Report of our Actual Expenses to ship trophies out of Namibia
My father and I hunted Africa for the first time in Sep of 2010. We hunted with Uitspan Hunting in the Kalahari region of Namibia. We just received the trophies here in the US this week. FYI, I thought I'd list what we paid for export of trophies and see how it compares with what others have found.
For the record I shipped:
Skull, salted cape, and horns of: Kudu, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Blesbok, Springbok, and Duiker
Skull and horns of: Red Hartebeest
Finished flatskins of kudu, springbok, and impala
My father shipped:
Skull, salted cape, and horns of: Kudu, Gemsbok x 2, Springbok, and Eland.
Skull and horns of: Red Hartebeest, and Blesbok
Finished flatskins of springbok and impala
After settling up with our PH, we incurred the following additional expenses:
Taxidermy shop in Windhoek for dipping and packing: $1,230
Shipping service for air freight from Windhoek to San Fransisco: $3,054
Customs clearing agent and freight from San Fran to local taxidermy shop: $1,560
Total bill is $5,845 or about $2,920 each.
Sound reasonable? Whether it does or doesn't, the hunter really is at the mercy of the various agents. One "lost" our wire transfer for a month or so. Only a phone call from the states to Namibia sorted that out. In all, I'm pleased. The trophies are in excellent shape and the taxidermy shop (and the PH) did a tremendous job of caring for our trophies.
Sadly, the real taxidermy expenses are just now about to start. In total we will probalby spend considerably more in export and taxidermy than we did for the actual hunt. Couldn't bear living without 'em though. Pictures are fine, but seeing that kudu will be a treat for years to come!