It is hard to describe how excited I am to be able to say that in 209 days I am leaving for my first trip to Africa. This site has been a blessing trying to learn about everything that goes into planning a safari. I spoke to a number of outfitters that advertise on this site or have been recommended on this site. Everyone I emailed was professional and did a good job explaining the services provided. This journey started 2 years ago when I visited the DSC show in Dallas and visited with a number of outfitters that day. I was so surprised to learn how far your money goes in South Africa. After that show I had discussions with a few different outfitters and received a few offers that I thought had great value. I just couldn't do it financially at that time. Fast forward to this year. Value seems to be getting better and better due to the exchange rate. I saw an offer on the Deals forum for a Spiral Horn hunt with Game 4 Safaris. I never imagined I could hunt all 4 spiral horn animals for 6 days and still pay less than the listed trophy fees combined for the entire trip! I have communicated with Wik for the last month and spoke to many references. This seemed like the right fit. I have worked out a package that includes my wife (non-hunter) and a day to visit the Aldo Elephant National Park. We will be visiting on our 19th Anniversary. I want to thank all the outfitters and PH's who took time to communicate with me. I also want to ask for any advice and recommendations anyone has on the following points. I have airfare secured. We will take the Delta non-stop from Atl to JNB. Overnight in JNB (no accomadations yet) then fly to PE the next morning (not booked yet). I am leaning toward using the firearms provided by Wik to avoid the hassle and cost of importing firearms. My target list is for Kudu, Bushbuck, Nyala, and Eland. I have an opportunity to exchange the Eland for Waterbuck, Impala, and springbok. Thoughts on that decision are welcome as well. Taxidermy, shipping, ect is overwhelming. I am considering maybe only having one trophy prepared and shipped back due to the expense. Thoughts? Thanks for any help you can provide.