First I want to apologize for taking so long to get this report going! As long as I can remember I have had a keen interest in hunting and guns. From the time I started reading I read everything I could get my hands on about hunting especially hunting in Africa. I was fortunate to grow up when I did, I got to follow Jack O'Connor, Warren Page and Elmer Keith on safari and see the wonderful trophies they brought back. There was a television show back then called The American Sportsman that aired a lot of hunting and fishing episodes that further fueled the fire. Alas, Africa seemed as far away as the moon to me but I told myself some day I would get there. Life intervened for the next 50 years or so and while I never forgot about Africa it was tucked away in the one of these days file. About four years ago I realized I wasn't getting any younger, the kids are all grown up and it was as good a time as any to take the plunge. I started doing serious research and landed here, after that things started taking shape rapidly. I was initially thinking about plains game in South Africa but when I asked my wife if she would like to go she had no interest so then things changed. I e-mailed information requests to several different outfits one of which was Bullet Safaris, I was intrigued that the contact phone number shared my area code. After initial contact with Nathan it was all down hill. So....... Early in the morning on August the 14th. I carried my stuff to the truck , did a final check to make sure I had everything and the wife and I headed for Lambert International airport. It was threatening rain so I put all my stuff in the back seat. A little over 2 hours later I was at the airport saying goodbye to my wonderful wife Janet. The adventure had begun! I met up with my son-in-law in Atlanta, we grabbed a bite to eat and headed for the gate. Fast forward an uneventful 30 hours or so and we landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport. I'll insert a little tip here, get in the visa line quickly! After clearing immigration we were met by a lovely young lady who said her name was Jaquie, she already had our bags and gun cases in tow and we headed to clear the rifles, the lady who checked our guns and ammo was quick and very friendly. We loaded up in a van and headed for Arusha. The worst part so far was standing in the visa line. An hour or so later we were checked into the Destination 3 Degrees hotel. A shower and a call to let Janet know I made it okay and I hit the sack.