Greetings fellas (and ladies), Recently booked my first trip to Africa and found your site while starting to do some more information gathering for my trip. Great site by the way, tons of information. I am sure I will learn a lot from this forum in the upcoming months. I will be hunting in SA next June with Numzaan Safaris. I purchased a package on the live auction at the Pittsburgh SCI banquet this past spring at Nemacolin Woodlands resort. 10 day hunt with kudu, eland, waterbuck, blesbok, impalla, zebra, warthog and possibly nyala on the "to do list" for this trip. Taking the wife and another couple along for the trip, which I am also very excited about. I travel all over North America hunting waterfowl and have never considered myself much of a big game hunter, but after having spent the past 5-7 years reading a number of books on Africa I could not longer take the wait. A wise retired friend of mine once told me "Be careful reading Capstick and Ruark, because they are infectious." I could not agree more. A nice buffalo is the ultimate goal, but I wanted to start out with a plains game hunt to break myself in a bit. I have purchased a Rem .300 Ultra Mag for this trip and am currently looking at a CZ Safari .375 H&H as a second gun. I understand that the CZ may be too much from what I am reading, at least for what I want to hunt anyway. I am currently doing my reserch on optics, but think I am leaning towards the Leupold VX-3. I live in northwestern Pennsylvania and spend most of my time hunting ducks and geese around the great lakes and various other destinations. This year I am also headed back to Alberta and California for ducks. I have 2 lovely daughters, ages 5 and 8 months. I work as a PA in Ear, Nose & Throat.