LAST EDITED ON Mar-24-17 AT 10:53 PM (MST)
Dan, Scott has sent you a PM. He's trying to get a hold of you. Thank you so much for your assistance.
STOMPER, I really appreciate your help. I'd like to give you a call, if you don't mind. If you don't mind, PM me you NM phone number.
woodruffhunter, I very much enjoyed you message. It added a few more specifics that will be helpful, for sure.
I so very much appreciate everyone's suggestions, cautions, specific and general information. It has been most insightful and I am starting to, at the least, get somewhat of and idea as to the processes, systems, and detail, of how these Rep. of So. Africa hunts/visits come together. Please, those that have sharing information, know how much I appreciate it. and to those that haven't as yet participated in this discussion, please don't hesitate to post your experiences and knowledge as well, even if you think it my be incidental or repetitive. What may incident or obvious to you, I assure you, isn't incident or obvious to me. Also, if it's repetitive, it will just reinforce what others have said, if that makes sense.
I'm a guy that don't deal with surprises very well, I'd way rather have too much information, that not enough.
So.... havng said that, we are moving forward, getting things put in place.
Here is where we are at, at this point, in as much as, it will help clarify why I'm asking some of the questions, that may seem obvious but because we are going about this a little differently, or at this point wanting to, it might help explain why I'm asking questions with otherwise obvious answers.
We have now booked our flights, we are traveling by way of Seattle, Dubai, and will arrive in Johannesburg early in the morning.
Our Outfitter, from Limpopo Province, would be more than happy to pick us up at the Airport, however.......we are arriving five days prior to the start of our hunt. We did it that way, so we would spend some time seeing some of So. Africa before we start hunting. So it doesn't seem practical to have the Outfitter meet us at the Airport, as he normally would. We are not frustrated, at all, with our Outfitter. As I mentioned previously, many of our friends and neighbors have hunted with him and we have met him here in Utah. He is very well liked and he has been more than happy to do what ever works best for us.
We are renting firearms from the Outfitter, because we do not want to encumber the trip worrying about permits, going and returning home. STOMPER pretty much stated it how we feel. As have others, We don't see the need. We've all shot umpteen different rifles, over the years, I can't image we can't adapt to whatever the Outfitter is renting.
Our Outfitter has offered to arrange a tour for us, however, commercial tours are not what we have typically done, on other trips, to other places we've visited, because we prefer the flexiblity of get a list of the good places to see, then travel to them on our own, so we can leave early or extend our stay, if we find that we want to see more of what perks our interest. Or to change our schedule, if some changes our mind about what we want to see. That is our normal practice but we know we are traveling to an entirely different environmemt-culture-system of government-law enforcement - business practices, etc. than anything we've previously encountered, so we are wanting to make sure that we're not doing something foolhardy or worse. And your assistance has been most helpful, to say the least.
Just got a message from another hunter, that the lodging facilities in Krugar National Park get sold out, a year in advance, so the only option is to find lodging outside the Park. Can anyone confirm that. Also, we've been told the lodging facilities charge considerable more for tourists, than they show on their web pages, which they say are the prices they charge residents of RSA. Have you found that to be the case?