Sorry for being a couple weeks late but after being gone nearly a month I have been hammered since I got home! This Safari was to the Selous primarly for East African Greater Kudu and Nyasaland Wildebeast. Day 1 I was up at 5:45 to leave the hotel by seven for my 15 minute walk over to the terminal to check my bags. Flying South African airways Johannesburg to Dar Es Salaam check in was fairly expedient however had to drop guns off at the Firearms Office before going through passport control. It took an extra 10 or 15 minutes but went fairly smooth. Once through customs I shopped around a bit, picked up some gifts for the family and headed to the South African Airways lounge. I had a light breakfast and caught up on my journal and answered some emails taking advantage of the last bit of wifi for 10 days. The flight left about 15 minutes late however the pilot was able to make up the time in the air and we touched down on time in Dar. While standing at passport control I could see Suleiman, Game Trackers man on the ground with my luggage waiting for me to come through and go check in the firearms. He had everything under control with my rifle in about 20 minutes. As we exited the airport I saw my professional hunter PJ Wyngaard come across the parking lot with a big smile on his face as he greeted me. The last time we saw one another was in Dallas at the Convention. A short drive over to the charter terminal and we went through security once again and checked the rifle with the local police and headed for our charter plane which was loaded and waiting for us. About a 50 minute flight from Dar to the camp which is just South of the Rufiji River. I saw quite a lot of water down on the ground below and I asked PJ if that was normal. He said that they had unseasonably early rains over the last week to ten days and there was quite a bit of water in the area. As we landed we could see that landing strip was muddy in some places. The pilot wanted to hurry and offload because there was another storm rolling off to the South and he wanted to get in the air and get back to Dar as soon as possible. Not 10 minutes into the drive to camp we found the other vehicle with the trackers and the game scout stuck in the mud. They had left this morning about 6 to collect the scout from the local guard post and had been stuck many times through the day. What would normally be a 5 hour round trip had taken them nearly 11! We winched them out and they cut a path going around the pot hole and we were at camp in 10 minutes. What a beautiful setting built right on the lake. The tents and dining veranda all had a gorgeous view however the fire pit was completely underwater due to the heavy rains. PJ mentioned he had never seen the area like this in October and he has hunted the area for the last five seasons. I knew that this would pose problems but had no idea how significant they would be. After a lovely meal of calamari and salad I was beat from the travel so went to bed early. Wake up tomorrow morning at 5:30 to check zero on the rifles and go out and start hunting for Kudu and Wildebeest.