Permit Problems but Good Hunt in Matetsi One with Russ Broom Safaris
Just got back from Zim-my first Africa trip-Hunted with Russ Broom Safaris in Matetsi One(Mostly). Absolutely beautiful area and saw thousands of Buffalo. I was after Buff/Plains game and filled all my tickets plus an extra one. Impala, Buff, Waterbuck, Warthog, Zebra and Kudu.
I had a very hard time my permits stamped by Parks to allow me to hunt. Problems with the concession owner not paying his quota fees, I believe. Supposed to start hunting Friday-First day of hunting was Monday. Broom and Co treated us well in the interim-sent us (Wife and I) on a private tour of Chobe Park in Botswana. Later in the week, problems developed with my Kudu permit and we went Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi for a day. Hunted for the Kudu on community land adjoining Matetsi One and really enjoyed the interaction with the villagers.
I chose Zim for a reason. I wanted more adventure than a SA or Namibia hunt. I got it-seeing a pride of lions hunting buffalo in a Wild Area and almost running into a breeding herd of elephants while on a Kudu stalk was awesome.
At times, I was very frustrated with the whole permit thing, But "This is Africa." My only real disapointment is that I only got about 1 hour of buff hunting as my first stalk on Tuesday morning led to a buff in the salt. I had visions of several days and several stalks on buff.