There is still no word on the future of hunting in Zambia, which was closed abruptly this past season. We have that directly from safari insiders who describe the continuing silence from State House as "almost eerie." By all reports, the new Zambia Wildlife Authority remains in limbo, and the communities that stood to gain by sharing the revenue from safari hunting are demoralized. The only thing new to report is that so-called nonresident hunting (that is, hunting by Zambian nationals) has been opened as usual. With no safari company representatives in the field, it is anyone's guess what kind of harvest of animals is taking place.
We have heard nothing to sway us from the view that the closure of hunting in Zambia is linked to the politics of presidential succession. Those politics continue to roil the nation, and it could still be months before a successor is finally named. In the meantime, the safari marketing season is coming up fast, which means many clients will be weighing whether to save some of their time and funds for a safari to Zambia in 2002. All we can say at this point is, the situation is unreadable. You should ask for proof in the form of government documents from anyone who tells you otherwise.