Hunting in Africa

The Professional Hunting Association of South Africa recently warned that foreign hunters who wish to hunt in South Africa should be sure they know the legal requirements for hunting in the country and aren’t fooled by advertisements for unguided hunting opportunities sometimes advertised in South African magazines and association newsletters and on websites. These advertised hunts are aimed at the resident South African hunter, but overseas hunters also have access to this information, especially via websites. South African provincial legislation clearly states that a foreign client may not hunt in South Africa unless the hunt is organized and presented by a registered hunting outfit and the client is guided or escorted by a registered professional hunter.
 

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What to bring on your African adventure

By Craig Boddington

I do an awful lot of packing and unpacking, and I don’t take much time doing either.  But even after thirty years and sixty-odd African hunts I still get a special thrill when I pack my safari gear.  So although I don’t spend as much time as I once did in actual packing and repacking, I spend quite a lot of time thinking about the gear I’m going to take.  This is part of the anticipation, just like a ritual rereading of classics like Horn of the Hunter and Green Hills of Africa—and studying the appropriate country sections in Safari Guide II.

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Planning An African Safari

By Diana Rupp

Have you thought about going to Africa, but assumed that it was too expensive, too hazardous, or too difficult? Ever since I returned from my first safari, I have been asked a number of basic questions about these and other issues by fellow hunters who are considering such a trip. If you haven’t been to Africa, the answers to these queries may surprise you.

Isn’t an African safari incredibly expensive?

Depending on where you go and what you hunt, hunting journey to the Dark Continent is not nearly as expensive as you might think. I won’t pretend it’s cheap--the trophy fees, airfare, taxidermy, tips, and incidentals do add up--but an African safari is much more accessible to the average person now than it has ever been.

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Africa’s greatest hunting area

By Bill Miller

The Selous Game Reserve in southeastern Tanzania is the greatest stronghold of large wild animals on earth. At 22,000 square miles, it’s larger than Wales or Maryland, and four times the size of Serengeti National Park.

Little changed from a century ago, the Selous has significant numbers of elephant, buffalo, antelope, wild dog, and lion. Its wildlife management program, which gives neighboring villagers a stake in conservation by providing jobs and buyers for food, fuel, and supplies, has become the benchmark for similar initiatives elsewhere in Africa, such as the five-nation Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, slated to open by 2010.

The Germans established a small game reserve in 1905 between the Rufiji and Beho-Beho rivers in what was then German East Africa--later Tanganyika--and is now Tanzania. It fell into British hands in 1918 and, four years later, they named the area after Frederick Courtenay Selous, who was killed there in 1917 by the Germans.

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If you hunt in Africa, you have to think about malaria.

By Edmund Lewis, M.D.

Two weeks after returning from a safari in Zimbabwe, I was suddenly hit with a severe headache, racking chills, and a fever that reached 104 degrees within two hours: all classic signs of malaria. When you hunt in certain parts of Africa, contracting malaria is a real possibility and a very unpleasant one. The disease is a potentially deadly killer and should not be taken lightly. In my case, it led to ten days in the hospital, including several days in the intensive care unit.

As it turned out, I contracted the disease while hunting buffalo in the Matetsi area near the Zambezi River. This area is endemic for Plasmodium malariae. When we found ourselves too far afield to return to the safari vehicle one dark, moonless night, we spent the night out in the bush, sleeping next to a fire. During the night, I was bitten by mosquitoes, and, despite prophylaxis, came down with cerebral malaria two weeks later.

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