I probably should have done this a long time ago. But I guess better late then never. I was there last year in August. It my first trip to Africa. To be honest I never even had Africa on my radar. I'm a avid deer, elk, moose and black bear hunter. Being in Canada these are our game animals and I hunt hard every single year. Growing up in a rural community some of these species were right in my backyard. But a group of friends had planned a group trip that was actually a great deal. I essentially went thinking for this price it will at least be a lot of fun. Why not. After the whole experience...... I was planning my next trip on the flight home. I loved it. Here was my experience. So first off the travel. I flew from Toronto on Air Canada to London Heathrow. Then from London down to Johan on South African Air. Then one more leg from Johan to east London. For those of you worrying about carrying guns through Europe etc. It's perfectly fine when flying with any star Alliance airline. So for Canadians that's Air Canada, Americans United. And Europe has many such has Lufthansa, lot, KLM, Swiss, Croatian, British Airways etc. All of them have baggage deals with each other. And South African is apart of that star Alliance as well. My ammo and rifle were all successful travelling both to and from. In London I didn't even have to answer a single question about the rifle. It just passed through with baggage. Now I do travel a lot for work. When I saw a lot. Add 90% to what your thinking lol. I fly 80-100 flights every single year. So with that comes a very angry wife. But a lot of travel points. So I used points and flew both ways business..... For free. Ate dinner, crushed a bottle of wine. And I was out like a light until landing. Me waking up after 10 hours of sleep. Lol My first view of Africa about 40 mins out from landing. Tell me this was not the opening to the Lion King movie. What a site to wake up to. And right after I landed in East London. Our chariot awaited. One thing I will say. Although we had a 3 hour drive from east London. It wasn't bad. I got to see a lot of the country side, some small towns etc. I got to soak in more of Africa. Now that being said I literally slept every flight the entire way. So I was well rested. I can only imagine how hard this would have been for someone who didn't sleep well on the flight. The extra few hours can be tough. Although again I enjoyed it. Now let's talk a bit about the outfitter. So I give HH a 9 out of 10. Now again to all of you guys out there. The guy typing this does not go on a lot of guided hunts. I normally hunt DIY, sleeping in a tent in Canadian cold is normal and eating out of a backpack for a week is standard. So my expectations would be different then yours if you normally hunt out of a Four Seasons Hotel. But that being said, in all my travels I can appreciate service, food quality, etc. HH had a warm welcome from the PH's, House staff, and kitchen staff when I arrived. I immediately was offered a cold beer which literally hit the spot. I was taken to my room, all my gear was already there. I had a chance to get situated. Then we went for a ride to sight in my rifle. Took a drive around the property a bit to just get a taste and make sure I don't sleep at all at night lol. Then came back to the main lodge for dinner. My room was clean, comfortable and everything I needed. I was there in August which is there winter. And HH is situated up in the mountains so expect cooler temps. We had nights get down to zero. They had a space heater which was plenty. Again keep in mind I sleep in tents with no heat so you Southerners might freeze your butts off. On many threads I have read people say just tell your PH the hunt you want. And they will provide. I immediately that first night at dinner told my PH that I don't want a truck hunt. I also told him I don't really eat breakfast but I do like a early heavier lunch. And that's exactly what I had. We got in the truck before sunrise. Drove out to the general area we would be hunting. Then got on foot while the sun was coming up everyday. We would go back to camp and eat around 11ish. Back out at noon. And hunt until about 5pm. My boots got a lot of miles put on them. My method was not the most efficient as we would burn a lot of time walking back to the truck to either go eat, or to scoop up one of the harvested animals. But it was the hunt I wanted. So for that I give them full points. Ok next post is each day of the hunt. Incoming.