To me, nothing says Africa to those that have only seen Africa on TV than the warthog, blue wildebeest, springbok and impala. Beyond them I think most would like to take a kudu and/or gemsbok once they see them. My preference is for a 10 day hunt. After a long flight and a day or two of being out of sync with local time, that'll leave 8 great days of serious hunting. Seeing some herds of cape buffalo or eland, plus maybe giraffe. Hmm, knowing some ballpark prices, I'm guessing around $8000, maybe a bit less. The one thing I will not do is sign up for a hunt with someone who charges prices per inch of horn so to speak. If by chance we to stumble onto a trophy class kudu, well, I just got lucky. Similarly, if I don't "get lucky", I'm not going to ask for a lower price. Truely, they're all trophies on your first hunt anyway but you know what I mean. In general, my thought is that bringing kids and teenagers would be a waste of money unless they were really into hunting. I say this as a friend has two early teen daughters and they got bored on a drive through a game park that only lasted a couple hours. Bring your own as you'll be most comfortable with the gun you're used to. Using a pre-registration service is highly recommended. For some reason, I've always thought that $200/day for an observer was a bit steep as they're not doing anything extra than that which is required for the hunter. By that I mean, most don't need special meals, nor extra rooms (assuming a spouse or hunting partner share a room), no extra gas, etc. that should increase the cost. So they'd be paying for laundry, bedding, food, and drinks. $400/day 1 PH per 1 hunters seems fairly standard and not totally unreasonable though less is better especially when repeated over 10 days. I've had the PH or one of his PH partners that we'd be hunting with come pick me up. I really enjoyed that but he *was* the outfitter so to speak so we were used to dealing with him anyway. Plus the drive from the airport to the camp with the PH gives you some time to get accustomed to each other and start asking questions about what is expected, what you'll see, etc. before you get into the field and time might be of the essence where there may be no time to ask specifics.