Dateline Aug 23, 2019. It is finally here. This is my first lone safari in 8 trips to Africa, but it is a wonderfully different and exciting journey. Left two days ago flying from Nashville to Chicago were I boarded Qatar Airlines for my 12-1/2 hour business class flight to Doha, Qatar. This was my first chance to fly the new Q Suite on Qatar and I was not disappointed. Roomy, and true lie-flat sleeping. Service is off the charts, food is excellent, and Hamid airport in Doha is rated best in the world for 2019. Gotta love the smoking lounge where I spent a couple hours relaxing with some fine Cuban Partagas Series D #4 cigars, and a great cup or 3 of Americano coffee. I was on to a relatively short 8 hour flight to Jo’berg where we landed at 4:30AM. Good thing about this was not a sole in line for immigration and customs but our flight. Bad thing was it was 4:30AM. Less than 20 minutes to clear customs and I was meeting Dawie Kemp. Not sure who looked more beat, but after 2 days of travel, I know I smelled worse. Since I arrived a couple of days before our hunt was to start to take advantage of a very cheap(relative to SAA or Delta) business class fare, we drove to Pretoria where Dawie had me staying at Casa Kaya Guest House. Just fabulous place and the best shower I have had in 2019. Gonna grab some lunch, chill for a day, see some sights, meet Dawie’s family, and then head to the lodge to start two weeks of focused night hunting, with some day hunting on the side as opportunity presents. Not sure when the next post will come, but will update as time and technology allow. For my fellow cigar smokers on our cigar thread, the final count on cigars for the trip is 194. 7 boxes Bolivar, 1 box of My Father Le Bijou, and one box of Partagas from duty free.