Drought is still a major concern in Southern African countries. As of
the last few weeks localized showers dumped between 2-4 inches of
rain. The problem is that this rain is always followed by hot
temperatures that makes the relief short lived. Many outfitters
utilizing inland water bodies as part of their service are in severe
Business in the arena of game veiwing safaris are doing well as
animals congregate around water sources and since short grass and
plants are currently non-existant, getting great views at animals are
relatively easy. Poaching also increases during droughts because the
same reasons that makes game veiwing good, are also making it easier
for poachers to locate and kill animals.
There are two main factors effecting safari pricing:
-Since the local currencies gained ground against the US$ (or the US$
weakened), some outfitters are inflating rates so as not to cut into
their profit margin.
-The other factor, like I mentioned before, is that the drought is
putting financial strain on outdoor businesses, so operators are
lowering rates to increase business or at least to utilize animals
before they succumb to the drought.
I've seen some unbelievable low rates for hunts in Zimbabwe. This is
due to the well found concern for safety of foreign travelers and the
drought. I can not comment on the safety issue, but let me put it
this way for right now... I would not feel comfortable sending
foreigners to Zimbabwe. Mugabe is not only a very militant leader, it
also seems like he is mad at everybody, very much including the US!
LET IT RAIN!!