Just started doing some research for a 2014 or really more realistically 2015 hunt. I'm new to hunting. Just took my first deer this past fall. Been shooting for about a year and a half now; both from the bench and from sticks standing. Surprisingly to me it seems that going on a plains game hunt in Africa might be the most affordable way to build up my hunting experience even though it is half a world away; a guided hunt in North America is far from cheap even after flights are considered! My goal is to building hunting experience, learn to stalk etc. While I understand that other folks desire a trophy to take back home, at this stage, it is not something of importance to me. Besides, I have a non hunting wife who will not appreciate a mount in her house. I can see bringing back some hides so long as they can be re-purposed into tasteful rugs etc. I'd like to hear from others where in Africa they would go and what game they would go after given the above background. Particularly interested in hearing from those who have hunted in different areas in Africa, multiple times. Please don't be shy about telling me about which outfitters / PHs you would recommend or avoid based on personal experience even if you would prefer to do this over a PM. Thanks!