Discussion in 'Hunting Reports Africa' started by Al Ceprano, May 5, 2019.
Has anyone bowhunted with Blackbeard Safaris?
Cool name, Do they have any deals
First time going this July. Don’t know anything about deals. Africa seems pretty expensive to me when everything is taken into account.
Funny, when you take everything into account it seems like a hell of a deal to me! On my first safari I was there for 9 days, took 9 animals (4 were culls) and all said and done (safari, flights, extras, etc) I had $5k total into it. To be fair I didn't take anything home, but I have no great urge for material representations of my memories either- photos do just fine for me in this digital age. Compare that to a fully guided western horseback elk hunt for one animal, that there is a good chance you may not even get, and suddenly Africa doesn't seem so expensive at the moment!
Wow that’s great. I’ll hire you as my travel consultant for my next trip. My flight alone was just under 2k. The accommodations are 450./day & the animals are on a price list/ trophy fee basis. I too will leave the trophies there and will be fine with the pictures & memories made.
Al, the flights do eat up a big junk of funds, but if you go later in the season. You can for sure save several hundred bucks and the bowhunting is still great if not better. 450 a day is extremely high for daily fees. There's offers on this website that can beat that all to pieces. Hope you smoke some giants!!
I just looked over their site and while the daily fees are higher, some of their trophy fees are lower so it's a wash to me. Wildebeest and waterbuck are half usual price. Impala, warthog, hartebeest and zebra are reasonable. You could take five animals amongst those and keep it under $2500 for trophy fees, that's pretty good. Kudu and eland are normal, though bushbuck is high, so don't draw on one IMO. Your transportation costs don't sound unreasonable either, but I'm in Alaska so I expect over $2k.
@Al Ceprano ,
In looking at their website they seem like a small family operation which is not necessarily a bad thing. They say they host only one group at a time, but I would inquire as to how that works if you are a single hunter... Will you be the only hunter in camp for the week? Also, price alone should not be your biggest determining factor especially when choosing a specialty like bow hunting. Almost every outfitter in Africa offers bow hunting, but only a handful of outfits truly understand the intricacies and small details necessary to ensure their bow hunters have the maximum opportunities at success. There is a lot more to it than simply putting up a blind on a water hole and sticking you in there...
Ask lots of questions in regard to hide construction, location, and other methods used including their willingness to spot & stalk. They state just under of 12K acres of hunting property which is not a lot, but not unusual for a small outfitter. That is still plenty of land assuming it is managed properly.... Ask for recent client references and contact them to ask them questions about the outfitter's bow hunting knowledge and experience as well. The most significant value of contacting a client reference is not to ask if they had a good time, but to confirm information that is advertised by the outfitter. Best of luck to you on your safari!
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