I am finally getting around to posting a report on a first time plains game hunt in RSA. Its a slow week for me so I hope to post some information that would be helpful to other first timers. One thing I loved about planning a trip to Africa was how helpful everyone was. If you ask a question you will get an answer and then some. Thanks to all who helped me through the planning phase. I am also happy to report that for our first hunt I think we set the bar pretty high. I had good advice on outfitters to choose from and we were very happy with the results from our final choice. I hope to tell a good story and then give some advice at the end for anyone planning a trip. My wife is adventurous and was totally on board for an African hunting trip. Our boys are 6 and 4 but with able grandparents to keep them now seemed like a good time to go. As suggested we went to DSC to meet with a few recommended outfitters but after talking with Vlam Myburg of Madubula Safaris we were sure he was our guy. It was Jan 2015 and we wouldn't hunt until May of 2016. That ended up being a good thing because boy did several desires change during that time. Every little detail was thought out and we were glad we had ample time to think everything through. Probably the best advice we were given by our PH for our first hunt was to "keep an open mind". This made sense as we had ideas what we wanted to hunt but understood when we got there it could change. RSA seemed like a good safe bet for our first trip so we booked the flight from ATL to JNB and began the waiting process. We had a good flight to JNB and with the help of Air2000 services we made it though JNB with a rifle and a bow very easily. We were met at the plane and guided throught the whole process. After we were escorted to our car my wife Lena said whatever you paid for that...It was worth it. We stayed two nights at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johanessburg. After some dining and some serious shopping at Cambanos even Lena was ready to leave the city. A short flight to Kimberley got us to our final destination. Upon arriving at the camp were happy to find very nice accommodations and meals. After a sleepless night we got up and began hunting. The first stalk was a very unexpected climb up a mountain after Gemsbok. The terrain here was quite varied and not the flat dusty dirt I expected everywhere. I saw several animals that looked huge to me but of course the PH insisted we wait. We made several stalks that morning but finally on the fifth we found two good Gemsbok bulls laying down in a clearing. We waited for them to stand as I settled into the shooting sticks in a sitting position. A good shot at 175 yards had him down immediately. I wasn't sure how to feel it seemed so surreal. We were thrilled as the one animal we couldn't leave without was the first one we took. Lena loves the way these animals look and we absolutely had to take this home for a shoulder mount. I wanted quality mature trophies and scores didn't matter to me but I was very happy to hear this should be a silver medal and it is.