Here at The Hunting Report, we are going to stay on our middle course as regards Zimbabwe and the advisability of hunting there this year, recommending that booked safari clients take their cue from on-the-ground contacts, all the while staying informed and staying flexible. We know for a fact that scores of Hunting Report subscribers have hunted Zimbabwe this year and that others are on the ground there now. We have not received a single report of violence being used or threatened against a hunting client.
Hunters returning from Zimbabwe will be doing the hunting community a great service by filing reports as soon as they get home. For the record, we fully expect land seizures to continue in Zimbabwe, and we look for economic problems to get much worse before they get better. Witness the imposition of gas rationing at the end of last month.
Longer term, the forces unleashed by Mugabe and his so-called war veterans are ominous indeed. Will land seizures spread to South Africa and Namibia? There is preliminary evidence this is indeed happening, casting a shadow over the future not just of game farming in the region but of all commercial farming. Make no mistake, some game farms have already been lost to seizures in Zimbabwe, and others are about to go. Absolutely huge hunting tracts are under threat if the land-seizure movement spreads south. In the short term, though, we think a collective sigh of relief is in order. Things in Zimbabwe could have gone much worse........(continued)