Zambia trophy hunting
Can anyone tell me if Zambia have now closed their borders indefinitely for trophy hunting? Also, does this apply to local hunting as well or will they still have 'pot' hunting? I have been looking on the internet to find articles that will give me more information, but most of it dates back to the start of the year when it all was announced. If anyone can point me in the right direction where to read more about it, that will be great.
Some species were closed. NOT all hunting.
ZAWA - Zambia Wildlife Authority
Thanks for the replies so far. Does that mean that there is still hunting taking place, but only on plains game species for instance?
Thank you very much for the information. I do have another question though. If I'm a PH in South Africa and have done my PH school there, will that enable me to work in Zambia or will I need to do another school there?
contact these guys, they should help.
From what I can establish on the ground here, there is one concession operating near the bangweru swamps. for the rest all the concessions have been cancelled and hunting stopped for now. the talk is that reallocation will take place on a tender/bid basis, but when and how I cant seem to get clarity on.
the hunting that is still available is on private fenced farms that have hunting rights.
hope this helps.
..pm spike.t here on AH.. he is a friend and a member of this forum. He is a PH currently working in Zambia..
Originally Posted by werner starbuck
To ph in any country you must pass their own class. That being said a South African ph can not legally ph in Zambia unless they are with a Zambia ph.
Originally Posted by werner starbuck
You are correct on just about all that you have mentioned above, however all privately owned game ranches whether fenced or unfenced have quota. I will be hunting with munyamadzi and nyamvu safaris which are both unfenced later this month.
Originally Posted by Jumbo
There is heavy talk of safari areas to be retendered, the government is doing animal counts to see whether it will be sustainable to hunt in the future.
Thanks everyone for your replies and advice. I think I have my answers.
This has all been pretty confusing to me, though I admit I have not followed it that closely, just what I have read in SCI's and other hunting publications. However, I have a friend who just returned from a Zambian safari, and he took a number of plains species and a buff, hippo and croc. I understood that they were hunting unfenced areas as they had a government game ranger with them at all times, but I may have misunderstood.
Zambia has a few operators that own what are called 'Open game ranches'. These are privately owned pieces of land that usually border national parks or Game Management Areas. Some of these ranches are unfenced areas and others are fenced. In the unfenced areas what usually happens is the operators are given a yearly quota by the Zambia Wildlife Authority and they have to buy the animals from ZAWA as and when they want to hunt or have clients.
Originally Posted by Custom
There has to be a accompanying government scout present at all times during the hunting as all the animals in the open fenced areas still belong to the government and not the individual. Should the individual decide to fence his ranch then a game count is done by ZAWA and he has to then pay for those animals. Once this is all done then the animals inside the fence all belong to the owner of the land and he does not need to have permission from ZAWA to shoot or have a monitoring ranger present whenever he has clients over.
Out of interest, did your friend hunt in Zambia and with which PH.
That makes sense based on what he told me. Thanks, Pacific. I'm sorry to say, though, I don't recall where they hunted or with who. I know that they flew in and out of Lusaka and when they were done they spent 3 days at Vic Falls, but I don't recall where they hunted.
More crap being spewed out by the newspapers, if you're interested have a read.
Wouldn't believe much of it, although as the saying goes "there's no smoke without fire...." (well, maybe with Africa's reporting there might be)
More scandals uncovered at ZAWA
Another scandal has been uncovered at the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) where board members give themselves hunting rights and other contracts with the full knowledge the minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo.
In this investigation, it has been revealed how some directors in a private company that runs a private game park also sit on the ZAWA board and issue hunting licenses.
According to Watchdog investigations, Timothy Mushibwe a Director in African Parks Zambia Limited, a company that owns the Liuwa National Park in Western Province, sits on the ZAWA board and chairs the committee that grants hunting licenses.
Mushibwe, a former senior partner in Deloite and Touche has since granted African Parks Zambia Limited an exclusive license to hunt in the lake Bangweulu area. This comes at a time when the general public is meant to believe that the Minister of Tourism has banned the issuance of hunting licenses.
According to investigations, Mushibwe is also in the process of helping one of his relatives in partnership with a Chinese investor to get a large scale mining license in the Kafue National Park. Recently, Mushibwe made Zawa to foot the bill for his family on a trip to Livingstone. This also comes at a time when play boy Deputy Minister of Sports Stephen Masumba accosted Zambia Athletics Association President Elias Mpondela for travelling to Russia on official assignment with his partner.
According to investigations, the Minister of Tourism Silvia Masebo new about Mushibwe being an interested party before she appointed him on the ZAWA board as records at the Patents and companies Registration Agency (PACRA ) clearly show.
Other directors in the African Parks Zambia Limited that should not be anywhere near the ZAWA board are Mr. Valentine Chitalu, Agnew Louis, Corry Fynn, Trollip Gregory James Grey, Trollip Wendy Ann, Milupi Charles Lubasi, Kampamba George, Martin Anthony Hall Julian, Edward (Edwin Matokwani, Zambwe Crispin Mowa, Seybert Raquel Filgueiras and Mcintosh Craig.
The other shareholders are the Barotse Royal Establishment which owns shares in trust.
Meanwhile the Zambian Watchdog will in the few days publish the suspected links between the Vice President Guy Scott, Guy Robinson, Masebo, Eunice Mitha, Lain Pearson a Mr. Lishati and many more on how they influence the operations of ZAWA to satisfy their agenda.
Source: More scandals uncovered at ZAWA | Zambian Watchdog
Unfortunately the ZAWA is in a serious mess. For us who live in Zambia, we know the truth and know that the banning of hunting had nothing to do with low animal populations in the game management areas. It is all to do with greed and personal interest.
I agree 100% pacific,
where about's in Zambia are you?
I'm peeved with the whole banning issue, and I certainly don't think that it is a productive issue.
I have heard (rumour only) that there are complaints from the chiefs etc around GMA and Parks that the poaching is rife. Not sure how true it is, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Was chatting to a mate of mine who mentioned that one of the ph's who had access to a concession cant sell all his hunts, makes it hard to pay all the concession fees and any other government fees!!
Hi Pete, I am in Lusaka, where abouts are you? The Zambian Safari industry has been a big mess since as far as I can remember. It has always been a very few people who have owned the concessions rights for years. They have created a type of barrier to entry for new blood to come in to the game. A Lot of locals see it as a power struggle between the white and Indian members of the game. I reckon that the ban would have been the best thing to do only if ZAWA had enough funds to look after the GMAS without the help of Safari Operators. I say this as there was a lot of mischief on the part of most of the operators. I will not go in to the details of what they were doing and what not. However the minister of tourisms's reason for banning the whole lot from performing their operations was not right as the few honest guys in the safari game have been affected and lost their livelihoods.
The poaching is definitely rife. Frankly, nobody gives a shit about those areas now, ZAWA scouts are not being paid and they are not performing their duties. Its free for all at the moment. The roads are in a terrible state, most areas are inaccessible. The areas are filled with so called 'fishermen'.
ZAWA has been doing animal counts for the last five months. Honestly how long does it take? Everyone is anticipating 2014 to be a hunting year. How will it happen when we are already in to October and there is no mention of the tendering process. SCI and DSC have their shows early next year. What time does this give any operator to sort out the camps, build new roads and at the same time go and convince a client who is willing to spend thousands of dollars to shoot animals in his area. After all this mess I reckon nobody will want to come and hunt in Zambia. Not with all the poachers at work wiping out the precious little that we have. Let's face it, we are not at the same level in terms of the number of animals we have as Botswana, Tanzania or even Zimbabwe for that matter.
If there was an equivalent international court of justice for genocide against animals, our current minister of tourism and the forces working with her would be the first in line to be tried there!
Sent you a pm.