The planning for this trip commenced a little over a year ago when in the initial process of contemplating a trip to Africa with my better half for hunting I stumbled upon this site. Since then I have received from the forum members much valuable information allowing me to complete my first, but not last trip to Africa. I will definitely be going back. A little unabashed plug for Lori Ginn at Travel Express, she will look after you from start to finish with all aspects of your travel and doesn't disappear after you purchase your tickets. You can count on her to keep you updated on your travel. Upon arriving in Port Elizabeth, we were met by Marius and his wife from KMG Safaris and quickly whisked away to a local B and B for some much needed rest. The next morning saw us heading towards Grahamstown and on to KMG Safaris. My head was on a swivel seeing all the game on the way. I have been in Africa before but never saw this amount of species and game before, needless to say the excitement began to build. Upon arrival at the lodge, the smile on my wife's face says it all, accommodation's and the surrounding view are spectacular. It is now time to get introduced to Marius .308 and my first experience with a suppressor outside of the Army. I am very impressed with the rifle and the suppressor, but the suppressor will come back to haunt me, more on that later. Some glassing from the deck already reveals Nyala, Warthogs and Wildebeest. Some superb Impala cutlets for supper and some time to shake off the jet lag in front of the fire over a whiskey brings our first day to an end. Day 1 Up early and off to find Impala. Once again, it is a case of head on a swivel syndrome as we see a variety of game as we prepare to exit the truck and commence our first stalk of the trip. The excitement is incredible as we move off in search of Impala. We stop suddenly as we see the legs of an Impala through the underbrush, just as Marius begins to decide this isn't what we are looking for, he points to a Black Backed Jackal that pops out of the grass at 25 yds and says shoot, no way to see the body so lean forward in the kneeling position squeeze the trigger and my first African animal is down. Jackal is loaded into the back of the truck and the search for the Impala continues. Creeping along and bypassing a Giraffe we see some Impalas and continue to creep closer for a better look when suddenly a large black shape materialises from my left at about a 100 yards moving left to right Cape Buffalo! A tank on legs is all I can say. That is the end of this stalk and we carefully pull back and continue the search for the Impala. We spot a nice Ram from the truck and get up on a hill and commence a stalk downhill with the wind in our favour. Can't quite get a good vantage point for a shot, so onto our bellies we go. Short sticks go up and I slide into a sitting position and the Impala is down! The afternoon is spent stalking Zebra as my better half is up to bat, but to no avail, as we cannot find the stallion we are looking for. Game everywhere as I see my first Eland and Bontebok. After putting the Impala in the salt, we spend some time glassing for Kudu and see my first bulls magnificent but not mature. Back to the lodge where another AH member has arrived supper and some relaxing time in front of the fire and it is off to bed, tomorrow Springbok!