Latest On Kruger


Published: May - 2000

What is the latest on those elephant and buffalo hunts that are slated to take place this year in South Africa's Kruger National Park? We broke the story on these hunts in the March 2000 issue (see page 8), and told you how they came about as a result of a lawsuit filed against the government by the Makuleke Community. Seems this community was forced out of the northern corner of the park years ago by the apartheid government as part of its scheme to create separate "homelands" for the various indigenous groups in South Africa. The community argued that its claims to what is now park land had never been extinguished, and the government agreed.

What evolved was a remarkable agreement that allows the community to commercialize the natural resources of the land in consultation with park officials. They can't live there, and they can't farm the land, but they can conduct ecotours and - surprise, surprise! - a limited number of safaris. As we told you earlier, the company that won the right to conduct the safaris for the community is Wayne Wagner. In all, two elephant and two buffalo safaris are on offer.

At press time, we caught Wayne Wagner in the office and were able to confirm that everything is still a go. In fact, as this issue went to press, the first elephant hunter was about to leave the states. We aren't authorized to release his name, but he is a Hunting Report subscriber, and we have dropped him a note, urging him to call us as soon as he scores. Will he, and the following hunter, take 100-plus-pounders? And what about the buffalo that will be taken...?

At press time, Wagner said he was set to leave the next day for the Kruger area, where he would be dropping off supplies and doing some pre-scouting. There had been a lot of rain in the area, he said, so he was expecting to find game quite dispersed. Also, he said some of the few available roads were sure to........(continued)

 
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