6 weeks to go to Zambezi valley

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  1. Jumbo

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    The prep starts properly!

    6 weeks till my Zambezi Valley Buff hunt and the excitement is starting properly now! Air ticket for my dad is booked and I'm getting my gear organised.

    Finally found some Norma PH softs for the .470NE, which is a relief as thought it may end up being solids all the way. We don't have all the choices here in Zambia. Decided on Hornady DGS for the solids with an opener of the Norma PH soft as an opener. Seem to both shoot nicely in my Krieghoff.

    Done a bit of range shooting, but got a bit of Clay shooting planned for 2 weeks time to get the eye in a bit and then just a final couple of rounds with the .470NE to confirm its all working well.
    The only part that needs a bit of work is sighting the 9.3x74R. battled to find a spot to shoot, but now found a great guy nearby who lets me shoot on his place! So final sighting and then all systems go!

    Camera and Bino's packed, camelback packed, GPS (just for fun) and Video camera for the oldman to take some footage with.

    I am so looking forward to some good fire time with my dad and a chance to hunt Buffalo!
    Good wine will be packed, as will a GOOD cognac! For the rest I'm pretty sure the HHK guys will have it covered! - Suppose I'm lucky that I can take quite a bit of stuff as I will be driving down from Lusaka.

    WHOOOO HOOOOO
     
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    Good luck on your hunt.
    The hunt report should be a good one.
     
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    Good luck!! I was in zambezi valley last sept and took a great 41 inch dagga boy with 16 inch bosses. Had plenty to look over as well. I made sure to leave you at least one!! What outfitter/ph you with?
     
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    Please take lots of pics and post a hunt report. I suspect you'll have a great time. Best of luck. Bruce
     
  5. Jumbo

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    Hey K Man, that sounds great...................and thanks for leaving some for me!;)
    I'm Hunting Dande with HHK! Booked the fly camp to have it quiet and personal!

    Thanks Gilettehunter, I sincerely hope you are right! That's the plan............bucket list stuff........:)
     
  6. spike.t

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    hey at least you dont have to worry about overweight baggage charges or no legroom on the plane :D
     
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    How many people get to say, "Yeah left home today to drive to hunting camp, to try to get a cape buffalo".

    Good Luck on your hunt!
     
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    I didn't know you could pack alcohol on the flights.
    I am uninformed but wondered if it was possible and how to do it.
     
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    o_O rphguy jumbo is driving from zambia to zim for this hunt............but you can pack alcohol in your checked luggage when flying, just make sure its well padded. putting it in the checked bags doesnt mean you can take more than your duty free allowance though. why dont you buy it at the airport duty free shops on departure, or if going to SA and it works with your travel schedule buy it there as the dollar to rand exchange rate is very good at the moment........
     
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    I have been trying to think of some gifts to bring Marius (KMG).
    I thought about bringing a bottle of good Tequila because I doubted they have it there.
    I've since found out that Tequila is being made in South Africa now as they imported the plants it's made from.
     
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    Have you considered a good trail camera and rechargeable batteries and a couple or memory cards? I was able to get a cuddeback, etc last year for about a hunded dollars, and almost everyone can use it, even if you already have one or two. nothing wrong with an adult beverage, though. I just think of things hard to get or what I would like to be given.
     
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    maybe but being made in SA they have probably screwed it up :p:D so take him one of those vintage brands of tequila my wife decided she liked when she was in aspen..........$90.00 usd a shot!!! :eek:
     
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    don't let them taste stuff like that, they may start including that on their daily rates!!!
     
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    Now down to 31 Days till I leave!!!

    Countdown continues!
     
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    23 days guys!

    This is getting crazy! Bit more shooting this weekend and then we start the repack and last ammo purchases etc!
     
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    19 days till we arrive in camp!

    Getting crazy, with loads of work to distract me between now and then!

    Just had a chat with the PH and seems we on the same page wrt ammo etc, so looking good! Coming weekend have a last bit of sighting to take care of on the .470NE and then its all systems go!

    Next weekend is a biggie, as the last week before I leave (incl weekend) is going to be spent in Lusaka and not at home.........................so lots of packing and planning before then!

    Whooo Hoooo!
     
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    Guys in 2 weeks today I leave for the zambezi river from Lusaka and then the following day I cross into Zim and will be in camp!

    Insane how fast 4 weeks went!

    Scary though, cause there is still a lot to organise!
     
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    The last two weeks will scream by.
     
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    20 days for me, and the last 20 have screamed by!

    Jumbo, we will overlap in the Valley! I'll be looking for a guy walking around with a double rifle with red dot and will say hi if I see you. I'll be the guy with a bolt action rifle and a scope... ;)
     

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