Bullet Safaris – Nathan Askew PH: Craig Maartens Location: Eastern Cape, RSA I have always been intrigued with hunting in Africa, fueled by stories from a Missouri native that went to college with my older brother. I decided that my dreams would become my reality. A few weeks before Christmas 2018 I reached out to Nathan Askew of Bullet Safaris. I have known Nathan for the past 20 years or so and trust him with my time and money. Within a day or two I had confirmed dates with Nathan and scheduled my safari for July 2019. Nathan would be in Tanzania during my safari and had enlisted another of his professional hunters Craig Maartens to my safari. My original “wish” list consisted of Gemsbok, Impala, Kudu, Eland, and Zebra. I let Nathan know that I was open to whatever else Africa offered to me during my Safari. Nathan reached out to me the day after confirming the dates and we searched, confirmed, and bought my tickets for the Delta and SAA flights while we were on the phone. Obviously my first Safari this made me feel much better, Nathan also emailed Henry from Rifle Permits and made an introduction to start the pre-approval. Upon arrival in Johannesburg I had a reservation to overnight at the City Lodge Hotel across the parking garage from OR Tambo. April 30th, 2019: About 3 +/- Months to Safari. I am having my coffee watching Fox Business News as I do almost every morning. The news states the anti-hunting greenies have petitioned USFW to add the giraffe to the Endangered Species Act and the USFW has agreed to look into the petition… Giraffe was not on my list but how would I feel 20 years from now sitting in my trophy room if I did not have one of those beautiful floor pedestals? I was able to reach Nathan and asked him if Giraffe was a possibility near the area I would be hunting, Nathan assured me it would be a possibility. Nathan did ask that I know ahead of time what I was doing with the taxidermy as that is a big animal to process. And any of you that have taken a giraffe know, that is a BIG job to skin and process that trophy. JULY 10th, 2019 TRAVEL - DAY 1 Today is the day! I have spent hours walking the neighborhood to build stamina and shooting off of sticks at the hunt club every time I could. It is hard to explain to anyone that has not been to Africa. All the lucky men who have been hunting in Africa: think back to your first safari, on the plane that leaves the USA. What an amazing feeling that cannot be experienced again anywhere else. Maybe a similar feeling can be had but I know I will never be able to duplicate this excitement and anticipation I am feeling on the plane from Atlanta to Johannesburg. I was able to upgrade my seats about two weeks before the flight to Business class for the long legs of travel. Travel was rather uneventful. I arrive in Johannesburg around 5:30 pm local time, I was greeted outside the terminal by an older woman from Rifle Permits (apologize I didn’t remember to write down her name). She walks me to SAPS and about 5 minutes later we are walking to the City Lodge Hotel. She makes sure I get in the lobby and away she goes. I get checked in and was able to go to sleep rather easily.