Mid-Season Update On Zimbabwe


Published: August - 2001

As this issue goes to press, a remarkable number of Hunting Report subscribers are going forward with safaris to Zimbabwe, despite the unrest there associated with farmland occupations. In all, 18 subscribers had already hunted Zimbabwe and filed 26 pages of reports on what they experienced by July 26. E-mail extra subscribers have been receiving these reports free as soon as they come in. If you are not e-mail ready and you would like to see a hard copy of these reports, we can photocopy and mail them to you at our cost: $15, plus $3.80 postage in the US; $7.50 in Canada/Mexico; $9.50 overseas.

Suffice it to say, the basic tone of the reports is positive, though more than one subscriber expresses concern about next year if a solution to the land crisis isn't found. No one has reported any concern for his safety so far, and we have not heard from anyone whose safari was disrupted by squatters. Subscriber Ken Wilson, who checked in with a report on July 2, had this interesting observation on how the squatter situation is actually playing out in the countryside where he hunted:

"At no time, did any of my party feel unsafe. We did see squatters living on the cattle ranch where we hunted and at other ranches that we passed. It appeared that a policy of non-confrontation was being followed, and that it was succeeding. Seems squatters simply show up on a targeted property, select a plot for themselves, build rustic living quarters and basically camp out. None of them seemed to be doing much farming. Many squatters seemed to show up only on weekends, which means they probably live, and maybe work, elsewhere during the week."

Here at The Hunting Report, we aren't about to guarantee anyone that the rest of this season will continue to unfold smoothly, but we continue to be comfortable with our recommendation that booked clients stay in touch with their on-the-ground operators and take their cue from them on what to do. We're cautiously optimistic that 2001 will go........(continued)

 
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