The standard procedure of most African safari operators is to publish a daily rate and animal price list for that season. At Custom Safaris we do it differently, because the cost basis varies from safari to safari. Dependant on the client’s wish list of trophies, we use different concessions that charge differing prices for accommodation and animals. Dependant on the client’s choice of topography, the traveling distances vary. True to our specialty of customizing each safari individually, we would therefore firstly establish the area, itinerary and trophy wish list before quoting the client.
Firstly we add up all input costs to execute the total safari (food stuffs, accommodation, travel, admission fees, permits, tips etc.) Then we ad our profit margin and end up with a total fee to be quoted for the whole safari, exclusive of animals taken. By the time we have reached this advanced stage of certainty about area, we are also in a position to quote the client a fixed price list for animals applicable to that specific safari.
For the above reasons, quotes for daily fees and for animals hunted will vary from safari A to safari B even in one season. The pricing of each safari is unique to that safari.
The total quoted price excludes animals hunted or wounded, taxidermy costs like dip & pack & ship, tanning and wall mounts, international airfare, personal items, medical costs, souvenirs etc.
The total quoted price includes all local transport, accommodation, meals and beverages, permits and licenses, field preparation of trophies, and tips for camp staff and PHs (we tip them on your behalf). There are no hidden extras. The idea is to avoid frequently putting the client under pressure to have to make decisions on expenses while he is supposed to be on holiday.
Custom Safaris carries the risk of variances in exchange rate. We quote the client a price in his own currency, valid for the hunting season at stake.
Specials: It sometimes happens that culling operations, problem animal control and end-of-season specials enable us to pass some financial benefits on to our clients. These occurrences are however subjected to short term notifications and cannot be planned a year ahead. Repeat-clients with whom we have already established a relationship, would then be contacted and offered cost-effective safaris at short notice.