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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 7345 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 13, 2009 to July 3, 2009
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Naivasha Camp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Lloyd Yeatman
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 56 pounds by 54 pounds.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two. 7 foot 7 inches.
Klipspringer - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments:


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:
Name of Airline: Lufthansa and charter Genair Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Genair Joburg to Zimbabwe - excellent and highly recommend this service.


COSTS
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


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Completing Big 5. Had some reservations about going to Zimbabwe, but we had no problems and my wife and I felt comfortable at all times - would recommend this hunt to anyone.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Great hunt, excellent PH and staff.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Danny Danell
Contact Information: Tel. 559-381-4040 - 4728 12th Ave., Hanford, CA 93230 E-mail: danny@danellbase.com
Hunting Experience: 36 years. 5th different concession in Africa.
Physical Condition: Fair to good.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 7015 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 23, 2008 to July 2, 2008
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gonarezhou National Park - Naivasha


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Richard Taylor
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Very, very scarce.
Kudu - Availability:
Waterbuck - Availability:
Bushbuck - Availability:
Zebra - Availability:
Hyena - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: The animals are smart, if they get hunting pressure they run to and stay in the national park, where you can not hunt.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Fair Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: South African and United Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: No problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $750 a day for 10 days. Amount: $7500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2621
Charter Airfares: Transfer fee Amount: $300
Other Costs: Tax $150, hotel $60 Amount: $210
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No sign of Cape buffalo.
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing elephant up close.
Equipment Recommendations: Well broken in hunting boots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Except for elephant, leopard and duiker all game was very, very scarce.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ken Von Storch
Contact Information: Tel. 817-686-7275 - Colleyville, TX 76034 E-mail: ksvs77@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Africa, Alaska, Canada, New Mexico, Texas.
Physical Condition: Good for age 54.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
This hunt was booked as a Cape buffalo hunt. I paid the daily fee of a buffalo hunt, so my intention and expectation was to hunt buffalo until I got one and then hunt plains game. I hunted hard, some days we walked 10 miles. I hunted for 10 days and never saw a buffalo and never got on any fresh sign of a buffalo. I was told by the safari company owner, Lloyd Yeatman, that he was the only Zimbabwe outfitter that Blair Worldwide Hunting books with. If this is true and you are considering booking a buffalo hunt with Blair Worldwide Hunting, you should ask a lot of questions. Find out who the safari company is before you book the hunt.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6817 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 15, 2007 to September 26, 2007
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Albert
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Over 40.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: No hits, baiting was poor, old meat hung from wire, visible from road.
Hippopotamus - Availability: None in area.
Game Condition Comments: Awful - my hunting partner never received a single opportunity. Outfitter drove four wheeler through our area while we were hunting.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Poor Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Poor
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Delta and Air 2000 Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Anne at Air 2000 is the only reliable person I dealt with on this trip. She is great.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $3750
Permits/Licenses: CITES permit. Amount: $100
Commercial Airfares: Used miles. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $7000
Other Costs: Spend last three days in Johannesburg. Charter got us out early. Amount: $1500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: PH unclear of boundaries. Only one group of bulls that moved across Limpopo at daybreak. Into South Africa I hunted about 15 minutes each day.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a buffalo and visiting the village.
Equipment Recommendations: Temperament.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Good way to lose a friend. Did not receive the hunt we bought. Worst hunt ever for me. One story after another. I could go on and on.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Howard F Lemon
Contact Information: Tel. 678-231-7540 - 1740 Rising Mist Lane, Cumming, GA 30041 E-mail: fred@fredlemon.com
Hunting Experience: 35 years.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? No Notified Personal Guide? No Notified Booking Agent? Yes
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? Yes
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? One half of daily rate fees. Only hunted three mornings. Charter was not needed. We hunted 5 hours away from Buffalo Range Airport.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
This is where we were booked. Took a charter flight to the local airport. Drove five hours to a camp operated by Ken Yeatman and were told the other area was "shot out". Ended up going back to Chiredzi to hunt after all. However it was an enclosure. Sean Blair told me afterwards that it was unhuntable and he never intended us to hunt there. Beats me.

Rebuttal from Lloyd Yeatman of Chipimbi Safaris:

Thank you for allowing us to put our point of view across concerning the report made by Mr. Howard Lemon.

Mr. Lemon and his friend Mr. Robert Spratlin came for buffalo/leopard/plains game. They chartered a plane to buffalo range and then were driven to the Sengwe hunting area to hunt their buffalo. The leopard, hippo and plains game were to be taken from our other two concessions once they had got their buffalos down. We had pre-baited these two concessions for leopard. On arrival they said that they wanted to be together and not hunt separately. Their P.H.'s were Albert and Ismael and they stayed together as a group as they requested. They knew from day one that they would only hunt a buffalo each from Sengwe and then would move to the leopard, hippo and plains game area.

I received a call from Howard on day three informing me that he had shot a good buffalo bull and was having a great time.

On day four Robert phoned saying that they were not seeing buffalo and that my brother Kent had driven past them on his four wheeler and that the buffalo were now spooked. He then went on to say that they were told by the booking agent that they would be hunting on a hunting area only twenty minutes from buffalo Range Airport. I told him that it is possible that there was probably a misunderstanding on the area they would be going to but that he must be referring to our Chipimbi ranch and headquarters. Robert insisted that they be taken there to hunt his buffalo. I told him that it would be a mistake to move to Chipimbi as Howard had shot his buffalo only the day before. I told him Chipimbi boma was a fenced in area of just under 3 000 acres that had our buffalo in and at that time the quality of buffalo was not as good as Sengwe. On day five Robert phoned again and said he wanted to go to Chipimbi against my advice. They then drove to our Naivasha concession to check the leopard baits on their way, but there was no strike - the baits still had about another four days to go. They arrived at Chipimbi and seemed happy to be there. The following day they all went out hunting. That evening I visited and to my surprise they said Chipimbi was too small to hunt and the buffalo were fenced. This is exactly what I had told them and why I recommended they stay at Sengwe. For the next four days they refused to hunt and they had told their P.H.'s to go home. They waited for four days for their air charter and just sat around and drank beers.

Despite my attempts everyday to get them to hunt whilst waiting for the charter they refused. They would go for walks and refuse to take their rifles with them because they said they were "done hunting".

They told me they did not have a problem with me but were upset with the booking agent and would ask for a refund of some sort on their return. I did not see how the booking agent had done anything wrong to warrant this. They left and I never heard from them again. Howard claims that they hunted fifteen minutes a day at Sengwe which according to the P.H.'s is not true at all and that the P.H.'s were unclear of the boundaries yet Albert has hunted the Sengwe for three years and Ismael has hunted the Sengwe for ten years. They chose to hunt for four days and give up. They insisted on hunting together which made it harder for the P.H.'s to get their animals. They say they failed to get a leopard and hippo but they refused to hunt after four days so how could they have got anything. I was very surprised at the time and am still surprised now why they made the choices they made after all they spent on coming here to refuse to hunt and to want to just sit in camp instead. To shoot a buffalo on day three and want to leave the hunting area on day four and then refuse to hunt once they got to the area that they insisted on going to against my advice. To top it all off I laid out a lot of money for their hunt including having to pay for two P.H.'s for a full 14 days despite them only being there for five days before being dismissed by the clients and told to go home - I still have to pay the P.H. for the full 14 days! And not being able to get revenue from animals I had already paid for them to shoot and was expecting them to shoot. Their hunt cost me money too! Both my booking agent and myself have been unfairly targeted and accused.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6659 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 11, 2007 to June 24, 2007
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Sengwe


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Kent Yeatman
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Hyena - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Large.
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Mature.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Trophy.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Saw two immature buffalo in 11 days.
Leopard - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: No quota on most species as I did see some trophies but I could not shoot them. Kudu, nyala, warthog and baboon.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Fair Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Poor
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Air Canada, United and Lufthansa Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: No problems at all.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9800
Trophy Fees: Amount: $1500
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $6400
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips, motel, etc. Amount: $2000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Did not hunt with the outfitter or in the area that I was booked for. Two buffalo both immature and after walking 60-70 miles. Lots of leopard sign but no quota despite this being one of my main trophies.
Highlights of Hunt: Calling in a hyena at night. Killing a large warthog. Trip to Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe is beautiful.
Equipment Recommendations: Good foot gear and lots of strong bug dope.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Jeff Blair misrepresented this hunt to the point of fraudulence. I strongly suggest that anyone thinking of booking a trip with Blair Worldwide read the back of his contract that absolves him of any responsibility.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Graham Perry
Contact Information: Tel. 403-845-6131 - PO Box 831, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada, T4T 1A6 E-mail: gaperry@telusplanet.net
Hunting Experience: I have outfitted and guided for over 30 years. Hunted Africa twice, hunted Scotland, a lot of Canada and the US.
Physical Condition: 48 years old in good shape.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes Notified Personal Guide? Yes Notified Booking Agent? Yes
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? Yes
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? I want the hunt I was promised or my money back.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
On March 4th 2005. I signed a contract with Blair Worldwide Hunting for a 14 day safari with Chipimbi Safaris owned by Lloyd Yeatman. The primary animals that I wished to hunt were Cape buffalo, leopard and warthog with the possibility of some other plains game.

Rebuttal from Lloyd Yeatman:

I have just been notified by Blair Worldwide that you are requesting a refund from them and threatening a lawsuit against him base on oral representation.

I would like to assure you there was no misrepresentation on their part and since I am the outfitter and run the hunts I want to re-affirm the happenings of your safari with us to you in the hopes that you will drop the suit and rather return for another hunt and get your buffalo and leopard this time.

I had written an e-mail to you in July offering you a reduced rate to return to hunt with me as I don't like my clients going home unhappy and unsuccessful.

I was waiting for a response from you. It is quite possible that you may not have received my e-mail as we have had endless problems with our computer and lines due to constant Electricity Power cuts we have been experiencing in Zimbabwe. We get cut off without notice at anytime. It sometimes comes back on with low voltage causing damage to all our electrical appliances including fridges and deep freezers. It has been an absolute nightmare to anyone living here. My computer has bombed out three times this year already. Anyhow, it is something we are learning to live with!

In regards to your complaints I do need to make it clear to you that my brother "Kent Yeatman" was hired as a freelance hunter to guide you. The outfitter that you booked with was me. It is very common in Zimbabwe for outfitters to buy animals from each other. Kent has the hunting lease on Sengwe and he sells me buffalo each year. We help each other out where we can as do most outfitters.

This Sengwe area is very well known for its big buffalo. I put you there to hunt so that you could have a chance of getting a 42 inch buffalo or bigger. It normally takes up to four days to get a buffalo and then you would be moved to another area nearby for your leopard and other animals. It was just bad luck that the buffalo were not co-operating which was no fault of anyone's. You were on tracks practically every day but were unlucky not to connect with them. It certainly was not from not trying. These animals are not fenced in and they are free to roam between Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. Our records and Kent's' records show from past seasons that this area has been very successful on getting big buffalo. As it turned out, there was regular evidence of buffalo being in the area for the 11 days you were there. It was beyond my control or anyone's that they did not co-operate.

You were not put there (Sengwe) to hunt leopard because you were only meant to be there for four days for your buffalo. Instead, your leopard was being baited for at our Chipimbi Ranch concession. Then once our Nalvasha client had his leopard, you would then take over his baits and try for your leopard there too. We had an elephant hunter hunting at Naivasha during your hunt and he shot his leopard on what was your fourth hunting day. My manager "Dave" who is based at Naivasha continued checking the baits already hanging there plus he was replenishing old baits for you. You mentioned that the other hunters son had said we had not put any baits up for you at Naivasha? How would he have known? We don't ask other clients to check baits and hang new baits for other hunters. Instead I had my manager doing it which he did. The other hunters were not at Naivesha from the 21 June to the 24 June. On top of this my apprentice hunter had baited Chipimbi for you which you weren't charged for. The bottom line is that we had two female leopards feeding but no males.

Blair Worldwide books the hunt and I make the decision on where and which area to send you because animal movements can vary from time to time. In the last two seasons alone, we have taken many buffalo in the 42-47 inch wide range. Last year at the Sengwe our client shot the largest buffalo for Zimbabwe (47 inches) verified by the game department and Kent received the award for this buffalo as he was the PH that I had hired for that hunt.

I don't believe Blair misrepresented this hunt to you as we do take big buffalo and have many successful leopard hunts.

It cost me a lot of money to purchase a buffalo for you which you did not get and it is not in my interest to lose money on your hunt because the buffalo and leopard didn't cooperate. I am sure you've had hunts that a client didn't get what he came for. It can happen and I can assure you that we tried very hard to make your hunt a success. It is common for our clients go to different concessions to hunt different species of animals. For example you went to Nuanetsi Ranch to shoot a warthog and zebra, in which you got a very nice warthog and zebra. It doesn't now mean you booked a hunt with Nuanetsi Ranch: You booked to hunt with my company. It is no different to you hunting at Sengwe and now saying that you booked a hunt with me and not my brother. My brother was only your professional hunter, whom we have been hiring for the past six years.

I can understand that you are disappointed and as I said earlier that I would like you to return back to hunt with me. Our normal rate for buffalo, leopard hunts for 2007 is US $750 per day for you and US 150 per day for observer. You were booked at a discounted rate of $600 per day and observer $100 per day. Our rates for 2008 are being sold at $850 per day for hunters and $150 per day for observers. This will likely change for 2009. I am prepared to let you come back at $450 per day with no charge to your wife as an observer. I can fit you into 2009 as I am already booked up for 2008. I will put you at Naivasha for your buffalo/leopard if you would like that. It will be a 14 day hunt. The Government Levys, transfers fees, documentation and handling fee and trophy fees will be applicable to 2009 fees which we will know nearer that time.

I really hope that you will consider my offer as I do want you to come back to get your animals. I am very sorry about the delay in responding to you but I honestly thought you had received my last e-mail to you.

I have applied for your trophy export permit through our banks for your trophy shipment and am waiting for them to approve it. Taxidermy will be doing your shipment as soon as the export permit is approved. I will give them all your contact details.

I tried phoning you last night but I could not get through but I will try again.

Letter from Alfred S Donau III - Blair Worldwide Lawyer to Phillip Summers - Lawyer to Graham Perry:

I am in receipt of your letter of October 17, 2007. There was no oral misrepresentation made to your client. Particularly given your client's background, unless he believes he was shooting buffalo in a corral, he knows that hunting is not a guaranteed undertaking. He also knows that in Zimbabwe, where the Yeatmans hunt, in prior years they have had extreme success in shooting buffalo in a 42 inch range or greater. I again state that which has been previously communicated to you, namely, that Mr. Jeff Blair was merely a booking agent for the Yeatmans. The Yeatmans have received the money for the hunt. Any argument that your client has regarding the hunt should be taken up with the Yeatmans, not Jeff Blair. There was no misrepresentation.

There is a contract that exists in Arizona, which by the way was paid for by your client by sending funds to Arizona. That contract specifically states that no oral representations can modify the terms of the written contract. Those terms include a specific statement that the client is booking through Blair with an outfitter. It is the outfitter to whom the client should direct any inquiries. Additionally, this contract specifically states that what the client is booking is a hunt. There are no guarantees in a hunt. Your client well knows that fact. Your client has been an outfitter.

We will not be making any offer in this case. We will, however, if you file a frivolous lawsuit, vigorously pursue recovering our costs, attorneys fees and exemplary damages.

Alfred S Donau III

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5576 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 1, 2006 to May 22, 2006
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Malapati
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Kent Yeatman
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Over 70 pounds, 20 inch circumference.
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 44 inch spread full boss.
Leopard - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 7 foot 9 inche with 16 1/2 inch skull.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Nyala - Availability: No quota.
Sable - Availability:
Warthog - Availability:
Kudu - Availability:
Lion - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Game was abundant and in good shape. Spent first 13 days finding large elephant and then concentrated on other trophies.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Delta and South African Airways. Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Gun case damaged and damage to scope on return trip from Joburg to Atlanta.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: With observer. Amount: $15950
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Including side trip to Vic Falls for two people. Amount: $4700
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: $1,370 trophy handling and $3,000 for tips. Amount: $4370
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Fuel. Limited supply and poor quality. Missed return flight because of plugged fuel filter. 24 hour delay.
Highlights of Hunt: The happy faces on the children when we passed out candy as we passed them on the road and in the villages. Celebration by villagers and trackers upon elephant kill. They were sure it was the elephant that had killed two women from their village when they tried to chase him from their fields. The false charge of the elephant prior to turning. The charge of the Cape buffalo after the first shot. The charge of the leopard before expiring. The singing and dancing of the staff in celebration after each of the dangerous animals were successfully taken.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? With the suppressed conditions in Zimbabwe and the problems the outfitter faces as a result, they worked very hard at making it a very successful hunt. There were times when things weren't exactly right, but it was obvious that the outfitter and PH were doing everything they could under the conditions confronting them, to make it as right as they could and I applaud anyone who gives their all trying to do a good job.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Gene Schriner
Contact Information: Tel. 303-828-0444 - 5466 WCR 3, Erie, CO 80516 E-mail: gsandlb@wmconnect.com
Hunting Experience: USA big game - elk, deer, grizzly bear, black bear, dall sheep, bighorn sheep, goat, moose, caribou, wolf, antelope, varmints, waterfowl and upland birds. Africa - elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, kudu, eland, zebra, nyala, waterbuck, impala, blue wildebeest, nyassi wildebeest, black wildebeest, blesbuck, springbok and steenbok.
Physical Condition: 66 years young with high blood pressure and an artifical knee.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Checking firearms into Zimbabwe was a pleasure compared to South Africa. The process took 7-10 minutes total. This was the first hunt I have been on in over 50 years of hunting, where the animals actually charged with serious intentions and on this hunt I got a triple dose. I can tell you, it definitely added to the excitement and has added a lot to the memories.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4301 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 1, 2004 to June 14, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Kent Yeatman
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 39 1/2"
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 7'6"
Eland - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 33"
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 26"
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: I missed.
Game Condition Comments: Game for the most part was plentiful and I am in good shape.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South frican Airlines and Delta. Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Overal service seems to be slipping from past experiences. My gun case was damaged but Delta took the claim.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $8,000.00 Amount: $8000
Trophy Fees: Buffalo $1,500.00, Leopard $2,500.00, eland $1,200.00, and Waterbuck $1,200.00 Amount: $7500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Mileage. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Airport Transfer $500.00. Amount: $500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None. Kent was outstanding.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a Buffalo at 12 yards and getting a great leopard.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I have experienced bad African operations, this one was first class.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Cary Dorman
Contact Information: Tel. 817-348-9800 - 307 W 7th St. #1918, Ft. Worth, TX. 76102 E-mail: wcd@Howelldorman.com
Hunting Experience: This was my 3rd African safari.
Physical Condition: Good.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3614 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 3, 2003 to September 16, 2003
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Masvingo
Hunt Area: Nyala Camp at Matibi


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Dickson Makasani
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: Coming into baits but could never get leopards schedule to coincide with ours.
Eland - Availability: Very elusive and difficult to approach in thick bush. Close encounters everyday.
Game Condition Comments: All game appeared in good physical condition with excellent pelts.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Long flights - need at least 3-4 hours between flights to make sure enough time to clear customs especially with firearms permits. No problems just time consumption on tight schedules.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $575 a day for 14 days for leopard and plains game hunt. Amount: $8050
Trophy Fees: $2,800 for leopard and $1,000 for eland (reserved but not used). Amount: $2800
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $600
Commercial Airfares: Roundtrip from Phoenix to Harare to Phoenix, per person. Amount: $1900
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Ground transport and transfers $500, tips to PH and camp/tracker staff $900. Amount: $1400
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lots of flat tires with minimal repair equipment available.
Highlights of Hunt: Leopard coming into bait even though no shots taken, making long - on foot tracking sessions and stalks on plains game especially eland and bushbuck.
Equipment Recommendations: Weather varied from sunny and hot (90's) to cold and rainy (50's). Sweat pants for quiet blind sitting.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Good game populations (both numbers and diversity), lots of on the ground (foot) hunting. Very little road hunting, opportunity to take good plains game and leopard.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ronald Horejsi
Contact Information: Tel. 928-479-2537 - PO Box 444, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553
Hunting Experience: Second African hunt, have hunted Alaska and big game in four Western states in the past 30 years.
Physical Condition: Good to excellent (57 years old).


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Our outfitter, Chipimbi Safaris - Lloyd and Sue Yeatman, met us at Harare airport and took us directly to our hunting area. During our 16-day stay in Zimbabwe, we had no problems with the political situation. All the people we met and interacted with were very friendly, polite and outgoing. Our return trip to Harare was the same as our entry. Personnel at the airport were very helpful in processing out Visas and firearms permits. Although fuel supplies are very limited in Zimbabwe, out outfitter, Chipimbi Safaris had a good supply on hand and fuel was never a big problem.

Most shooting was done at distances of less than 100 yards but hunters need to be able to make quick-accurate shots, as animals were very wary and did not stand still. Shooting through thick and heavy brush was often necessary.

Walking was very easy so comfortable, soft soled shoes (Crepe soles) were most advantegeous for quiet stalking. Light Chukka boots were adequate. A pair of sweat pants and fleece jacket were best for sitting quietly in the leopard blind.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2682 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 10, 2002 to January 31, 2002
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gonarazhou


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Nixon Dzingai
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: I set 70 pounds as minimum.
Game Condition Comments: We saw many elephants, one approximately 65 pounds. There were many 30- to 50-pound elephants. It was very hot, 115 degrees and no rain. It was most unusual as it is their rainy season. Habitat is in excellent condition.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: South African Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: They welcome hunters; never charge for guns, rifles, and case not weighed for excess charges.


COSTS
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


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lack of rain; elephants not moving across areas.
Highlights of Hunt: Cheetah, wild dogs, buffalo, giraffe, lots of elephant. Africa is pure pleasure.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? To hunt a large trophy requires patience and luck.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Phillie DuBeau
Contact Information: Tel. 407-841-3088 - 9170 Bay Point Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
Hunting Experience: 30 wild sheep; super slam; 25 African safaris.
Physical Condition: Very Good.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Subscriber Note: Even with food shortages (maize meal, cooking oil, nonexistent) Zimbabwean

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2614 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 1, 2001 to August 21, 2001
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Malipati - Naivasha
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Carl Bradfield (contracted)
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 50 pounds, average.
Buffalo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 42 inches.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Medium female.
Zebra - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Large male.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: One strike the entire hunt; very few lions in this area; advertised as 60 percent success.
Game Condition Comments: Very minimal plains game. The drought of 1992 had a dramatic impact on the game.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Fair Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Delta and Air Zimbabwe Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: Delta to Gatwick, London, Air Zimbabwe to Harrare. Delta lost my luggage going and coming.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $1,100 daily x 21 Amount: $23100
Trophy Fees: Elephant $10,500; buffalo $1,500, leopard $2,500, zebra $700. Amount: $15200
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1900
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Sterilizing $750; transfer $500; staff $600; gov.$370. Amount: $2220
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Over advertised and promoted. This is basically an elephant and leopard hunt. I find that remaining animals are scarce. It is a hunt for a patient hunter. Not a shooter's hunt but a hunter's hunt. PH Carl Bradfield made the hunt enjoyable.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Over advertised; lion success is 5 percent; we tracked two buffalo on the 11th day for five hours - the first tracks available.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: James M. Brown
Contact Information: Tel. 405-753-9888 - 12917 Laurel Valley Ct. E-mail: mbrown@coxinet.net
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition: Very good.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
To: The Hunting Report From: LS Yeatman Re: Trip Report by James Brown Date: February 2, 2002

Lions in this area are like most animals, which migrate to and from the National Parks Gona-Re-Zhou to our concession. Movement depends on several factors such as Buffalo and game movement, time of year and water supplies. It is for this reason that we advertise as only a 60 percent chance of taking a Lion. This is the last seven years average. It is unfair for Mr. J Brown to state a 5 percent chance based on a 21-day hunt. It is with some confusion that I am responding to Mr. Browns hunt report. Mr. Brown booked a 21-day elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and plains games hunt with Chipimbi/Shangani Safaris which Chipimbi Safaris conducted over several concessions. The Malipati/Naivasha concession is where clients go to hunt Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and leopard and often pick up plains games in the process. Masapas, Chipimbi, Ironwood and Banga concessions are where our clients will go for leopard, buffalo and plains games. Mr. Brown spent the entire 21 days at Malipati/Naivasha where he shot an elephant (50 pounds), 42-inch buffalo, leopard and zebra. Earlier in the hunt, within the first five days, Mr. Brown passed up an elephant, which he turned down in the hope of finding a larger one. The Elephant that Mr. Brown shot was taken at the end of his hunt, on day 19. Mr. Brown did have the option to go to experience our other plains game areas. However, he chose to concentrate his efforts on his Elephant at Malipati/Naivasha as he felt that this was his top priority. It is unfortunate that his plains game attempts were limited in order not to interfere with the Elephant movement in the area. Mr. J Brown and his brother Mr. Steve Brown both booked exactly the same hunt and were together in the same camp and area. Mr. Steve Brown spent his entire hunt at Malipati/Naivasha except for 1 day hunting at Banga and 2 days hunting at Ironwood and he shot the following animals: Malipati/Naivasha Area: steenbok, giraffe x 2, impala, zebra, elephant, leopard x 2, buffalo, kudu; Ironwood area: eland, kudu, warthog; Banga area: hippopotamus. Mr. James Brown's Professional Hunter did not mention any complaints during the hunt other than that he was having a good hunt and was enjoying himself. It was brought to our attention only after Mr. Brown's hunt ended that Mr. J Brown was not satisfied which is due to the Hunt Report which we received through e-mail from you. Thank you for notifying us of this Hunt Report in order for us to respond.

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To: The Hunting Report From: James M. Brown Re: Rebuttal by LS Yeatman Date: June 4, 2002

I completed a Hunting Trip Report Form and submitted the form to your office; report ID: 2614. After that, Mr. LS Yateman had the opportunity to respond with a written rebuttal letter. As such, I feel obligated to respond with a letter of explanation and be afforded the opportunity to critique his flawed rebuttal. My concerns were two.

I booked this safari two years in advance, as they were booked that far out. The safari was advertised and promoted by Blair Worldwide as an elephant hunt with huge elephants. Please refer to their advertisement, which I have enclosed for your files. I was told on many occasions over the two years of waiting that an Elephant in the 60-pound range could be expected and larger elephants were sometimes available.

My report states the elephant hunting was excellent and we were close to 18 elephants. I took my elephant on the 19th day of a 21-day hunt. I took the largest elephant that we came in contact with.

Mr. Yateman's rebuttal letter states that I shot a 50-pound elephant. The official tusk weights are: ZW200126035, 18KG, 39.6 pounds; ZW200126036, 17KG, 37.4 pounds. Mr. Yateman falsified his facts for your readers.

As the exclusive booking agent, Blair Worldwide advertises and promotes huge elephant. I have obtained statistical information from the official records of the Zimbabwe National Parks which have jurisdiction over the Gonarezhou Concession were Mr. Yateman has the safari operation. Please review the records: 1999- seven elephant shot, average 49.5 pounds, biggest 62.5 pounds. 2000- six elephant shot, average 43.0 pounds, biggest 55 pounds. 2001- eight elephant shot, average 47.0 pounds, biggest 55.5 pounds. I was told that this concession has ten elephant permits annually.

These are the elephant facts. I find "huge" in the advertisements and promoting somewhat stretching the truth.

My report stated that I rated the lion hunting as a success rate of 5 percent. For two years, Blair Worldwide represented that the lion kill statistics were 60 percent and Mr. Yateman in his rebuttal letter states that his lion kill average is 60 percent for seven years.

My comment was made because I never saw lion tracks or sign during the entire 21 days of hunting and we did a lot of driving and talking to locals.

I have obtained the statistical information from Zimbabwe National Parks and the Gonarezhou concession area. These numbers are not descriptive of the sex of the lions.

It appears that there have been four lions shot in the last three years, 1999, 2000 and 2001. The number of lionesses cannot be determined in the four lions shot, but lionesses were shot.

How do you determine the number of lion hunters? We know that the 21 hunters who shot elephants during the past three years were lion hunting as it is included in the daily rate. Second, since the ten annual elephant hunts have supposedly been sold the last three years, is the number of Lion hunters 30 rather that 21? Blair Worldwide sells lion hunts at $950 per day for 18 days. How many more lion hunts would that add to the total number of lion hunters?

To be very conservative and not speculative, we can assume that the 21 successful elephant hunters are the total number of lion hunters. 21 hunters per four lions equal 19 percent. I retract my statement that 5 percent is the probability of shooting a lion. You can draw your own conclusions.

Where do Mr. Yateman and Blair Worldwide find any validity in promoting a lion hunt with a 60 percent success rate over the last seven years? This means that the four years prior to 1999 used in Mr. Yateman's average of 60 percent, his lion kill rate is 100 percent, for a seven-year average of 60 percent. You draw you own conclusions, but I believe that Mr. Yateman has again falsified his facts for your readers.

My report stated that there was minimal plains game on the Gonarezhou concession as I spent the entire time hunting there. Mr. Yateman stated that I could have plains game hunted any time during the hunt if I so chose. Mr. Yateman suggested that I should have diverted days of hunting to other ranches and plains game hunts. Why would I pay $1,100 per day for 21 days for plains game hunt when I had not shot an elephant? Mr. Yateman avoided my comments regarding the minimal plains game and has not addressed the issue.

For some reason Mr. Yateman included my brother and his hunting statistics in his response. My brother shot the first elephant he saw on the 5th day of the hunt. He then went to other game ranches and plains game hunted as he was paying the same daily rate as I was. My brother and his hunting goals are not related my Hunting Trip Report. Again, Mr. Yateman is avoiding the issue and diverting the reader's attention.

In summary, I am not complaining about my safari. I had a wonderful hunting experience. My intent is to be truthful to the readers of your publication. They have been truthful also. Since my initial report, I have had two telephone calls from subscribers who have been involved with Blair Worldwide and Mr. Yateman. They do not want to take the time to get involved. I find it a shame to not help the hunting community with the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1456 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 30, 1999 to September 11, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Low Veldt
Hunt Area: Chiredzi - Chipimbi ranch


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Lloyd Yeatman
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff Blair; Blair Worldwide Hunting. P. O. Box 3088; Flagstaff; AZ; 86003; Tel. 800-338-5252; Fax: 928-779-2429;Web www.blairworldwide.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large 15 9/16 inches. Scores in top 50 of SCI book.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Limpopo bushbuck, 14 inches. Made SCI book.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushpig - Availability: Pigs were skittish. Missed shot on one.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent, but lush vegetation in wake of record rainfall made game spotting difficult. Chipimbi is top flight outfit, well organized with first class PH's, trackers and camp staff. Highly recommended.


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: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: British Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $500 per day for 10 days. Amount: $5000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $2900
Permits/Licenses: Cites permit, Amount: $25
Commercial Airfares: British Airways. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $2000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: High grass and lush foliage made game hard to see.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent leopard, good bushbuck and 7-16 black bass.
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Cant go wrong hunting with these people.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: R.G. Tonkin
Contact Information: 45 sunnyside, Brownsville, TX 78520
Hunting Experience: Long and wide. I have hunted whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, black bear and many birds in the United States and Mexico. Six African safaris, South Africa, Nambia and Zimbabwe.
Physical Condition: Poor. Age 83 and feeble with one bad eye and an arthritic ankle.


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Chipimbi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 990 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 12, 1998 to June 26, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Chiredzi, Banga Camp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Chipimbi Safaris. PO Box 400; Chiredzi; Zimbabwe; Fax: 011-26-331-2392; Email: chipimbi@africaonline.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Kent Yeatman
Booking Agent (if any): David Kidder; Kidder Safari Co Ltd. 4197 Hall Street South West; Grand Rapids; MI; 49544-6683; Tel. 616-791-1400; Fax: 616-791-7262;Email: kidsaf@comcast.net;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Tsessebe - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Below SCI minimum.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: Area overhunted.
Reedbuck - Availability: None in that area.
Warthog - Availability: Area overhunted.
Wildebeest - Availability: Missed the shot (my fault).
Game Condition Comments: Very scarce.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Fair Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9100
Trophy Fees: Amount: $4900
Permits/Licenses: CITES Amount: $25
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: PH requested in contract was switched shortly before leaving for hunt. Animals (species) in contract not in area assinged to hunt.
Highlights of Hunt: My 15 year old son had a good hunt for zebra. I did see a nice herd of wildebeest.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Definitely not!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bob Taylor
Contact Information: Tel. 248-625-2760 - 10795 Dixie Highway Suite 7, Davisburg, MI 48350
Hunting Experience: I have hunted twice in Zimbabwe and extensively in the United States and Canada.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


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


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
To: The Hunting Reports From: Kidder Safari Company Date: June 21, 1999 Re: Robert Taylor's hunt with Chipimbi Safaris

I'm leaving tomorrow to go to New Zealand for two weeks and I just received this report field by Bob Taylor, but I'll briefly describe the details.

There were many circumstances regarding this hunt that aren't evident if you just read the report.

Some Facts:

For the past five years we have told Chipimbi to "rest" their areas as I felt they were badly over hunted -- they did not do this.

Bob Taylor hunted Chipimbi about four years ago and wanted to go back for leopard. So we booked him and he also had a leopard trophy fee balance (credit) on the books there because one of his taxidermy clients paid the fee but never took a leopard. So he had a rather large deposit on file with Chipimbi.

Bob decided to take his son and also moved the hunt back another year -- actually the deposits were on file at least a couple of years. I repeatedly warned him of the conditions. In the meantime Kidder Safaris had stopped sending clients to Chipimbi for two reasons: 1. No game and 2. Chipimbi decided to book exclusively through Blair Worldwide so it was a sort of mutual deal.

Actually I had done a large amount of booking for Chipimbi over the years when Kent and Lloyd's father Ronnie Yeatman owned the company. I had personally hunted there several times and I took a total of three leopards myself. We had dozens of leopard plains hunters and very rarely, I think only once or twice did we miss on taking fine leopards, but that was in the "old days". Now a different story.

Bob got sick (flu) almost immediately upon arrival. Hi son took a mixed bag but the Chipimbi staff did not seem to be keen on the hunt. On the way from the airport, Kent asked what bag Bob was looking for and when Bob told him he said, "There are none of those where we're going." After being told repeatedly via fax what Bob's desires were. Nobody there answers correspondence.

At the end of the day, the trophies were all goofed up. Chipimbi never filled out the export forms They called called all the birds francolins. There were two species of hornbills and also a Mozambican cobra which they classified as an Indian cobra which is endangered. So every thing as seized in New York Customs by United States officials. After probably five months, Bob simply released the animals to be confiscated paid a big storage bill and lost most of his trophies because the transport company and Chipimbi simply couldn't or wouldn't take responsibility for the total mishandling of their trophies. What a shame son's first safari and all wrong.

Don, I've been in the hunting business for 18 years and never before have had such a deal. But Mr. Taylor was warned repeatedly and he knew. As a matter of fact, we had another couple plus a father/son pair who were from Bob's area also and I booked them specifically with another operator in the Loweveldt because I was afraid of too many people in the camp. Chipimbi wanted these other hunters too, but I booked them elsewhere and Bob and Son Dan Taylor traveled all the way from Detroit together with these other people. Plus Bob and Dan flew on same charter plane into buffalo range with the other clients. They took excellent leopard, 59 and 60 inch kudu. Imagine the stories on the way home!

I can sympathize, but even now Bob will say we should have kissed the deposit and gone with the other guy.

I have faxed Chipimbi and feel he owes Bob another safari. I outlined the problems to him in my last fax and to date, I've never had a response. (copy enclosed)

If you need any further data, please feel free to call me anytime.

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To: Lloyd Yeatman of Chipimbi Safaris From: Kidder Safari Company Date: May 20, 1999 Re: Bob Taylor's hunt

After many months of trying to rescue Bob Taylor's problem with the US customs and US FWS, he finally lost all the trophies that were in question. This was a direct result of your staff not doing the proper documentation and in some cases directly violating the law and listing animals different than were shipped. For example, the monkey was listed as a baboon and birds were all listed as francolin not hornbills etc and Mozambican cobra was listed as Indian Cobra which is a BIG problem. Obviously when Bob took a vervet monkey you did not have a permit to take or export one.

These problems were not of Bob's manufacture but rather yours. So he lost his trophies and paid well over $500 US in storage fees and freight on animals with no permits or improperly documented. This does not include my time, John Meehan's time, or all of Mr. Taylor's time and stress related to this big problem. He also feels he lost a lot of credibility with the US FWS because of his respected position as a taxidermist.

Union Transport did nothing to aid or resolve the problem.

This all leaves a very bitter taste as client is the ultimate loser in this case -- both financially and in the loss of his trophies.

Thank you for allowing me to respond to Mr. Bob Taylor's Hunt Report.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Chipimbi Safaris Date: July 13, 1999 Re: Bob Taylor's Hunt Report

This hunt was a disaster from the beginning as Mr. Taylor changed his hunt date a long time after booking the hunt. For this reason we had to give him another Professional Hunter as all our hunts are sold virtually two years in advance and it is impossible to swap hunters around at the last minute. The Professional Hunter given to Mr. Taylor was no stranger to him as he was on Mr. Taylor's first hunt that he did with us.

Mr. Taylor started his hunt and then felt seriously ill. He was taken to hospital and completed his hunt alternating between staying with my parents at their home or in hospital. When he returned to USA he was rushed into hospital where he had his pancreas removed. Mr. Taylor lost at least 50 percent of his hunting time because of going backwards and forwards to hospital and feeling very ill. I noticed that Mr. Taylor put his condition on the Hunt Report as being "Excellent".

In all, Mr. Taylor and his fourteen-year-old son shot twelve different species of animals and ten impala for leopard baits. Unfortunately he did not get his leopard. We, felt very sorry for Mr. Taylor as he was so very ill and did not get his number one animal. He and his son shot and missed several trophy animals but I understand that this happen in this business. Mr. Taylor had bad luck on this hunt but it is certainly not due to over shooting or animals being sparse in the hunting area. I believe that if Mr. Taylor's health hadn't affected him he would have had more success on this hunt. This was not his or anyone else's fault, I hope one day Mr. Taylor will return and have the luck on his side.



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