A country that has us worried, of course, is Zimbabwe, where what began as a land crisis has now become a major political and economic debacle. Visitors to the "Zimbabwe Crisis" section of our web site already know we recently became very wary about travel to this country in light of the escalating rhetoric and deepening economic crisis. We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't reiterate that position here in our important pre-convention issue. However (and this is important), we are cautiously optimistic that the troubles in Zimbabwe will be over by next safari season. There is an element of uncertainty, of course, but we feel comfortable giving the green light to 2001 safari bookings.
That said, we simply must point out that some previously great hunting on private land is now in shambles, and that poaching everywhere in Zimbabwe is way up. The economy of the nation is in a tailspin. Fuel is in critically short supply. The would-be safari client needs to ask some pointed questions about his outfitter's ability to find fuel and about the impact squatters have had on his properties. It goes without saying that would-be clients also need to keep their eyes on international newscasts. We'll be doing that ourselves and reporting what we learn in monthly issues. Stay tuned.