Tanzania 2012 Hunting Season
MASWA GAME RESERVE
Mbono Tented Camp
28 CHAPTER 2
MASWA KIMALI GAME RESER
Subeti Tented Camp Tom’s Camp
52 CHAPTER 3
MWIBA WILDLIFE RESERVE
Mwiba Tented Camp
62 CHAPTER 4
LAKE NATRON GAME CONTR
Tandala Tented Camp Lake Natron Tented Camp Gelai Mountain Camp
86 CHAPTER 5
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
144 CHAPTER 9
CONT CONTENTS S
6 CHAPTER 1
152 CHAPTER 10
FRIEDKIN CONSERVATION FU
167 CHAPTER 11
WITHOUT A DOUBT THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE INDUSTRY WAS TANZANIA
BECOMING THE PREMIER WILDLIFE TOURISM DESTINATION EAST AFRICA.
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.
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
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
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
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
- George Hartley Legendary Adventures, Inc.
MASWA GAME RESERVE
MBONO TENTED CAMP
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
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
â€œThe changing wind threatened to betray us - injecting a sense of urgency into our maneuvers.â€? 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 werenâ€™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
animals or to discern their locations.
“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 –
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.
MURRIN, CONDREY, AND TAYLOR
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.
â€œBeing one of the very few hunters in this very large Masailand hunting block was a dream come true.â€?
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
our evenings discussing the days’ hunts, guns,
- Sarah Murrin
MASWA KIMALI GAME RESERVE
SUBETI TENTED CAMP
- 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
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
- Paul & Eric Hobby
- Frederick Charlton
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
Thomsonâ€™s and Robertâ€™s gazelle. An abundance
and roan antelope... not to mention lion and
of other wildlife occurs here, including
- Barry Kessler - Mike Frazier
-Paul Steiner - Dennis Proctor
A TANZANIAN ADVENTURE
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.
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.
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
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.
grass right upon two “dugga boys,” an old bull 44
A MEMORABLE SAFARI
EASTERLING FAMILY 45
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
- John & Anita Colglazier
Located on the western side of the Maswa
The annual zebra and wildebeest migration
Kimali Game Reserve, Tomâ€™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
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.
Few hunts are more exciting than tracking
herds also make Maswa a favorite haunt of lion.
an old Cape buffalo bull through Maswaâ€™s
Ideal lion habitat, in conjunction with careful
riverine thickets and thornbush hills.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mangâ€™ati, Masai, Hadzabe and Sukuma. The
highlights of any safari.
Mangâ€™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,
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
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
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
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
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 â€œtake
charge” demeanor, were immediately comforting
After a matter of hours we felt like we had
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
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 â€“ every single Legendary
your sterling associates whom we will always
Adventure staff member we have ever met has
Doug, Craig, and Guy are
- Robert Duncan
â€œWhat a life-changing experience. Needless to say, the facilities comfort, quality and attention to detail - exceeded our expectionsâ€?
- 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, Grantâ€™s
broken every few miles by rocky mountains,
gazelle, impala, Thomsonâ€™s gazelle, wildebeest,
hills and scenic sand rivers, which are inhabited
zebra, Chanlerâ€™s mountain reedbuck, dik dik and
by a wide variety of wildlife.
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
for the lesser flamingo.
LAKE NATRON GAME CONTROLLED AREA
GELAI MOUNTAIN CAMP
- 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
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.
MALAGARASI WILDLIFE RESERVE
JACANA TENTED CAMP
AN INCREDIBLE SAFARI
STARNES AND KOONTZ
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.
On another day we were just observing the
Nigel lost sight of the trophy buffalo for a
crocodile and hippos along the Malagarasi River
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
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
- Bart Koontz
- Nick Grey
The Malagarasi River forms the western
and noted observations include the Pelâ€™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.
- Elisabeth Grey
- Scott & Nick Grey 98
- Nick Grey & Robert Horner
- Victoria Grey
- James Horner - Charlotte Horner
MOYOWOSI GAME RESERVE
SAMASE TENTED CAMP
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.
- Nick Grey & Robert Horner
- Eric Baudouin
- Simon Pearson
- James Horner
- Bruce Leven
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
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.
- Ben Bordelon
- Dino Chouest
- 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.
UGALLA GAME RESERVE
MUHUBA TENTED CAMP
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
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,
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
- Herman Siegelar
UGALLA GAME RESERVE
UGALLA TENTED CAMP
- Hans & Marion Knebes
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.
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
- Eddie Soileau
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
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The Serengeti Legendary Camp is located in the
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Enjoy inspiring views of Mount Meru from
The Legendary Lodge offers the highest standard
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Conveniently located, the lodge is a 10 minutes
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drive from the Arusha Airport and 60 minutes
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in a private garden.
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Soon the lodge will have a total of 10 garden
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cottages and one family cottage available.
The family cottage also
Indulge in gourmet meals served at the old
tour, shopping at the nearby Cultural Heritage
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Center or an excursion to Arusha, Tarangire
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After your safari,
FRIEDKIN CONSERVATION FUND
THE FRIEDKIN CONSERVATION FUND HAS HAD ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR DONORS,
VOLUNTEERS, TEAM MEMBERS AND OF COURSE
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
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 Foundationâ€™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
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 Fundâ€™s anti-poaching efforts across Tanzania. With illegal anti-poaching on the rise, FCFâ€™s work is more important than ever. Over $12,000 was raised from 83 generous donors to help sponsor Tanzaniaâ€™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
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 centerâ€™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.
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 FCFâ€™s achievements in empowering change in communities traditionally independant by nature. One of the keys to success is that FCFâ€™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.
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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