Hunting Mulobezi Bilibili GMA in Zambia with Tandala Safaris


Published: October - 2016

Subscriber Jeff Holmes has a report on a new safari hunting operation in the Mulobezi Bilibili GMA in Zambia. Tandala Safaris Zambia is owned and operated by PHs Lance Higgins and Greg Street. Holmes took leopard, sable, impala and Sharpe grysbok on a two-week safari in May with Higgins as PH. He says the remote concession in the Kafue River area is the "real deal." Holmes booked his hunt through Greg Brownlee of Neal and Brownlee, LLC (www.nealandbrownlee.com; 918-299-3580), exclusive agent for Tandala Safaris Zambia.

Holmes writes, "Mulobezi Bilibili is a newly reopened concession in western central Zambia, now being hunted for the first time since 2012. The concession consists of 3,065 square kilometers (approximately 750,000 acres) bordered on the northwest by the Machili River and on the southeast by the Mulobezi River. The area was formerly part of Mulobezi Concession #9, which was divided in two in 2005. The northwestern part of Mulobezi Bilibili was hunted from 2005 until 2012 but most of it remains relatively untapped by hunters due to remoteness and inaccessibility.

"Lance Higgins has been a PH for over 25 years, previously hunting with Fico Vidale and with Leopard Ridge Safaris. Greg Street has been a licensed PH since 2000, hunting with Leopard Ridge and others.

"I was fortunate to be the first hunter at Mulobezi Bilibili since 2012, having booked a leopard and sable hunt through booking agents Neal and Brownlee the year before. At that time, Higgins was hunting the Mushingashi Conservancy, but we switched to Mulobezi Bilibili when he was able to secure the area in Feb. 2016. Torrential rains prevented Tandala from developing or exploring the area until April. I arrived on May 14 to find camp still under construction, but ready for guests.

"The exploratory nature of this hunt appealed to me, and I wasn't disappointed. The camp is in a previously unoccupied area of the concession with 40 miles of newly cut roads. Higgins eventually plans to cut over 300 miles of new roads to access more areas of........(continued)

 
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