Nope. I've done far more Safaris the "other way." It took me over 20 trips to figure out I was being a bit of a patsy. There are for sure lots of good guys out there PHing, but there are also plenty more who use clients and feign friendships, which are superficial at best. This, all in the hopes of securing a long time client. Heck , I did 6 or 7 trips to one GMA in a row, with the same guy. I even took my wife over for one with him as well. It was actually my wife who helped me see the truth. It's there fella's. All it took was for me to read the signs that were there in front of me, all along, to read. Its funny, my very first PH on my very first Safari has turned out to be one of my dearest friends. Ya know how I know its genuine? He's not hunting anymore. He's a farmer. We chat weekly and truly enjoy one anothers company. As far as "Getting what I paid for" are you saying that if I don't become fast friends with the guy, I'm not gonna have a quality experience? It seems to me that would be disingenuous, at best. I'm not unfriendly, the opposite is the truth. I just keep it impersonal. When the Safari is over and step on the charter, I hand him (or her) yes, her, their tip, say so long and that...is that. They are in it as a job. A fun job? perhaps, but I wouldn't do it for any amount of money. Please don't misunderstand me. I love Safari, with a passion. I just keep my shit straight nowadays. I also always; conduct myself as a gentleman. I always make sure my guns and my marksmanship are there. I arrive fit, proper gear and ready to hunt. I'm ready in the morning, usually before the PH is. I'll roll with the flow, breakdowns, tires, staff issues, camp mechanical issues, hell its Africa.