We have just finished a 14-day Zambezi Valley hunt that went off very well. The Hunter and the co-hunter were both very happy. 2 good buffalo, 2 hippo (one extremely good!), 1 elephant, 1 hyena, 1 waterbuck, 3 impala, and a great crocodile were taken! Time was a bit short with such a big bag and unfortunately the lion was not taken. Big lion were seen but the circumstances were not quite right. As far as the security situation goes there were absolutely no problems encountered or even hinted at. For a reference you can contact one of these clients directly: - Matthias Wittkemper, E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact us for late season bookings in our Charara safari area or Sanyati: - email@example.com Fuel is a problem but seems to be easing up.
From: Ron Wangerow E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org date: June 6, 2000
My son and I just returned this past Thursday, June 1, from a three-week hunting safari in Zimbabwe (with a short side four-day hunting trip in the Free State Province, in South Africa, during our stay in Zimbabwe.
The only thing we noticed that was different from our last Zimbabwe safari (July 1998) was that there is a serious shortage of diesel fuel, and even gasoline is sometimes short for a few or perhaps several days at a time (this last seemed to be only in Harare -- not out in the country so much). This is probably because of the trade cutback reactions of the rest of the world to Mugabe's latest tactics.
However, it is important to note that our PH, Frank McCourt (Lowveld Safaris), with whom we also went last time, was very careful to avoid areas that are more troublesome, e.g., the Karoi area and many other areas north of Harare that have been rather "hot" at recent times. The situation, up to now, has not been nearly as bad as the international press reports seem........(continued)