What is the TRUE cost of my African Hunting Safari!

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by JacoS, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Red Leg

    Red Leg AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    One of the few good things about getting older, is to no longer feel the need to "stuff" every big game animal I shoot. I have always done primarily euro mounts (for instance, I have yet to hang a whitetail shoulder mount), and I always have taken lots of photos. One morning, I had the incredibly liberating realization, that it wasn't necessary to actually bring everything home physically. I know people who will not go back to Africa because they have no room for any more taxidermy. That means they are walking away from a passion because of a lack of space. Jeez - photos are OK! And not paying the taxidermist, importer, exporter, etc will buy you another hunt pretty darn quickly. A lot of guys in the hunting industry get to the point a lot quicker than most of us. My friend Tony Makris has taken two or three dozen buffalo. He is passionate about hunting them. Should he quit hunting them because he doesn't own a gymnasium in which to hang them? Like the meat itself, the horns won't be left in the bush.
     
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  2. rinehart0050

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    @Red Leg Great point! Its definitely important to remember that hunting is about the hunt first and foremost. Photos, video (you can often hire a good videographer to film your hunt for about the cost of a shoulder mount), etc. are all great ways to remember and relive the experience.

    @Limcroma Safaris makes a great point. I just recommend figuring out what you can afford- how much money do you want to spend on the safari. Tell that information to your outfitter. I hunted with Limcroma last summer and that's exactly what I did. They had my budget and the animals I was interested in. My PH ensured that I stayed within my budget and had a great hunt.

    You'll be blown away at the number of animals, quality of accommodations, and skill of PHs trackers and skinners that you can get for your money in Africa. I suspect just about any outfitter will bend over backwards to exceed your expectations while staying on budget.
     
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  3. LivingTheDream

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    I think we are over thinking it here. If you try to out a final number on it, it is going to scare you. I just showed my buddy some costs because it is his first time going to Africa. Where the costs go crazy is how much taxidermy you want to get done. But it is spread out. Down payment, one year out, flight 6 months out, fees, then taxidermy down payment, then final, then shipping. It takes a long time.

    Also, everyone seems to be worried about airfare, just get a united miles plus card, 80k miles gets you a round trip ticket. You get 50k just for opening an account. I have flown twice just on miles. I'm sure you can do the same with Delta.

    I did no taxidermy on my tuskless hunt. Day Fees, Trophy Fees, Tips. Oh hotel before and after at 120 a night. That's it. I hunted a elephant for less then what most people will spend on an elk hunt, caribou or moose hunt.

    If you don't mind not having taxidermy and get frequent flyer miles, just hang around here and you can have experiences that most people can only dream of.
     

  4. dory

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    Point well taken !
    Im only on to my second trip to Africa next year .
    I was only ever going to go once , yeah right !!
    How to cut costs on the second trip ?
    I still want to hunt for two or three weeks with the wife in tow .
    Ive decided to only hunt two trophies in that time .
    An eland and a top impala .
    I will have them mounted but only two wont break the bank .
    The rest of the time will be cull animals only .
    We will still have a great time with great people and be in Africa for a month .
    I have halved the cost of my first hunt by doing this .
    You can shoot a lot of cull animals for the price of a trophy !
    The hunting is just as hard and enjoyable for a fraction of the price .
    Cheers Dory .
     
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  5. Gemsbok Gangsta

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    Pics and euro mounts certainly cut back on cost. Heck you run out of wall space sooner or later..,
     

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    Anothe cost in U S is fee for Federal Fish n Widlife to come to delivery before it is opened..May have to wait 2 wks as we did..Cost was 250 each for wife n I on smallbox.4 items
     

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    Our next hunt will consist of culling and pictures.House is full,lol
     
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    So I'm prepping for my first hunt with Limcroma later this year (Sept). I won the Safari at @ a DCS banquet and it's turning out to be quite an expensive 'free' trip! I'm super excited and my wife says I'm obsessing over everything Africa right now (I've been watching anything Africa on the outdoor channel - Love Carters W.A.R and reading about hunts constantly!). Things like this post are helpful as a first timer trying to figure out what the overall costs are after the free part of my trip! I'm saving every penny I can find!
     
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    The cost for several trophies to be imported in not much more than one. You still have USFW inspection, permits, courier, storage, vet inspection and delivery on one and if you have five it's not five times as much,
     

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    Guess I got older really fast! Came part way to that realization at about 30yrs old, and the rest came hammering home while planning my first African safari last year at 36! I didn't bring a single thing home and don't regret it one bit! I wasn't going to stay home because I couldn't afford taxidermy nor was I going to spend as much to get tanned skins and bleached skulls back as I could on a cull hunt in South Africa! BTW total cost for my trip including airfare and eBay equivalents to what I harvested- $5000. That's every single expense associated with a full boat 9 day safari.

    When I looked into it a single kudu was going to cost me $1800 to get to my door, but only $2500 for 5 animals together, so no not much more. Ultimately decided to not do it at all and am still happy I went!
     

  11. rinehart0050

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    You'll have a blast- feel free to PM me if you have any questions about Limcroma. They go above and beyond to ensure your safari is a success.
     
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    Priceless

    that is the true cost for your first hunt in Africa
     

  13. Gemsbok Gangsta

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    After 2 trips and bringing everything home I wouldn't change a thing!!! Ain't no such thing as a free lunch my next trip I'm scaling back on bringing home trophies just select a couple and lots of pics!! Be warned 1 Safari just won't cut it. Have fun and everything I have heard about Limcroma is top school. PM me and I can shoot you a list of costs after my most recent hunt with KMG minus the taxidermy costs which is in motion as we speak. Just relax and enjoy the ride.
     
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  14. LiegeRiver

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    Good day, GG. I wouldn't mind a copy of your cost list, as I'm in the planning stages now. I just booked with KMG for 2019.

    LiegeRiver
     

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    As most folks here know I'm a big fan of taxidermy. I can see running out of room one day and I am damn near close. That's why I bought a bigger place in Georgia:A Shades:. But seriously There will one day come a time where photos will be it. Until then hell I m "stuffing" them!
     

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    PM me when you are ready
     
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    Thank you Mr Jaco!
    Great thread. Especially for a first time planning hunter to Africa as I’m.
    What is the true, I have to do this as cheap as possible, so the knowledge is the key. :)
    I’m reading every word very carefully. :)


    The list below is extremly helpful!
    Thank you for it @AfricaHunting.com
     

  18. justin wiles

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    I am budgeting $21 K for everything, including taxidermy when I go 2021. Planning 8-10 days. I hope to shoot 7 or 8 animals and hope the costs don’t go up much. Anything decent is getting shoulder mounted. I am not sight seeing or taking days away to visit as I will be hunting the whole trip. Won’t be bringing anything back as gifts either. Things change but I factored in package, extra days, rifle rent, ammunition, flight, dip and pack, shipping, insurance, gear need(have most of it now), tips, taxes, misc on hand for unforeseen costs. Of course the shipping and taxidermy is post trip so I have a little extra time for that and may space the taxidermy out some.
     

  19. Bobpuckett

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    You shouldn't have a problem I've done 7 trips with the wife and hasn't ran me that much and that's including airfare as well.
     

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    @justin What are the 7-8 animals?
     

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