. He called me again in February to tell me how well things had gone and later followed up with a hunt report (9041).

From what Davis heard while in country, the rebels (or bandits as it turned out in some cases), had hit Zata, Ndogo and Zanda, disrupting safari hunting for operators in those areas. But Mararv's area, which lies in eastern CAR, apparently was undisturbed. Besides hearing poachers shooting on two nights and running into a pastoralist with a herd of 40 cattle, Davis had no problems in the bush. Getting into the country was more problematic. He says his flight in was diverted........(continued)

 
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