At any rate, Whitham says the wait for this zone to open was worth it. An old-style hunter who eschews going afield with a tape measure, Whitham says he took what he calls a "giant" black-maned lion and "trophy class" specimens of sable, eland, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, Nyassa wildebeest and hippo. He says he also could have taken a leopard, but passed on doing so because he cannot import the trophy into Australia, where he makes his home.
"A totally wild area of nearly eight million acres, no fences, little human interference, a good guide, lots of cats, lots of sable," Whitham enthuses. He warmly recommends his safari, giving the cost of it as $1,000 per day, plus trophy fees that ranged from $3,000 for lion and $2,000 for sable down to $900 each for the other animals he took.
As for elephants, Whitham says there were plenty of them around, but they were not on license, as they were last year for the first time in Piet Hougaard's area farther south. We have not been able to determine just why, but the inside word is, elephant is almost certain to stay closed around Niassa Game Reserve. That is true in Wilson's area, as well as in the buffer zone being hunted by Kambako Safari, whose Niassa-area offerings we have written about before.
(Postscript: Regarding that second elephant safari in Piet Hougaard's area of Mozambique this past summer (see November 2000 issue, pp. 2-3), we've been asked to mention that the PH who conducted it was Richard Rouget, not Piet Hougaard. The elephant taken by the French client can be seen on Rouget's web site. Sorry for........(continued)