Apparently, Africa is quite large and saying you are going to Africa is like saying you are buying a truck. People want details...
So, people are curious, kind of like those inquisitive monkeys on the animal planet, only most of them don't throw poo. The people, that is. Our itinerary has actually been solidified for about two months - before that we were in flux as to where we should go fishing. More on that later...
We fly out of Calgary in the afternoon of July 14. The plan is to be there with plenty of time to spare - after all, we are going to be taking GUNS on the plane, automatically making us bad guys. KLM won't let us book our "dangerous baggage" until the week before we fly, so I hope there is room on the plane for it. Once we get checked in and our guns are whisked away to where ever things at the airport go, I expect Sparky and I will find a nice place which sells kool-aid and we will have some. Especially if they have grape.
Once we get in the air, our next stop will be Amsterdam. Sparky's plan is to take some super dope which will allow him to sleep the whole way, whereas I plan to beat myself into submission with a variety of complementary beverages. Amsterdam will be interesting. We only have an hour and a half between planes and in that time we have to find our plane and at some point produce our permits for transporting guns through Netherlands airspace. Those would be the permits that are HOPEFULLY going to be faxed to us two days before we leave Canada. HOPEFULLY being the key word.
It is supposed to take us nine hours to get to Amsterdam, and then another eleven to Johannesburg. We'll see.
Once we get to Johannesburg, we will be grabbing a taxi to a bed and breakfast. Normally, the outfitter likes to pick people up when they arrive, but we don't get in till late, so it is easier to spend the night near the airport and then head out early the next day.
Our main base for the safari is outside of Nelspruit, South Africa. It has hunting concessions in both the Mpumalunga and Limpopo provinces. Our American conduit - which is an accurate description of what I would like to whack him with - has informed us that we could be hunting out of the lodge and from "under canvas". The lodge, as the earlier presented picture indicates, is pretty spiffy. The canvas version likely has a smaller pool, more commonly called a bucket.
We will be hunting there until the 24th, at which time we will be heading for Johannesburg via our taxidermist in Pretoria, I think. We will be flying MANGO AIR to Durban for our fishing and relaxing portion of the trip. Durban will be rid of us on the 28th and we should be hauling our tired carcasses off the plane on the afternoon of the 29th.
All things being said, it will be a busy chunk of the summer. Sparky and I are getting excited and so are many of my friends and family members. It should be interesting.
Posted by morganhart
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