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#6616820 - 01/04/17 06:31 PM cost getting to Africa to hunt
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Heading to the Dallas Safari Club Show Saturday. I see these Africa Hunts getting more affordable, basic game of course, pig, monkey and a few horned animals. What would it cost to get from Dallas to Africa and how many days? approx.?
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#6616850 - 01/04/17 06:49 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
TNTBR Offline
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Registered: 10/21/16
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Bout $900 outta Dallas and approx 19hr flight. I normally pick ours up for $1100 out of Nashville then ATL and over to Joburg.

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#6616911 - 01/04/17 07:20 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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For budgeting, figure $3000 for travel, tips and misc. Then add the hunt package (days + trophy fees). Finally, think very carefully about your taxidermy decisions.
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#6616916 - 01/04/17 07:21 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Travel time is 22-30 hours to Johannesburg. Strongly consider adding a day or two for recovery once you get there.
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#6616936 - 01/04/17 07:32 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Been looking at flights also....I have found some through Lufthansa as low as 4-500 each way into Johannesburg then another 150-200 into Port E...Lufthansa prices differ dramatically month to month...
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#6616970 - 01/04/17 07:49 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: syncerus]
TNTBR Offline
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Registered: 10/21/16
Posts: 17
Originally Posted By: syncerus
Travel time is 22-30 hours to Johannesburg. Strongly consider adding a day or two for recovery once you get there.


Ouch...where you flying out of? Don't think I could hang in there for that ride.

Deffinately agree with the recovery day...first couple trips I went straight back into the grind and it wasn't fun...

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#6616997 - 01/04/17 08:05 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Don't forget dip, pack, and broker fees on this side. The nickel and dime fees are getting worse. Don't let this stop you, just go into it with both eyes open.
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#6617003 - 01/04/17 08:08 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I've been to South Africa once, and Namibia 3 times. Flight cost depend totally on what time of year you are going. The busy season runs from June through August and flights are more expensive than the off peak season. One year I went in late April-May and went round trip from Dallas on Delta via Atlanta (15 hr flight from ATL to JB, and also went the same route in peak season and flight was $2k. Namibia is an amazing place.

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#6617029 - 01/04/17 08:22 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If you're going to another country besides South Africa, you may not have to go through Johannesburg.
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#6617032 - 01/04/17 08:23 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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1500-2300 normally

DFW-ATL-JHB then on the way back its JHB-Munich, Paris or Amsterdam the to ATl-Dal
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#6617066 - 01/04/17 08:43 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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-$1500 roundtrip to JHB via Delta in 2016.
-$1,000 for tips
-Taxidermy is the killer. You can easily spend as much getting a plains game bag back and mounted as you did on everything else put together. I was told about $275/per animal by the time the US taxidermist sees the cape and horns. Shoulder mounts seem to average in the $800-$1,000 range.

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#6617103 - 01/04/17 08:57 PM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Heading to the Dallas Safari Club Show Saturday. I see these Africa Hunts getting more affordable, basic game of course, pig, monkey and a few horned animals. What would it cost to get from Dallas to Africa and how many days? approx.?


Various greatly but as a generalization 900 to 2000 for round trip to Johannesburg from DFW or Houston. We have flown several airlines over and we're most happy with Emirites and we're least happy with British air ways. There will be several travel agents that specialize in hunting at the DSC show, they can help greatly with your booking for a very nominal fee when all things are considered. If this is you first trip it may ease your mind using a travel agent.

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#6617549 - 01/05/17 08:27 AM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Just to add to the good advice and considerations already offered, of misc. costs and flights, an African safari is still the absolute best all-around value for a hunting/vacation trip when you break it down. You can't go anywhere else in the world and expect to take 4-6 big game animals for the average cost of $4-6K completely inclusive of great food and all accommodations.

Johannesburg, South Africa will likely be the hub for your travel to any of the southern African countries. Many outfits operate within reasonable driving distance of the airport. Others may require you to book an additional connecting flight once you arrive in Jo'burg. (also something to consider)... The variety of species offered as well as the quantity and quality of the trophies offered can vary greatly depending on the region and the outfitter. This is a variable that I suggest you research thoroughly before selecting your outfitter. The peak hunting season in Southern Africa is mid May through August which is winter there and the dry season. This is the best time for bow hunters. Rifle hunters can expect great hunting from March all the way through November. As already mentioned, flight costs will peak from June-August which has been averaging $1,500-2,200 round trip. If you can plan your trip around the shoulder season months, airfares have been as low as $850 round-trip. I just bought airfare for my safari in the last week of April 2017 for $956 round-trip on Delta.

The two best flight options that I recommend are SAA direct from JFK (New York) and Delta direct from Atlanta. Both flights are 15-16 hours in duration non-stop. There are other carriers that will route you through Europe, which is fine. HOWEVER, be cautious when flying through Europe with guns and bows. There are lots of regulations and many of these countries are generally not hunter-friendly. Flying via Europe will also add at least a half a day of travel time to your itinerary.

As far as the expenses of getting your trophies home, there are lots of options there as well. You will have the option of having all of your taxidermy done in Africa. In the past, this was not a recommended option due to second-rate work and reliability issues. These days things are much improved. There are several excellent taxidermists operating out of Africa, and it may be worth considering for some as an option. If you have a good taxidermist here in the States that you trust who is experienced with African game, I always recommend having your trophy parts dip & packed for shipment home. Costs for dip & pack can vary among companies. Most outfitters will recommend a company to you, and arrange for your trophy parts to be transported to their facility. There should be no upfront cost to this. Your trophy parts are your down payment. Again, not all taxidermists and dip & pack facilities are the same. This is yet another important variable to consider when selecting your outfit. Trophy care and prep is a tremendously important part of the safari that is often overlooked and taken for granted. You should not receive a bill until your trophy parts are ready to be shipped. All reputable companies should be able to turn your work around within 90-120 days from the end of your safari.

Taxidermy can add up and can get expensive as you all know. Having Euro skull mounts done will be much less expensive than full taxidermy. Also, tanning capes and back skins make great rugs, throws, and wall displays. I always recommend getting your skulls/horns and at least the shoulder cape dip & packed on every animal. This way, you can enjoy the Euro mount immediately, and still have the future option of doing a full mount as long as you have your cape tanned. As long as the cape is preserved, you can mount 1 or 2 trophies at a time as you can afford it. Also, having items made from the trophies such as rifle cases, slings, pillows, rugs, etc., are other great ways to preserve the memory of your trophies and usually much less expensive than having mounts done on every animal.

If anyone has any more questions about planning or costing out an African safari, please feel free to contact me anytime. My name is Dan Leahy, and I am a North American representative for Limcroma Safaris. It would be my sincere pleasure to answer questions, or assist in any way possible. Even if you are hunting with another outfitter, please feel free to give me a shout. Our goal is to ensure that every single hunter traveling to Africa has the very best experience possible.

Hannes Els, the owner, and some of our senior PHs will be in Texas for the entire month of January for our annual marketing tour. Please come visit us if you are attending any of the shows or conventions.

Kind regards, Dan L.
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Edited by Firehuntfish (01/05/17 08:35 AM)

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#6617729 - 01/05/17 09:41 AM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 08/06/14
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Loc: Tyler, TX
$2,000 per person is a good starting point for airfare when just visiting with outfitters. Some will require a domestic hop to another airport before picking you up. Depending on the hours you land, you might have to get a hotel, which means travel to the hotel with your rifle.

Once you are done with the safari, getting your animals home is where all the surprises happen. Dipping fees, transport fees, and whoever else handles them fees. Plan on another couple grand for this, but don't be surprised if it's twice that.

Do not get your taxidermy work done there. While there might be a decent taxidermist in Africa, the vast majority do poor to horrible work. My taxidermist here in TX always has mounts in his shop that he's trying to fix from there. It's a never ending disaster that is best avoided.

Be sure you have a taxidermist that has received African capes and horns before. They will give you their shipping information. Either to them at their shop, or straight to the tannery that they use. Do not rely on the outfitter or booking agent to do this for you. You have to make all these arrangements yourself before you go. Once you are done with your hunt, you will need to provide this to the taxidermist there that will pack your trophies and make them ready for shipping.

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#6617850 - 01/05/17 10:58 AM Re: cost getting to Africa to hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 02/01/16
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Loc: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Good advice all round and it seems prices may vary so shop around a little. Often Outfitters will be inclined to help out and adjust a package according to your budget, so don't be shy to ask them.

I would however disagree on the taxidermy advice of "The vast majority do poor to horrible work!"

Good luck with your planning and enjoy DSC.
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