All About New Operator Congo Hunting Safari in Congo-Brazzaville


Published: July - 2013

Last month I reported that a new hunting safari operator had appeared in Congo-Brazzaville (see Article 3096). He is Thielman Neethling of Congo Hunting Safari (011-264-81-128-4134; www.congohuntingsafari.com), and he has taken over from Gert Saimaan's Congo Safaris. Neethling is a third-generation rancher and farmer from Namibia, where he has operated Agagia Hunting Namibia (011-264-81-149-3838; www.agagia.com) for seven years. He has personally hunted twice with Congo Safaris, including the hunt when PH Andre Van Deventer was gored by a forest buffalo. You'll recall I reported on that back in September 2012, (Article 2931), and told you that Saimaan would be stepping in for Van Deventer to finish out the season. It's unclear what happened after that, but this season Neethling has emerged at the helm of the only safari operation we currently know of in Congo-Brazzaville.

I spoke with Neethling by phone just before he left for Congo to inspect operations. He says he is hunting the same area Saimaan had, which you'll recall is also where Eric von Stockenstroom hunted. Neethling tells me he has made a number of improvements at the camp and has others planned. This season, clients will find showers and toilets attached to their rooms as well as air conditioning. "For the amount clients are paying for these safaris, we needed to provide a little more comfort in our camp," Neethling told me. There is also an ice machine and two serviceable vehicles in camp, including a new safari truck. Clients will also find all camp staff wearing Congo Hunting Safari uniforms.

Neethling tells me he has also received three additional adjoining concessions, covering a "huge" area in northern Congo. He could not give me specifics when we spoke, but said that was one of things he would be looking at while in Congo. He promised to get me additional details for next month. With these other concessions in hand, however, he says the plan is to add a fly camp by January. Also on the horizon is fishing for goliath tigerfish (a giant variety of that toothy species), plus gorilla-viewing eco-tours.........(continued)

 
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