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Hunting in Zimbabwe Set to Beat Levels Before Pandemic Struck

  • The $100 million sector sees sales growing 15% this year
  • Nation offers 500 licenses to tourists to kill elephants


Photographer: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s hunting industry expects to attract more visitors this year than before the coronavirus pandemic, even as the war in Ukraine and other economic challenges weigh on numbers. 

The hunting season, currently underway in the southern African nation, is experiencing “exponential growth” from traditional markets including the US, Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, said by phone from Harare on Monday. Revenues are forecast to be 15% higher this year than the $100 million earned before the pandemic, Fundira said.