Trouble In Northern Namibia


Published: January - 2000

The country that is a bit hard to write about this month is Namibia, parts of which were redlined by the US State Department in a Public Announcement dated December 21. The announcement urges US citizens to avoid travel to the Kovango and Caprivi regions of northern Namibia due to an "uncertain security situation." The problem is that ongoing conflict between the government of Angola and the Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA). Seems Angolan troops recently used Namibian territory to launch a campaign against UNITA, sparking retaliatory fire by UNITA.

Unfortunately, the affected area is the most important big game hunting area in Namibia. It's where virtually all of the elephant hunting takes place, as well as most of the buffalo and lion hunting. So, what do you do if you have plans for a hunt here? Adopt a wait-and-see attitude. We have that advice from a source in Namibia whose opinions we trust completely. Already, as this issue went to press between Christmas and New Year's, the fighting had moved north, out of sight, even earshot, of observers in Caprivi. The only lingering concern centered on the possibility that UNITA forces would take revenge actions of some sort against Namibia. The overall situation is expected to be clear by the middle of this month.

In the meantime, it has not been possible to plan a hunt in this part of Namibia anyway because big game area reallocations have been held up, apparently due to the conflict up north. At press time, allocations were expected to be made around the middle of the month. If so, we will have a complete rundown next month.

Make no mistake, a lot of interesting hunting is up for grabs, including 35 bull elephants, plus a goodly number of buffalo, lions, leopards - even several sable and roan. It has not been widely reported, but Namibia (specifically, the East Kavango Area) produced a jumbo this past year that cracked the century mark (102 x 100 pounds). It was taken by a German client........(continued)

 
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