The East African
Dar opens e-auction of game hunting licences
SUNDAY JUNE 16 2019
An elephant at a watering hole. The trophy fee for hunting elephants in Tanzania is $15,000. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
• Some 82 hunting blocks have been lined up for auction.
• A block hunting licence fee is $60,000 per year.
• Trophy fees for hunting elephant and lion are the most expensive — $15,000 and $12,000 respectively.
By BOB KARASHANI
By APOLINARI TAIRO
Tanzania has started auctioning hunting concessions in some of the country’s top game reserves under a new system designed to get rid of operational misconduct that had led to a two-year standstill.
Some 82 hunting blocks have been lined up for auction through an online bidding process that replaces a paper tendering system said to have been compromised by state officials.
The auction will be conducted in stages over the next three years, with the first part held from June 10, lasting seven days, offering 26 blocks. Buyer details were not available by press time.
According to the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (Tawa), first up for bidding at this initial stage were concessions that safari operators had returned to the government over the past three years that are currently vacant.
Tawa aims to generate $3.4 million per year.