Climate: South Africa’s climate is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are cool to mild, although snowfalls in the mountain ranges and sub-zero temperatures are not uncommon. October to March can be warm to extremely hot (up to 40ºC in areas such as the Northern Cape ).
Hunting areas: Hunting takes place in all Natal, Orange Free State , Eastern Cape and Northern Province, in either governmental conservation areas or large privately owned ranches and reserves, depending on the required species. Clients are accommodated in serviced luxury camps or lodges that provide all meals and a laundry service.
Hunting Season: The hunting season in South Africa is open all year round but hunting of certain species are restricted in certain provinces during the course of the year.
Health and safety: Fully equipped medical kits and telephone or radio communication are available in case of an emergency. Some areas in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo are high-risk malaria areas – consult your doctor or travel clinic and take the necessary precautions. Always carry your travel documents, travellers’ cheques and cash on your person or ask the outfitter to keep it in safe custody.
Travelling, accommodation and meals: Please make provision for all accommodation and travel expenses before and after your safari. Upon your arrival in South Africa , you will be welcomed by our staff at the nearest port of entry to the hunting area and transported to the camp/lodge by either air charter or ground transport. Depending on the required species and hunting areas, you will be based in a serviced lodge or tented camp. Linen and basic toiletries are provided. All meals, drinks and a laundry service are provided.
Customs, visas and insurance: Customs clearance is operative at your port of entry into South Africa . The Republic of South Africa requires a passport valid at least 6 months beyond your departure date and depending on your country of origin, a visa. Insurance for personal effects, luggage and trip cancellation as well as medical casavac is strongly recommended.
Documentation: Certain species require permits, which must accompany the hunting party.
Currency & Spending money: The local currency is the South African Rand. Cash is preferred. It is customary to tip staff in recognition of good service. The government levies 14% Value Added Tax on all non-export items, i.e. charters, accommodation, car hire, etc.
Arms and ammunition: An import/export permit is required for South Africa (SAP311 form), which is obtainable from the South African Police at customs at your port of entry. Assistance with permits is available at a nominal fee. Any firearm, including handguns and semi automatic rifle and unlimited ammunition may be imported/exported into South Africa .
Packing list: The following is recommended
- Lightweight cottons and linens in natural coloured clothing (laundry service daily);
- Comfortable walking shoes, natural fibre socks;
- Long trousers, a tracksuit or sweater and warm weather resistant jacket;
- Hat, sunglasses
- Binoculars, camera, flash, film
- Step-down converter (220 – 110 volt)
- Anti-malaria medication (if applicable), prescription drugs, personal toiletries, sun-block
- Ammo belt
- Trophy Tags
Packing, dipping and shipping of trophies: An import and export CITES permit for Appendix I and an export CITES permit for Appendix II animals are required for each shipment. Field preparation of trophies are done in camp and transported to a shipping agent designated by the outfitter.Clients will be put in touch with the shipping agent to discuss their requirements and arrange for the payment of services. Clients should have sufficient trophy tags and full shipping instructions handy and should make sure that their skinning instructions are clearly recorded in the outfitter’s hunting register.
Electricity: 220/240 volts AC – three pin round plugs are used. Some remote camps make use of generated or 12 volt battery power.
Time: GMT +2