On a recent Safari trip to Tanzania I was set up near the base of a Tree waiting for a Leopard to come down, been there 2 hours.
2 Car loads of People came by, spent 5 minutes taking mostly Photos of my Rig & asking if I was a Pro Photographer (I had the 200-400 & 600 set up), then drove on (they seemed confused that the Guy with all the gear, Me, was no one, the guy with the D3 & 80-400 all beaten up, was Greg DeToit, who just won Wildlife Photographer of the Year & so very definitely a consummate Pro), every single person in each of the 2 vehicles (I think around 10 People total) was taking Images with either an iPad or a Phone, not a dslr in the bunch.
Considering each person must have paid in excess of 20k to get to this spot, I was gob smacked to think none of these people thought the cost of an dslr was important enough to outlay on to get the possibility of quality Images.
Strangely enough, this isn't unusual to see, most people do these trips just to be here, a few memento Images for the Kids & Grand Kids seems to be just fine. As a Keen Photographer I can't quite get it, but they outnumber me, so maybe I'm the one that's out of sync, at least I have Greg for Company, neither of us could quite work it all out.
I'm not surprised at all. People in general, do not have an artistic eye, or an appreciation for what photography is. And let's face it, it cost a lot to go on safari, so it's a lot of people who think of photographers as in the same class as the waiters back at their hotel. You're just another working class grunt to them. What's funny is you, eml58, are also kind of one of them (a wealthy traveler)! And trust me, you don't want to see what happens to $15k worth of photographic equipment in the hands of someone who doesn't appreciate its value. I've seen it first hand, and heard the clanking of tripod against tripod, lens against lens, as they were all piled into a heap in the back of an SUV, like they were dirty garden shovels! I cringe typing about it!!