I thought it was about time to say "hello" to everyone. I found this website and registered on it about a week ago. With all of the "Africa" web searches I've done over the last 2 years, it's hard to believe I didn't find it sooner. After over a year of planning, my wife and I are leaving for S.A. in 3 weeks for a plains game hunt with Bowker Safaris. It will be our first trip. We're upland bird and whitetail hunters, so this is going to be a really new experience. Another member of a sportsmen's club that I belong to has hunted with the Bowker folks before and speaks very highly of them. He said it was a great place to go for a "first hunt". Thank-you for all of the informative posts that are already on the site. I learned a lot as clicked-through all of it.... wish us luck!