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Affording Africa (feature article)

February 2009 Feature Article:

Affording Africa

"Africa," "The Dark Continent." Both are names that conjure up visions of giant elephants, lions, thatch huts, comfortable tents camps, and all of the dangers and excitements that go along with them. For some, those visions are more than just passing images; they are a fantasy or a burning desire to experience all that Africa has to offer in the form of an African Safari. Unfortunately, many hunters don't get to experience what Africa has to offer- not because it is financially out of reach, but because they THINK it's financially out of reach. Read more...

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Affording Africa (feature article)

This is a well written article, but is absolutely full of missinformation, and about 5 years behuind in prices. Shame on You!

Namibia is actually cheaper than RSA, and though still ranch country hunting is mostly low cattle fenceing, while RSA is mostly high fence hunting much like Texas exotic ranches. The difference is, some of the ranches are in the 3/4 to 1,000,000 acres in size.

I think if you do your home work today you will find a whole different thing than this puts forth! Anyone going to book Africa, needs to start by going to the Dallas Safari Show, in Dallas Texas in Jan. and talk to as many outfitters as is possible. The Safari Club international show will be in Dallas as well in 2013.

There are several booking agents in the USA who book hunts and are very relaible. A few phone calls is worth the cost in this case.

A good booking agent is worth his weight in gold, because they are up on all laws for a door to door and back safari without a screw up. Thse people can get all the documentation you will need, and save you a lot of money by avoiding the mistakes novices make!

Affording Africa is a doable thing, but it must be done properly, and following some of the advice in that article will get you some greaf! Brick Wall,)

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Just because the information in the article doesn't match the information that the last poster has, doesn't make it misinformation. Sure, prices have gone up up for most of the outfits in South Africa as well as other countries in Africa, but a quality hunt can be had for those prices I mentioned in the article. While a person may not be able to spend 10 days and kill 6 or seven animals for that price, a person can go for 5-10 days and kill a few animals for those prices. The quality of the hunt can't only dictated by a high priced hunt that allows a person to kill MANY animals.

Sure, talking to booking agents and going to SCI shows will certainly open your eyes to the pros and cons of certain areas and outffits. However, I book for an outfit in South Africa and it is nothing but first rate and alllows their clients to customize their trips as well as even "split" packages. Which allows two guys to split the cost of a hunt and then pay extra for non hunting days which equals a cheaper price for both. Not as many animals for each hunter, but at least they get to experience Africa.

While I have not hunted all over South Africa, I'm sure what Dugaboy wrote about high fence may be true and I also stated in my article that South Africa won't give you quit the wild experience as you would in other more undeveloped countries. However, the ranches I did hunt(which were several)....there were NO high fences. Only fences high enough to hold goats. I know some places do have high fences and with a little research you can determine whether or not the place you are looking at does or doesn't have high fences. That was one of my first inquiries to where I went the first time.

Don't be fooled by the prices of the hunt alone. It's the overall price of the trip that makes the final deal. Extra flights to more out of the way destinations will obviously drive expenses up and other government taxes that are often not mentioned by some outfits till later on when it is to late are other factors to consider.
The poster also eluded that if the cost of the hunt is economical than you are sure to have a disaster in the making. Sure, homework should be done as a person can be fooled by the "too good to be true" scenerio and have a bad hunt.

However, the title of the article was "Affording Africa", NOT "Reaping Africa". For some, experiencing Africa is coming home with a crate full of trophies which will push the cost up. To others, just the pure experience of Africa and all the splendors that the continent has to offer by just being there and coming home with a token few animals that truly represent Africa is enough to make that person reminice about a great hunt and yearn to return.

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I thought it was a good article that makes some very common sense points. I am lucky enough to have an office in Cape Town and the article pretty much reinforces what Ive found over the last year through my people on the ground, so I feel better about that. My continuing kunundrum is that I want to take my own weapon(s) with me, instead of leasing/renting. If your going to rent, then just make sure the PH is reputable and that you have a day to sight it and get comfortable. But yeah, good, solid info and advice.

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Re: Affording Africa (feature article)

yOU KNOW I WAS BORN IN NAMIBIE AND HAVE MY OWN OUTFITTER IN THE LIMPOPO. MY OUTLOOK ARE THAT THE CLIENTS COME FIRTS BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MORAL CONSURNING TOWARD HUNTING WILD ANIMALS AND HAVE A RESPECT FOR THE WILDLIFE OUT THEIR. TREAT YOU CLIENTS WELL AND YOUR BUSSNIS WILL GROW. GIVE HIM
A GREAT PLATE OF FOOD AND A GOOD 5 STAR LOGDE. DONT JUST WANT TO MAKE MONEY BUT KEEP YOUR COOL IN ALL ASSPECTS.COME TO MY OUTFITTER AND ENJOY OUR HOSPITALITY.

HUNTING GREETINGS
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I'm not sure I would go so far as to say misinformation. It is a well written article that definitely helps get the wheels turning in someones head who is interested in hunting Africa that hasn't put a whole lot of thought into it yet. 

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Zander Osmers Safaris

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We are in the hunting industry for 35 years now it is a family business. We hunt the best concession in South-Africa it is the Selati Game Reserve 75 000 Acres we are the only outfitter that hunts this prestine reserve for the last 20 Years and we are new in the States. Been doing all the hunting conventions for the last 3 years.

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Contact me if you need a quote or any references that was hunting with us the last couple of years.

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Zander Osmers Safaris

Hallo Everyone we are new to the forum and would like to introduce our comany to you.

We are in the hunting industry for 35 years now it is a family business. We hunt the best concession in South-Africa it is the Selati Game Reserve 75 000 Acres we are the only outfitter that hunts this prestine reserve for the last 20 Years and we are new in the States. Been doing all the hunting conventions for the last 3 years.

Please look at our website: www.zanderosmerssafaris.com

Contact me if you need a quote or any references that was hunting with us the last couple of years.

Email:osmers@me.com

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