Newbie goes to Africa

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by Jim K, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    Hello

    I am starting this thread to post about a upcoming trip to Namibia with Kowas hunting safaris. Feel free to post tips on planning and follow along as I plan a trip for the first time to the dark continent.

    My son who is 10 will be going with and is hoping to shoot a few animals as well.

    Hunting dates to be middle of August 2020.

    A little bit about me. I have some hunting experiences here in PA where I live and one trip to Canada for black bear. I am 42 years old. Thanks to this site the Africa bug has bit me hard.


    I will post as I have updates as we plan and gather equipment for the trip

    Jim
     

  2. cagkt3

    cagkt3 AH ENABLER PLATINUM SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    Welcome aboard, look forward to following along.
     

  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    Timeline so far

    Booked trip with Kowas Sept of 2018

    Ordered the son a rifle for trip October 2018

    Went to DSC in Jan 2019 for the first time. Got bit harder with Africa bug at DSC
     
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  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    Sons rifle arrived last week

    He is left handed so he received a left handed cooper model 54 in 257 Roberts for the trip. Here also is picture of him helping at the reloading bench. Priming brass for his gun

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  5. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    Oh

    And thanks again to this site. The 404 Jeffery bug

    Was able to grab a Winchester model 70 custom this summer of another site. For less then the price of the Gunsmithing

    Yes I have shot it.

    No I am not selling

    Yes I am planning a second trip to Africa for buff

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  6. markm

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    Took my grandson when he was ten .he had a blast .
     

  7. BobT

    BobT AH Enthusiast

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    You are going to have a fantastic time!
     

  8. meigsbucks

    meigsbucks AH Fanatic

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    Welcome to AH Jim. I am envious of you and your son as there is nothing like a FIRST safari.
    I see you are already addicted as you’ve aired your buffalo rifle for safari #2.
     

  9. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    You’ve picked a great place to take your son and have your first Safari. I just took my 13yo son to Namibia this year. It’s a wonderful place. Happy planning.
    Philip
     

  10. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    My suggestions:
    Start by checking out everything under “Safari Guide” at the top of AH pages.
    Practice off sticks (start with a .22 and progress up, but always go back to the .22).
    Get a copy of “The Perfect Shot” by Dr Robertson as well as the pocket edition.
    Use Travel Express (AH sponsor) to book your flights and any over night stays you may have to do.
    If you go through Joberg and have to overnight, you will need to fill out all the SAPS paperwork. RiflePermits (AH sponsor) can simplify this.
    Determine your primary game species, but be prepared to take what Africa offers.
    Take tons of pictures of everything! You can always delete them later, but you if you don’t take them, you’ll likely regret the ones you missed taking.

    Additional budgeting:
    Decide ahead of time if you’re going to dip & ship, or have someone in Namibia do your taxidermy. Find who you want to do the taxidermy ahead of your trip. Also decide on a shipper as well as importer (check out another AH sponsor Trophy Shippers).

    Just my $.02 worth. You two are going to have an awesome adventure! Enjoy ever minute!
     
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  11. CAustin

    CAustin AH ENABLER BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

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    Would suggest that you read as many hunt reports from Namibia as possible here in the site. You will pick up a lot of tid bits that way.
     

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    Welcome to AH, and good luck with your hunt !
     

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