So the time has finally come. I'm going to try and do a daily running report of our father/son safari with Jacques and HartzView safaris. We'll see how that goes, I expect a day or two break at times. I'm doing this as much for myself as a bit of a journal as I am for my AH brothers. If it gets verbose, my apologies. Just skip to I used frequent flyer miles to book the bulk of this trip. The FF world being what it is, it was best to book from LAX to Kimberley via Frankfurt and Jo'burg. Our flight to Frankfurt leaves in about 3 hours. We had an uneventful flight from Phoenix to LAX last night, staying in a hotel nearby. First time to LAX, in spite of arriving sometime after 11pm, the airport traffic was crazy. It took probably 30 mins to get out of the airport. But all bags arrived as expected. I was happy that I escorted my rifle case to the TSA agent who quickly moved it along. Back to LAX this morning, traffic at the airport not much better than last night. We were one of the first at the Lufthansa desk which opened shortly after we got there. Friendly, efficient service. Lufthansa requires you to let them know in advance that you're carrying firearms which of course I did, so this did not come as any surprise to the ticket agent. So no fuss no muss. Once again we took the rifle and ammo cases directly to TSA who were very friendly and got us on our way to the main screening in short order. The main TSA security area was fairly crowded, but it moved along fairly well. One of the TSA agents however is apparently a grumpy former KGB agent or missed his morning coffee......just a bit too impatient barking at my son and me. I'm a fairly experienced traveler and have made being prepared for and getting through the scan quickly as I hate being in the lines. Still, this was not fast enough for TSA Agent Stalin. So here we sit for another couple hours before boarding. Guess I'll knock out a few of the particulars. Travel : As mentioned we're flying Lufthansa from LAX to Frankfurt. From there SAA to JNB and then connecting to Kimberley. Pretty much the opposite on return, only stopping in Munich. Rifles: Tikka T3 Lite in .308 Win for Austin, Winchester M70's in .300 Win Mag and .375H&H for Phil Ammo : 165gr, 200gr and 250gr North Fork Bonded cores following caliber list above. Animal Wish List: Springbok, Blue and Black Wildebeest, Kudu, Gemsbok, Eland All for now, perhaps a report from rainy Frankfurt tomorrow. We will have some time to go into the city and get a bite, perhaps see some sights.