When I go back in October for ten days
So have you actually hunted Africa or not Michael? Because your other posts tell October being your first trip. Lots of opinions coming from someone without first hand experience of what can go well in Africa and what may not go so well in Africa...all of which can factor into a tip.
THe so-called gifts you describe that your PH appreciates was quantified by my PH as trinkets and crap. He's tired of putting on a fake smile accepting tea shirts candy and cheap knives, his words not mine.
So, you will be hunting Africa for the first time, and have not actually met any of the trackers, skinners, drivers, camp staff, etc, and are trying to pass judgment on what I chose to bring them on my second hunt, let alone what I may or may not bring for my third hunt? But you're right, every PH is different and so is every one of his staff...and when you hunt Africa for the first time hopefully you get to know the whole team, if you so choose, because you can learn a lot from them.
You can continue to provide your PH with assorted trinkets and I'll continue to bring good scotch and a generous cash tip. Given the option I can promise you that the majority of PH's would prefer cash over trinkets. THe majority of commenters thought James' gift giving to be over the top and foolish. If you want to play Santa Claus so be it; I'll continue to compensate my PH as I have, good luck with your tea shirts.
Oh Michael, I guess you did not actually read my post. I stated "
" If you read that, you should have understood whom received the physical gifts, but in addition to their specified monetary gratuity.I have gifted the trackers and drivers, other staff, etc that I have used on my hunts: T-shirts, candy, knives, Cigarettes, etc (as well as shirts for their children if they have some).
That's good you're bringing your PH a bottle of spirits. I personally bring my PH (again, in addition to a nice stack of greenbacks) reloading supplies that he wants and cannot get in SA. All of which I ask him specifically in advance which brass, bullets, etc he wants ahead of time and add that to the top of the cash . I figured that is a nice thoughtful gift on top of the cash gratuity, that is something he really likes.
That said, I hope you have a great first hunt in Africa and you truly learn from all the experiences. My first hunt was eye opening...my second hunt was a rush...my upcoming third hunt will hopefully leave the previous two in dust.