Hunting

Tanzania lures US tourists with trophy hunting safaris

By APOLINARI TAÏRO

Tanzania is seeking to attract affluent Americans by targeting the growing game hunting tourism market.

Last week, Tanzanian Tourism Minister Damas Dumbaro was in Las Vergas to market the country’s hunting safaris at the 50th annual hunting convention.

Dodoma said the tour aims to “market Tanzania’s hunting blocks ahead of wealthy American hunting tourists and other trophy hunting investors around the world”.

Dr Ndumbaro led a delegation of tourism officials to the World Hunting Association meeting, which brought together 870 exhibitors displaying wildlife trophies from several countries.

“We will market hunting blocks and then attract international hunting companies, while discovering new strategies that would make hunting safaris more profitable to bring in more revenue for the government,” the minister said.

Tanzania focuses on attracting spendthrift tourists such as those who can afford a 21-day hunting safari that costs around $60,000, excluding flights, weapons import permits and trophy fees.

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Trophy fees for elephant and lion hunting are the most expensive. Hunters are required to pay $15,000 to kill an elephant and $12,000 for a lion under strict wildlife authority regulations.

Hunters are only allowed to kill stray elephants and lions and old and unproductive animals.

Hunting ban in the United States

In 2014, the United States imposed a ban on all wildlife-related products from several African countries, including Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia, after rampant poaching was reported by American media and activists. wildlife protection. He lifted the ban in 2018.

Former US President Barrack Obama had in 2013, during his visit to Tanzania, issued the executive order to combat wildlife poaching in African countries.

Tanzania is currently allocating wildlife hunting blocks through auctions, in an effort to increase transparency and allow competition to generate more revenue.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism said it raised $8.2 million at the seven-day hunting block allocation auction held in January.

Under the new system, first- and second-class hunting blocks will be held by the owner or hunting company for 10 years, an increase from the previous five years, while third-class hunting block owners class will operate them for 15 years.

Tanzania has also waived various taxes imposed on foreign hunting companies to attract more hunters.

Eligible hunting businesses can be allocated up to five hunting blocks each.

Hunting blocks in Tanzania are confined to 38 game reserves, controlled game reserves and open areas.

The Wildlife Act 2009 gave professional hunters rights under the Tourist Hunting Regulations.