Zambia Cliffhanger


Published: January - 2001

Talk about a photo finish! As this issue went to press, it was less than two weeks to the all-important Safari Club International Convention, where the bulk of African safaris are sorted out, if not outright booked, and Zambia still had not announced which companies have been allocated rights to hunt this country's various areas. To be sure, the ambiguity is almost certainly over as you read this, but for the record, Zambia's reluctance to make up its mind created some unbelievable jitters in late December. The jitters were made worse at press time by word of a new shake-up in the Ministry of Tourism.

We won't dwell on what is now history, but we would be remiss if we didn't point out how developments like this illustrate the benefit of our web site. In the run-up to the convention, we monitored this development daily and posted what we learned under "What's New." So, take advantage of our web site. We're working hard to make it serve your interests.

Still in Zambia, but on another subject, continuing subscribers will almost surely remember that buffalo incident that left Hunting Report subscriber Noel Wolfe seriously injured this past summer. Well, the official enquiry on the incident has now been completed and the PH involved, Bill Williams, is going to come through with only a "censure" for not having his client with him at all times.

We published starkly different accounts of this incident back in the October issue, you'll recall, one of them from Wolfe and one from Williams (see the October 2000 issue, pages 7-9). We won't recap those accounts here, but suffice it to say both of them, in our view, indeed painted a picture of a PH who did not keep his client with him at all times, which is a basic requirement of all PHs. Apparently the committee looking into the incident came to the same conclusion.

We have word of the completed enquiry from Mike Faddy of PHAZ (Professional Hunters Association of Zambia), who promised us a........(continued)

 
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