Safari 2014: The Caprvi Strip / Update 08/04/2014 Last Minute Thoughts

by david on August 4, 2014

I had planned to write about something helpful today but I find myself way to scatterbrained due to my impending departure date (next Sunday, August 10th).  Instead of being calm, cool and collected, as one would expect me to be from my many trips across the big pond to Africa, I am too caught up in the “anticipation aspects” of the trip to be of much use to anyone or anything. I find myself returning to my checklist and my to-do list from previous trips to make sure all of my ducks are in a row.  Instead of repeating lists, which I have already published in my book and on the website, I have instead decided to go over what has been popping into my head the last few days.

First on that list is paperwork.  Debbie Gracy and Gracy Travel have already taken care of my flights, in-transit overnight lodging, and my South African firearms transit paperwork. I have my Gracy travel pack complete with step-by-step instructions on where to be and when to be there.  This little pack of paper gives me more comfort than you know.  I have been working on buying an insurance policy (at my wife’s insistence) to cover a hospital stay and evacuation, should the need arise.  In all fairness to her, with Ebola, war zones, rash of plane crashes, and all of the other crazy goings on in the rest of the world, it makes sense.  Add in the fact I am hunting dangerous game and we are in the African bush with all of its other toothy and other dangerous inhabitants, it ended up being mandatory for her peace of mind.  With the policy purchased and the ID cards, contact info, and rules and regulations printed out (in duplicate), I can cross this task off my list.

Thank goodness the Namibian Firearms form is simple and straightforward.  I have a blank copy on my computer and all I have to do is fill in the blanks and print it out (once again in duplicate). My letter of invitation is also printed out, and those two pieces of paper, along with my US customs form 4457, are put together in a safe place.  Print the copies of the hotel vouchers, and I am confident everything is good to go.

The next piece of the puzzle requires a last-minute replacement of my carry-on bag.  It has faithfully accompanied me on the last five safaris and three or four years of Safari/Outdoor shows.  I thought I could get one more trip out of it, but in the end I have decided not to chance it.  Finding one that meets every airline’s size requirements is proving to be a bit worrisome. I never did find one that could make the Air Namibia 7.8” thickness requirement.  I finally decided as long as it was ok with the major airline that got me to Africa, it would have to be ok with the airlines in Africa.  Luggage ordered, and now I just have to see if it gets here in time to go.

Last thing is finding a staging area for all of my little piles of gear I currently have scattered in various locations all over the house.  If I don’t get this taken care of soon, I may end up on my wife’s trophy list.  Wish me luck.

I will be posting if I have Wi-Fi in camp but I think it is sporadic at best.  I will be posting a blog of my daily journal complete with pictures when I get back.  That should start in mid-September.

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