Combined diary entries by Carl van Zyl & Paul Brisso
Day 1 – September 10th
A 3am rise to catch the early bird express to Johannesburg(JHB) from Port Elizabeth. Upon boarding the flight in Port Elizabeth, a friendly welcome on board by a smiling African and the ever impressive South African Airways magazine, Sawubona. It feels good to be an African this morning, proud of its vibrant spirit, colorful heritage and exhilarating future. You’ve got to love the slogan on the side of the plain “diversity”. That’s Africa for you!
Arriving in JHB I meet my friend, Paul Brisso. Paul’s back again after his first hunt with John X Safaris two years ago. Our hunt will be Paul’s first Cape Buffalo hunt, there seems to be a first for me too – I’ve been beaten to our next destination by my client, not very often that you’ll see that. Paul’s travels started on September 8th from Eureka, California, he’s been at it for three days. All our luggage, guns, and ammo reached JHB without a hitch – we’re set. Mozambique here we come!
Then onto Beira. I love the anticipation of the doors opening on Beira’s tarmac; it feels like a freight train colliding with your senses. If ever you’ve been to the tropics in Africa, you’ll relate to the smell, the heat, and the hustle and bustle of busy Africans – all trying to forge out an existence in their tiny world. The hive of activity can be astounding.