Getting your rifles and shotguns in is a snap. Your safari outfitter faxes you a firearms permit, which you complete before leaving the United States. When you get to the airport at Windhoek, a policeman checks to see that your guns' serial numbers match what's on the papers, stamps same, and that's it. Very few Americans hunt Namibia; mostly it's Austrians and Germans, and because the country is not trendy and glamorous, prices are quite reasonable. A typical 10-hunting-day safari is about $7,000, which is what you can pay in the United States for an elk hunt on which you see no elk. That sum, for us, included two airline charters and all our licenses. Airfare on SAA is around $1,800. No, it's not pocket change, but do you want to sit on your butt the rest of your life and see Africa on the Discovery Channel, or do you want to go there?
the blinds?right into your eyes, it seems?and then the young bulls come out. They twitch and fidget and jump and stampede off into the brush on the slightest pretext. (A dove landing nearby will send a herd rocking off into a camel-like canter, and you may or may not see them again.) Then, finally, the big boy arrives. The appearance of a trophy-class kudu bull is like the appearance of a trophy whitetail, elevated to the 10th power.