best area for big leopards?

Mike 100% correct, on all 3, unit two and the cabelas association, woodlands, Unit 1 is by far the best IMO.

If I recall correctly the units were declared hunting blocks around 73 or 74 and taken over by parks from a management perspective but prior to this they were private farms as well....

With the unit 2 thing going pear shaped, clients from agents had to be put in somewhere and filtered onto woodlands this happened all through last season and I can not see it changing :(

Mike Help me with this but I heard a rumor that Zam is on the verge of closing lion and leopard?? Do you know about this?

I know about the re shuffling but any truth in the cat thing,? This will surely influence prices and availability to mention but one....
Don't you think..

You just can not throw away Mozie either there are some nice cats there as well... It was an great to meet you as well and thanks for the kind words, it would be an honor to host yourself and your spouse just remember the safari tales are a pre requisite and they must last way into the night....

:)

My best always
 
Mike Help me with this but I heard a rumor that Zam is on the verge of closing lion and leopard?? Do you know about this?

As I understand it all Lion and Leopard hunting is banned in Zambia as is most hunting. There have been many rumors but I understand this as fact. I also understand the hunting ban may be for only one year (being optimistic) but lion and leopard could be long term.


This is from Andrew Baldrey in Zambia. He is a reputable operator that inititated a model of hunting that included direct benefit to the community and was the first of its kind in Zambia. "Frostbit" who post on AH has hunted with Andrew.

It would seem that hunting may continue on fenced farms and I think two GMA's have extended leases therefore my thread could be construed as misleading. Especially for the fenced game farmers.

For the most free range safari hunting as we know it will cease.

The publicised ban on Lion and Leopard, the closure of concessions and the prevailing negative reaction from the international hunting fraternity will spell doom.
 
You just can not throw away Mozie either there are some nice cats there as well... It was an great to meet you as well and thanks for the kind words, it would be an honor to host yourself and your spouse just remember the safari tales are a pre requisite and they must last way into the night....

No politics, only hunting tales, and the scotch must last in to the night. I will furnish some Talisker or Glennlivet.
 
I am considering booking a buffalo hunt through Cabelas, but I have read odd remarks about them on this forum (in this thread and others). Is there a problem?
 
No problem at all I would just enquire as to which are you would be hunting that's all....

My best always
 
I am considering booking a buffalo hunt through Cabelas, but I have read odd remarks about them on this forum (in this thread and others). Is there a problem?

JPT,

As Jaco stated make certain of the area before you book. To add to that make certain of the exact area and concession, do not accept general answers such the Zambezi Valley, Matetsi, or Lake Kariba area. Also confirm who the outfitter is. Before I booked every hunt I always even make certain who the PH is.

You should receive this type of specific answer from your agent:

Area: Omay North
Camp: Ume River
Outfitter: Martin Pieters Safaris
PH: Bruce Cronje

Do not accept:

Hunt will be conducted near Hwange in a fly camp with a reputable outfitter. The PH will be determined later.


If they cannot give you this information including the PH and camp go elsewhere. They also should be able to advise the best time of the year, etc. When you get the answers post the results on the forum for verification before you send in the deposit.
 
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You should receive this type of specific answer from your agent:

Area: Omay North
Camp: Ume River
Outfitter: Martin Pieters Safaris
PH: Bruce Cronje

Do not accept:

Hunt will be conducted near Hwange in a fly camp with a reputable outfitter. The PH will be determined later.


If they cannot give you this information including the PH and camp go elsewhere. They also should be able to advise the best time of the year, etc. When you get the answers post the results on the forum for verification before you send in the deposit.

They give this type of information and a link to the outfitter's website. My question was posed after reading some remarks that I took as an indication of a problem with their present or past bookings. I have used them a couple of times with no problems, but I thought I would ask.

Thanks for the responses.
JPT
 
JPT there were clients that ended up on Woodlands, wether it was a temporary solution or not, it was also advertised that's how I came to know of it... I believe that Mike has given you some sound advice, and good guidelines to follow not only for Zim but all over Africa.

My best always
 
Rasseni, check on that due to the high concentration of Lion in the area it makes Leopard hunting very difficult... Successful hunts are had but I would not consider it to be an outstanding Leopard area.... A Leopard hunt here should be conducted early season as the size of the area itself and the continued Buffalo hunting and hunting pressure directly influences Leopard movement on the block.

The same guys have an area in Chewore Makuci (sp). which is much larger and would be my preferred Leopard area if I was looking for a hunt..

Not trying to be negative but think that you should be aware of this..

My best always

Dear Jaco,

I am aware that this is not the best area for leopards due to the lions, but I wanted to maybe do a buff/leo combo, and I know several people who have hunted here, and had great experiences. I did not know this area was taken form someone though, and that hunting there is not "legal"? please enlighten me more.....

regards
Rasmus
 
I have also been recommende Rutenga area, any info on this area anyone?

regards
Rasmus
 
Big cats

Limpopo in South Africa--big cats!!!!

Namiba lots of cats some brutes there too
 
would like more detailed information about the woodlands area, and the ethics of the place and going there. Some mentioned it was taken from itï½´s rightful owner, could someone please enlighten me more on that subject, and also any info on rutenga?

cheers
Rasmus
 
Raseni,

This is how I understand the chain of events. Around 2001 the Woodlands Estate was owned by Larry Cummings. The property was taken by force during the land take overs under the guise of indigenization. Larry was the third generation of his family that owned and managed the Woodlands.

A white Zimbabwean named Alan Savory and a black Zimbabwean named Huggins Matanga were involved in the takeover (or at least immediately after). Alan was a Zanu PF (Mugabe) supporter and was generally despised by most white Zimbos. The area was supposed to be some sort of research center but Out of Africa began hunting it shortly after the takeover. This is the same OOA that poached the rhino in South Africa not to mention the atrocities they committed to the wildlife in Zimbabwe. Alan now resides in the US.

Eventually Out of Africa was forced out of Zimbabwe. The property has been hunted by different outfitters several from South Africa with less than sterling reputations. This is not meant as an indictment of all South African outfits.

In 2008 a tribunal ruled that Zimbabwe was in violation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) treaty for discriminating against white farmers in the land takeovers. This judgment involved 78 properties including the Woodlands.

As of today Larry Cummins is not residing on his property.

As I posted before it is up to each of us to make our own moral and ethical decisions when hunting in Zimbabwe.
 
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In 2008 a tribunal ruled that Zimbabwe was in violation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) treaty for discriminating against white farmers in the land takeovers. This judgment involved 78 properties including the Woodlands.

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Mike, What tribunal was it?
Is there a report?
Having the names of all the 78 farms/properties might help those willing to be diligent and help them avoid hunting on them.
Here's hoping.
 
This thread kinda got off track but it's important info that's being discussed. It really got me thinking about a few things though......We (AH) are currently seeing record numbers of visitors to the site. There are a lot of people out there that are turning to AH for help and information about possibly making their first (second, third, etc) trip to the "Dark Continent". To a "first timer" this thread about Zimbabwe could be pretty scary and could lead you away from considering hunting there. Don't let it. Yes, you need to do your due diligence. Yes, you have to be careful about who you hunt with and where you are actually hunting. This could be said for a lot of places world-wide. There is still some fantastic hunting in Zim. There are also plenty of fantastic PH's and outfitters there that you can trust. Be informed, ask questions, check references, let AH members help. It's important to me that we don't let a handful of bad individuals in Zim/SA hurt the good folks that live there and dedicate their lives to improving it for all of us.
 
It was the SADC tribunal. Of course zim ignored the ruling.

Woodlands is under "France Farms"

List of all involved and the ruling

http://www.sadc-tribunal.org/docs/RulingFinalMarch.pdf


Article stating the France Farms company is the Woodlands property.

Massive Claim against Zim Govt | The Zimbabwean

Excerpt from the article.

It is further stated that a game ranch had been managed on Woodlands Estate A, owned by France Farm. The game ranch is situated near the Victoria Falls.


"It too suffered illegal dispossession of this property due to the respondent's unlawful land programme."
 

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Do you know if the leopard hunt you mentioned is available?

I can only suggest you contact Wayne directly. I do not know if his offer is still available.
 
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