Hey guys I can't say thank you enough for all of your help. Especially you Hasher. Sorry it took so long for my follow up on my trip. I just moved to SC immediately when I returned and spent the last month doing that.
I had an amazing time hunting in S.A and here is a VIDEO
I put together of some of the action. We didn't unfortunately have footage of all of my hunts most importantly my Kudu hunt. It was 2 days committed hunting (my last 2) for the Kudu but we eventually got a nice bull.
My first animal was actually 2. We chased a Male Impala for about an hour on foot. I took my shot from atop a ridge. There were 2 males below me, separated by about 30 feet (laterally). Bullet ricocheted off the first Impala's neckbone and hit his buddy in the neck also, severing their spines and killing them both instantly. 150 yards
Second animal was a Blesbok taken at 180 yards give or take.
Next up was a Springbok. This was the most cautious animal I hunted and the most challenging. Also the toughest. I pursued him on foot for an hour before getting my shot. I took the shot off of an Acacia tree branch. I missed the engine room but hit the Springer. He went down but got up. And he took us on a wild goose chase for another hour. I have a lot of respect for the Springbok. I finally got him though.
Next 2 days we spent glassing Kudu bulls and there were a TON. My PH sensing the high numbers insisted on continuing our search for the perfect specimen. I finally walked up on one in a valley. Before I could take my shot the Bull was off and running up the mountain and over to my left. I took him with one shot through the heart at 240 yards (and a steep angle). He was a massive animal. We gutted him in place and the 4 of us carried him off the mountain with 2 large logs run through his hamstrings.
The meat we harvested was absolutely delicious. Nothing I have ever eaten tasted as good. The trip was life changing. I would love to go back and hunt a lion. Someday maybe...
My gear- I didn't buy a special "plains game rifle" or anything specifically for this hunt other than a sling and hunting ammo. I've never hunted anything close to this but I intended to use what I had. In hindsight it would have been nice to have a lighter rifle (for offhand shooting) Other than that the .308 SPS worked very well.
Remington SPS tactical 20" bull barrelled .308W
Nighforce NXS 1.5-4x scope
Bell & Carlson stock with Timney Trigger turned down to below 2 lbs
Ammo was 168 grain Federals with Sierra Game King bullets