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Old 05-16-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Looking at some realistic numbers. Itíll be a ways down the road but I would really like to take my wife to Africa. It would strictly be an archery hunt, two people probably 7-10 days with 5-7 animals. Not looking at anything extravagant but just the normal plains game. Just need a close rough estimate for entire trip from round trip plane tickets to tips to shipping animals back. Like I said this will be 5 or so years down the road but Iíd like to know what to expect so I can start saving now
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We figured somewhere around $13-14k. We're going next year, I'm shooting six animals, wife is going to shoot one. It's going to be about 8500 for just the hunt. Still have to pay for flights, tips, shipping, taxidermy etc. We're not shooting anything crazy either, just your normal African animals.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:12 PM   #3
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airfare will vary from $1200 to $2000 per person depending what time of the year you go, and if there are any major soccer matches going on in Africa (i.e. World Cup)
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you should be able to find a package or a couple's first time safari that includes 4 or 5 animals for less than you would think. Airfare would be like Cajun stated above. I would recommend sending Limcroma an email. They are very good about putting together reasonable packages for first timers. They did that for me back in 2013. Been twice since and going back July of 2019. Can't hurt to get a quote. I first started communicating with them in 2009 and finally made it over in 2013. It can be a long process and they understand that but they can give you a really good idea on the cost and put something together that may get you over there a year early.
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you should be able to find a package or a couple's first time safari that includes 4 or 5 animals for less than you would think. Airfare would be like Cajun stated above. I would recommend sending Limcroma an email. They are very good about putting together reasonable packages for first timers. They did that for me back in 2013. Been twice since and going back July of 2019.
That's who we're going with.
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Really been thinking about this. The money part does not bother me as much as the travel and getting the hides back.
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OP, if you want a quote for a hunt, I have a buddy that books hunts for Limcroma, I could shoot you his info and he can answer any questions you have.
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you should be able to find a package or a couple's first time safari that includes 4 or 5 animals for less than you would think. Airfare would be like Cajun stated above. I would recommend sending Limcroma an email. They are very good about putting together reasonable packages for first timers. They did that for me back in 2013. Been twice since and going back July of 2019. Can't hurt to get a quote. I first started communicating with them in 2009 and finally made it over in 2013. It can be a long process and they understand that but they can give you a really good idea on the cost and put something together that may get you over there a year early.
Do you have to worry about your bow getting over there? and if it dont, what happens.
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Do you have to worry about your bow getting over there? and if it dont, what happens.
I've never had a problem with my bow getting over there. I guess, just like anything they could lose the luggage/bow case, but I've never experienced it. I was concerned the first time I went over, but talked to Limcroma and they said they would find me a loaner bow if they could, or a crossbow, but definitely I would have access to my PH's rifle (which I've actually used in the past just for variety). Obviously it would really suck to not have your bow make it, but you would still be able to hunt with a rifle until it finally showed up. It wouldn't all be wasted.

Another thing, I've always flown direct from Atlanta to Jo'burg. Of course I did have to go from Dallas to ATL, but the fewer stops and plane changes you have the less chance to lose something.

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Old 05-16-2018, 04:39 PM   #11
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Look into Nuduna Safaris, my son and I went on a bow hunting trip with them last year, shot 12 animals total and had an awesome time.
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Really been thinking about this. The money part does not bother me as much as the travel and getting the hides back.
Getting the hides back for me has been flawless on 3 trips. I can't speak on other outfitters because I've never experienced them, but Limcroma has a sister company (called Trophy Pro) and they take care of your trophies all the way to shipment. I've never had any issues with them. Always communicate well and are professional. Clearing them on the US side depends on where you live and who does your taxi work. You can also do it yourself if you are motivated. I am not
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wife and I went in 2014, not a single day has gone bye where I don't think of our trip. Want to go back so bad I cant stand it. Hunted 5 days and shot 11 animals. Total cost was right at 13k
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wife and I went in 2014, not a single day has gone bye where I don't think of our trip. Want to go back so bad I cant stand it. Hunted 5 days and shot 11 animals. Total cost was right at 13k
My wife wants to do the photo safari and I will hunt. I talked to Limcroma at the TTHA show last year.
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Getting the hides back for me has been flawless on 3 trips. I can't speak on other outfitters because I've never experienced them, but Limcroma has a sister company (called Trophy Pro) and they take care of your trophies all the way to shipment. I've never had any issues with them. Always communicate well and are professional. Clearing them on the US side depends on where you live and who does your taxi work. You can also do it yourself if you are motivated. I am not
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My wife wants to do the photo safari and I will hunt. I talked to Limcroma at the TTHA show last year.
My wife does not hunt, but won't let me go to Africa without her. She loves it. Our first trip was just hunting, nothing extra. 2nd trip we added a few days so we could do some photo safaris and Elephant rides and predator encounter. On the 3rd trip I was hunting but my wife went with a few other wives in camp and some of the Limcroma staff and they went and walked with lions. She said it was intense because she was actually walking with them. We've done several of the non hunting trips they offer and they have all been great.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:26 PM   #17
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$10k should cover you not counting taxidermy. Airfare is the biggest wild card/variance. There are a lot of very reasonable hunting packages out there and a starter safari usually sells very cheap at any safari club auction. The most expensive way to do it is book everything a la carte from the price list.
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Isn't there a guy on here that is a site sponsor and has a TBH pkg?
I think it's something like adasonia or andoasia....?

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Old 05-16-2018, 07:55 PM   #20
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Isn't there a guy on here that is a site sponsor and has a TBH pkg?
I think it's something like adasonia or andoasia....?
http://www.adansonia.co.za/

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:37 PM   #21
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Me and my dad are heading over n September and from the looks of things hunting six species with 6 hunting days we will be in the 10K range by the time we get the trophies stateside but not including taxidermy.

Our flights were a bit more because we did the delta non-stop from Atlanta to Johannesburg. Could have flown cheaper but I couldn't afford the time most of the other flights we 30+ hrs of travel
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:18 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the info guys. I think we are going to sit down soon and talk real hard about what exactly we want to do. 10-13 is not bad at all
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Hunters hill. Best prices I have seen.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:35 PM   #24
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Plains game (5) package = ~$5,000
Gratuity (if happy) = ~$500
Air fare (coach) = ~$1,200
Taxidermy = depends...here or there/shoulder or skull

Best part is the whole trip is naturally an installment plan.

Safari Deposit... $1,000 a year before
Air Fare...3 months out...pay off credit card
Go Hunting...$4,500 with tip
Taxidermy Deposit... $1,000
Balance of taxidermy a year later.

You should go...you deserve it...no regrets.

Only negative is that you won't go just once.

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X2...Very nice family with an excellent rep.
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Plains game (5) package = ~$5,000
Gratuity (if happy) = ~$500
Air fare (coach) = ~$1,200
Taxidermy = depends...here or there/shoulder or skull

Best part is the whole trip is naturally an installment plan.

Safari Deposit... $1,000 a year before
Air Fare...3 months out...pay off credit card
Go Hunting...$4,500 with tip
Taxidermy Deposit... $1,000
Balance of taxidermy a year later.

You should go...you deserve it...no regrets.

Only negative is that you won't go just once.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=691942
Thanks a bunch that breaks it down pretty good. Iíll be doing the taxi work myself so thatís not an issue but I have heard it cost about $250 an animal to get back. Is that about right
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We've had our taxi work done in SA, so I don't have a feel for the cost to prep and ship the hides/horns. We just had several trophies ship and I've been in close contact with the SA taxidermist.

Let me shoot her an email and ask what they charge for prepping and shipping.
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Sounds good. In my personal opinion I’d rather have the work done here, say you shoot six animals, they sent you salted hides and the horns. So really the hides will last for quite a while so you could mount three one year and three the next that way you are spending a fortune trying to get them all done at once. Thanks again

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Do you have to worry about your bow getting over there? and if it dont, what happens.
Carry a BIG knife !
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Plains game (5) package = ~$5,000
Gratuity (if happy) = ~$500
Air fare (coach) = ~$1,200
Taxidermy = depends...here or there/shoulder or skull

Best part is the whole trip is naturally an installment plan.

Safari Deposit... $1,000 a year before
Air Fare...3 months out...pay off credit card
Go Hunting...$4,500 with tip
Taxidermy Deposit... $1,000
Balance of taxidermy a year later.

You should go...you deserve it...no regrets.

Only negative is that you won't go just once.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=691942
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Thanks a bunch that breaks it down pretty good. Iíll be doing the taxi work myself so thatís not an issue but I have heard it cost about $250 an animal to get back. Is that about right


This is how I usually do it, which is why I can't go every year. I usually give my deposit a year out and book my flight as soon as possible, usually about 300 days out. That puts about $4-5 K (2 plane tickets) out of the way a year before I leave. I usually use my tax return for that. Then, the next year I pay for the hunt and tips, etc. After that you have about another 6 months or so to get your trophies back and like you said, you can take your time on the taxi work. You can spread your payments for this trip (for all expenses) over a 3 year period pretty easy if you plan.
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You might want to give these guy a look. They are a TBH sight sponsor as well.
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Here are a few photos from this season.
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Well we are heading to Diamond C in a couple months then to Canada for a waterfowl hunt next October. So I’m going to start stacking my coins now and hopefully be able to put something together in a few years
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Looking at some realistic numbers. Itíll be a ways down the road but I would really like to take my wife to Africa. It would strictly be an archery hunt, two people probably 7-10 days with 5-7 animals. Not looking at anything extravagant but just the normal plains game. Just need a close rough estimate for entire trip from round trip plane tickets to tips to shipping animals back. Like I said this will be 5 or so years down the road but Iíd like to know what to expect so I can start saving now
We will be happy to help you on your Safari. Send me a PM with any and all questions. I have a group of 14 TBH members coming to hunt at the end of July 2019. We have 3 spots open as of now. However we can book you for anytime you wish to hunt.
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Look into going to a fund raiser banquet like SCI or LSBA when’re hunts have been donated for fund raisers. Got a heckuva deal on a hunt. Took my dad and son to South Africa in 2016 total cost including:
3 hunters, 6 animals (total, not each) wildebeest, hartabeest, zebra, wart hog, impala, and blesbok
7 days lodging and meals
For to and from airport
Trackers skinners
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Added a kudu, baboon and jackal
Taxidermy ( 3 shoulder mounts, 4 full hides, 4 back hides, 3 skulls)
Shipping

Total was +/- $16k, FOR 3 HUNTERS!

Do your self a favor and do it!
(I actually got Hume from SA last nite!)
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:33 AM   #37
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My wife and I went with another couple in 2014. I shot 6 animals; Kudu, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and Warthog. Hunted in camp for 7 days. All in, including taxidermy, shopping etc. we spent $17k.
I thought it was a great value for the experience. We hunted with Eland Safaris and it was a great experience.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:31 AM   #38
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My wife and I went with another couple in 2014. I shot 6 animals; Kudu, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and Warthog. Hunted in camp for 7 days. All in, including taxidermy, shopping etc. we spent $17k.
I thought it was a great value for the experience. We hunted with Eland Safaris and it was a great experience.
Thatís not a bad price at all
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I know some hunt on a budget better than other. Turn key Africa trip for me was around $45k - $50k. Animals fees - $10k, Aifare (4)- $8k, Daily fees (10 days) - $5k, taxidermy and shipping - $20k, tips and other - $5k.
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I know some hunt on a budget better than other. Turn key Africa trip for me was around $45k - $50k. Animals fees - $10k, Aifare (4)- $8k, Daily fees (10 days) - $5k, taxidermy and shipping - $20k, tips and other - $5k.





Granted I had a couple of large animals, but only a total of 9. As you can see by the invoice all the taxidermy work is fair, it just adds up quick.



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Old 05-20-2018, 10:20 AM   #41
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Dang I keep coming back to this post. We have left a 2000.00 deposit with another outfitter, but the buddy I was going with, and my self lost interest and have not talked in a while. If I could only get that back, I could maybe make this happen someday. But then reading the last post, freaks me out, and makes me say nooooo I don't need to go. My self control, may get out of control. Can't wait to here the stories and see everyone's pictures. Please keep track of how much the total trip cost some of you.
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:44 PM   #42
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Just something else for you budget-minded folks to think about when considering an African safari... There are ways to still enjoy your trophies from the hunt, and not have to break the bank on taxidermy.

It's great if you can plan and budget for having most, if not all, of your trophy animals mounted. We had that plan on our first safari thinking it would be a "once in a lifetime" experience and we would never likely get to go back. That was 6 safaris ago....That said, lots of clients, especially repeat ones, are having more Euro mounts done rather than full taxidermy. Many also opt to have their flat skins rugged or made into pillows, rifle slings, gun case, belts etc.... These are much more economical options where you can still have a great memory made from your trophy animals and not break the bank.

I have also had several other clients have their skulls & horns done as Euros to enjoy immediately upon receiving them, and then had the capes dip & packed to be tanned at a later time. Once the cape is tanned, it can be saved indefinitely until you are ready to have a mount done. This way the option is always there to have your animal mounted in the future. If not, you still have the Euros of the skull/horns and you can do any number of different thing from the tanned capes.

I have personally used Trophy Pro SA on my last 4 safaris. In addition to dip & pack, they have made us all sorts of curios and leather goods from our hides including rugs, rifle cases & slings, and gaiters. They do excellent work at a very reasonable price. They do an especially great job with tanning. If you have your tanning done there, I can assure you that it will be much cheaper in Africa versus having your items dip & packed, shipped, and then tanned here in the USA.
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:04 PM   #43
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To be frank, it seems everybody here is quoting South Africa costs. Almost all of the operations are High fence hunts.

If you are wanting to hunt low fence, you are going to have to look at countries like Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique.

I won’t bore you with Tanzania costs, as there are only a elite fee willing to spend six figures on a safari. Most of these other countries, if you only intend to hunt plains game, I would plan on it being 25k all said and done. If adding in dangerous game, assume 35k+.

It is a steep jump to hunt Africa and move outside of South Africa. Frankly I don’t know anybody that has hunted low fence for buffalo and other game for less than 35k all said and done.
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Just something else for you budget-minded folks to think about when considering an African safari... There are ways to still enjoy your trophies from the hunt, and not have to break the bank on taxidermy.

It's great if you can plan and budget for having most, if not all, of your trophy animals mounted. We had that plan on our first safari thinking it would be a "once in a lifetime" experience and we would never likely get to go back. That was 6 safaris ago....That said, lots of clients, especially repeat ones, are having more Euro mounts done rather than full taxidermy. Many also opt to have their flat skins rugged or made into pillows, rifle slings, gun case, belts etc.... These are much more economical options where you can still have a great memory made from your trophy animals and not break the bank.

I have also had several other clients have their skulls & horns done as Euros to enjoy immediately upon receiving them, and then had the capes dip & packed to be tanned at a later time. Once the cape is tanned, it can be saved indefinitely until you are ready to have a mount done. This way the option is always there to have your animal mounted in the future. If not, you still have the Euros of the skull/horns and you can do any number of different thing from the tanned capes.

I have personally used Trophy Pro SA on my last 4 safaris. In addition to dip & pack, they have made us all sorts of curios and leather goods from our hides including rugs, rifle cases & slings, and gaiters. They do excellent work at a very reasonable price. They do an especially great job with tanning. If you have your tanning done there, I can assure you that it will be much cheaper in Africa versus having your items dip & packed, shipped, and then tanned here in the USA.
This. I am moving to euro mounts on my next safari simply because I'm out of wall space. Trophy pro has done two really nice zebra rugs for me at a fraction of what it would cost in the us. I get everything else tanned there and just keep it in my closet until I decide what I'm doing with it. Keeps the cost down. You can also shoot more animals than you think. Just depends on the animals. Warthogs and Impala are fairly cheap. You can shoot a lot of them for the price of a Kudu. Not to mention Baboons and guinea fowl. Those are both free at my outfitter as is night hunting for porcupine, honey badger, civet and genet cats. If you plan well you can shoot a ton of things for not much money, just not the big stuff. Example, Sable for about $8K or Warthog for about $500. That's 1 animal for $8K or 16, up to you

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