I have now completed my fifth hunt with Marius and KMG and as usual I had a fantastic time, I already booked dates for next year! After this many times hunting together it is like going out hunting with family. This includes all the good natured jabs between hunting buddies (more on that later ). As we were starting out hunting lioness, we flew into Johannesburg and rented a vehicle and headed down to Bloemfontein for a couple of days before we would meet up with Marius and Kim who would drive up to meet us in Kimberly. Now I know that Bloemfontein isn’t the normal tourist destination but being a bit of a history buff and still in the Army I checked out a monument to the Canadians, the Anglo-Boer War museum and a few other historical places. I must say that I wasn’t too happy at the state of the monument and have since seen other problems online with other Canadian sites. Time to talk to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. We also went to the local cheetah experience and normally these types of places are filled with anti-hunting sentiment and yet I was pleasantly surprised that our young guide both understood and supported both sides of the conservation argument. In addition, she was very knowledgeable and passed on some excellent information about the animals in her charge. We next met up with Kim and Marius and took the time to visit the Diamond mining in Kimberly and the “Big Hole”, reminded me a lot of our own Yukon and Alaskan gold rushes. My better half also found a 1957 hardcover edition of J.A. Hunter’s “Hunter’s Tracks” inside a box of used books in a little store just outside the tourist attraction. Next on the agenda was sighting in the rifle and a quick tour around the area. I had borrowed Marius’ CZ 550 .375 H&H for the hunt (I have the exact same rifle at home … wonder how that happened). We saw quite a few different critters including Rhino and a jackal that knew I was away from the bakkie and just had to let my wife know he was there! We also spotted a corker of a warthog and resolved to come back tomorrow to see if we could find him.