Saving for an African safari is easy and over time is very little cost per month : start saving ONLY $ 500 / month !!
Here an example and the time frame of all costs -
flights, the hunt, other, taxidermy and shipping / freight of your trophies home :
3 Trophys ( 1 Gemsbok, 1 Wildebeest, 1 Zebra ) , 3 hunting days, 4 nights with Richard Holmes Safaris for 1 hunter:
Package price = $ 3700 = Your deposit on booking.
So, in about 2 years time, you want to go on your Safari and you start to save $ 500 per month now.
After about 8 months of saving you have saved $ 4,000 and you can pay for the hunt = $ 3,700 for the above hunt package. ( 16 months before your hunt date ). Balance left in savings = $ 300.
After another 11 months of saving = $ 5,500 + above balance 300 = $ 5,800 saved , which will be about 6 months before your hunt date, you will have the money for your Airfare approximatley $ 2000, so balance left in savings = 5,800 - 2,000 airfare = $3,800
and then saving for the next 6 months, up to when you are on SAFARI and you have saved $ 6,800 which is for :
Tips on your hunting safari ( $ 600 )
hotel / Afton Guest house in Johannesburg and dinner ( $ 120 )
preapproved gun import permit ( $ 100 )
Afton rep tips ( $ 30 )
curios and gifts on your trip ( $ 50 )
and you still have about $ 5,900 left in savings for another 4 th and 5 th trophy animal on your hunt, eg. Blesbok $ 400 and Impala $ 400, and then you have $ 5,100 left in your savings, which is enough to pay for the required half of your Taxidermy shoulder mounting bill, which you pay to the taxidermist here ( TAXIDERMY AFRICA ) for your 4 trophys = $ 2,250, then balance left in savings = $5,100 - 2,500 = $2,600.
After another 6 months of savings after your safari = $ 3,000 saved, so balance in savings = 2600 + 3000 = $ 5,600
by which time your 5 Trophys are all shoulder mounted and ready to be sent to your home and you have all the money to pay for this = the final taxidermy payment = $ 2,500. ( being the final half to taxidermist, crate, export permits) and your air freight of your crate to your country, USA/ Your customs clearing fee and transport fee of your crate to your home = $ 3,000 ) , and you have some change ( $100 ) left to have a party to celebrate the arrival of your trophys !!
Simple Summary :
Start Saving ONLY $ 500 / month about 2 years before you want to go on your South Africa hunting safari and this will cover ALL costs and you have 4 beautiful African Iconic Trophys and will have had a Great Experience and a Hunt of a Lifetime !!