This report is a combination hunting report and journal. I have removed the names only because it includes my four kids. I could care less about the "greenies" but who knows what the world will be like as my kids grow up. Enjoy. Camp: Westfalen Hunting Safaris http://namibianhuntingsafaris.com/ Hosts: John and Juliana van der Weshuizen PH: Gideon Cloete Tracker: Renout Location: 20KM east of Kamanjab, Namibia Loxodonta Africana Conservancy Tuesday July 26th. 2016 Arriving in camp on Weds. July 27th 11:00am South African Airways flight. JFK to Joburg to Windhoek. Traveling with my wife and four children. 15yr daughter, 13yr son, 7yr daughter and 4yr son. 8 months ago I told my wife I was going to plan my first African safari. She didn’t say no, she said not without us! Even though we were on three separate reservations to Windhoek, bags were checked through no problem. In addition award seats with Star Alliance and SAA get no seat assignments but all six of us were placed together on both flights. Check-in and flight was as great as a 15 hour flight can be in the middle of the day. Landed on time at 8:15am local time and had BidAir service to meet us, thank god. We ran to the front of a long immigration line and a long security line and just made our 10;30am connection in Joburg to Windhoek. Left my youngest son’s personal bag at security, too many people and bags to keep track of and had no time to go back to get it. Arrived at Windhoek and immigration, bag and gun registration was no problem. One bag did not come out and off to baggage services, had directions to camp and cell phone of outfitter ready and just handed it to them. Hertz Rental car was straight forward. Decided to rent a car and drive ourselves as we wanted to head to the coast after hunting to sightsee and do some stuff for the kids. Would have rented a truck or defender but they didn’t have one that was advertised for six people, VW Kombi minivan. Drive of 5 ½ hours was easy to 20KM east of Kamanjab. All paved roads and empty once through Windhoek. Even Windhoek was not bad for a city. First time driving on left side and the transition was easier than I expected. Used “Be-On-Road” as an offline gps app and my iphone with the data turned off. Worked very well, used no data, but is not good with address input. Needed to get coordinates prior to going via google maps and then input them as a favorite. This worked well. Saw Baboon, Oryx, Giraffe, and Warthog on drive in. Stopped by and saw taxidermist in Otjiwarongo. Was impressed with the size and scope of the operation. And the work they were producing. Not sure if I will use them but good to see as an option. Dropped off one bag of donations to taxidermists to give to local council to distribute to the local school. We brought four bags of donations as the kids called upon boy scouts, school and my office, etc prior to going. Got to camp after dark and impressed with the camp that was lite with candles and torches. This is a photo from their website. I can attest that it looks better in person. My photos at night of the camp came out blurry. This is my picture of the night sky. I think my Sony A6000 did most of the work I just pressed the button. But the night sky was impressive and I am glad the camera was able to capture it. The camp is 5km from the paved road at the end of a dirt road that was by Africa standards pretty good. At least my rental minivan made it. Wonderfully dinner of onion soup, gemsbok steak, salad, fresh bread, potatoes. In fact, so I do not have to discuss on every post, the dinner every night was better than the night before. Gemsbok is a stable but we also had springbok, eland, warthog, hartebeest and zebra. Pretty sure we did not have beef at all during the entire week. The meat was obviously fresh and quite honestly spoiled the entire family for the restaurants we went to after the hunt. The meals were always accompanied by a vegetable, potatoes, salad and fresh baked bread. I hunted hard for 7 days and gained 4 pounds, the food was the best I have had at any camp and most times at home! (God I hope my wife doesn’t read this) Plenty of great wine or drinks accompanied the meal. Three rooms, six beds only. One hunting group at a time. I like that, especially with traveling with young kids. Two rooms are next to each other and part of one stone hut. Other room is part of the main house with its own outside door. 1 King in our room, 2 rooms with two twin beds. Ample closet and shelf space. Full bathroom in each room with hot shower via wood stove outside and lights via solar/batteries. Both hot water and electricity were available at all times during our stay. There were no outlets to charge things in our huts. That was done at a central charging area they had and it was more than acceptable. WIFI and cell phone reception, as well. Just as a note, I could keep the bathroom light on all night for my 4 and 7-year-old kids, which slept in their own room. No pictures posted as they look exactly like the ones on their website again. Bonus for a long day and a half of travel was a hot water bottle tucked in our beds. This hot water bottle every night became a family favorite of the trip as the desert nights were cold.