Originally posted by D88
Is anyone else a little put off when Dan fills half a blog entry about having to pay an extra $3 USD? He even goes as far to claim the guy asking for the money is earning $24 USD an hour ($8 for a 20 minute tour). Is he actually getting enough visitors for 3 tours an hour?
The principle of it would be annoying, but given the amount of stress and general displeasure it seems to cause him in some situations, I thought the same thing - not worth ruining a part of the trip or putting yourself through unnecessary stress for $3, especially when it only happens occasionally. Not worth arguing with them either, they don't GAF, and will still do it to the next person regardless of the scene you make. Surely there was enough leeway built into the budget to cover some $3 payments, especially when it's well known that much of Africa is like this and anyone going there knows to expect it. It would be poor planning to not have considered it, and it looks like Dan has planned pretty well.
I thought the $24/hr comment was odd too - it's not really comparable unless that guy has a few random white tourists wandering through per hour, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. Maybe he does though, I have no idea. From the blog I get the sense that the guy would be lucky to see one person a week.
That said I'm obviously not there, so I'm just going off of what I read in the blog. Anything that stresses you out that much or ruins your day is not worth it - in Africa or not. If you're stressed or upset you aren't thinking clearly, and that doesn't seem like the place to not be at the top of your game.
Last edited by Mitsu3000gt on 04-26-2017 at 05:55 PM
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