Hunting In Liberia


Published: December - 2000

In Liberia, Tom Banks of West African Safaris says he is pushing ahead with plans to hunt this country in spite of a stern new Travel Warning issued November 2, 2000 by the US State Department. It warns US citizens against travel to Liberia "due to the unstable security situation throughout the country," and goes on to say "ill-trained and armed government security personnel continue to constitute a potential danger." Banks says the warning was issued for purely political reasons - e.g., to punish Liberian President Charles Taylor for supporting the war in neighboring Sierra Leone. All reports we have received seem to indicate that may be true, but we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't point out that traveling to a redlined country does pose special risks. For one thing, certain kinds of insurance coverages don't apply. Would-be travelers should check that out.

On the positive side, we should point out that none of the returning hunters we have spoken with have raised any concern about personal safety in Liberia. In that connection, we have just received a detailed report from subscriber Bob Otto, who has now made two trips to Liberia - one in 1999 and one in 2000. The report, with its graphic description of on-the-ground conditions, is absolutely must reading by anyone contemplating a trip to Liberia. It is worth noting that Otto says the hunting and the overall outfitting of this hunt have improved dramatically in the last two years. He recommends the hunt, but only to hunters who know, and accept, what they are getting into.

Subscribers can order a hard copy through our Hunt Report Photocopy Service. Ask for "Otto Liberia Report" #1977. See Hunt Report Photocopy Service Box elsewhere in this issue for details on ordering.

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