As promised, I am finally writing my hunt report for my first African hunting safari. I'll apologize ahead of time as I should have kept better notes. I lost my wife in June 2015 to cancer. I didn't want to go anywhere or do much of anything unless I could do it with her. In January 2016, I was at the SHOT Show and the thought of hunting in South Africa came to mind. I had been dreaming of this for a long time. Caeli wasn't a hunter, but she would have been with me for every minute of it. I started researching where to hunt and with whom. I chose South Africa based upon it's relative safety, the ability to get direct flights, it's established safari industry and quality of medical care if things went badly wrong. I had not yet discovered AfricaHunting.com, but Google took me where I needed to go. After much research, I settled on Cruiser Safaris and contacted their American booking agent, Bob Clark. I went with a variation of the seven Day Package and purchased tags for Kudu, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog with the understanding that I hoped to take an Impala ram if a nice one presented itself. I'm 47. I actually hate when time "flies by", but not that much this time. In the intervening months between March and September, I had gotten my passport, Global Entry/TSA Pre-check, a Customs form 4457 and utilized the Afton Guest House's assistance for a pre-approved Temporary Firearms permit. In the early morning of 14 September, I boarded a delta flight in Las Vegas for Atlanta. After a seven hour layover in ATL, I boarded a 777 bound for Johannesburg. I was immediately impressed by the significant number of hunters on my flight. After what seemed much longer than 15.5 hours, we landed in Johannesburg. I collected my suitcase and headed to the SAPS office to pick up my rifle.