It has recently come to our attention that hunting in Botswana's well-known Elephant concession areas will be coming to an end. The following communique was issued by their hunting association;
"A statement was made at a recent meeting with tourism authorities that all hunting in Government concessions would cease by the year 2014."
We realize that this threat has been doing the rounds the past few years and that many outfitters have been using this as a strategy to book clients before Elephant hunting was finally banned. Askew and Maartens Safaris have refrained from doing this because we believe we have always had our ear closer to the ground concerning hunting in Botswana and would not make such statements unless we were sure they were true. This time, unfortunately, it seems as if the end really is near. It is still not clear if hunting will cease permanently but hunting in our own concession has ONE year left. For those of you who do not know the area we include some information and statistics for your consideration;
CT 3 is located in northeastern Botswana. The eastern boundary shares 95 km with Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The area is 2100 sq. km in size and only has hunting on the western boundary. During the 2011 season 10 elephants of over 70lbs were hunted, 2 of which were over 80lbs. The 2012 season saw 8 elephants of over 70lbs, 1 of which was over 80lbs. There are two camps in the area which helps us cover more ground on your safari ensuring the best results possible! The northern camp consists of 5 tents catering to larger groups while the southern camp is a smaller, 2 tented camp.
Our professional hunter is not only the area manger but as part owner, his knowledge of the area and interest in your success far exceeds that of any other professional hunter in Botswana. If you, or your friends and colleagues ever considered hunting in Botswana for a trophy Elephant, then now would be a good time to book that hunt of a lifetime.
We look forward to your response,
Craig and Nathan