Safari 2014: The Caprivi Strip

by david on February 24, 2014

Well it finally happened.  Today was the day I got off my lazy backside and started preparing for my safari this coming August.  I am going to be spending two weeks in the Caprivi Strip and I can hardly wait.  The Caprivi has been recently renamed the Zambezi Region, but if you don’t mind I’ll stick with the old name a little longer.  To me the name Caprivi conjures up one of the last vestiges of old Africa.  A place where I could run into Alan Black, R.J. Cunningham, or Donald Ker and Sid Downey of “Ker and Downey Safaris”.  It is a place where Africa is still Africa and a place where I can hunt the Africa my romanticized imagination keeps drawing up. 

That is enough sentimental drivel for the moment and it is time for me to get back to business.  First order I need to apologize for being absent from my blog for so long.  The holidays and hunting shows diverted my attention away from my writing and I have properly chastised myself and promise to keep you in the loop.  I will post the first of the week every week until time gets a little closer to the hunt and I will post more frequently.  At the moment I plan on shooting for Mondays but it may end up being Tuesdays. 

I want to invite you to follow along over the next several months as I prepare for my next adventure.  I am going to be in the middle of dangerous game territory and I am nowhere near as prepared as I need to be.  I will be going over all of the things I am doing to get ready for my hunt.  This will include rifle practice, gear selection, travel and safari planning, the species I am going to be hunting, and even my efforts to get into shape for the hunt. 

While not totally out of shape (I am good for a 6-8 mile walk) I need to be in much better shape.  I have always heard you hunt the animal I am after with your feet rather than a gun.  That means I need to be able to walk 15-20 miles per day and that I can’t do. This morning I started on the elliptical and went for 30 minutes nonstop, covered 1230 (I have no idea what units they use) according to the distance box and burned over 800 calories.  These numbers will be the benchmark I will use to track my improvement over the next months.  Tomorrow I will switch over to the universal machine for some weight lifting.  My planned routine will be cardio on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with weights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I will keep you posted on my progress and pounds lost.

One last thing I want to mention is to keep your fingers crossed for me to be able to stay a nonsmoker.  Cigarettes did not seem to bother me when I was younger (yes I know that is wishful thinking) but at 54, I am not young any more.  I know I will miss a smoke sitting around the fire with a sundowner while I am in camp but if I am to be successful I must stay away from them.  Wish me luck


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