My brother and dad will likely be going on this safari, and my dad seems to be a bit worried about hidden costs, vaccinations, and violence in SA
I have been on two safaris so far, and in terms of hidden costs, i can say that only shipping and taxidermy is almost impossible to plan.
Even now, I can not say.
I speak mainly on dip and pack system of trophy shipping.
For example, you have 5 euro scull mounts, 3 capes for shoulder mounts, and two skins.
What will be the volume and weight, nobody can tell you with certainty.
So that part in my view is variabile, although you can ask, and you can get an approximate values based of experience (from oufitter or local taxidermy)
- Finally - finished taxidermy is fixed price for planning. All you need is to ask for prices or quotes in advance.
- Tipping, you have to check before with your outfitter.
Majority of all costs will be covered by contract, and costs not covered will be stated in advance. And also you may ask.
Also in some cases. opposite of hidden costs, you may be lucky to be given some free of charge hunts, for example some warthog or smaller antelope for leopard bait, or similar. So it can go the oppsoite way, as well.
For vaccinations - if area is malaria free, do not worry. Ask your outfitter for advise. Tetanus vacc. is reccomnded.
For security and safety:
Apart from being hunter, I have seen many countries of the World.
There are more safe, or less safe, or even dangerous countries in the world.
For more, or less safe (average) countries there are places you simply do not visit. And your outfitter or PH will not take you there. I do not see how you can get in a dangerous neighborhood, simply by accident or by getting lost.
Dangerous countries, I will describe as countries in most cases involved in some kind of war, insurgency, civil unrests, armed conflict where escalation, and situation of local opposing forces can not be predicted, etc. And there you just do not go.
For SA and Namibia, it is simply - do not worry!
PS: I am speaking of extremely hunters friendly countries with high touristic stadards, Namibia and SA for cost planning.
I am not saying anything of other countries frequently visitied for hunting. There have been some reports on the forum on this subject.