I have been reading some of the stories from The Hunting Report about the current situation in Zimbabwe, and I now feel the need to write. I have hunted in Zimbabwe five times and in Zambia. My latest hunt in Zimbabwe was November 2000. I was hunting in Matetsi Unit One with PH Greg Michelson, and I did not have one single problem.
What I will recommend to people who are afraid to go to Zimbabwe is don't go if you are afraid. But then you also should not walk out of your house back home, don't drive your car and don't walk in the bush (snakes).
About the fuel situation, there is one good thing; you are alone on the road. .... Are you that at home??? In Zambia I have seen more poaching and poachers than I have seen in Zimbabwe, and I have been hunting in Zimbabwe since 1995. In Zimbabwe, you have the best PH's, and they will take care of you. Also, they have some of the best hunting areas for big game in Africa. Go and see them.
From: Jack Steenson E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: March 15, 2001
We were in central Zimbabwe for a month-long visit in October and November 2000. We were on a safari ranch in central Zimbabwe and a farm in the Mutari area near Lake Kariba. In central Zimbabwe, the neighbors had squatters and some poaching was evident. In the Mutari area, one gentleman we know had squatters, land surveyors and government staff move onto a farm to settle there. The farm had been listed for takeover, and the landowner had gone through the courts to have it delisted. He showed the squatters the paperwork but was told, "We don't obey the courts." He is simply just out one farm. This is catastrophic; imagine it happening to us in Canada and the US.