We have learned of a hunting safari operator in the West African country of Burkina Faso called Noufou Compare. Our past reports on hunting in Burkina Faso have focused on Ricardo (Richard) Julia, who operates Hotel Ricardo and runs a handful of safaris every year in a concession known as the President's Concession. For a number of years now, we had not received any more information or heard of any other developments until last month when subscriber and agent Arjun Reddy sent us a report on this other operator Noufou Compare. Reddy says this operator has focused on strictly European hunters in the past, but that he will be working with him now and hopes to entice more American hunters to this lost corner of Africa. Reddy writes: "I have just returned from three weeks in Burkina Faso visiting different concessions for small game (birds, warthog and small antelope), and big game hunting. My goal was to formalize relationships with a good concession where I could send clients.
"Over the years I have arranged a few hunts in Burkina Faso; clients have had good hunts and taken lion, buffalo, roan and others. Now, having been there myself, I can truly say that Burkina Faso is a hidden jewel.
"Despite being one of the poorest countries in Africa, it is safe, and the people are very friendly. Ouagadougou, the capital, has a very low crime rate and violent crime is very rare. Getting there is straightforward. Hunters fly to Paris and connect on a daily flight to Ouagadougou.
"I was met at the airport and cleared immigration and my guns with no problems. After a good night's rest in a hotel (choices range from $150 to $300 per night), I was picked up the next morning for a seven-hour drive to camp on good roads in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. For next season, they are looking at a charter flight option to camp.
"Outfitter Noufou Compare's concession was the first hunting concession in Burkina Faso,........(continued)