How Do Y'all Pay for these Safaris?

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  1. Mike B

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  2. Ridgewalker

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    I've actually used several methods to pay for Safaris. The first was terribly easy as it was booked through James Jeffrey. Simply mailed a check ahead of time for the basic package/day fees and then he billed me for the extras after we got home and sent another check.

    Another long established outfitter, handed him a check for the down payment at DSC. He had a US bank account so final payment was simply deposited into that account.

    One had me give him a credit card over the phone.... That was a rip off in fees so not planning to do that again.

    Others have been wire transfers.;)

    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Whew, what's the right answer? I had the worst year of my career in 2018 and bailed on my 2nd hunt. Not a proud moment for me, but it wasn't an option. Tonight I am lying on my couch, eyes closed and my mind goes back to my first hunt. @KMG Hunting Safaris , my youngest was bow hunting from a blind. A long sit and tensions are broken by a childish fart joke (beans at lunch you see). My son and I are snickering like kids in class and Marius has us in a death stare.....abruptly I am disturbed from my reverie by my wife "what are you smiling about?".....i cant say I have smiled a lot recently....now, what's that worth? Do you take a financial leap to have that moment? I will get back to Africa long before my mortgage is paid off I can tell you that. I need those moments to endure others that life drags me through.
     

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    Buddy, I was smack in the middle of losing a million dollars in the oil bust when I went on my first safari in '15.

    I was actually kinda glad I was committed when it hit the fan...I had to go and what a blessing it was.

    Taught me a lot of different things, one being not taking opportunities for granted, as they may never come around again.

    Here I am, heading to Zim in 8 months to chase buffalo with John Sharp.

    Some might say it is irresponsible...that money should go towards the rebuilding.

    I am thinking life is too short to live entirely in the future, a future that is not guaranteed.

    I would wish you luck in sorting it all out, but I don't believe in luck. I do, however, believe in you!

    Blessings,


    Tim
     

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    All I can say is I waited too long to go. I’m planning my 7th safari in ‘19. If I had started sooner it could easily be twice that. Would it have been a struggle, sure. Would it have been worth it, absolutely.
     
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    I still remember your, "Don't try to catch a falling knife" comment.

    2014/2015 wasn't kind to many of us that live in the oil patch. Glad things are looking up.(y)
     
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    Luck is largely manufactured;) Having said that, one can only control what's controllable.
     
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    I’m spending my wife’s retirement before she finds out.
     
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    Just retired from NYPD and I’m going to Zimbabwe in July 2020, can’t wait.
     

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    You will have a great time no matter what you are hunting. Good luck.
     
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  12. IdaRam

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    You will definitely have a great time! Who will you be hunting with and what are you after?
    And congrats on your recent retirement! (y)
     
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    I will be hunting with John Sharp Safaris in Zimbabwe for Cape Buffalo.
     
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    @Bullthrower338 and I will be wheels up in 9 weeks, to hunt with John and Dave Langerman.

    Do you know which camp you will be hunting in?
     
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    A lifetime of hard work and making good investments into a trust fund. Reaping the benefits now. Africa was on my bucket list for decades and it took 76 years to make my first safari. Been back three times so far.
     
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    I retired last year and booked my trip for July 2020 can’t wait.
     

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    Not sure.
     

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    I'm traveling to South Africa (Eastern Cape) in July 2020, sooner than I first thought I would. I had been thinking it would be a great start to retirement in my 60's. Two of my favorite clients that I've worked with for 25 years passed from cancer and heart attack this past year, both the same age as I (56 yo).
    I travel for work a fair amount (30%-50%) and had been dialing back on what I spend on the road, so my extra per diem money left over was put aside. I also cut back on picking up coffee and breakfast food on the way in to work for the past few years, same with running out for lunch. Seemingly small savings add up over time! Cut back on cable service, Sirius car radio, started selling off guns sitting in my safe that haven't seen much use or were no longer interesting, same going on with reloading components too.
    It's going to be a tough 11 months waiting for this trip to happen.
     
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    Headed to Zim June 2020 with my two older sons. Selling my beloved turkey call collection but Africa bug has me. Know if I get my kids there they will want to go back giving me more good excuses. Memories are so important in life and families.
     

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