My son, age 18, and I hunted in the Save Conservancy District during the first 10 days of August. We booked our hunt through John Gates of Blair Worldwide in Flagstaff, Arizona and hunted with Chipimibi Safaris (Kent Yeatman and Besti, PHs). We first spent four days sightseeing in London which was only possible through the offices and with the help of James Peddar who handled our rifles and ammos and dealt with British Customs and getting us on Air Zimbabwe in London. We hunted out of Masapas Camp on the banks of the Save River. We were treated like royalty by the staff and the "hunting team" was exceptionally competent and professional and entertaining. Game was plentiful and trophy quality excellent for our plains game hunt. There were some "war vets" camped in the area but we had no problems with them except to the extent some of them had apparently decided to snare supper. Kent picked us up at and delivered us to the airport so we never spent anytime exposed to potential problem areas. All in all a perfect choice for a first safari. Ran into some hunters on their 8th at Masapas who felt similar.
From: Raj Paul E-mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: September 6, 2000
Just returned from a hunt in Zimbabwe (Aug. 15-Sept. 2,2000). We did not encounter any problems because of the political situation. Yes, we saw some squatters on some farms but they were camped next to the roads and did not enter the main areas of the farms. Some farmers told of them coming and pegging out areas of land they hope to acquire but nothing has become of that as yet. The land owners are nervous, as one can imagine and it is a topic of constant discussion - they do live with that fear of losing their properties but yet, they are also optimistic that nothing will come of it - their hopes seem to lie with the US........(continued)