This September myself and my dad will be headed down to South Africa for our first safari. This is a trip we have dreamed and talked about for the past 25 years. Many times I felt it was just that a dream one that would never materialize. College came and college went and so it was time to start my professional career and I was dedicated to jump starting my career. Next thing I know I am married a few short years after that a first kid.. then the second. Finally kids are growing and we are done. Life is good, in the meantime my dad has retired. Five months after retiring he has a massive heart attack in which he drove himself to the hospital. A week in the hospital and two stints later he is now on his way to recovery. Thank god he made it through with no permanent heart damage. This was certainly a wake up call and we decided then and there we were going to make our dream a reality before it was too late. Suffice to say I am going to use this thread to document our journey as we prepare for our adventure. The planning our preparations and finally with the story of the hunt. This site has been and will continue to be an instrumental resource for me in this endeavor. So in addition to my ramblings I will try to contain my questions to this thread. I hope that in addition to being an enjoyable way for me to document the undertakings it will also be a valuable resource for other first time hunters to Africa or those on the fence about it. That said the Journey begins now.