In Mozambique, we have finally received some preliminary information on the hunting being planned this year in the northern part of the country, near the Niassa Game Reserve. I say "preliminary" because at press time PH's were already in the field and unavailable for comment. Suffice it to say, it appears that a South African company called Unyati Safaris, owned at least in part by PH Gerald Conway, is shaping up as a principal player. Reports reaching us are the company has a very long lease on a huge concession, with an absolutely enormous quota of lions (16, according to one report we have heard), plus buffalo, sable and other general bag animals. We have had calls from several subscribers who are headed that way this summer. They promised an update on their return.
In the meantime, we have calls out ourselves to Conway. We have heard nothing about this operation to cause us to be hesitant, but in the past other outfitters who have been interested in this part of Mozambique have been discouraged by the difficulty of access and the complete lack of infrastructure. Conway reportedly has his own plane and plans to access the area via Lilongwe in neighboring Malawi. A quick look at a map of Africa reveals this to be a sensible and imminently do-able plan. We aren't about to jump on a bandwagon of any sort about this area given our state of knowledge about it, but it is worth noting that northern Mozambique may be one of the great hunting gems left on the continent. Stay tuned for a much more detailed update soon.