Johan Calitz Safaris Will Still Conduct Hunts


Published: November - 2001

We do need to correct a mistake we made in our report last month about Botswana outfitter, Johan Calitz. We said the Botswana Government had refused to issue Calitz' hunting organization, Johan Calitz Safaris, a license to conduct hunts next year. That is not correct. To our knowledge, his Tourist Safari Operator's License is not in jeopardy. What the government refused to issue was Calitz' personal Professional Hunters License. We regret the error, and hasten to add that Calitz tells us he has mounted a major effort to get the government to reconsider its decision.

We received the above clarification from Calitz, incidentally, while he was in the hospital in South Africa, recovering from a severe buffalo trampling which he experienced in Tanzania last month. Calitz was a guest of a safari client when the accident occurred. He was not acting as a professional hunter at the time. Here is what he said happened:

"It is true that I was battered about by a buffalo. The incident took place after the Botswana season closed while I was accompanying a friend and client on a buffalo hunt in Tanzania. As in most accidents, things happened extremely fast and the exact sequence of events is blurry. However, the long and the short of the story is that both the PH and I tried to stop the charging beast but he got to us before we could stop him.

"In an attempt to get a proper shot at the charging animal, I lost my footing when I stepped into a hole and broke my ankle. By that time, the buffalo had favored me as the target for his rage. The angry animal picked me up and started tossing me in the air a couple of times. When I landed on the ground, he tried to crush me with his boss. Fortunately, the soil was soft and there were no trees or rocks against which the buffalo could pin me. Only then, after I was down, could the PH get a proper shot in, ending the fight for the........(continued)

 
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