You are a brave man entering NYC without aRidge, we flew South African Airways direct from JFK to Joberg. Drove to JFK from Indiana, staying the night prior with family couple hours from the airport. For a 15hr flight it was easy, it helped that the plane wasn’t full and we could spread out a bit.
The Report: What I learned
First: Thanks to everybody who responded to posts and participated/participates in the forums of what to pack, tips, pointers, etc. Helped out a lot in planning.
Disclaimer: This was my first Safari. I learned a lot and found out what worked for me. I know there are some Safari vets out there so what I learned for the first time, might be old news, but now I know and might help out another first timer.
* Pack warm clothes! I only packed a light jacked, and some long sleeved button ups and fortunately I had a leather vest that helped a lot. 32F isn’t nothing new to this Hoosier, but at the beginning of summer, it’s definitely a change.
* Bonded Bullets! My dad and I used Barnes TTSX bullets in our rifles - 375 H&H and 300 Win mag. Did the bullets work, sure. Did I recover any, No. All went through every animal we shot. Is this good, maybe, but it tells me that the bullets didn’t dump all their energy into the game. The Barnes’ expanded and kept right on going. I know I might be opening another can of worms here, but our guide stated soft point bonded bullets have always worked the best for him and almost always finds the bullets under the skin on the opposite side of the animal. Our shots were from 50 yds out to 300 yds and the bullets acted the same passing through the game. I’ll be switching to bonded bullets.