Glad you had a great first safari. Nice waterbuck! The time you spent with your father is priceless!
Your list of highlights/lowlights is good info for those who are thinking of going to Africa, and brings back memories for those of us that have been there:
1. Agreed. It is a looong flight.
2. Agreed again. On one trip if it wasn't for my "Meet and Greet" service I would have missed my flight from Joberg to Kimberly.
3. I've never needed or used Chapstick.
4. I've used a variety of guns and bullets. Bullet placement is most important, then bullet. I've had good success with Barnes TSX and TTSX, Nosler Accubonds and Ballistic Tips.
5. Agreed that Plains game animals are tough, but I've had a number of bang flops, and a couple of long trackings with improper placement. They say the vitals of many African animals are more foreword than our American animals. Study the Shot Placement Guides that Philip has here on AR.
6. Definitely agree! On my first trip we took a very enjoyable side trip to Kruger Park, and while in Zimbabwe, we spent a day in Victoria Falls where I walked along the falls, had an afternoon cruise on the Zambezi River and had dinner in the Victoria Falls Hotel.
7. Yes, phones are handy for pictures but should be on silent for all hunting.
8. Just about every trip that I made to Africa, I came home with more animals than I had on my "list." On my first trip I had 6 animals on my list, but came home with 9. My PH encouraged me to shoot more, but they became high on my list for my 2nd trip.
9. I have hunted for over 50 years, and the memories of many of those hunts have long faded. However, I have filled my house with taxidermy from many hunts each time I look at any of those mounts it brings back the memories of those hunts. I went with 3 friends on my first African hunt, but went by myself on all of my subsequent hunts. However Brickburn was in camp on my first hunt in Mozambique and we have some great memories from that hunt.
10. Bring enough gun is sound advise for any hunt, and especially for hunts where if you wound and loose an animal you are still required to pay the trophy fee for it.
Hello! Nice rifle! I have IDENTICAL rifle in 375 H&H so i was wondering what gunsmith did the work on it? Appreciate it and if you decide there is anything you are willing to take in partial trade, let me know. I have quite a few pistols, long guns and sxs & o/u shotguns as well.
Let me know if you are looking for anything in particular.