It's my 50th birthday celebration trip and 10 year wedding anniversary. Some guys go buy fancy sports cars, find a younger girlfriend or get plastic surgery during their midlife crisis. Me? I decided to go all in on my next safari. The memories would last far longer than the car or the skin that is sure to sag again sooner rather than later. Well, the memories of a younger girlfriend might last longer but quite possibly would costs more than the safari. I was absolutely torn inside out with potentially leaving my previous outfitter/PH who has always done everything I asked for and more. This will be my 4th trip across the pond and I was specifically looking to see some different areas and wanted to check out the Kalahari. It was an agonizing 6 months in deciding. I want to thank all the sponsors on here that I flat wore out sending emails to and everyone was always quick to respond and thorough in their responses. So I accomplished both !! I did a split trip- first half with AAA Serapa-Kalahari and the second half with my old friend John Henry Keyser with Great Land Safari-Limpopo. To be fair to both, I will break this report into two segments, one for each outfit. I write these accounts mainly for me. They make me smile, laugh and cause introspection on my part. All good things of course and if someone else joins the emotional ride, maybe learns a tidbit or two, then even better. So bear with me, it will be long winded recitation with plenty of pics, but my memory isn’t as good as it once was (it’s already cloudy two weeks back as I start this) and if I don’t document it now for my sake, it might not be remembered the same in 25 years while I spin my Africa hunting yarns for my grandchildren. In some ways I also see the reports as paying my AH dues. It is also a great start to my Shutterfly book. If you don’t like long winded stories, skip to the pics now. Plus, Brickburn once dared me to try and break AH. Animals of interest: Of course while in the Kalahari one must hunt springbok. I'm interested in a common and black. Also giant, sand dwelling eland , the always resident large gembsbok, the manic black wildebeest and the crown jewel- a huge, black shiny sable. The one thing I am really set on doing is tracking eland in the sand. One must be careful what they wish for! If I blank in the Kalahari, I always have chances at the eland and sable in the Limpopo along with klipspringer, bushpig, impala and there are always a few 55”+ kudu lurking in the Waterberg Mountains. Why AAA Serapa? As stated, I have always wanted to hunt the Kalahari. I first met Jacques Spamer at the AH get together at the DSC in 2016. We briefly talked but I never thought I'd be able to hunt AAA Serapa. Jacques even obliged me at drink at the bar despite me telling him there was little chance I’d ever make it his way. Once my wife saw the AAA Serapa booth at the DSC show the next day, all she talked about was the beautiful lodge. I told her if the room comes with the young lady in the bathtub they have advertised in the brochure, I'm in!