Thank you for all the good info. These details are why my wife and I delayed our 2021 safari until 2022. I hope it will be easier to travel by then.
Not to sound cynical, but after 8 years of going on safaris and heading on another one this week, there is no problem today that won't be miniscule as to compared with what you'll experience tomorrow.
Africa and safari hunting has NEVER got better, only worse. So deferring for better times is foolhardy.
20 years ago, zero farm murders in South Africa. You could own land if you were white in Zimbabwe.
Today - All land seized in Zim, murder on the rise in RSA.
5 years ago you could hunt any legal animal and export it to the USA.
Today - No lion imports are happening, nor elephant, and leopard is highly questionable. If Trump loses, this will be forever banned rather than a 4 year and running temporary ban.
2 years ago you could receive ivory in the USA and cross state lines iwth it.
Today - Possession is illegal in many states. Transfer, sale, or gift across state lines is banned frequently.
New permits required: 4457, SAPS, Gun licenses. Ammo licenses.
Today: Most carriers prohibit firearms. Getting guns to Africa now is often a private charter air route or a single commercial carrier.
5 years ago - Bring money and pay.
Today: Wire transfers and evidence the hard currency is coming in full, up front, from a US bank.
3 years ago - Several hunts were possible in the Zambezi valley.
Last year: Zero. All bought up by anti-hunting photo tourism firms.
10 years ago - Abundant wild areas with well managed wildlife and limited poaching.
Today - Several storied safari areas devoid of wildlife and poached out by local bush meat traders and Chinese backed ivory/rhino poaching syndicates.
You can put off any hunt but I assure you, there is no absurdly difficult process that exists this week that isn't 5x more cumbersome next year. They will end hunting by bureaucracy since they cannot do so by outright ban.
I cannot fathom the idea of giving deposits for a hunt 12 or 24 months out rather than booking in the now and hunting quickly. I have no confidence the PH, operator, bank, airline, concession, species, or nation will exist in 12 months. Americans are long term planners, Africa is a present-tense continent.