Posted By TOM IN TENNESSEE on 21 Aug 2012 03:36 PM
Flags, never hunted anywhere in West Africa.....what is your opine? Costs, bureaurarcy, conditions, etc.....got bunch of animals I would at least like to see!
Hunting West Africa is a completely different game than hunting the southern part of the country. I've never done any hunting is East Africa (Tanzania, Ethiopia etc...) but I have done several safaris to the south. The entire aspect of hunting in West Africa is different because it is based more on the French way of doing thing and less like the English way. There is a lot more stalking and hunting on foot and less driving. If you want to hunt lion, it will only be done by tracking. They don't believe in baiting cats. It is a completely different mind-set.
As to costs, they are about the same as what you find elsewhere. Trophy fees are based in Euros so they are higher than those based on dollars but the daily fees are much less so it evens out in the end. They don't have the huge variety of game that the southern regions hold but they do have things like Bongo, Lord Derby Eland, Red River Hog, huge Roan, the forset duikers, huge bodied lions, Kob, several types of bushbuck, Forest Sitatunga, Giant Forest Hog etc... These are the game animals that you don't find in every collection.
I had no problems with the bureaurarcy. The outfitter took care of all the permits and visas and I was met at the airport. It took less than 20 minutes to clear customs and get the firearm permit and we were on our way. One thing you do need, especially in Cameroon, is a yellow fever shot. They won't let you leave the airport without it. And it had to be on the yellow International Shot Card. Not hard to get, but it requires a little forward thinking. I watched them turn away a hunter from Canada that didn't have it. One thing that was different was having to fly out of Paris. If you have never been to the airport in Paris, hang onto your hat because it is a pain in the butt.
All in all, I enjoyed it completely. I'd love to go back. I saw Lord Derby Eland 3 times while I was hunting Roan but the quota for the area was spoken for. I'd really like to try for one of those. They truly are a remarkable beast to see.