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On Lechwe Hunting in Zambia

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Report ID: 9938 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 15, 2014 to September 5, 2014
Place of Hunt: Zambia -
Hunt Area: Kafue Flats, Near Lavushi Manda National Park, Tondwa (20 km from Congo in Northern Zambia), Nyakolwe Private Game Reserve - Southern Luangwa River Valley and Mfunta

Outfitter (or safari company): Wes Hixon; Wes Hixon Outdoor Adventures. PO Box 101; 19204 Highway 11; Wild Wood; GA; 30752; Tel. 800-550-5125; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Peter Chipman (Kwalatapeter@Yahoo.Com)
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Lechwe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very nice one (not measured)
Lechwe, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 23.5"
Sitatunga - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 28.5"
Puku - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 17.5"
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37.5"
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Didn't measure, but nice one
Sable - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 42.5" (great, old guy)
Roan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29.5" (huge)
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Had shots, just couldn't get a quick shot on one! They are everywhere.
Bushpig - Availability: Never saw any but tried 3x. Maybe wrong season?
Game Condition Comments: My wife took a really nice hippo (didn't measure skull but it was 15 feet long) and we used a hippo leg for her to get a 12.5' crocodile (which they consider medium size). Both of these were in the Nyakolwe Private Game Reserve. Also took an 8.5" Warthog in Mfunta and a Common Reedbuck (above average)

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Ethiopian Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: 777 Straight through Washington IAD to Addis, Ethiopian. Then Addis to Lusaka, Zambia. I highly recommend. One thing - when you are coming back, there are some parasites at the airport in Addis (African Democrats) who took me downstairs, let my family get on the plane and claimed to be checking serial numbers on my guns. They were clearly looking for a bribe. Be prepared for this. The games we play.... Also - leave plenty of time in Lusaka to check bags, guns etc. The airline people were a bit clueless on how to deal with guns. We had one of Peter's local fellows get us through with some

Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: Not really a problem, but disregard all of the nonsense you read about not being able to use camo in Zambia on various websites.
Highlights of Hunt: Peter Chipman is an absolute professional in Zambia. I highly, highly recommend him in country. Its a complicated place to operate and you really must have a local to do it properly. This is the real Africa, not Namibia or South Africa (love those places too, but this is real). He speaks 5 African languages so there really is nothing that can come at him which he can't handle.
Equipment Recommendations: Avon Skin So Soft. Tsetse flies won't go near the stuff. What a lifesaver. Only 3 bites in 3 weeks. 2 sets of boots. A lot of walking to really see the country and game. Bring 2 or 3 different calibers. I went with .300 H&H and .375 H&H. Would have loved a .257Roberts for bushbuck, reedbuck and littler game. Bring small quantities of $1, $5, $10 and $20's. There are no "banks" other than in major cities so tips in $100's don't work. Definitely bring a bag of school supplies and candies for the local villages. We did a ton of that which is good for them and they in turn let us know where various animals were too.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? The combination with Wes Hixon answering questions in the U.S. about gear and Peter operating everything in Zambia really works well.

Hunter Name: Jeffrey J Kimbell
Contact Information: Tel. 202 494 3420 - 601 13th Street, NW Suite 650N | Washington | DC | USA | 20005 E-mail: JKimbell@Kimbell-Associates.Com
Hunting Experience: 4x to Africa, NZ, Australia, Argentina (4x), Spain, Scotland, Canada (8x), Arctic Circle, Aleutians, all over U.S. quite a bit for last 2 decades.
Physical Condition: Excellent

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

This was an incredible experience. Yes, I brought my 4 year old, my wife and her Mom for 2 of the backend weeks. It couldn't have gone any better. Peter Chipman (PH) had his kiddos and daughter join us to help babysit and we took our 4 year old out into the field a bunch too. That type of "extra mile" from a PH is what really puts Peter over the top for me/us. And remember, we got all of the game above while there was still disruption in the marketplace from the concession lawsuits and mess from the previous interior minister. I can't imagine how much better Zambia must be without these entanglements. We hope to go back in 2018 or 2019 when our kids are a bit older. Lets hope our government and theirs don't screw it up in the meantime!

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