Planning an African Big game Hunting trip?
Here is what you need to know…
What do I need to enter South Africa?
All visitors will need a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date. Make sure you have at least two blank pages in your passport for visa stamps. Citizens from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK do not need a visa.
Make a copy of your passport and place it in a bag that is separate from your passport. It is much easier to obtain a new passport if you have a copy of your passport. If you lose your passport contact your embassy immediately.
How do I get to South Africa?
We recommend a visit to your local travel agent. Make sure you use a travel agent that is experienced in travelling to Africa. From the US we recommend South African Airways who operate direct flights from Chicago, Washington and New York to O.R. Thambo International Airport, (formerly Johannesburg International Airport). From there you simply take a connecting flight to Polokwane International Airport, your pick up point for Adrenalin Hunting Safaris. You will have to plan your trip well in advance as flights can be quite crowded during the South African big game hunting season. For all other countries, most major international airports have direct flights to Johannesburg.
Climate of South Africa.
Like most of South Africa, the Limpopo Province experiences summer rainfall (end of October to end of March). The dry season lasts from April to September. During South African winters, the day time temperature will reach a high of about 20 degrees Celsius ( 68 ºF ) and summer temperatures will reach the upper 30 degrees Celsius ( around 100 ºF ). Nights can be very cool in winter and the summer evenings in the high 20’s Celsius (around 82.5 ºF ). Should you be planning a South African hunting safari or a holiday, we recommend that you pack for hot and cold weather.
Personal items you should bring along.
- Camera and memory cards
- Eyeglasses, Sunglasses and Contact lenses.
- Personal toiletries
- Lip balm with sunscreen protection
- Sunscreen with a high protection factor.
- Any medical prescriptions and allergy medicine.
- Band aids and mole skin.
- Insect repellent
- Diary and writing pen
- Flashlight and batteries
- 220 to 110 converter and adaptor plug
- Pocket knife and scissors (DO NOT pack these in hand luggage)
- Video camera with all the required accessories ( especially if you are bow hunting)
- Small sewing kit with extra buttons
- Boots ( preferably run in and not new ones)
- Comfortable evening shoes
- Khaki, camouflage or olive clothing
- Shorts and lose fitted long cotton pants.
- “T” shirts and short and long sleeve cotton shirts.
- Warm clothing for night time
- Warm jacket
- Light windbreaker
- Sunhat or cap
Please note that you do not have to bring clothes for every day of your safari as a daily laundry service is available.
Your Guns and ammunition
Don’t purchase a new firearm, but rather use ones you are familiar with. If possible, bring only two guns. One for plains game (270, 308, 30-06 or 300 magnum) these are guns used most frequently for plains game. If you don’t have any guns of your own, these can be hired from Adrenalin Hunting Safaris. Ideally your second gun will be a bigger calibre for all your dangerous game hunting. The minimum calibre of .375 is required.
Please ensure that the rifles and ammunition that you bring along are accompanied by your licence/s or proof of ownership. Our recommendation for ammunition is about 40 to 60 rounds of ammunition. The best recommendation bullets that you can use are:
- Barnes X
- Swift A Frame and
- Nosler Partition bullets.
We recommend you shoot a 150 – 180 grain bullet. For dangerous game 220- 500 grain bullets are recommended depending on the type of game to be hunted.
Make sure your rifle shoots consistently and accurately with the ammunition you are using. Also ensure that you shoot off the bench as well. Remember hunting in Africa is not on a shooting range, so keep it as natural as possible. Shoot from a kneeling position or even a standing position. It is important to practice a few shots before you come on safari. We do have shooting sticks that we use in the field, so your shot is more stable when you hunt.
When hunting in Africa you must be able to shoot in any condition. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your gun. Remember the biggest challenge is to get your scope on the target and getting the shot off. The best way to help yourself is to ensure that your rifle fits well, your rifle is shooting accurately and you have learnt to shoot very quickly after the crosshairs are in place.
The legal steps of importing and exporting your gun.
Visit your US customs office and fill out a customs form 4457 before you depart for your hunting trip. The US customs service has offices at all the major US international airports. Check your government website to establish the telephone number of the nearest customs office.
It is important that your gun is packed in a crash resistant plastic or metal case that can be securely locked. On the day of departure, be sure to get to the airport early enough to have your gun inspected by the TSA before it is placed on the airplane.
On arrival in South Africa, after passing through passport control you will pick up your checked bag. Proceed to the airline help desk in the luggage area and inform them you have a firearm as checked baggage. You must then head to the South African Police Service (SAPS) firearm control office and register your firearm with the SAPS using the SAPS form 520. Once you have completed the form to their satisfaction, they will issue you with a temporary import permit. Be sure to keep this permit in a safe place. Remember if you bring a firearm in with you it needs to go back with you. If you book your hunt with us, we will provide you with more details on what is required.
Other useful information.
If you have a medical condition the following information will be relevant.
Bring along an extra prescription should you need to refill it South Africa for whatever reason.
South Africa has excellent medical facilities and world class medical care. These facilities are all within a reasonable drive from Adrenalin Hunting Safaris.
Although no immunization is required to enter South Africa, a tetanus booster and Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) . We recommend you browse the CDC web site to learn more about health issues in South Africa.
In order to ensure that you are not financially disadvantaged in any way should something go awry, it is recommended that you purchase the following before you leave on your trip:
Travel insurance and
Medical evacuation insurance
The best firearm insurance for your money is with Sportsman’s Insurance Agency. We highly recommend that at the very least, you insure your rifle for the hunting trip and purchase medical evacuation insurance which can be purchased from:
Internet and phone service
If you have a GSM enabled US cell phone, you can make international calls only. Please ensure that that the international call feature is turned on before you leave the USA. This must be arranged with your cell phone provider. Once you have enabled international calling, you will be able to make calls in most areas in the country.
Another – albeit more expensive – option would be a satellite phone. If you require one of these services, please advise us prior to your arrival and we will connect you with a South African service provider.
Due to the remoteness of our location, we have limited internet and wireless facilities at this stage, however your family members and business partners can reach you through our offices in the event of an emergency.
A deposit of 40% is payable to ensure a booking. This can be done by electronic transfer. The balance of the safari is payable by cash, internet transfer or travellers checks. We regret that we cannot accept personal cheques.