Frequently Asked Questions
We have a collection of Frequently Asked Questions below to assist you with any queries you may have.
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The Booking and Travel Process
What immunizations/medication do I need?
South Africa is a very safe country and there is NO malaria in my areas. Many of the clinics will tell you that you need to take anti-malarial treatments but it is unnecessary. There are also no other diseases that need immunization against. A tetanus shot is recommended, but should be had every 10 years regardless of where you go. You will need to bring over all your own personal medications in clearly labeled prescription bottles with your details on them. We carry a very well stocked medical kit with us, but probably do not have your specific daily meds.
Do I need a passport and visa?
All visitors to South Africa require a valid passport and validity must extend at least 6 months after your departure date from here. You will also need at least 2 blank pages in the passport for the necessary Customs stamps. No visas are needed for entry into South Africa.
Can you help with accommodations before and/or after the safari?
Your safari will usually begin in Johannesburg or collection from the next airport that you will fly into. Certain flights only get into South Africa late in the evening and there are no connecting flights until the next day. This will mean that you must overnight in Johannesburg and depart the following day. This cost id for your account and we can arrange for collection and drop-off as well as all overnight accommodations in Johannesburg. The guesthouses are all within 15 minutes of the airport and very well known to us.
Do you have liability cover and insurance?
Southafricanhunting.com has personal liability cover for any incidents over here that may require it. We do recommend however that you approach a company like Global Rescue to get limited short-term medical evacuation cover for the duration of the hunt. It is available for 30day periods and we can supply you all the information needed to join.
How do I book/schedule my safari?
Your Safari can be booked through one of our agents in the USA, by visiting us directly at the hunting shows or by means of the website and contact details available here. All reservations are conditional on the receipt of deposits or other funds as requested by us and scheduling can be done once these payments are received. Deposits will also be requested to ensure your position on a waiting list for certain species that may require permits up-front. Once confirmation of payments is received, you will be sent more detailed information regarding your safari.
All about Weapons and Permits
How do I apply for a temporary firearm import permit?
All visitors that wish to import a firearm into South Africa are going to have to fill in South African Police Service (SAPS) Form 520. This can be downloaded here or can be filled in on arrival. Instructions on filling in the form;
- Black ink must be used
- The form must be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit.
- Note that not all sections of the form are relevant to hunters and the following must be filled in. Section D – (temporary import or export permit).
- Section E – 1 – 25.4.
- Section G
- Section I (must fill in all details requested)
- Section J – (remember not to sign until in front of the police officer at the firearm office)
- Additional requirements are Passport and return air ticket. Flight details. Proof of ownership (usually US customs declaration form 4457).Invitation letter from the outfitter.
We would advise that you get the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) to apply for the temporary import permit on your behalf and save you a huge amount of time and frustration on arrival. They can be contacted at www.phasa.co.za and follow the instructions. You need to contact them at least 30 days before departure (longer is better) and they will request all documentation from you.The permit is then ready for signature on your arrival and they will meet you at the airport with it.
Please note that there are no safekeeping facilities at the airport or the police offices.
What are the best firearms and ammunitions for a South African hunt?
The best rifle to have on any South African hunt is the one that you are comfortable and competent with. Many first time hunters go out and buy a new super-deluxe-hyper-magnum and have never hunted with it and are scared of the kick etc. This is not the gun for here. The most popular calibers are 270, various 7mm’s,308, 30-06, 300 Mags and 375 H&H. any of these is a good choice and the 375 is minimum for any dangerous game. All of the rifles should be scoped, unless you are bringing a big double for a dangerous game hunt. Optics must be quality and anything between 3 and 10 power will work well.
You need to spend some time on the range as well as shooting of various rests to make sure you know your rifle before you get here. Most shots are taken between 100 and 250 yards with the exception a little more that that.
Good bullets are essential and our preference has been for the Nosler line of bullets; either the Accubond or the Partition. There are a number of specifications and allowances regarding firearms in South Africa and they are as follows.
- No more than one firearm per caliber and no more that 100 rounds per firearm.
- No ammunition for other rifle calibers
- Firearms must bear the manufacturers serial number or identification mark by which firearms can be identified. The number needs to be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel, frame or receiver of the firearm.
- Handguns are allowed into the country, but only for hunting purposes
- No fully-automatic, semi-automatic, self defense handguns or military category firearms are allowed in the country.
- A semi-automatic shotgun may be allowed for hunting if application is made at least six weeks prior to the hunt.
The South African Currency, Climate and More
What is the South African Currency and how should I make payments?
The legal tender in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). It is advisable to exchange about $200 into rands on arrival just to have some cash for smalls on hand and to keep the remainder in your local currency. Most of the shops, restaurants and pubs accept all major credit cards and this will give you the exchange rate on the day.
All safari payments can be made by wire transfer as per our instructions and any remaining bills can be settled by card or cash (preferable) The major part of the hunt will have been paid before your arrival in the country.
How much is VAT and how does it affect me while in South Africa?
There is VAT payable on all goods and services in South Africa and currently it is 14%. Note that you may claim VAT back at the airport on your departure as long as you have the goods purchased on hand to show the VAT refund office. They are to be found at the departure section of Johannesburg International Airport. VAT is not payable on any trophies that are destined for export, however, should you not export a certain animal or take some extra management animals, you will be liable for the VAT on those.
How safe is the water to drink?
We are blessed to have very good water on all the hunting areas we utilize. The water from the taps is good to drink, but we always have a plentiful supply of bottled water in the camps, by the beds and on the hunting vehicles
What voltage does South Africa use and what will I need?
South Africa and all it’s neighboring countries use 220 -240 volt power. Your phone chargers, camera chargers and computers will have built in transformers and you will only need an adapter for our plug points. We can supply these at the lodges. Please do dot bring any hairdryers or heating tongs for hair as these use a lot of power and will burn out the transformers used. We supply hair dryers in the rooms if needed.
What climate should I expect?
Most of the hunting will be conducted in our Fall, Winter and early Spring. The temperatures will vary from around 50 degrees to low 80degrees in the fall and spring and cooler in the winter. Most winter mornings will have frost and then get up to the upper 60’s and low 70’s.This is also our dry season, but there have been cases of wet weather during hunts
Your Stay with South African Hunting
What does ‘2 on 1’ and ‘1 on 1’ mean in terms of my hunt?
Two on one means two hunters and one Professional hunter and vehicle. One on one means there is one PH for one hunter. The two on one cost is usually lower as the hunters are sharing a Professional hunter.
Will Cellular/Wi-Fi services be available to me?
Most international cell phones will work on our GSM multi band cell networks as long as the owner has correctly informed his service provider at home where he is headed. Should the phone not work, there is always the option of renting a phone at the Johannesburg airport for your stay. The two best options are MTN and Vodacom and they have shops nearby arrivals. These phones can be rented with your credit card and current charges are around $4 per day for rental and $1.50 per minute for call time. Another option is to use a satellite phone which will work all over but must be brought from home.
There is Wi-Fi available at most of the lodges and you are welcome to use this for staying in contact. A satellite Wi-Fi connection option is now also available in the USA and works really well over here.
What terrain types and vegetation will the hunts take place in?
The hunts are conducted on all types of terrain and all vegetation types. The areas hunted will depend on the species you are looking for. For most of our plains game species we will hunt in fairly open savannah or rolling bushy hills. Vegetation is dry and mostly leafless in winter.Some of the mountainous species will be more challenging as they live in specific locations high up, but for the most the terrain is fairly easily accessible to most hunters. There is more than enough challenge for all hunters wanting to get out and walk as we are hunting large areas (up to 120 000 acres) for the game sought. The vegetation will vary from thick coastal forest to open semi-desert type Karoo and you will get to experience all of this over here.
Does South African Hunting supply a taxidermist?
For the past 15 years I have been using Splitting Image Taxidermy for all clients work. This includes Dip and pack as well as full taxidermy in South Africa. They are a very professional group that looks after the hunters all the way. Good news is that they have just opened shop in the USA and can now offer to send your trophies over and then mount and hang them in the USA for you. Price lists are available on request.
What is included in my package with South African Hunting?
- All Meals
- All beverages (alcohol in moderation)
- Accommodations with all towels and bedding
- Daily laundry service
- Return transfer to the nearest airport
- A fully qualified Professional hunter with his Skinner/tracker and a full complement of camp staff
- Field preparation, tagging and delivery to the taxidermist of all trophies
- All licenses and permits for the hunt (excluding CITES)
What is excluded in my package with South African Hunting?
- Airfares to and from your hunting destination
- Any accommodations before and after your hunt.
- Trophy fees for animals taken or wounded and lost.
- VAT (14% on daily rates and any animals not exported)
- Any taxidermy costs after delivery of your trophies
What are the trophy fees?
These fees are levied per animal taken on the hunt and a list is available to look over. Each specie has its own price and these are payable should you take the animal or in the unlikely event that you wound and lose it. There is no VAT payable on any trophies that are exported but you will be liable for the VAT if you do not want to ship the trophy out or have lost it.
What clothing should I pack?
We have a daily laundry service, so you can cut down on the clothing needed for the trip. Camouflage clothing is legal in South Africa but it is recommended that you bring the “sticks and leaves” styles rather than military patterns. It is also widely used by local South Africans including the Professional Hunters.
Should you choose not to wear camouflage then clothing in darker neutral colors is recommended. Olive drab, green, brown or dark khaki.(light khaki looks white in the sunlight and not recommended)
You will need a good comfortable pair of hunting boots or shoes with a set of spare laces and 4 pairs of suitable socks. 3 changes of hunting gear will be adequate for your safari. You must also bring a light jacket, a pair of gloves and some light rain gear. Most hunting is in the dry season, but wet weather may occur. Also remember a hat or cap, camp shoes for after the hunt, casual clothing for use before and after the safari, belt, underwear and any other clothing you may specifically need.
Please visit our Packing List page for a downloadable and printable version of our recommendations.
Do you offer Package Hunts?
These hunts are usually a combination of daily rates and trophy fees for specifically listed animals. This is a popular way for many hunters to enjoy South Africa’s hunting. If you do not collect all the animals on your package we will refund or credit 50% of that specific trophy fee to you unless you have had one or more opportunities at that specific specie and either missed or for some reason refused to take the animal recommended by your PH.
You may also add any other species to your package and they will be paid for as per the trophy fees list. We allow the children or spouse to shoot some of the trophies in a package as long as they are hunting together with the purchaser and not separately. Note that VAT of 14% is payable on all packages at the current one on one daily rate.
How does tipping work and is it compulsory?
There are a number of things to consider when reading this part. Firstly, a tip or gratuity is not compulsory (but always greatly appreciated)and one should never feel pressured to pay it. There are a number of staff that have an influence on your hunt and they are as follows: your Professional Hunter (who may also be the Outfitter), Tracker and skinner, cook and camp staff.
Typical tips for the above staff per day are usually $50 - $100 for PH, $10-$20 for the tracker/skinner, $10 for the cook and $20 to share between the rest of the camp staff. The amounts may vary and you may want to leave more due to a very high level of satisfaction with your hunt. These tips will usually be about double on a Dangerous game safari.
If you are on a group hunt with multiple hunters and Professional hunters etc, then consider pooling all the gratuities and splitting then evenly among the guides. Another thing to look t is paying the camp staff and the rest personally. Your outfitter can give you envelope that you can give to each member of the staff.