ALWAYS Do Your Homework

This weekend I got an email from a gentleman I know in Montana. A smart man, an attorney and someone who I think, given what I am going to explain, has enough experience. “Richard, what do you know about XYZ Outfitter, as I am looking at a hunt in Namibia with him.”

Well, the operation’s website has no PH names or any other people to speak to, no telephone or email. It’s one of these sites that you fill in and then “submit” the enquiry. I hate those.

This operation is based in Zimbabwe yet has no Zimbabwe association logo. They appear to have no link to Namibia and/or a Namibian association stamp of approval, yet are offering a Namibian hunt.

My best advice to the writer was, if in doubt – don’t go. It was one of the probably hundreds of hunts offered at a Donation Auction where scant vetting is done. I wrote about this earlier in the year, but I have to keep repeating myself.

There’s a booking agent, I also read this weekend, who is offering elephant in Botswana: “All in for $27,900.”   

When Botswana opened up some years back, this particular agent offered elephant hunts there, non-exportable because his trusty Botswana operator was trying a fast one and offering (illegally) the Botswana ‘citizen elephant’ to be hunted by foreign tourists. Unreal, but true. I warned him about this; he removed the posts. At a sensitive time for Botswana, as the country was coming back to the international hunting stage, it did not need this. Said booking agent moved to Zimbabwe in pursuit of selling the cheapest elephant.

In his next move, he then started espousing how Zimbabwe was the best deal – selling elephant for discounted prices through his trusty operator there. Well, no guessing how that ended up.

Now he is back, offering Botswana hunts and telling everyone how ‘crappy’ (his words) Zimbabwe is on his latest promo post. Just incredible. He sent many clients to Afton until his clients opted to use my TTS (Taxidermist & Trophy Shipping) operation over the one he ‘strongly recommended’. He did not like that freedom of choice and now tells everyone how he prefers an alternate lodge for arrivals!

I won’t mention names, but what unsuspecting hunters don’t know is that this one-man booking agent roams the floors of the major shows, has no booth, and offers only the cheapest hunts. He tarnishes the reputation of solid and reputable booking agents – those you see on the list of the Show Directory. Ones you can meet along with their outfitters. And so, while you may be lucky and have a great safari, you certainly will not be guaranteed one if you don’t do your homework – it is just as simple as that.

On a lighter and very exciting note – as something to really drive you to sign up for the AHG Membership, or sit back and hope you win if you are already a member – is this incredible DRAW.


Have a read. It is huge and it is an ALL INCLUSIVE prize. I am not sure such a lucky draw has ever been done before.


Richard Lendrum


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Book Review: Rift Valley Fever

After training as a vet in Edinburgh, Hugh Cran set off to Kenya and spent the next 50 years at the sharp end, treating the cattle of Maasai herdsmen, wild animals, the horses and pets of ex-pats and the military and the government, and of everyone in-between. He dealt with creatures great and small, from mice to elephants. Traveling miles on rough roads, performing impromptu surgery by torchlight and with dirty water. Hugh fell in love with the chaotic life and the colourful people he worked for, from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

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Hunting Barbary in Morocco

Hardly any other wild species poses as many puzzles for zoologists as the Barbary sheep. Can the closer relationship be assigned to the goats or the sheep? Many zoologists place it under a separate genus called Ammotragus. Ammotragus comes from Greek and means sand goat. In common usage we mostly find names like Barbary Sheep, Maned Goat, African Tur and especially Aoudad, a term that comes from the Berber language.

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Piece of Paradise Revived

It was 1994 and I was a very eager and energetic young professional hunter, under the employ of a south African-based outfitter.
We were always eager to get “out” and into wilder areas in adjoining countries, places that seemed “unknown” and exotic to us.
When the late Phillip Nel, asked me to do some freelance hunts for him in Mozambique, it seemed too good to be true. Mozambique at that time was very exotic and unknown to me; Phillip managed to lease Coutada 10 from the Mozambique government, and was just establishing a hunting concession after the long civil war.

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One for the Road

In Horn of the Hunter, Robert Ruark describes two Cape buffalo he took on his first safari, in 1951, in (then) Tanganyika with Harry Selby.  The first was wounded and gave the pair a hell of a time until he finally succumbed.  The second, which had much bigger and more massive horns, was also wounded, and disappeared into a dense thicket.
Selby and Ruark looked at each other, then sat down to smoke a cigarette.  As the minutes wore on, Ruark became more and more anxious about what was to come.  Then Selby invited him to accompany him as he went after the buffalo — a serious compliment as you know if you’ve ever been in that situation.  Ruark steeled himself, checked his .470, and off they went.  

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Who are the African Dawn Outfitters?

The African Dawn Program is about promoting hunting in Africa, not just through what we publish, but with the outfitters’ cooperation in this program… and it is for your peace of mind.

International travel consumes two precious commodities – personal time and money. And when you are a hunter, things can get tricky when there are further considerations like rules, regulations, details and differences between each country and their species. It is important to have a good outfitter, and whether it is your next hunting safari, or your first one, there are many outfitters to choose from. In fact, there are over 500, so how do you find a reliable one, the one that is right for you?

To help you, we decided to promote and work with approximately 10% of this continent-wide group of outfitters. We have listed a limited number of an esteemed group of established and reputable African outfitters and they can be found in this Catalogue. To familiarize yourself with this list, we also offer monthly publications, and monthly trophy gallery posts (Trophies Fresh from the Veld). To ensure you receive these updates, sign up

If you are an agent looking for an outfitter to represent, you’ll be safe contacting one of these outfitters.

If you are researching for your next safari, be sure to contact any one of listed outfitters directly. It will support them and save you money by booking with them. Please tell them that it was by them being an African Dawn Member that contributed to the decision.

Our website has a detailed overview of them all, and you know where to contact me if you need to know anything more.

For now, just enjoy the read.

Richard Lendrum - Publisher African Hunting Gazette

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