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Location: South Africa
Joined: 10/31/2005
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virgin safari hunters

For your African safari feel welcome to give me a call or shoot me a mail. I'm pretty sure that I can set you up for a hunt of a lifetime and make sure your trophies get back to you...

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
Joined: 08/26/2007
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virgin safari hunters

How are your rates on plains game and i also would like to get an eland as well. Nothing too big, Im not sure yet what our budget is and it also may only be me now my buddy had a death in the family so hes not sure if he can still do it or not.

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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virgin safari hunters

also do you have a price list you can send me, in usd that way I dont have to convert everything from Euros

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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virgin safari hunters

ill figure out the full list and email you sometime next week thanks for the info

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Location: Mobile County, Alabama
Joined: 09/09/2007
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virgin safari hunters

Here are a few things you may not have considered.

Find out if your health insurance is good in South Africa. No big deal if it ain't but it will be a nice thing to know just in case.

Take plenty to read and a small, soft butt cushion. You'll be on that plane for at least 18 hours and those seats leave a lot to be desired. Also take something decent to snack on. The airplane food is not very good either. You can not leave the plane with food so remember that on the way back.

You may also need to get immunized for various illnesses. Tetanus, hepatitus and malaria come to mind. I already had them except the malaria and we didn't go into a malaria zone so I skipped it.

Take a spare scope and put it in your carry on luggage. Another just in case deal.

You will also need to get your guns, optics and other expensive gear checked at the nearest US Customs house. They will record all the pertanant info on a form and give you a receipt. This proves the items are your personal property and not something you are trying to sneak in. If you don't have it, they can charge you duties on your own property since they will think you bought it overseas.

You are restricted to 11 pounds of ammo. The case head stamp has to match the caliber stamped on the barrel. That means no wildcats like .338-06.

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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virgin safari hunters

thanks j, there is definately alot involved with this process. and not a whole lot of time to figure everything out.

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Location: Marfa, Texas, USA
Joined: 01/05/2008
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Africa in Texas

We have had some Guides that usually operate in Africa on the ranch and they said to us that they saw many more animals, and the scenery was much more interesting here than in Africa.

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Location: Chestertown, Md
Joined: 09/08/2005
Posts: 25
virgin safari hunters

Having read the encyclopedia of africa hunting, I am curious how things are going for you. My points. I learned the hard way. Should you have any trophies mounted, do them in the U.S. Shipping costs for finished mounts versus dip and pack are ridiculous. Use a proven booking agent. Check their references. Then contact the references for your chosen safari company. The real good ones list not only the successful hunters, but also, the unsuccessful ones. Don't shy away from the specials. I booked back to back leopard and buffalo specials and added 5 hunting days to my trip at no extra cost. Taking your first trip for plains game is a great way to introduce yourself to the dark continent. I chose Namibia first. It's a real sleeper and the hunting is great. My next trip was back to Namibia to look at propery. To make a long story short, the price was right but tribal regulations shot the deal down. My third trip was to Zimbabwe for buffalo and leopard..That is described here in the forum. My fourth trip is taking shape now for elephant in Zimbabwe. They have four times as many elephants than the forest can support. On my last trip, I was charged three times in my hunting vehicle and made up my mind from there. They are BIG,BIG,and BIGGER. Initially I was going for a PAC {crop damage} elephant as the costs are one third that of a trophy hunt. One cannot keep the tusks from a PAC elephant. The tribe gets them. However after due consideration, and the value of elephant tusks on the ivory market, I am going for the trophy bull. I will then get fiberglass copies made of my tusks and sell the real ones.That process is done by many folks hunting elephant in africa. The sale contributes substantially to offsetting your expense of the hunt itself. All the tusks I have seen in africa have been fiberglass copies. Enough said. Again, in closing, how are your plans going?

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
Joined: 08/26/2007
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virgin safari hunters

Unfortunately my plans have slowed down more than I would like, I recently took a new job that let me be home every night the down side is that I had to take almost a 30k pay cut so Im shooting for '09 now but still looking foreward to going, I found a booking agent who actually lives in the next small town from me and I'll be hooking up with him this weekend, Ive talked to several but it would be nice to work with someone who lives 20 miles away, until then I guess i will be living vicariously through you guys.

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Joined: 11/01/2007
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virgin safari hunters

I've done Africa several times. for a PG hunt your best deals will be in Namibia. Beg off any "package deal" that doesn't include in writing your trophy fees refunded for each species not killed or wounded. Book thru a USA booking agent and have him hold your funds until you make a call via satelite phone for him to release them from camp.
* Be certain you are booking a trophy hunt and not a cull hunt
** take 99% of what you read on any internet site such as accuratereloading.com with a huge grain of salt. Especially be wary of the booking agents and safari operators whom cruise accurate reloading looking for clients. There are a few above board operators there but the majority are after your $$.
*** Zimbabwe offers lower priced hunts....be extremly wary of agents offering hunts there. most guys book Zimbabew for Big 5 hunts at lower rates than say Botswana or Tanzania but for PG your still better off with Namibia
*Unless your comfortable with planted/stocked game beg off the RSA "Cape" hunts you see advertised at low prices...they are little more than shooting preserves.
good luck

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