Despite the warnings against travel to CAR, hunting Central African Republic is still open and is a prime big game hunting country with Lord Derby's Eland heading the trophy list. The hunting is demanding so make sure that you are in good shape.
As of March 2016, airlines to CAR are enforcing the UN arms embargo on CAR which blocks the transport of hunting firearms. Air France is the main carrier into CAR for hunters but all other airlines travelling to CAR will also enforce this UN regulation.
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On this land use map of CAR, the red hatched areas are the hunting zones. The majority are savanna hunting blocks in the east, surrounding 4 National Parks. The main forest hunting blocks are in the south west. However there are hunting blocks in the south east which have both forest and savanna habitats - one minute you could be in thick rainforest, the next on an open savanna plain.
As with other western and central African hunts, your European hub airport will be CDG Paris from where you get a direct Air France flight to Bangui, the capital of CAR. You will be met here by your outfitter and assisted with firearm import procedures. Depending on your arrival time, you may need to overnight in Bangui. Your onward travel into your hunt area will be a 2 to 3 hour charter flight.
Most hunting accommodation is in permanent camps with chalets with all mod-cons and French cuisine. Some even have swimming pools and air conditioning. Some outfitters do offer more basic tented fly camps.
The typical savanna terrain is dry with bushes and small woodland areas that can be quite thick. Hunting is done by driving out from camp, then tracking on foot. Rainforest hunting is on foot through the steamy thick vegetation.
The length of hunt you book will determine how many 'big game' species, sometimes referred to as 'precious' game, that you can hunt. For example, a 12 day hunt will allow you to hunt 1 big game species + other smaller game. A 26 day hunt will allow you to take 3 big game species + other smaller game.
Some outfitters offer 'upgrades' where you can add another 'big game' animal (or ordinary game animal) that you want for an additional fee only if quota is available. For example, you might be booked on a 12 day hunt for a LDE as your 1 big game animal, but decide you want a giant forest hog too. So if the quota is available, you can hunt the GFH for an extra fee + trophy fee if you are successful/wound & lose.
The 'big game' or 'precious game' species list is not cast in stone. Outfitters will include/exclude species as they feel fit.
Leopard is available to hunt in CAR with a CITES export quota of 40 animals but the US Fish & Wildlife Service has never issued a permit for leopard from Northern or Central Africa.