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Hunting Big Game in Zimbabwe

Well i do hope that you make a speedy recovery !! And get that rifle all ready to stalk " Black Death" as we called the Cape Buff. I can e mail you a few pictures from our last hunt to Zimbabwe 6 weeks ago. One of my companions took a magnificent Buff in Northern Matabeleland ( his 60th birthday present ). The leopard up there are big and plentiful and we'll have a VERY healthy Lion quota for 2007 too. An agent of ours was asking me what to use on a Cape Buff as he will be travelling with us to Zimbabwe soon, I told him that 375 will do him just fine seeing that he will be after plains Game as well..but being his first buffalo hunt....will be one heck of an experience!!Can't wait! Would love to email you some pictures of the Buff...and do get well hunter!
Cheers
arnoldpayne@hotmail.com

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Arnold,

Zim is one of the best Southern African hunting destinations, I agree. I have been there a few times, and one of my big addictions is Tiger fishing. I do agree, you guys need support to survive, and keep the business going. It might be also worth to press home the point that the Safari areas like Chirisa and Dande is VERY much out of the way of the hungry LP's.

There are, however a few problems and questions that we cannot get around when it comes to hunting your country. This goes for foreign visitors to Zim.

1.) They can not take their own fire arms, if they go via Schipol or Heathrow, like most American hunters do. (There is a direct flight by SAA from WDC to J/Burg....now)

2.) How do you guys cope with the logistics, when the fuel is so scare and expensive?

3.) You state that you look after the local conservation and LP. Do you bank all your proceeds from business in Zim then? (Do not answer please). Do NOT take this the wrong way, but the perception is there that all foreign currency deposited in your Banks, ends up in Bob's money bags......This si yet another reason why clients are reluctant to spend Euro’s, Pounds and Dollars in Zim. If the money gets banked in Zim, no one benefits. If the money gets banked "off shore" no one benefits, apart for the indiviuals concerned with the business of course....

4.) With all the sanctions and political noise surrounding Zim, do you really have the faith that your clients trophies from the Taxidermist will make it back to where ever, intact.....

5.) Are you 100% certain that ZANU PF will not remove you from your hunting area without notice? As a member of this forum, we will take your Bona Fides at heart, and believe you will pay back any deposits in such a unthinkable situation. But still, it has happened to some of your colleagues earlier this year, and although the client does not loose any money, it reflects BADLY......

These are just some of the questions we encounter from foreign hunters.

I just have to say that I still think South Africa is THE place to hunt, with the most hunt able species in Southern Africa.....
neener!

I know what it feels like to defend hunting in your country, and just hope for your sake it gets sorted out! One day......

charl@infinito-safaris.com

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Hunting Big Game in Zimbabwe

Charl
howzit ekse? Zimbabwe as I mentioned is still a great destination to hunt, we have on offer some of the most magnificent game in all of Africa. In reply to your questions I can tell you that

1. ALL our hunters can simply fly from the U.S. directly to Johannesburg and then make the little jump to Zimbabwe where they will encounter NO problems with their firearms ( our Outfit guarantees this by the way ).

2. We are a Hunting Outfit and we work to conserve ALL our Zimabwean wildlife , we are not politicians... so to answer your fuel question most Zim fuel comes in from Botswana and we purchase all our fuel from the respective suppliers , and we always have a surplus.

3. To answer your question as best I can, we provide food, clothing, school fees and salaries to all our workers and as many locals in our hunting areas as possible, we also have more established Hunting outfits that are part of CAMPFIRE which I am sure you are familiar with ?

4. We have reputable taxidermists in zimbabwe that have been in business for years and although the economy is struggling they are still able to get all their necessary supplies and do an incredible job for their clients i.e. we use a great taxidermist in Bulawayo called " Matabele Taxidermy" , and our last clients that were in Zims in August from here in the U.S . have Buffalo, kudu, Eland and Impala trophies in transit to the U.S as we speak.

5. To answer your 5th question , once again , we are not politicians, we are Zimbabweans that LOVE our country,our wildlife and what our country has to offer. Your question is no different than me asking whether hunters to South Africa are guaranteed to come back without encountering a " Car Jacking, mugging, bribe, being pick pocketed or even worse" we all know that there is horrible crime in S.A but it is your job to reassure your clients that they will be safe, correct? In zimbabwe, we simply do all we can to keep our wildlife populations healthy and continue to bring hunters that want the " Best African Hunt possible" to Zimbabwe.

All the best down in S.A and may you have a truly successful 2007 hunting season.
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Hunting Big Game in Zimbabwe

Thanks Arnold, great answers. All seem squared away at your end. Good luck for you guys in 2007 as well. I'm still busy though. Looks as if we are leaving for Lion and Ellie in Tanz. in a couple of weeks! Will keep you guys posted. Listen, would love to meet up with you lot when I'm in Zim again. I realy like the country and people.....where are you based?

Cheers

Charl
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Hunting Big Game in Zimbabwe

All the best up in Tanzania, sounds exciting! Charl, I am based in Phoenix, here in the United States and we will have an office up and running in Bulawayo , Zim very soon.Our other location will obviously be here in Phoenix. Our website should be up in the next couple months. Impala African Safaris is our company. Would love to have you guys come up to Zims some time , I obviously am back and forth, but I can be reached at arnoldpayne@hotmail.com

Boy I can't wait for 2007!

Cheers and look forward to hearing from you

Arnold

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