Southern Africa’s hunting sector experiences negatives effects of COVID 19

SOUTHERN Africa’s hunting sector has already started feeling the effects of Corona Virus, with losses of business expected to run into trillions of US dollars in the region.
The COVID 19 pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives across the world has seen a lot of panic among tourists and other tourism players.

Just over 10 cases have been recorded in Southern Africa so far, none of them in Zimbabwe, but the SADC region now has to face the harsh reality of loss of revenue.

The local hunting sector had anticipated increased business in 2020, but Covid19 has forced cancellation of international hunting shows, tourism exhibitions and sporting events.

“Prospects for the 2020 hunting season have been looking good but unfortunately with the onset of the Corona Virus, COVID 19 pandemic, certainly there are negative implications to the extent that hunters have made cancellations. Also most affecting hunters is the issue of travel instructions that they get from their countries. Airlines are also cancelling their flights and this certainly affects the movement of tourists down to Africa for hunting,” said Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) Executive Member, Mark Russell.
The country had recorded a marked increase in hunting operations for 2019 when compared to 2018 with players now working closely with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to ensure the effects of COVID 19 are minimised.
The country’s hunting sector earns the country’s economy between 120 and 150 million United States dollars a year, with the whole tourism sector contributing 10 percent to Zimbabwe’s GDP.