Are these budget numbers unrealistically low?
I had the good fortune of a winning bid for a 7 day safari for plains game in South Africa roughly 9 months from now. The package is for 4 hunters and includes food, beverage, drivers, and lodging. Trophy fees are not included and run about US$2200 for a kudu and $1500 for a gemsbuck. The other three hunters are my brothers who are all relatively fresh out of college (all in their mid-20's), and will be on much more of a budget than me. I have been telling them they each need a minimum of $2500 (not including airfare), and they all plan on shooting only one or two animals. Also, the package I bought includes $700 per hunter to apply for trophy fees. I am planning on spending about $7000 and would like to shoot 3-4 animals. Do you think these budget numbers are unrealistically low? I was extremely excited to have the winning bid ($2500), and going to Africa for the first time. But now am a little worried that my brothers may have trouble raising enough money to enjoy themselves over there, and not run into awkward circumstances. Any input is greatly appreciated.