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Zimbabwe still a viable destination?

I think at the present time you probably wouldn't have any trouble on your actual hunt, but you would be paying fees to a corrupt government. It's a personal decision at the end of day, I for one would still go, most african countries are corrupt and unstable with the exception of namibia.

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Travel Warnings

You can find travel warnings issued by the U.S. State Department at:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Travel alerts at:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html

Currently, Zimbabwe is not on the either list although several other African countries are.

Van

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Zimbabwe still a viable destination?

I did a 4x4 eco tour in April 2008 near the Pandamatenga / Robins camp (Wankie) area. Zimbabwe is in chaos. Stick rather South, East and West of Zimbabwe.

Regards,

Bushwack

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Zimbabwe still a viable destination?

I've been twice this year - May and October . There is absolutely no problem !!!
Indeed there are some political issues but no tourist/hunter were in danger.
We were there for 2 weeks - 7 days hunting and fishing near Bullawayo then we had a nice trip on Zambezi and Vic Falls. In the airport everithing was ok , on the streets quiet. There are rare problems in some communities but never in the hunting farms.
It was reported that some hunting and tourists farms were burned in the government overtaking actions but i guess that's why is important to check where you go first , like Kevin said.
All my friends go for years in Zimbabwe and never had problems, myself i'll be back in Fevruary for an elephant. Just check where you go and be sure on the person with who you book and there will be nothing dangerous . Except the game....

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Zimbabwe still a viable destination?

I've hunted Zim for the last two years and had zero problems. We've taken some excellent trophies and at no time in Bulawayo, Vic Falls, Gwaii or any area did I feel uncomfortable. Once out of the cities, it is a very relaxed pace and the hunting in the areas I visit has been great. I was there this last summer when the "elections" were going on and had no problems getting in or out of the country; hunting or shopping in Bulawayo. We're all going back next year and my friends are gunning for Buff, Leopard and Sable. I'll probably just hunt Sable and some of the other PG as I've taken several Leopard and a Lion. Waterfowl and upland bird hunting is fantastic. Things can change daily but so far, so good.
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Zimbabwe still a viable destination?

what a great leopard. how much did he weigh?

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Zimbabwe still a viable destination?

Thanks Kevin. This one weighed 150 lbs. That is actual weight on registered scales. Just an average Tom for our area. I took my friend on his first Leopard hunt and he took his 17" Tom within the first hour of hunting. His official weight was 167 lbs. Neither cat had fed and as mentioned, that's within our average. It is very rare to take one over 190 lbs and many times those have fed all night. I have trail cam pics of a Tom that arrived on bait (fresh, mature Impala ram) before nightfall, fed all night and by morning there was only hide, bone and skull left. He would have been a Toad!
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