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Tanzania 2012 Hunting Season


MASWA GAME RESERVE

Mbono Tented Camp

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MASWA KIMALI GAME RESER

Subeti Tented Camp Tom’s Camp

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MWIBA WILDLIFE RESERVE

Mwiba Tented Camp

62 CHAPTER 4

LAKE NATRON GAME CONTR

Tandala Tented Camp Lake Natron Tented Camp Gelai Mountain Camp

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MALAGARASI WILDLIFE RES

Jacana Tented Camp

102 CHAPTER 6

MOYOWOSI GAME RESERVE

Samase Tented Camp Fish Eagle Tented Camp

118 CHAPTER 7

UGALLA GAME RESERVE

Muhuba Tented Camp Ugalla East Tented Camp

134 CHAPTER 8

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Legendary Camp

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CONT CONTENTS S

6 CHAPTER 1

ARUSHA

Legendary Lodge

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FRIEDKIN CONSERVATION FU

167 CHAPTER 11

EVENTS

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WITHOUT A DOUBT THE

MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE INDUSTRY WAS TANZANIA

BECOMING THE PREMIER WILDLIFE TOURISM DESTINATION EAST AFRICA.

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This new found status is well deserved, given

habitat imaginable. These are 15 national parks,

the tremendous resources that Tanzania has

21 game reserves, various conservation areas

dedicated to wildlife tourism.

Tanzania has

and marine parks found throughout the country.

committed more than one-third of the country

As far as the outfitters in Tanzania are concerned,

(more than 120,000 square miles) to a wide

the 2012 season marks the end of an era, both

range of wildlife protected areas covering every

with the departure of several of their veteran PHs


and a drive to focus on intensive management

Levine are well known in Tanzanian guiding

and protection of their key wildlife areas using

circles and bring a wealth of wildlife knowledge

new technology.

and experience with them.

The outfitter’s say goodbye to four of their long-

The 2013 to 2018 block allocation process

standing PHs who have retired from hunting

went well enabling them to concentrate their

to pursue other avenues – Andy Payne, Doug

conservation efforts on the best remaining

McNeil, Wayne Hendry and Guy Rowe. We

wildlife areas in the country, several of which

wish them luck in their new endeavors. At the

they have managed for the past 25 years.

same time they welcomed four well known East

The introduction of the helicopter as a tool in

African PHs to their ranks, all of whom have

Tanzanian wildlife conservation is a relatively

comprehensive knowledge and many years of

new one that has brought remarkable results,

experience in hunting Tanzania – Wilhelm Marx,

particularly in terms of controlling cattle

Albe van der Westhuizen, Johnny Chipman and

encroachment to further prevent both meat

Keith Charters. Andy Wilkinson, Craig Doria,

and ivory poaching activities. Until now it

Nigel Theisen, Wayne Williamson and Paul

was impossible to efficiently patrol the more

Olivier, all look forward to a busy 2013 season

remote wilderness areas of miombo forests, vast

as usual.

swamps and rugged mountains. These places are

Their experienced team of professional guides,

now accessed quickly and efficiently, deploying

Craig Doria, Nick Bester, Brad Hansen and

anti-poaching staff on the ground as necessary.

Stuart Levine, are conducting photographic

No less importantly, the helicopter has also

safaris in Lake Natron, Mwiba, Malagarasi,

allowed them to show wildlife, district and

Serengeti

other

other government officials the true state of

photographic destinations that they offer,

affairs on the ground from the air. This enables

ranging from Zanzibar to Rwanda. Nick Bester

a closer working relationship and a common

is based at Mwiba, where he manages client

understanding between all parties in their

guiding, the tsetse fly control program and

combined endeavor to protect the wildlife and

wildlife habituation. Brad Hansen and Stuart

habitat resource.

Legendary

Camp

and

- George Hartley Legendary Adventures, Inc.

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MASWA GAME RESERVE

MBONO TENTED CAMP


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IT WAS A COOL AND DRY JULY MORNING, JUST WEST OF IBUMBA SPRINGS. WE WALKED INTO THE WIND THROUGH A MAZE OF KORONGOS THAT FEED INTO THE SEMU

RIVER. RUMORS WERE RIFE OF AN

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exceptional buffalo running with a group of

patience and persistence were about to reward

bulls in this part of Maswa, and we had already

us with a chance at a trophy far beyond any

spent weeks trying to find him.

hunter’s wildest expectations.

The bull’s ability to remain undetected for long

A light wind stirred the leaves from time to time.

periods of time was founded on a behavior of

The breeze was steady at first in the cool of early

constant movement over a wide area, keeping

morning, but then began swirling unpredictably

to places of thick bush and broken ground. But

as the day warmed.


THE BUFFALO HUNT

FRIEDKIN FAMILY


“The changing wind threatened to betray us - injecting a sense of urgency into our maneuvers.� Unintentionally we disturbed two old bulls far

Another 200 yards of walking brought us to a

ahead of us. They trotted off, unsure of our

tight bend in the river, surrounded by steeply

location but certain of our presence, having

sloping rock banks. The mood of frustration was

caught a slight drift of wind.

instantly turned to anticipation with the shrill

The incident alerted us to the possibility of other

cries of ascending ox peckers, their presence

bulls lying up in the heavy bush that lines the

assuring us that buffalo were close, very close.

tributaries here. We moved more slowly and

After some detailed scrutiny of an extensive

carefully, taking time to glass the thickets ahead.

island of tangled green jesse, a patch of black -

The absolute silence was only broken by the

easily mistaken for a shadow - was discerned.

persistent buzz of the tsetse flies.


The minutes ticked away as we allowed time to

More cautious crawling then suddenly an

make sure that we weren’t compromised. Then,

opportunity of a lifetime: through a narrow

we crawled slowly to a vantage point on the

opening in the bush, one of the bulls could be

ridge until we could peer down into the thicket

seen in the deep shade, facing head on.

to try and determine how many buffalo there

A single dramatic drop of one horn was partly

were, and how they were situated.

visible, providing the crucial clue that this was

The changing wind threatened to betray us, and

the buffalo we had been looking for. The other

injected a sense of urgency into our maneuvers.

four bulls remained completely concealed,

But the targets were well hidden. Only the muted

secure in their redoubt.

crack of a twig as a bull adjusted his position or a

The shot was complicated. Set in dim light

flash of black buffalo hide through the greenery

down a confined channel, the front of the head

confirmed their existence.

was diagonally bisected by a thick branch of

It was impossible to pick out the individual

combretum.

animals or to discern their locations.

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“Well over 50 inches wide with a 24 inch drop, it is the buffalo that every hunter dreams of.” To pull off the kill, it was imperative to execute

It was the buffalo that every hunter dreams of. In

a perfect brain shot. After careful analysis of

all of Africa, open range 50 inch trophy buffalo

the angles and position of the head, the scoped

are taken with increasing rarity, once every six

.416 Rigby was shouldered and steadied for the

or seven years at most. Old record book history

40 yard shot. The final explosion was a relief

shows that it is at least six times harder to find

after minutes of intense concentration. The bull

a 50 inch buffalo than an elephant carrying 100

rolled to one side without moving a muscle –

pound tusks.

killed instantly. Shouts of celebration rose up as

Arguably the ultimate African trophy, this bull

we approached the buffalo and the quality of the

was indisputable proof as to the quality of

incredible trophy was revealed: 52 1/2 inches

buffalo genetics in East Africa in general and

wide, with a 24 inch drop.

Maswa in particular.


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THE ADVENTURE

MURRIN, CONDREY, AND TAYLOR


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OUR HUNTING PARTY LANDED AT KILIMANJARO AIRPORT IN THE DARK.

THE NORTHERN COAST OF AFRICA HAD BEEN IN VIEW OUT OF THE PLANE WINDOW JUST

HOURS BEFORE. WE EXPECTANTLY walked out into the quiet night to see our kind

arrived in a miniature Garden of Eden. Inside

and confident PH, Wayne Williamson, there to

the lodge, the fireplaces were burning and a

greet us. The grit of the city flew past the van

civilized candlelit dinner was served with white

as we made our way to the Legendary Lodge

table cloth and all. Our first evening on the

and TGTS headquarters. Once inside the coffee

African continent was a nice ease into this new-

plantation compound, we felt like we had

to-us old world.

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“Being one of the very few hunters in this very large Masailand hunting block was a dream come true.�

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The first full day was spent on a photographic

of Lengai and Gelai, Tandala is a tented camp

expedition to the magnificent Ngorongoro

perched in the rocks overlooking the plains

Crater, which was brimming with a multitude of

and surrounding mountains.

wildlife. That evening we stayed at the Dutch

sundowner was complete with a family of

Colonial style Manor Hotel surrounded by its

giraffes almost close enough to touch. The staff

lush gardens.

at Tandala became dear to our hearts; we greatly

The next morning the group was off to our first

appreciated their warm smiles as they presented

camp, Tandala. High and arid, near the base

beautiful meals three times a day.

Our inaugural


Then the hunting began.

against the beautiful backdrop.

All three hunters were successful in getting the

Our evenings were spent by the fire under a

trophies on their list in rather rapid succession.

dome of stars that stretched all the way down to

Being one of the very few hunters in this very

the horizon.

large Masailand hunting block was a dream

Maswa Mbono, on the edge of the Serengeti

come true. One memorable stalk was a Chariots

ecosystem, was the second and final camp,

of Fire fast track of a wildebeest behind a

where we spent the majority of our safari. Camp

Converse-shoed PH. From Tandala, we visited

was set along the Mbono River and the wildlife

the shores of Lake Natron with Kenya off in

came in abundance to water there. During the

the distance on the other side of the lake. The

first lunch at Maswa, a group of elephants, large

most famous residents there are the hundreds of

and small, graced us with their presence as we

pink flamingos standing by to be photographed

dined. The well balanced, delicious meals were

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graciously prepared on the wood burning oven

On the hunting expeditions, we saw many Cape

behind the main gathering area. No detail was

buffalo, lion, leopard, gazelle, kudu, warthog,

left undone. Our tents in camp were uniform in

ostrich, antelope, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest,

each location and very well appointed, including

the aforementioned elephant, giraffe, hippo

hot running water at all times.

(including a newborn baby hippo floating in

It was from this camp that we visited a Masai

the hippo pools), dik dik, baboons, monkeys,

boma, where the colorfully clad indigenous

and hundreds of technicolor birds. Our hunters

people of the area live in close proximity to their

were fortunate to get fine examples of the game

livestock. The Masai welcomed us in to give

they were after and they were in the excellent

us a glimpse of their lives and culture and to

care of the consummate professionals, Wayne

purchase their customary beaded jewelry.

Williamson and Andy Payne. Wayne and Andy


“Visiting Africa opens up a part of your heart that you did not know existed, and once it is open, you cannot close it.” really made our trip. They were experienced

and game. As Westerners, there is only a small

hunters, knowledgeable of the area and the

part of our lives that we live outdoors. On safari

wildlife, funny, polite, and a pleasure to be

we spent an extended period of time outdoors,

around.

and I think this is why Africa gets in the bones,

Early morning hunts, lovely lunches, nice

because living out in nature is what we were

siestas, and afternoon hunts were the order of

created to do. To quote one of my travel mates:

our days. Hours would pass on the hunting

“Visiting Africa opens up a part of your heart

truck and it felt as if the time had flown by in

that you did not know existed, and once it is

a flash.

The efficiency of TGTS’s top notch

open, you cannot close it.” The only questions

operation, including the modern bush planes and

remaining were why we had waited so long to

experienced pilots, made us feel quite secure in

get there, and more importantly, when we would

this new environment. After dinners, we spent

return.

our evenings discussing the days’ hunts, guns,

- Sarah Murrin

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MASWA KIMALI GAME RESERVE

SUBETI TENTED CAMP


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- Paul & Walker Hobby

SUBETI TENTED CAMP IS SET ON

A SCENIC RIDGE OF ROCKY OUTCROPS AND KOPJES OVERLOOKING PLAINS

OF ACACIA WOODLAND. THE CAMP IDEALLY SITUATED IN THE MASWA GAME

with access to other prime wilderness areas,

to game and walking safaris present a different

including the Southern Serengeti National Park,

experience altogether. The area offers a sense of

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and

Mwiba

exclusivity as guests share this pristine terrain

Wildlife Reserve. The game viewing is varied

with only a few others, away from the bustling

as off-road driving allows guests to get up close

tourist areas.

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- Paul & Eric Hobby

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- Frederick Charlton

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The varied landscape and proximity to the

wildebeest, warthog, zebra, Defassa waterbuck,

Serengeti National Park make Maswa Kimali

East African bush duiker, dik dik, baboon,

a prime hunting and photographic area.

bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, eland, klipspringer,

Maswa enjoys excellent populations of impala,

greater kudu, steinbuck, hyena, jackal, ostrich

Thomson’s and Robert’s gazelle. An abundance

and roan antelope... not to mention lion and

of other wildlife occurs here, including

leopard!


- Barry Kessler - Mike Frazier


-Paul Steiner - Dennis Proctor

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A TANZANIAN ADVENTURE

DICKSON FAMILY


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THREE GENERATIONS,

TWO CONTINENTS AND ONE GREAT GROUP OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THIS SAFARI

OF A LIFETIME WILL PROVIDE MATERIAL FOR MANY CAMPFIRE STORIES.

After having hunted together for 17 years,

They spent a month together, hunting both

grandparents and parents from the USA, South

Maswa and Ugalla Game Reserves with great

Africa and Tanzania got together to plan an

success. Memorable experiences were shared

unforgettable trip for their return safari to

by both old and young.

Tanzania with children and grandchildren.

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It seems impossible to imagine such grand encounters: taking an incredible leopard after watching him rest in a tree the day before, hunting a massive and wise old crocodile who seemed smarter than the hunters themselves, and stalking buffalo simultaneously to a pride of lions.

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Although good trophies were secondary to the overall experience of this safari, some outstanding animals were taken. When not hunting, the focus was on family time with sundowners and meals in the bush, fishing, target competitions and bird shooting. Overall this safari was an excellent bonding experience for the kids from America and Africa, and a platform for the older generation to show the younger one what their passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and hunting is all about. - Birgit Hendry


MASWA KIMALI GAME RESERVE

TOM’S CAMP


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OUR ENTIRE TRIP WAS TRULY MEMORABLE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HIGHLIGHTS, SUCH AS WATCHING FIVE LIONESSES DEVOUR A WILDEBEEST, HIKING TO THE TOP OF COWBOY MOUNTAIN, SHOOTING DIFFERENT SPECIES OF

francolin and sand grouse, shooting two species

Cape buffalo bull. Whitney, age 22, spotted two

of gazelle, shooting two zebra and watching

big Cape buffalo bulls from on top of Leopard

many incredible sunsets. One amazing highlight

Rock, along with Andy, another professional

was our daughter Whitney’s stalk through the

hunter in training and two trackers.

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A MEMORABLE SAFARI

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They crawled the last 30 yards or so, on hands and knees, to within 18 yards of the buffalo. Andy gently placed the shooting sticks in position and told Whitney to stand up and shoot the one on the right, with a .375 rifle. She said her knees were shaking so badly and her heart was beating so hard that she could hardly stand or breathe. But, she did and made a great shot. Then Andy blasted it with his .458. The buffalo ran about 40 yards then went down. Very exciting moment! Then we discovered that the second bull had only run a short distance before stopping in a thicket.

We immediately went there but my shot was a

This was the single most memorable experience

little high. As it ran diagonally in front of us,

in our overall wonderful and seamless safari in

Andy ran parallel to it and shot it three more

Tanzania with the best outfitter anywhere!

times while both were in a full sprint. - Jim Easterling

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- John & Anita Colglazier

Located on the western side of the Maswa

The annual zebra and wildebeest migration

Kimali Game Reserve, Tom’s Camp is situated

passes through Maswa, usually beginning when

in a region which shares the Serengeti ecosystem

early rains bring new green grass in November

and attracts diverse wildlife, making it a favorite

and peaking after the short rains in February and

hunting ground.

March.

Game populations move through the area

In addition to the excellent hunting at these

continuously as weather, water and food

times, game viewing and photo opportunities for

conditions change through the year, presenting

non-hunting members of the safari are superb.

an endless variety of hunting experiences.

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Few hunts are more exciting than tracking

herds also make Maswa a favorite haunt of lion.

an old Cape buffalo bull through Maswa’s

Ideal lion habitat, in conjunction with careful

riverine thickets and thornbush hills.

These

management practices, allow hunters to take

areas regularly reward hunters with some truly

exceptional lion in these areas. Regardless of

magnificent trophies. For sheer adventure and

whether lion is a primary quarry, listening to

impressive trophy quality, a Maswa buffalo hunt

their distinctive roar at dawn or as the sun sets

is a special experience.

over the crackling camp fire is a wonderful part

Proximity to the Serengeti and its abundant

of any safari.

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MWIBA WILDLIFE RESERVE

MWIBA TENTED CAMP


MWIBA IS A PRIVATE WILDLIFE RESERVE LOCATED IN THE GREATER SERENGETI ECOSYSTEM, SET IN ROLLING HILLS OF ACACIA FOREST, COVERED IN ROCKY outcroppings and natural springs. There are

wildebeest descends upon Mwiba, where they

more than 33 natural spring systems on the

congregate to give birth to the next generation.

reserve, providing a constant source of water

Mwiba Tented Camp is a mixture of rustic

for game throughout the year, including the

African safari style and tented luxury, designed

wildebeest migration. From January to March

to offer both comfort and privacy while having a

every year, the great migration of zebra and

minimal impact on the environment.

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The camp is made up of six tents with ensuite

Several ground and tree blinds have been erected

facilities and a lounge, set among springs

at various locations on the reserve to allow

frequented by elephants, waterbuck, impala,

different game viewing experiences. A picnic

giraffe and leopard.

can be enjoyed under the leafy canopy while

Mwiba Tented Camp

is recognized for its spectacular scenery and

you watch the game go by.

variety of resident wildlife.

For the more adventurous, an overnight stay on

An important feature of the Mwiba Wildlife

one of the tree platforms can be arranged. Game

Reserve is its extensive fresh water spring

driving is available during the day, as well as at

systems, which provide convenient venues for

night to view nocturnal species.

game viewing. The springs range from small

Walking safaris to explore the rocky outcrops

trickles to large pools, some of which are large

and kopjes on the reserve is also a popular

enough for swimming.

activity.


Bush dining and sundowners at Mwiba are highly

local primary and secondary schools.

recommended. A breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

There are four distinct tribes in this area:

or a lantern lit sundowner stop are considered

Mang’ati, Masai, Hadzabe and Sukuma. The

highlights of any safari.

Mang’ati tribe are similar in many ways to the

Recently discovered ancient rock art is worth

Masai with their elaborate jewelry, spears, knives

a visit for those interested in the history of

and colorful robes. Their homemade brass,

Mwiba.

copper and beaded jewelry can be purchased

A visit to the Makao village nearby gives

at the camp in support of a local community

clients an opportunity to engage with the local

project. The Hadzabe are one of the last true

community. A donor funded community center

hunter gatherer societies in Africa. Mwiba is

for the village has recently been completed.

also the northeastern most range of the Sukuma

Through the Friedkin Conservation Fund,

pastorialists, the largest tribe in Tanzania.

Mwiba also provides essential support to the

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LAKE NATRON GAME CONTROLLED AREA

TANDALA TENTED CAMP LAKE NATRON GAME CONTROLLED AREA

TANDALA TENTED CAMP


- George & Blair Robinson

TANDALA TENTED CAMP IS NESTLED IN ASCENDING TERRACES ALONG A ROCKY HILLSIDE THAT OFFERS SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF SURROUNDING PLAINS AND MOUNTAINS. THE LAKE

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Natron area is widely recognized as one of the

Some of the more rare East African species

best hunting blocks on the continent for East

found here include the lesser kudu, gerenuk and

African species.

Natron Concession in the

fringe-eared oryx. Zebra, wildebeest, Grant’s and

heart of Masailand, known for its scenery and

Thomson’s gazelle, impala, eland, ostrich are

beautiful sunsets, offers a unique game viewing

common residents and wild dog are frequently

and cultural experience.

spotted on the concession.


Guided walks in this semi-desert region are led through extensive commiphora and acacia woodland, along dry river beds and between towering granite kopjes. A Masai boma visit provides interesting insight into the local culture. The people welcome you into their homes to see how they live, dancing and singing can be expected. Authentic curios can be purchased at the boma, and if you wish, they will perform the traditional bloodletting ceremony.


LAKE NATRON GAME CONTROLLED AREA

NATRON TENTED CAMP


THE EAST AFRICAN SAFARI

DUNCAN FAMILY


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ON BEHALF OF THE DUNCAN FAMILY, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND YOUR EXEMPLARY ASSOCIATES FOR MAKING OUR AFRICA SAFARI OUR MOST CHERISHED FAMILY EXPERIENCE. YOU MADE IT YOUR BUSINESS FROM the start to understand our family and our

The Legendary staff were always very responsive

objectives. We so much appreciated your caring

and highly professional as well. To your credit,

attitude and patient approach in educating

the execution was seamless. When we arrived at

us, helping us think through our options, and

Kilimanjaro, the genuine smiles of Doug, Craig,

planning the trip.

and Guy, bolstered by their characteristic “take

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charge” demeanor, were immediately comforting

After a matter of hours we felt like we had

and energizing.

Your warm reception and

known Russel for years. Russel was instantly

memorable dinner at Legendary Lodge set the

available to us throughout the trip. Ian and

tone for our whole trip.

Michel are wonderful people and heightened our

anticipation and perspective for the trip. What

Unforgettable!

a life-changing experience. Needless to say,

We want to recognize and commend our three

the facilities – comfort, quality, and attention to

preeminent professional hunters: Doug, Craig,

detail – exceeded our expectations. But the staff

and Guy. As you of course know, these men are

in each concession truly stole our hearts.

exemplary human beings.


They are not only experienced, knowledgeable,

Most important of all, we appreciated their

and highly competent; they are also kind, patient,

mentorship and the instructive time they spent

and collaborative. They worked relentlessly to

with our boys.

deliver not only a successful hunting experience,

modern day heroes! We had heard for years

but a joyful experience overall.

all the wonderful things about Legendary

Adventures from many of our friends. But your

been both competent and caring.

hand-tailored safari adventure still exceeded

And secondly, we loved the balance of passion

our expectations for, perhaps, two reasons.

for hunting with a relaxed and congenial

First, the amazing consistency of quality people

atmosphere. A heartfelt thanks to you and all

with caring attitudes – every single Legendary

your sterling associates whom we will always

Adventure staff member we have ever met has

remember.

Doug, Craig, and Guy are

- Robert Duncan

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“What a life-changing experience. Needless to say, the facilities comfort, quality and attention to detail - exceeded our expections�


- Morten Ulstein

Lake Natron Game Controlled area is a semi-

The immediate area is famous for its outstanding

desert area covered with flat-topped acacia trees

lesser kudu, gerenuk, fringe-eared oryx, Grant’s

broken every few miles by rocky mountains,

gazelle, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, wildebeest,

hills and scenic sand rivers, which are inhabited

zebra, Chanler’s mountain reedbuck, dik dik and

by a wide variety of wildlife.

steinbuck.

The Natron Tented Camp is positioned near the

Hunting Lake Natron for East African species

shores of Lake Natron, a large soda lake that

provides a fine challenge for the adventurous

attracts an abundance of birds and other wildlife.

and has produced many notable trophies over

It is also one of the last known breeding grounds

the years.

for the lesser flamingo.

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LAKE NATRON GAME CONTROLLED AREA

GELAI MOUNTAIN CAMP


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- Michael & Annette McColm

GELAI CABIN, AT AN ELEVATION OF 9,500

FEET, SITS ON THE EXTINCT VOLCANO, MOUNT GELAI. THE PICTURESQUE MOUNTAIN RETREAT ENJOYS

STUNNING VIEWS OF LAKE NATRON AND MASAILAND. THE BUSH IS IMMENSELY

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varied, ranging from montane rain forest to open

mountainsides make hunting here for any length

grassland and rocky hillsides. Narrow pathways

of time a challenge. Conditions are considered

created by the resident buffalo, bushbuck, bush

difficult and are only recommended for those

pig, greater kudu, eland and leopard dissect the

who are fit enough to cope with walking long

forest. Thin air, fog, rain and extremely steep

distances at high altitude.


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MALAGARASI WILDLIFE RESERVE

JACANA TENTED CAMP


AN INCREDIBLE SAFARI

STARNES AND KOONTZ


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WOW, WHAT A TRIP! IS STILL

ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE.

THE ACCOMMODATIONS AND STAFF WERE IMPECCABLE AND MY EVERY NEED WAS

ANTICIPATED AND MET. MY SINCEREST gratitude and appreciation to everyone who made

Jacana Camp, the trackers heard there was a

this trip what it was. My professional hunter,

hippo up the creek harassing the villagers and

Nigel, was also very helpful and dedicated

their cattle. We spotted it, stalked it and then one

to making my experience unforgettable. His

30 yard shot was all it took and he was down.

guidance and knowledge were instrumental

Then, the people in the tribe started coming out

throughout the two weeks we hunted. The very

from all around us and began celebrating by

first afternoon when we landed at the Malagarasi

dancing and singing. This was incredible.

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On another day we were just observing the

Nigel lost sight of the trophy buffalo for a

crocodile and hippos along the Malagarasi River

moment.

in their natural habitat. It was such a serene

spotted it again, right in the middle of the herd,

feeling and at that moment I felt truly blessed

it had laid down. My heart was pounding out of

to be witnessing wild animals in their natural

my chest as I lay watching this buffalo, waiting

environment.

for him to get up at any minute. About two to

By far the highlight of this trip was when I shot

three minutes later the buffalo stood. Nigel said

my buffalo. It was early morning and we were

“shoot” and it was with one, very lucky and

driving along the plain. Out of nowhere a tracker

clean shot, I hit the buffalo. He walked about

spotted a herd of about 200 buffalo some 1,000

100 yards and dropped. He was dead when we

yards away. Nigel and I grabbed our gear and

reached him. Talk about an accomplishment,

started stalking them. We got roughly 400 yards

killing one of Africa’s Big Five! The size of

away and proceeded to duckwalk from ant hill

the horns on this buffalo was incredible. Forty-

to ant hill. We then started crawling and made it

two inches and the body was like I’ve never

to around 150 yards to get into position.

seen. Talk about icing on the cake of an already

Just out of the corner of his eye he

remarkable trip! - Mickey Starnes


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- Bart Koontz


- Nick Grey

The Malagarasi River forms the western

and noted observations include the Pel’s Fishing

boundary of the Moyowosi Game Reserve.

Owl, Shoebill, Palmnut Vulture and Osprey.

Rising in Burundi, the river flows directly

Game viewing can be done from safari vehicles,

south to the Malagarasi Swamp - its confluence

on foot and by boat along the river.

with the Moyowosi River then swinging west

The Malagarasi River is known for its wide

thereafter to Lake Tanganyika.

variety of fish species including the ferocious

Jacana Tented Camp is located on the western

tiger fish and powerful giant catfish.

banks of the Malagarasi River which is the

fishing by conventional or fly rod is available

center of all activity. Birding is phenomenal

from late July through to the end of October.

Sport

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- Nick Grey & Robert Horner

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- Victoria Grey

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MOYOWOSI GAME RESERVE

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THE MOYOWOSI GAME RESERVE IS VAST, ENCOMPASSING MORE THAN

4,000 SQUARE MILES OF WILDERNESS RANGING FROM FOREST AND GRASSY PLAINS TO PAPYRUS SWAMPS AND

islands. The Samase Tented Camp is situated in

using vehicles or boats for access. Hunting for

the northeastern part of the concession near the

wetland species such as hippo, crocodile and

Moyowosi River. Hunting here is conducted in

sitatunga usually involves accessing their habitat

the traditional manner of spotting and stalking,

by boat or canoe along channels in the swamp.

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- Nick Grey & Robert Horner

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- Simon Pearson

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- James Horner

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- Bruce Leven

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Sitatunga are typically hunted along the edges

convenient access to both upland and wetland

of watercourses and papyrus islands, often using

areas. More remote areas are often accessed

machans for spotting and then stalking once a

using comfortable, well-equipped fly camps,

good bull is located.

which are somewhat smaller in size than the

Non-game species of particular interest include

main camps. These fly camps offer an excellent

the fish eagle, a familiar sight as it dives for prey

opportunity to hunt areas that otherwise remain

along the rivers.

untouched. The climate in Moyowosi is usually

Moyowosi contains a number of traditional

warm during the day and cool during the evening

luxury tented camps strategically located for

and early morning.


MOYOWOSI GAME RESERVE

FISH EAGLE TENTED CAMP


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WITH ITS PERMANENT SUPPLY OF WATER,

THE MOYOWOSI SWAMPS SUPPORT THE MOST VARIED PROFUSION OF WETLAND ANIMAL

LIFE IN EAST AFRICA. WITHIN THE MAZE OF

CHANNELS AND LAGOONS ARE vast beds of reeds and papyrus concealing

This wetland ecosystem is home to a fascinating

remote islands. The Malagarasi River, lined

array of game and non-game species distributed

with riverine forest and sandbanks, allows the

across varied terrain. The eastern area of the

opportunity to angle for catfish, bream and the

game reserve is covered by an extensive swamp,

fierce tiger fish.

its size dictated by the annual rains.

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- Barry Perry

Fish Eagle Camp is located on the edge of the

Exceptional trophies in Moyowosi include lion,

miombo forest overlooking the Moyowosi flood

leopard, buffalo, topi, Lichtenstein hartebeest,

plain, about a forty-five minute drive from the

crocodile, Bohor reedbuck and sitatunga. There

airstrip. There is also a useful fly camp site

is an abundance of warthog, baboon, zebra,

located on the western side of the concession on

sable, bushbuck, oribi, common reedbuck, bush

the Malagarasi River.

duiker, hippo, eland and crocodile.

The climate is moderate with cool evenings and

Hunting for sitatunga is usually from a machan

early mornings warming up later in the day.

which offers a vantage point above the tall grass

Some rain is possible throughout the season.

and papyrus.

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UGALLA GAME RESERVE

MUHUBA TENTED CAMP


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SPREAD OVER 2,000 SQUARE MILES,

THE UGALLA GAME RESERVE CONSISTS OF LOW-LYING SAVANNAHS AND

MIOMBO FOREST. THE MEANDERING RIVER IS LINED WITH OPEN FLOOD PLAIN FROM

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one to six miles across and stretches all the

forms a haven for much of the game from

way through the reserve. Away from the river,

surrounding areas.

the area is characterized by open miombo

picturesque area, often likened to the Okavango

woodland. During the dry season this reserve

Delta in Botswana.

Ugalla is an extremely


- Ed Britt

- James Nicholson

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- Herman Siegelar

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UGALLA GAME RESERVE

UGALLA TENTED CAMP


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UGALLA OFFERS A WIDE VARIETY

OF HUNTING TERRAIN WITH OPEN FLOOD PLAINS LINING THE RIVER,

WIDE SAVANNAH GRASSLANDS, BORASSUS PALM FOREST AND LARGE

tracts of miombo woodland.

Scattered

know what might be waiting around the corner.

waterholes, or “pans,” occur throughout the area

Ugalla promises a rewarding hunting experience

and are magnets for game of all kinds during the

and some great stories of the day’s events around

dry season. It is an area in which you truly never

the campfire.

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The Ugalla luxury tented camp is set on the river

across the water at dawn and dusk.

bank overlooking the Ugalla River. This area

The tremendous variety of species and terrain

offers exciting hunting and breathtaking game

create excellent opportunities for photography,

viewing opportunities. Hippo, elephant, sable,

making Ugalla particularly popular with non-

roan, buffalo, bushbuck, warthog, waterbuck

hunting members of the safari. The climate is

and numerous other species frequent the area.

comfortably warm during the day and cool in

The calls of lion and leopard routinely echo

the evenings.


SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

LEGENDARY CAMP


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ADVENTURE BY DAY, ROMANCE BY NIGHT

IS THE ESSENCE OF SERENGETI LEGENDARY CAMP. SAFARIS ARE CONDUCTED

IN THE TIME HONORED CAREFREE UNDER CANVAS TRADITION, IN HARMONY

with nature and with your comfort and safety

safari. There is no better way to experience the

foremost in mind.

enchantment of Africa than by spending nights

Camps are strategically

situated in the most scenic and remote regions,

under canvas, deep in the bush.

in close proximity to wildlife. Each itinerary is

The Serengeti Legendary Camp is located in the

carefully planned to offer exhilarating game

second largest of Tanzania's national parks. It is

viewing and make the most of your time on

where you will experience the most awesome

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wildlife spectacle on earth, the Great Migration.

Take your game viewing experience to new

Each year, more than two million wildebeest,

heights with a balloon safari over the Serengeti,

zebra and Thomson's gazelle conduct their great

lasting approximately one hour and ending with

circular migration across the open plains and

a champagne toast and elegant breakfast.

acacia woodlands in search of food and water.

Safari itineraries are personalized to your exact

The mobile camp follows the migration, offering

requirements to create your legendary safari

unparalleled game viewing and world-class

experience.

photo opportunities in every season.

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ARUSHA

LEGENDARY LODGE


LEGENDARY LODGE IS ONE OF A KIND. IT IS A LUXURY PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARUSHA, SET IN A LUSH TROPICAL GARDEN SURROUNDED BY A WORKING COFFEE FARM.

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Enjoy inspiring views of Mount Meru from

The Legendary Lodge offers the highest standard

the privacy of your own garden cottage while

in accommodations and service. The six garden

their staff takes care of your every whim.

cottages each have private verandahs and

Conveniently located, the lodge is a 10 minutes

stunning views of Mount Meru that make for the

drive from the Arusha Airport and 60 minutes

perfect place to relax before or after a safari. The

from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

interiors have been designed with a unique blend


of African style combined with Western comforts

range of amenities.

and old colonial luxury. Each ensuite cottage

The family cottage features

features comfortable split level living including

bedrooms connected by a spacious living room,

kingsize beds with mosquito nets, lounge with

fully furnished with satellite television, dining

fireplace, satellite television, direct dial phone,

room and kitchen.

broadband connection, complimentary mini-

features a wrap-around verandah and is enclosed

bar, fruit basket and coffee and tea station. The

in a private garden.

bathrooms have a vanity with double basins,

Soon the lodge will have a total of 10 garden

bathtub, rain shower, separate toilet and the full

cottages and one family cottage available.

two ensuite

The family cottage also


Indulge in gourmet meals served at the old

tour, shopping at the nearby Cultural Heritage

farmhouse. Meal times are flexible and guests

Center or an excursion to Arusha, Tarangire

are accommodated at their convenience. Wake

and Manyara National Parks or other nearby

up calls are accompanied by freshly brewed

attractions.

coffee and tea along with a full English breakfast.

Legendary Spa offers a full range of professional

Delicious lunches are followed by romantic

services. After a long flight, ease your body

candle-lit dinners, served with a selection of fine

into African time with a relaxing massage

wines.

or reflexology treatment.

The nearby recreation center includes a fully

rehydrate your skin with a personalized face or

equipped gym with aerobics studio, sauna, steam

body treatment.

room, pool, tennis and squash courts as well as

Whatever your pleasure, Legendary Lodge will

sports fields and a five kilometer running track.

ensure a truly legendary experience.

Optional activities offered are a savory coffee

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TANZANIA

FRIEDKIN CONSERVATION FUND


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THE FRIEDKIN CONSERVATION FUND HAS HAD ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR DONORS,

VOLUNTEERS, TEAM MEMBERS AND OF COURSE

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THE FRIEDKIN FAMILY,

without which our conservation efforts in

teams in working towards the shared goal of

Tanzania would not be possible. We are

assisting rural communities while managing

extremely proud of the achievements of the

and protecting Tanzanian natural resources and

communities, students and our FCF field

wildlife.


Anti-Poaching - 2012 Results Our anti-poaching law enforcement teams report that 2012 will be the 8th consecutive year in which they have arrested and convicted more than 1,000 poachers. By December, 45 muzzle loaders and eleven automatic weapons and rifles had been captured. Over 1,630 wire and cable snares were removed and destroyed, over 1,200 hardwood planks were seized and more than 55,800 head of livestock have been herded out of the wildlife protected areas falling under our supervision. Thirteen vehicles and 830 bicycles involved in either meat or timber poaching were also confiscated this year. Advanced Training Thanks to the Shikar-Safari Club International Foundation’s generous grant, Ken Oesterreich of SAMTACS (an internationally recognized instructor in close quarter combat compliance techniques, conflict resolution and minimum force arrest procedures) returned to Tanzania for the third time to instruct our rangers. The aim of the training was to equip the anti-poaching teams with the skills needed to manage the violence they encounter in the field when making arrests. Rangers were made aware of the types of threats they are likely to experience, ranging from sharp-edged weapon attacks to the use of firearms. Each team spent a grueling three days with Ken, focusing on physical fitness, sharp-edged weapon disarmament and restraint techniques, coming away better prepared for any situation they may be faced with in the field. Keith Roberts (FCF Manager), who recently qualified in the Todd system (European close quarter combat system), was on hand to assist Ken. Special Operations The arrival of the B3 helicopter in July heralded a major turning point for FCF, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of all field operations. From September onwards, FCF began extensive helicopter patrolling to target the increased elephant poaching and illegal cattle grazing in

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Maswa Game Reserve and Mwiba Wildlife Ranch. Combined operations by police, district and village game scouts and FCF rangers to restore law and order and enforce the legal boundaries of designated wildlife protected areas are ongoing. To date, several poaching camps have been identified leading to multiple arrests and convictions, and thousands of head of cattle have been detained, the owners fined or sentenced to jail time. The reduction in cases of elephant poaching has been significant, the combination of the helicopter and presence of police together have proved a most effective deterrent. FCF 5000 - Fund Raising Marathon On February 26, 2012, 31 people represented FCF by participating in the Kilimanjaro Marathon as part of the FCF 5000 Team, running to raise awareness for anti-poaching efforts. By running in the Kilimanjaro Marathon, the FCF 5000 team raised awareness and funds to support the Friedkin Conservation Fund’s anti-poaching efforts across Tanzania. With illegal anti-poaching on the rise, FCF’s work is more important than ever. Over $12,000 was raised from 83 generous donors to help sponsor Tanzania’s most effective anti-poaching ranger corps. Thank you to the runners, walkers, donors, cheerleaders and our entire team for making the FCF 5000 such a success. Community Development - Education FCF has continued its commitment to education in Tanzania through various school improvement projects in over 20 primary and secondary schools throughout the country. FCF continues to provide financial and material support to public schools in proximity to the remote wildlife protected areas for which they are responsible. In particular, FCF is sponsoring an effort to improve academic results through donor support and funds generated by hunting. In 2012, FCF responded to poor student performance trends and minimal resources in schools across a number of districts by devising a unique program to address both issues. In consultation with the District Education departments, FCF selected primary and secondary schools in each area, and requested that school boards and councils meet and present proposals on how they would like to utilize FCF donated funds to improve academic results in each respective school. Many of the schools have opted to use the funds to purchase books, science lab apparatuses, sports equipment and small maintenance and construction projects. FCF has assisted with

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the purchase and the delivery of the goods where possible, providing funds for completion of the small construction projects. The Community Development field officers continue to follow up on the progress of these projects to ensure that the resources are being utilized and to push for lasting impact, in hopes of improving the educational experiences for students in these remote areas. In addition to the funds generated by hunting, several donors have provided funding for other projects such as borehole drilling and school water projects, playground construction, and the purchase of books, among others. Two families, while on safari, donated and helped install playground and sporting equipment at the Lumbwa and Makao Primary Schools. These projects transform the educational experiences of students in resource-poor schools, leading to greater success rates and a greater proportion of students achieving placement in higher education. Our hope is to grow this successful effort and expand its impact further in 2013. Student Sponsorship In 2012, FCF continued its commitment to education in Tanzania through the Student Sponsorship program, supporting one hundred and fifty secondary school students through direct donor support and funds generated by hunting. In 2012, through the generous support of the Dallas Safari Club and the Sackman Family, FCF is now sponsoring over eight students at university level at the College of African Wildlife Management, the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Dodoma. Mwiba Makao Community Center In March 2012, FCF broke ground on the Mwiba Makao Community Center. The Mwiba Makao Community Center is a joint venture development project with the Makao village, structurally and financially, designed to improve the way of life for many people living in Makao, where early childhood development, health and environmental education is desperately needed. The Mwiba Makao Community Center will enhance the lives of Makao residents, offering a place for them to come together and benefit from the center’s three primary functions: to facilitate early childhood development, to raise awareness around healthcare and HIV, and to provide environmental education. Additionally, it will also be an area in which people can come together to develop skills and knowledge that will help prepare them for jobs and markets throughout Tanzania.

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Our FCF team works closely with the village, guaranteeing that the center will be used to its utmost potential, as the majority of community members will feel a sense of pride and ownership for the facility, given their direct investment in several important facets of the project. The building is ecofriendly, made of earth bags, which minimize the use of concrete and other unnatural substances and is relatively inexpensive. Those constructing the building are teaching others from Makao how to use this method and our hope is that we will set a precedent for other eco-friendly development in the area. At the time of printing, the Mwiba Makao Community Center structure is nearly complete and ready for use by the village. Work on the Village Police Station and Village Water Project is now underway and these facilities, along with the community center, will offer a tremendous resource for this coveted area of Tanzania. We are most grateful to the many donors, volunteers, and enthusiasts from around the globe who generously contributed their time and financial support to this project! It is remarkable to see the community come together. Village Community Banks (VICOBA) In 2012, FCF Community Development expanded its Village Community Banks (VICOBAs) program in western Tanzania in communities around the Ugalla Game Reserve and the Moyowosi Game Reserves. VICOBAs are savings and microfinance groups which target low-income community members, encouraging financial saving and providing access to micro-loans for small enterprise development. The VICOBA program offers a highly successful tool for empowerment and poverty alleviation, as well as a forum for conservation through local environmental advocacy and eco-friendly enterprise initiatives. We are proud of the achievements of these groups and the transformative effect that savings and access to affordable credit is having at the household level for individuals. The VICOBA project is most certainly one of the highlights of FCF’s achievements in empowering change in communities traditionally independant by nature. One of the keys to success is that FCF’s input is limited to ongoing training and provision of the safe box and set up stationary while all investments in the VICOBA come from members. The result of this high level of engagement is greater ownership and empowerment that comes with this self-help initiative. In addition to the initiatives detailed above, we have been busy with many more projects this past year (beekeeping, school lunch programs, playground builds to name just a few) and know you have been instrumental to the success of each. For this, we are most grateful.

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2012 has been an incredibly productive year for the Friedkin Conservation Fund and we are keen to expand our work and impact in 2013. Our entire team would like to sincerely thank the global community of supporters, donors, volunteers and enthusiasts who inspire our efforts. Together, we can continue to lift up Tanzanian communities while ensuring the long-term sustainability of Tanzanian natural resources and the wildlife indigenous to this most magnificent country. We would like to thank all of our donors for their generous contributions towards improving the lives of those people in rural communities and thereby educating them as to the importance of protecting the natural resources, including wildlife, that are critical to their future prosperity. - Keith Roberts & Alexa Andrews Friedkin Conservation Fund


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