We want to give Paya Kakuli a tip of the hat, as they have gone above and beyond in refunding the cost of this trip including trophy fees (over $12,000 USD), especially since Reynolds did not actively seek any restitution. They have certainly shown a commitment to maintain a high standard of business in Zambia.
It was not unexpected that there would be a few glitches in the newly reopened GMAs. As we reported in January, Derick and Sylvia van Staden brought concerns about resident hunts directly to the Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). There have been discussions of a number of strategies for addressing resident hunting conflicts. Resident hunting takes place in late-season when most tourist hunts have concluded. The van Stadens and Paya Kakuli made an effort to buy up some resident hunting permits, and plan to work closely with the DNPW and resident hunters to avoid any future issues.
Sylvia van Staden (firstname.lastname@example.org) handles bookings for Paya Kakuli Safaris as well as Sitatunga Safaris in the neighboring Luawata GMA.
It should be noted that all Zambia GMA's will have resident hunting, usually in late-season. Those booking in Zambia should discuss any concerns with their agent or operator.