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On Civet Hunting in Zimbabwe

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Report ID: 10336 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 5, 2015 to September 11, 2015
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Bubye Valley Conservancy

Outfitter (or safari company): Mazunga Safaris (2). 8 Norfolk Road,; Hillside, ; Bulawayo; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011 263 9 241425 ; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Kevin Elliott
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 41 1/2" SCI 107
Hyena - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: good male
Civet - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: very large male
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: This is my 7th African Safari. Even with a significant drought in Zim,the numbers of game in the Bubye and general condition was truly amazing. All of the water points were being pumped with water behind most of the large dams. All of the plains game looked to be in great shape. Great numbers of Zebra, Impala, Gnu, and Waterbuck. Herds of over a 100-300 Buffalo encountered everyday with groups of Duggar Boys at each major water point. We saw Lions everyday and had them roaring around camp every night. 2 Leopard sightings as well. Elephants were in view everyday. We never saw Rhino, but saw fresh tracks most everyday.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Delta Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: I did not carry my own weapon. I had no issues with Delta or my SAA Airlink Connection to Bulawayo. all connections were on time. 777 Aircraft was very comfortable with the flat bed/seats in business Class

Hunting Fees: daily rate plus observer Amount: $13500
Trophy Fees: Buff/Hyena/Civet Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Delta Business class x 2 Amount: $10000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: Driving into the Bubye the first evening and watching a Large Lion chase 8 spotted Hyena off a fresh kill! Now that's the way to start a Safari. Taking my best Buffalo Bull, 41 1/2" with 15" Bosses an ancient Duggar Boy, with great polished bosses and worn tips. 3 stalks to finally put him in the salt.
Equipment Recommendations: General Safari gear, but be prepared for the heat in Oct!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? The Bubye is one of the last great places to hunt in Zim. Extremely well managed for top age class trophies. It has all of the Big 5 in abundance. Excellent Lion,Leopard and Buffalo hunting with great numbers of plains game. It is a wonderful place to take your spouse and family and get the full African experience...who needs to visit the parks, there is more game in the Bubye.

Hunter Name: Mac Plymale
Contact Information: Tel. 913 638 6068 - 12001 Bluejacket street, Overland Park, KS USA, 66213 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Global hunter, hunting on 5 continents.
Physical Condition: Very Good

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

I was initially going to Zim for a quick trip for a 50th birthday celebration for my first Zim PH whom I hunted with in 1992. It was only after I read about the Bubye in the Hunting Report that I asked about setting up a quick Buffalo Hunt. The Buffalo hunting sounded amazing in the reports. The feedback had been nothing short of exceptional. I was ready to see the Bubye for myself. The Birthday Party was a grand event in the Old Bulawayo Club. With a 100 in attendance for a Black tie party that brought the Club back to it's glory colonial days! With my wonderful wife along we then headed to the Bubye Valley Conservancy- Fimbiri Camp. It was everything I've read about. A truly wonderful place with over a million acres and excellent game numbers that is extremely well managed. We started by entering the gates at sunset to watch a large male lion chasing 8 spotted hyena through the headlights. Now that's the way to start a safari. The Fimbiri camp is one of 7 on the Million acre conservancy. Set up on a high hill it gave us great views and a excellent in breeze in the warm October air. The camp was Clean comfortable and well managed. The overall numbers of game were truly outstanding. Impala, Gnu, Zebra and Waterbuck were in the hundreds everyday. Herds of over 100 Buffalo were spotted every morning and evening moving to the many water points. We saw one Buffalo herd that would easily go over 300. We had no trouble finding Duggar Boy groups to hunt each day at the major water points. It gave us the luxury of really looking for a grand old bull to be proud of. My PH, Kevin Elliot did a wonderful job leading me to a Big Old Duggar Bull that was 41 1/2" with 15" bosses. I couldn't be happier with the Bull. Kevin and his trackers, skinners and staff were top notch. We encountered Lions everyday in the field mostly in the daylight hours and had them roaring around camp every night. There are estimated to be over 500 Lions in the Bubye.... We encountered Leopard, Civet, Hyena (Brown and Spotted) multiple times. The Sable, Eland and Kudu were all in good numbers and with solid trophies among the groups. The Elephants were encountered regularly. Several good bulls approaching 40-45lbs were seen, but no Giants...not yet. The Bubye is a Hunting treasure. Built and supported on hunting $$ it is a place I highly recommend to all that are looking for a truly great place to hunt the Big 4 and see all 5. Oh, and I did get in a few afternoons of Dove, Francolin and Guinea Fowl hunting...Superb! A great place for families and a truly wonderful hunting destination. Blondie Leatham is doing truly outstanding work in managing the Bubye. After watching the downward spiral of Zim the last 23 years it was wonderful to see how great Zim can be once again. The Bubye is truly a Zim treasure...I highly recommend it.

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