Transportation to and from the hunt area, why a seperate charge on a package hunt?
I was just reading an older thread about the true cost of a hunt and it brought to mind a question
I have mulled over for my 14 yrs of experiences in hunting in Africa. Maybe I got up too early and
I'm not quite awake yet but here goes-
If you have a fixed base of operations (say a farm in South Africa or Namibia that you do all your hunting on)
and you want to market to first time hunters from other countries [USA], why do you list a fee to pick up and
transport them to your facility, especially if you tell them at a show you will meet and greet them
at the airport? Why not add this into the total cost of the "all inclusive" package hunt?
Do you really think they are going to drive themselves to your property? It just smacks of a hidden
cost that pops up by surprise. No hunter from the USA is going to drive himself to your property,
especially if it is a first time or even second or third time hunter. From a marketing stand point it
just doesn't make sense to pop this fee when they have no other way of getting there. It should be included as it is expected to be picked up and transported by road to the hunt. Now if you are talking about an a la carte hunt then things might be different but where you market to first time hunters with a "show special" or "package hunt" then popping the extra fee just puts a bad taste to the whole issue. Just my opinion as a consumer. I have brought over 6 other hunters on first time hunts and 4 of the 6 had the same question when I took them to DSC to find an outfitter for their hunts.
Granted this question has bugged me for a long time. I know there are costs involved for pick up
but really- how else are they going to get there?
OK I'll stand back now and try to catch all the rocks being thrown my - let me have it :-)