Off to South Africa for My First Safari!

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  1. RickB

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    Just wanted to thank everyone for all the advice. I am at the airport waiting for my plane now! A couple of hours from now(lol) I will be in SA for my first safari. I will give everyone a report as soon as I get back! Once again thanks everyone!
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    Rick, I hope that you are able to sleep on the plane! Wishing you the best on your first hunt! Soak it all in, I look forward to hearing about it.
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    You only get one first safari so enjoy it. It will be different than you imagined, better in some ways, maybe not so much in other ways. There will be highs and lows too, but enjoy it all! You will likely start planning your next trip before you leave RSA. Good hunting!!
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    I hope you get some sleep...I never do! I hope you kill a huge Kudu and get great pictures!
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    good luck, good shooting, take a lot of pictures and remember, it's an adventure.
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    I'll be following shortly.
    Look forward to your stories.
    Have fun.
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    Ha, one first safari. So true. But we all know it won't be his only!!!!!!!!!

    I'm trying to think how mine was worse than I imagined. There were so many unknowns beyond my departure and arrival times that I can't say that I was disappointed with anything. The PH's were good, the facilities were good, critters were good, even my SAP experience was good (I used a service to handle the forms before arrival.) The only thing that sucked was trying to get on US Central time upon the return trip. ;D
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    30 Days ... 30 Days. My Ph called today and said it is very cold this year in the northern cape. Not what I wanted to hear but I am from Wisconsin and how bad can it be. As long as I don't wake up to snow we will be good. Good hunting all.
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    Shoot straight Rick! Hope you have a blast. Can't wait to see some pics.

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    Rick P,

    You know the old saying or was it Charlie Brown who said, "The anticipation exceeded the actual event". After many years of reading about and dreaming about safari, I had perhaps too many preconceived notions about how it should be courtesy of Ruark, Hemingway and Capstick that my expectations were perhaps a little unrealistic. Not to say I didnt love it because I did but reality does have a way of going against the dream to some extent. However as my 6th trip is due in June, I guess it didnt totally ruin it for me as I still cannot get enough of Africa.
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    Rick P,

    I take it you will be landing in Joburg on Saturday afternoon if however it will be Sunday I may bump into you at the SAPS office with my client that I'm picking up if you are coming in 5pm when Delta lands.
    Let the adventure begin.
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    I wish you an excelent hunt, and meke your dreams come true.
    You are gonna enjoy your first african experience, and that only happens once in the life.
    All the best

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    PD : You have to share some pics with us when you return home.
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    Rick have a brilliant debut safari in the RSA, would be waiting for the hunt report & the trophy photos.... Whats on your hunt list ????

    Best Of Luck

    Monish
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    looking to see your pictures when you return...

    May your popoo fly as straight as the bees returning to the hive...while shooting you game..

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