Photo Safari

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Dallas, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    How many photographers here (apart from Steve Kramer) have been on an
    organised photo safari in another country?

    Reason I ask is because in a few years my father will have completed a
    houseboat he intends floating on Lake Josini, which is in Zululand, north
    of where I live.

    Whilst his primary market is to be fishing charters, it occurred to me
    that with his location being in the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe game reserves
    (two of the bigger reserves in RSA), he might also consider photographers
    interested in African wildlife as another target market.

    If you have been on such a safari, please could you share some of your
    thoughts on how it was put together, whether you enjoyed it or not, and
    also what you would expect to pay for such a safari (bear in mind that the
    houseboat would be similar to a 5 star hotel facility - only on water).

    Your input would be hugely appreciated.
    Dallas, Feb 18, 2004
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  2. Well, I googled up some safari prices, and it seems that a typical two week
    safari tour costs about $5,000 a person, and this doesn't include the air
    fare to and from Africa. This is roughly $350 a day. I would say that you
    could easily charge $500 a day, especially if you provided meals, and decent
    accommodations on a boat that was hippo and 'gator proof.......
    William Graham, Feb 19, 2004
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  3. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    William Graham said:
    Thanks William.

    Hell, that seems like a lot of money if it excludes airfare. The kind of
    package I would envisage putting together would be a one week, all
    expenses included safari adventure for photographers.

    Obviously airfares would vary, but I think it would be logical to have
    input from travel agents here who would be able to put together a deal
    from a major hub such as New York or Miami (if I was targeting North
    Americans) or London.

    US$500 is roughly equal to about R3,300 in local money (and we're on a
    high at the moment) which is an obscene amount to be charging to provide a
    bed and three meals a day. I would think that for the whole 7 days (6
    nights) I would be looking at about US$1,500 per person including meals,
    game drives and transport to and from the airport. Do you think that would
    be fair value to be offering?

    The boat will have 8 double cabins, so we could accommodate 16 guests
    easily. Geez...I might be able to retire earlier than I expected if this
    takes off!

    BTW, we ain't got no 'gators here. Only crocs. ;-)
    Dallas, Feb 19, 2004
  4. Dallas

    Peter Chant Guest

    Not that I am experianced in this sort of thing but I suppose that you
    price it to get a number of customers you are happy with provided you
    can make a living (too cheap) or can sleep at night (too expensive).

    Sounds great, never really considered going on such a holiday.
    Peter Chant, Feb 20, 2004
  5. That sounds like a real deal to me....Most of the African tours are sold by
    travel agents, who make up a package deal including the air fare from
    wherever you are to the place the tour starts at. They probably get a
    wholesale price for the tour, so they can make the difference as their
    commission. They also get a wholesale air fare price, so they can make a
    commission on that too. The people who really make out are the ones who
    happen to be there for some other reason, such as a business trip, and take
    advantage of the tour while they are there.
    William Graham, Feb 20, 2004
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