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Going on my first safari in April, paid for up front. If you decide to take an additional animal can you pay the trophy fee by credit card or does it depend on the outfitter? Should tips be paid in Rand or US? Thanks!
On my hunts for this year both outfitters in SA take credit cards and one of them takes paypal. As Americans we are used to credit cards and I think outfitters who take them will in the end have hunters take more animals if they can charge them on a card, I know i will.These are questions you should ask your outfitter directly as they will vary from one to another. Generally speaking, I don't think any outfitters accept credit cards, if any do, it's few and far between.
Is that accurate? AMEX travelers checks are no longer accepted in South Africa?I normally carry $5000 US extra in cash. For tips and extra trophies. If that's not enough the outfitter will usually let you wire transfer. Traveller checks are no longer excepted in RSA or Namibia
Also be sure to ask your outfitter that, if they do Accept credit cards if they add a commission to the total charge, some do 3 - 4% so ask just to avoid any surprises.
The problem with that much cash (apart from that much cash) is that you cannot cross any border without having to declare the money and fill out paperwork - $10,000 seems to be the common threshold. In fact, you cannot even leave the US with that much cash without declaring it to US Customs and Border Protection:I was told not to bring Amex travellers checks in US dollars last year. I think the still accept Euros, but don't qoute me on that. Things change pretty fast. On one trip I was told at the last minute no bank drafts, no travellers checks. I ended up with $15000 US on me. Now I wire transfer and take enough for tips and a couple extra animals.