Like many i have always been attracted to the romance of hunting Africa and have said one day i would like to hunt there. What worries me is that there really isn't a hunt that exists that would suit me and that I'll never end up going. I'm just a working stiff with a wife a baby and a mortgage so the high end safaris (i think of LDE, bongo etc) are out of my reach and will remain so for my lifetime. That's fine I can live with that. So for me it's the plains game type hunting, but in this i start to see the divergence in what i want from a hunt and what seems to be the norm these days. I am a diy hunter, ive done a couple of guided hunts and didn't love them as for me hunting although about innumeral things in a big part is about the personal challenge. I can accept that to hunt africa though in my financial range it's how it must be. But to do so i would need to have some control over the hunt, i couldn't do a hunt where i was trigger man trudging along behind a tracker and a ph until being ushered up to shoot something. When i spend a week in the victorian high country chasing sambar or NZ alps chasing tahr I'm happy living out of an old hut or a tent. I don't personally feel comfortable being doted on or staying in resort type places at the best of times and when I'm hunting the idea of that to me feels really jarring. For me camping in a tent, sitting round a fire at night eating game and sipping on a dram of whisky after a good day is high end, luxury is being able to have a wash every couple of days. I enjoy doing some of the cooking, cleaning and other general duties as i find all that to be part of the experience. For me its gotta be an unfenced hunt. In terms of what I'd like to hunt, to me the number one plains game is any variety of common eland, a big mature bulky dewlap sort of character. After that i could work around things depending what occurs in that area but either nyala or bushbuck has always interested me, the wife likes kudu and I've always liked the idea of a zebra rug. I think impala are quite pretty also. Personally I detest scoring and have no interest in that side of things whatsoever. So to summarise is there a no frills free ranging affordable hunt without the 5 star luxury and a setup that allows the hunter to hunt and not just pull a trigger or does this hunt not exist. Next year im heading back to nz for a diy chamois hunt, after that the next big adventure will be a 2021 diy elk, mule deer and antelope hunt in the states. After that I'll be looking for something else maybe africa. The flip side is that if the hunt I'm after doesn't exist i don't think i could ever see myself doing it and I'd probably cross Africa off my list which would be a damned shame.