At the end of last year a friend of mine went on a 10 day bear hunt in Alaska at a Daily Rate of $1,000 per day... When he booked his hunt his requirements /requests were quite clear... He wanted to hunt his bear while it was busy fishing for Salmon in one of the rivers... For this reason he specifically enquired what the best time of year was to hunt for bear in this way and he was given dates that would coincide with the spawning of Salmon upstream... When he arrived in Anchorage he was picked up by his guide who excitedly told him that they had a big bear on bait in one of their hunting areas. There was only one “catch”... in order to get to this specific hunting area they would have to fly in by float plane which would cost my friend an extra $1,500... He reminded the guide that he had booked a hunt for bear that would be busy Salmon fishing but upon the guide’s insistence that the bear they had on bait was a BIG one and that they had an excellent chance of getting it he agreed to the extra charge associated to flying into the hunting area. En route to the airfield the guide asked my friend what his drinking preferences was and when he replied that he favoured a Gin and Tonic in the evenings he was dropped off at a liquor store so that he could buy himself a bottle of his favourite alcoholic beverage. They arrived at the hunting area, disembarked from the float plane and my friend followed the guide to the log cabin that would serve as their head quarters for the next number of days. Upon arrival at the cabin, the guide instructed my friend to head out and collect firewood... There was no Cook in camp nor were there any camp staff. Food comprised of the canned variety –heated up by the guide over the open flames coming from fire that my friend had collected firewood for... They had to make their own beds, needless to say there was no daily laundry service and drinking water came from a nearby freshwater stream... When my friend saw the guide opening a tin of Coke and asked him if he could have a Coke as well the reply from the guide was that he only had two Cokes left and that if he were to give one to my friend he’d only have one left for himself... As it turned out – the bear that had supposedly hit the bait one day prior to my friend’s arrival never returned to the bait. By day 5 – upon my friend’s insistence – they returned to Anchorage and another hunting area was decided on... My friend killed his bear on the last day of his hunt while it was busy fishing for Salmon in one of the rivers... So what is the point of this long introduction? My friend’s bear hunt ended up costing him more than $11,500. He was fortunate in that at least he got his bear... If he hadn’t there would have been no refund on trophy fees and his unsuccessful hunt would have still cost him $11,500+. So let’s compare these costs to what one is likely to get for $350p/d in South Africa... • All accommodations inclusive of 3 meals per day and all beverages – bottled water and soft drinks (more often than not alcoholic beverages are included as well); • Your own toilet and bathroom with fresh towels and soap daily; • Daily Laundry service; • A welcoming camp fire upon return to camp in the evening made from wood that you didn’t have to collect yourself; • A Professional Hunter who will wait on you, guide you, drive you around and look after you from the day you arrive until the day you depart. (And he wouldn’t mind giving you his last Coke either); • Trackers, skinners and field staff; • Several different species of African game available to hunt; • You’ll only pay for what you shoot...if you don’t get what you came for you don’t pay for it! Somehow African hunting doesn’t sound so expensive does it?