SOUTH AFRICA: MOZAMBIQUE: Off To Southern Africa With KMG & TMS & PPS

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  1. BRICKBURN

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    • It is the time of year when the reports start being filed here on AH and it has been a pleasure to read them and I am sure more are in the oven. I thought I would start my own.

      I tend to encourage people to share their stories and I found it very interesting this year to have members contacting me about their upcoming hunts which just happened to be at the same Outfitters I would be going to. Since the only one mentioned publicly thus far was Marius, I found that very interesting.

      The members contacting me were strongly encouraging me to share my report before they would be leaving for their safari. Since my excursion is actually going to be four weeks long and would in fact be overlapping some of the solicitors own trips, I said I would try to at least share an update. (If the internet allowed).

    • billc started a thread about "who's going where this year" and my reply was:


      A few more things are settled, thankfully since there are only 9 days left until departure:
      • A new twist was thrown into the mix a few weeks back when my companions bailed on me. So, I will be going the trip alone. I did invite Eric, but he apparently has a life.
      • New boots, broken in nicely.
      • Global Rescue package in place.
      • The rifle is ready and I have actually had to clean dust off of it since I sighted it in.
      • Bow has new cables and strings. I shot it so much that the cable was starting to have strands break down. Final tune before departure. But it's grouping like it should at 70 yards. Arrows touching. :) I hope to get MUCH closer to everything.
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      • For those of you who recall the 375H&H penetration test into 4x6 treated wood.
      • Here is the one for the bow.
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      • Only taking one weapon case. The im3300 Storm case with the foam rearranged to allow the bow and the rifle to fit into it. I'll remove the sight and the stabilizer and put it back together in RSA. I have zero concerns as it has worked well on several test runs here.
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      • Ammunition is weighed and in the pelican container with the locks on ready to go. 100 of the 375H&H with the 250 TTSX at the front end.
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      • I have lodges located and marked in Google and the GPS for some of the guys around PE that may get to share my company.
      • Gun Storage in arranged. Thank you for your kind direction Jaco http://www.africahunting.com/members/jaco-strauss.5935/. (You are owed a shot or two of Jameson at SCI)
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        • Applications for firearms export are in hand long ago.
        • British Airways is aware of the fire power they are transporting. This was much more entertainment than it needed to be.
        Seats on the way out are reserved for the leg room. They changed the scheduled planes and departure times once or twice to keep it interesting. I think we have it solved now. 767 and then the A380. (The "Bliksem Volstruis" was coming to my mind many times during this debacle and the Hanks end result was a passing thought. Again, way harder than it needed to be BA)
      • I got some great news the other day that will make the London to Joburg flight more interesting.
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      • Layover in London, basically scoped out. Certainly the return trip when I have 11 hours to check out the country side. Richmond Park (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park) was kindly suggested by Tom - UKHUNTER http://www.africahunting.com/members/ukhunter.10352/ to allow me to hunt some Red Stag on the Queens private Royal estate. (Big White Gun)
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      • Timing is everything in this business. In trying to fill that last week I was making inquiries about various schedules and who was around. I discovered Outfitters are very busy people and many choices were unavailable at this late stage. It was finally determined that 5 or 6 days on the ground in Niassa province were in order.
      • Another flight was booked; JNB to Lichinga. Thank you to Elaine at Supreme Travel in Harrismith, RSA for the last minute arrangements.
      • I applied for my VISA to get into Mozambique. Pre approval is suggested to cut down on delays upon arrival. 10 Business days is an interesting measuring stick and I can tell you Africa time was officially exported to Washington DC.. Like Hank noted in his report regarding perception of distance, that people have a funny perception of "close". I discovered it is much the same with "10 days". You see the Consular services folks are only open a few hours a day and they do not work on Fridays. When I called for an update at the ten business day mark, I was informed in the most luxurious Southern African accent, "that you must be patient sir" . Apparently it takes two business days to open a courier package and log it in. The courier arrived with my package three weeks later and I have the VISA in hand inside my passport.
      • Upon return to South Africa I will get to spend one day hunting with Pieter http://www.africahunting.com/members/paw-print.7037/ before I leave.
      • I ordered a Cat Quiver Mini, after reading suggestions on AH (Thanks). It looks like it will work well in the walk and stalk category. I await the delivery by UPS. Should be here today.
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      • New custom ear plugs are on the way. Somehow the last set must have decided to stay in RSA.
      • My Ghillie suit(s) have been ordered. SA Ghillie will deliver them to KMG Safaris for me. I'll be able to test them out on Bushbuck and maybe the Egyptian Goose. The true test will come with the Bow hunted Vallie!
      • I ordered two, just in case. A Stalker and a Half body.
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    • One last purchase to make sure I have back up camera in my pocket. Again from some good suggestions from AH members. DMC ZS50
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    Now, I just have to throw the stuff in a bag and head to the airport on the appointed day.
     

  2. KVS

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    Wayne,

    Wishing you all the best for your trip. Sorry I am not available to meet up. Would of been great to meet you in person. Enjoy the East Cape.

    Cheers
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    Gonna be epic!!!
     

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    Glad to see you will get one day with pieter. Hope the whole trip goes well and looking forward to seeing all who you get to hunt with.
    That stinks the others canceled like that on you. Good to see that is not stopping you from doing your trip though. Have a great trip
     

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    You should have a long detailed report for us upon your return! Maybe even some interim reports to keep us going. In the meantime, have a safe and successful hunt!!!

    Agree with Billc about the others cancelling out. Don't know the details, but maybe you need a couple of new hunting buddies!!
     

  6. Wheels

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    Hope you have a fantastic trip.

    Spot and stalk vallie with a bow.......impressive. I wish you success. This must be one of the most difficult hunts ever.

    You do great reports with fantastic photos. You will keep me entertained for months. Thanks in advance!(y)

    All the best.
     
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    @BRICKBURN I see no poaching rod and reel in your arsenal:D Just game meat for you this trip;) Have a great time and enjoy the trip.
     

  8. BRICKBURN

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    Those I just borrow when I get there. The export permits for fishing rods out of Canada are an absolute pain in the a%^. :D
     
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  9. BRICKBURN

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    Some days poo just happens in peoples lives and they have to make other choices.
    Certainly not a high point of the trip planning, but that is life.
     

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    I brought back up just in case I get pissed off on day 4. :)
     

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    Thanks mate.
    Blow off the wedding and we'll go chase a Bushbuck! You should not get into much trouble for that. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Have a great trip @BRICKBURN! I would kill for 40 yard groups what you're getting at 70 yards with your bow......clearly you need to give me some lessons while we're in Vegas this year!!
     

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    Have a very safe trip! Really looking forward to the report(s) (y)
     

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  15. BRICKBURN

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    Oh yeah. Bought one of those to.
    It's in the pile.
     
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    Good luck ! Sounds like a great adventure!
     

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    Buddy, if you can hear me from where I am in the cheap seats then the new Airbus is truly a quiet aircraft!
     
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  19. BRICKBURN

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    Every time I het the trail to Africa it is an Adventure. :)
    Thanks for the well wishes.
     

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    they are thats whats worrying me .........;) be good to see you again, just a pain i didnt have my dates correct earlier and you could have come visit, but sounds like you have that spare week tied up nicely with moz. (y)
     
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