Day 1 I awoke at the hotel in Pretoria to the alarm and ready for the day. After breakfast I will head to Johannesburg for my 11:30 flight to Beira. The trip to the airport went smoothly and I was checked in with ample time to get to my gate before boarding. I was flying SA Airlink to Beira which is about an hour and forty minute flight. I had a first for traveling on South African Airways today. We were flying a regional jet and the gate agent tagged my carry on to be checked at the plane. I took the major items out and left the bag by the stairs to the plane. I am a creature of habit when I travel and my zippers are always at 12 o’clock when I close my bag. We arrived Beira and as soon as I walked up to my bag I could see the zippers were at 6 o’clock. I knew instantly the plane side baggage attendants had gone through my luggage. Sure enough, when I got inside the terminal and finished with Customs I had a look. Dop kit opened, stuff left out but nothing of value there so the theives came up empty. So, lesson learned here is take a smaller carry on bag so you never have to give it up. Or, don’t leave anything in your bag you can’t live without. That being said, I don’t appreciate having my things gone through by some petty thief. I will write customer service with SAA but I am sure it will be one of many such complaints and will go unnoticed. Now on to the good part of the day. All of the hunters on the plane (7 in total) were dealt with quickly. The men on the ground were organized and the police checking in the rifles were surprisingly efficient and we were done rather quickly. I would be sharing a charter to camp with another hunter and he failed to get a visa in advance so I sat down and waited a half hour for him to be taken care of. We were going to camp by helicopter which was a pleasant surprise. The pilot Peter was great and flew us up the coast the first 45 minutes before turning inland. Then across to the flood plains so the scenery was gorgeous. As we got further inland the game started to appear and we saw hundreds of Waterbuck plus numerous groups of Lichtensteins Hartebeast, Reedbuck and Sable. Several groups of Buffalo, one of which had to be well over a hundred head. The trip was stunning and in my 33 years of hunting Africa, this was the best entry into a camp I have ever had.