Important Information | South Africa
I would personally recommend a 300 Win Mag or similar. Each hunter is however different, so bring the caliber that you are most comfortable with. I would not recommend a smaller caliber than a 270 for the bigger plains game.
Type of Ammunition: The choice is yours. Some good examples would be Nosler Partitions, Swift A – Frames or Barnes X bullets etc,etc.
Please, remember you may not bring more than 200 rounds per rifle, and I would recommend not less than 80 rounds per caliber.
- 1 x Good camera with spare batteries and film
- 1 x Leatherman
- 1 x Binoculars
- 1 x Spotting scope (optional)
- 1 x Flashlight with batteries
- 1 x Harris Bipod (if you are accustomed and usually use one)
- 1 x Gun cleaning kit
- 1 x Ammo pouch/belt
- Thermal underwear (just in case for June, July, August months)
- 5 x Pairs Socks
- 6 x Pairs underwear
- 3 x Shirts
- 3 x Short
- 3 x Long pants
- 1 x Warm Jacket
- 2 x Light weight jackets or tops or jerseys
- 2 x Pairs good waterproof boots
- 1 x Pair cross-trainers for the evenings
- 1 x Broad rimmed hat
- 1 x Cap
- 1 x Pair gloves
- Small back pack to keep your belongings/equipment in
- Can general insect repellent
- Converter from your voltage to our currency of 220 volts
- General medication you may need
- Personal medication you have been prescribed by your doctor
- Personal toiletries
Visiting South Africa does not require a VISA, you just need a valid passport.
“All visitors require a passport, valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of the intended visit. Travelers must ensure passports contain at least one unused page. It is imperative that travellers confirm regulations with their nearest South African embassy or consulate.”
- All bookings will be confirmed in writing and by means of a contract. Should a client decide to leave camp early, full payment is still applicable for the number of days booked.
- A 50% Deposit on the safari is required to confirm your safari booking and the balance to be paid a month before arrival upon which invitation letters will be issued and emailed. This also applies for client’s coming out on a daily rate.
- Please note that we do have Credit Card Facilities now and all invoices must be settled in full before departure.
- The deposit is refundable with a 10 % admin charge, provided the safari is cancelled no later than 90 days prior to arrival and a contract has been signed. The deposit becomes non-refundable if a safari is cancelled within the 90 day period or the client has not signed his contract.
- Observer rates for the duration of the safari are also payable in full a month before arrival. Should an observer/s decide to leave early, there is no credit passed for the days they will not be with Safari Trails International.
- All payments must be made in Cash, Bank Transfer or by Credit Card.
- Extra animals, whether wounded or lost must be paid for in full at the end of the safari.
- All prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars.
- Trophy fees are subject to change without notice due to the exchange rate
- Safari Trails International will accept no responsibility for any accidents, negligence, illnesses or loss occurred to clients while on safari. We highly recommend you take out personal insurance to cover yourselves if any of these expenses do occur.
We recommend you log onto the official South African Police website www.saps.gov.za for finer details regarding the temporary import of you rifle or www.professionalhunters.co.za for advice and details. Below, we have summarized the basics:
In order to get a temporary import permit for your rifles and ammunition you will need to complete a (SAP 520) form which you can get from the above mentioned website. It is advisable to fill out this form beforehand to save time.
There are additional requirements along with the SAP 520 form, which are as follows:
- NB!!! Certified/Notarized copy of your Passport
- Copy of your airline tickets or itinerary
- NB!!! Certified/Notarized copy of Proof of ownership / license of rifle
- For USA citizens, you need to have a 4457 form stamped by your local authorities, which should be available at your nearest airport. (Please check the date on these forms, as these forms do expire)
- Proof that your firearms have been legally exported. Again, for USA citizens, the 4457 form is acceptable, and for non-USA citizens, either an official export permit or an official affidavit stating the info below from your government agency of residence.
- First and last name of person as well as passport number
- That they may temporarily export their firearms for hunting purposes to South Africa
- The details of the firearms including the serial numbers
- Amount of ammunition accompanying each caliber
- The dates of their hunting safari”
- Invitation Letter from the Hunting Outfitter which we will provide you.
- Motivation Letter from Client. A short letter to say that you will be hunting with the rifle for the duration of your stay and it will ONLY be used for the purpose of hunting under your PH’s guide.
All of this information is on the SAPS website and if you just follow the steps you should have no problem getting your firearms and ammunition into South Africa. NB!!! Do not sign the SAPS 520 form. It must be signed in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport. The form must be filled in black ink.
On the websites, you will also find the regulations on the actual rifle/s you want to bring in i.e.
- Automatic or Semi-Automatic rifles, pistols or revolvers are not allowed into South Africa.
- You may not bring out two or more of the same calibers.
- No more than 200 rounds of ammunition per person, per firearm, are permitted.
- All ammunition needs to be brought out in a lockable ammo box and transported in your checked luggage.
- You must be older than 21years to be able to obtain a Temporary Import Permit.
Professional Hunter’s Association of South Africa (PHASA) offers a service at an extra cost, and they apply for your temporary import permit beforehand so that when you arrive, it is all sorted out. For more information on this service, log onto their website, www.professionalhunters.co.za or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you decide to use this service, please note the following:
- The CFR will not accept applications handed in less than 3 weeks prior to you arriving in South Africa
- Applications for semi-automatic shotguns needs to be handed in at least 6 weeks prior to you arriving in South Africa
- No applications for these permits will be accepted without the following documents being Certified/Notarized:
- Copy of the Passport
- Copy of Proof of ownership / licence
If you wish to avoid all the legalities, we do have rifles for rental at $30,00 per day, with ammunition at cost.
What will the average shot be?
200 – 250 yards
Are there many snakes around?
You may come across a snake, but this rarely happens. During winter they are in hibernation.
What beverages are available?
Local beer and wine will be served, as well as soft drinks. If there is a specific beverage you would like, there are many stores from which you can purchase from.
What current does South Africa use?
Is there a laundry service available?
Laundry will be done regularly.
Can I use someone of my preference to dip and pack or mount my trophies?
We use an independent company to dip and pack our client’s trophies, but if you wish to use someone of your own choice it will be no problem at all.
Can I have a package made up to suit me?
This will be no problem at all.
What time will the day start?
Around 5.30am each morning.
Will there be access to the internet and a telephone?
Not at every lodge, but getting messages home can easily be arranged and telephone calls can easily be arranged.
Is camouflage allowed in South Africa?
Military camouflage is not allowed, but retail camouflage i.e. Realtree; Cabela’s etc is no problem. We don’t suggest that you travel in camouflage.
Can I claim the 15 % VAT tax back at the airport?
You may only claim the 15 % VAT back on items you purchase on your travels on presentation of the receipt.
On what is 15 % VAT tax charged?
15 % VAT tax is added on to the daily rates for the duration of the safari and any other costs incurred. The only items that VAT is not charged on, are animals.
Clients will fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) or Cape Town International Airport. You will then need a connecting flight to Port Elizabeth where we will be waiting to meet you and take you to camp.
Please make sure that when booking your flights that you have at least a 2 and a half hour layover between flights. Moving from international to domestic can take a while at times and if you have rifles, it does take longer.
“As from 1 March 2013, British Airways, Comair and Kulula Airways will no longer transport firearms. Please ask your travel agent to double check the airways regulations on firearms if you are bringing your own rifle/s out.”
- It is by law that while hunting, no alcohol may be drunk during the day, not even a light beer with lunch. You may only drink alcohol once the day’s hunting is complete and rifles are safely locked away.
- An animal is determined if it is wounded or not, if any blood is found taking a shot at an animal, make sure you are comfortable with taking the shot, as any wounded animal must be paid for in full.
- If an animal is wounded, and you are not able to back the shot up, it is your PH’s responsibility to follow up with a shot if possible to prevent the animal from getting away and suffering. This is done at your PH’s discretion and is non-negotiable.
- When driving with your rifle in front of the vehicle, the barrel must
point downwards to the floor of the vehicle and must always be unloaded.
- You may fill your rifle’s magazine with bullets at the start of each
hunting day, but may only load on your PH’s instruction.
- When driving on a public road with your rifle to hunt on other ranches, it is by law that the rifle must be transported in a gun case and all firearms must be fully unloaded. ( e.g. no bullets in the magazine)
- If you are climbing over a fence, always check and make sure your rifle is unloaded.
- While you are walking and stalking animals, the rifle must always be unloaded and pointing up in the air or pointing to the ground.
- At the end of each hunting day, rifles must be handed in for safe keeping.