Discussion in 'DEALS & OFFERS' started by Henry Griffiths Safaris, Jun 8, 2017.
I think it is a very good offer. Forrest
It's only been a few days, so be patient. I think that safari operators don't always consider how expensive it is for us to travel there from the U.S. or other places, and the cost of importing trophies back, no matter how great a deal the hunt itself might be. With thousands of dollars in airfare and thousands of dollars in import costs for trophies, we need to add $4,000-5,000 to the cost of any safari, plus a few hundred dollars in airport transfer fees, since I see on your website that you don't include them for this hunt. No matter how great of a deal it is for the hunt, we are still looking at an absolute minimum of about $8,000 once all costs are calculated for even the most basic of hunts. It takes more than a few days to work out all the logistics (hunting partners, permission from wives, etc.) before one can commit to even a great deal. $8,000+ for five days of hunting, is still a lot of money for most. I am a bowhunter, and five days is simply not enough for a reasonable chance at success for the species one wishes to take. So the cost of adding additional days will also be a significant factor. I do really appreciate that you are interested in the thoughts of your clients! I also like the Rand pricing, since I don't think a lot of safari operators have taken into consideration how well the Dollar is doing against the Rand these days.
After reading this offer again it says pickup and drop off included, so no transfer fees. With the dip& pack and export for these trophies to the US I would say that it could all be done for $6500.
I would say this is an excellent deal.
What I like to do is try to offset some of the cost. The best way for me is to send Outfitter a deposit when I book my dates. Depending on how far off the hunt is (1 year or even 2) I will send the outfitter an additional sum before I get there. Than square up the balance after the hunt. To me it just helps not having to come up with all the money at once. As far as taxidermy I do the same. Give taxidermist a deposit to start work. Most times it will be at least 10 months to a year until trophies are complete, than I pay balance.
Jeff, thanks for pointing that out. I had missed it on my first read. I'm not saying it's not a great offer, it obviously is. I was just mentioning some reasons why it might be that people didn't respond within the first five days of the offer, which was the OP's question. Africa is a great value, especially now. It is an especially good value with those operators that are business savvy enough to market to those with currency doing well against the Rand, like Henry Griffiths is obviously doing here.
This is a great deal.
I am considering going to Africa next year as a first timer but will be going with my father and his friend who have both been before.
This looks like a good package for a first timer but with a little more choice would make it better.
If this is possible than stating it in the ad would help especially for those who have been before and may already have some of these trophies and would like something else.
I read in a few posts back that a zebra can be changes for an impala so if there is more options available then let people know the full picture may help them decide what to do.
Just some feedback from a potential first timer.
This is a smoking deal!
I think the package and included animals are perfect. As others have said, most guys are booked at this time of year. I think if you revive this one around the beginning of show season, December/January, you will get some bookings.
Thank you for the posts and advice , we are taking it to heart.
I think this package is a good starting point , and hunters are welcome to ad days or animals to it from our normal pricelist, we aim for good hunting and return clients
below is a layout of costs if days and animals are added to the package, at the time of writing this exchange was at 13,10/1USD
ZAR3000 pppd 1x1 (one hunter / one professional hunter)
ZAR2500 pppd 2x1 (two hunters / one professional hunter)
Included in the price:
Services of a Professional Hunter, Trackers, Skinners, Cook & Camp Staff
Transportation during the hunt
Three meals per day as well as refreshments
Local Beer, wine, cold drinks
Trophy field preparation and transportation to local Taxidermist
Hunting licenses and permits
Not included in the price:
Extra days not included in hunting package
Entry fees for game reserves on travel days
Extra travel costs outside of normal hunting activities
Baboon – R500(free if not exported)
Blue Wildebeest – R10000 > Female R4000
Black wildebeest – R12000
Burchell's Zebra – R10000
Bushbuck – R8000
Bushpig – R4000
Cape Eland – R25000 > Female R7500
Common Blesbok – R5000 > Female R1750
Common Nyala – R28000 (price may vary depending on area and availability)
Giraffe – R25000
Grey Duiker – R3000
Jackal – R500 (free if not exported)
Kalahari Gemsbok – R10000
Kalahari Springbuck -R5000
Ostrich – R3500
Red Hartebeest – R10000 > Female R4200
Ringed Waterbuck – R18000 > Female R6500
Southern Greater Kudu – R25000 (Kalahari area only Limpopo price may vary)
Southern Impala – R5000
Steenbok – R3000
Warthog – R3000 > Female R750
Scimitar Oryx – R35000
please feel free to shoot me a message for more detail on how we can make this deal work for you and quote on adding game or days
I also think this is a good deal. I am booked for 2017 and have not yet locked anything in for 2018. I am trying to find some hunting buddies that would like to go to Africa and this looks like it would work well for them with me doing the Sable hunt special you have at the same time for myself.
As a beginner just last July my comment would be that wildebeest and warthog are not at all high on our species priorities. Consider replacing them with antelope of some kind and keeping zebra would have attracted me much more.
Thank you for the garCH will remember for our next post,
As an Aussie the Rand pricing makes it very attractive. However in with a young family i can't see it being in my future any time soon... Well not with out the Lottery!
Great offer and hope you do well
Just a heads up, the exchange is at 13.69 today! that means this hunt is now $2666 on the current rate now would be the time to jump on it
I think that it's a great offer. I just cut and pasted it into an email to a friend that I'm trying to convince to hunt South Africa. He needs a bargain hunt so I sent this as an example.
I may go along, pay the day fees and shoot some animals off of your website's price list just to to enjoy my friend's trip with him.
Thank you for all the support so far , we have lots of space still for 2018 for this deal, hope to see you in Africa soon!
Warthog and blue wildebeast are my two favourites. Warthog because they are always wild, you need a quick shot and they are hard to keep in one jagplaas. Blue wildebeast is the poor man's buffalo, a very strong animal where you need a good shot to harvest it, otherwise you can look forward to a day of tracking. But then again, all African game is fascinating...i shot over a 100 and spent over a half year of my life hunting in SA. Any hunter should go once, then you'll be hooked.
some trophies of the last hunt!
To put this in perspective, I stayed in a fancy hotel in Central America for 4 days...........and it cost me $1889.............................and as I have said before on AH.....................Henry Griffiths is a wonderful host. I love this offer.........................FW Bill
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