An Old Hunter’s Perception About Hunting Africa Today
Today’s world has gone crazy. The man-in-the street is being coerced into calling the shots by the big animal rights organisations in the First World and, as a consequence, Africa’s wildlife has been forced to the edge of a precipice. The governments and official wildlife departments in the West are just as much to blame for allowing this to happen, and the media are fellow travellers pushing the agenda along. The principles of wildlife management are being ignored, and so anarchy looms.
In Southern Africa our problem is not too few elephants but far too many, and they are trashing the habitats of our national parks and causing the collapse of their ecosystems. And the biological diversities of our great game reserves are shrinking daily. Some of our big game reserves are carrying 10 and 20 times too many elephants. The opportunities for elephant hunting at this time in southern Africa’s history, therefore is better than it has ever been. And quite literally, the more elephants you shoot the better will the outcome be for our national parks. But the world won’t see it like that and every elephant that you kill will cause you to be severely criticised back home. But your conscience and your heart should remain steadfast and pure, because what I am telling you is exactly right.
I started hunting the areas to which Carl Knight will be taking you, 50 years ago. A lot has changed since those faraway days but those places are still wild and they are still the heart of Africa; and Carl knows all about getting you into the right places for some exceptional hunting. Enjoy the hunting, and enjoy the birds and the trees and the atmosphere of Africa, because, by the end of this century, Africa’s burgeoning human population will have overwhelmed everything. If you want to know what it was like to hunt big game animals in these places half a century ago, however, have a look at my website (www.ronthomsonshunting books.co.za) and take note of my big game hunting memoirs.
You will enjoy Lake Kariba when you visit Binga. There are still elephant bulls and tuskless animals roaming the teak, and some good buffaloes, in the Sijarira Forest; and you will enjoy wandering the Zambezi Valley in the shadow of the 60 mile long Chizarira mountain cliffs. Drive up the road that I built with the help of many cases of dynamite in the middle 1960s, to Manzituba on the plateau, and view the valley and the lake from 2000 feet above the valley floor. The views are extraordinary.
There are some exceptional crocodiles and big hippo bulls to be had along the lake shore. And don’t forget to take a fishing rod. The bream and tiger fishing opportunities in Lake Kariba are out of this world.
I don’t know too much about Matetsi at this time but, in the past, it was an area famous for its sable antelope, buffalo and elephant – and lion were always plentiful.
In the south east Lowveld of Zimbabwe – in the Gonarezhou region – elephant and buffalo are abundant; as are plains game animals like zebra, kudu, eland, nyala, wildebeest and impala. This area has always been renowned for its giant tuskers and Carl’s team seem to know where to find them.
The area sandwiched between the southern Gonarezhou boundary and the Limpopo River – where you may be hunting the Malipati Safari Area and Sengwe 1 & 2 – has always been very special.
The wide riverine forest along the Limpopo always held a special fascination for me; and across the golden yellow river sands lays South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Even in the old days, big elephant bulls from Kruger were forever wandering over the river into Zimbabwe – and they still do. So the chances of getting a really good elephant bull here is very good. And there are other places adjacent to Gonarezhou’s western boundary – Chikombedzi, Naivaisha and Gonacudzingwa – from which have come some surprising trophies.
You are in good hands with Carl and his team; and I wish you good hunting.
In closing, I would ask you to have a look at another website (www.mahohboh.org) which will tell you all about a new NGO called The TRUE GREEN ALLIANCE (TGA). I have long ago stopped hunting Africa’s big game animals not because I am too old, but because now I have a different and more exciting quarry. I have taken to hunting the Western World’s animal rights NGOs and hope to hunt them into extinction. Please join the TGA and help us make that happen.
With kind regards – and Waidmann’s Heil,
(Known to his Bushman trackers and the tribal people of Zimbabwe as “MAHOHBOH”!)