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)