South African Hunting Safari Information
Before you embark on your South African Hunting Safari please take note of the following information.
Recommended Clothing & Equipment
Footwear and hats are most important, particularly a pair of lightweight ankle-high boots or shoes, well broken in before the hunt. We suggest you bring a pair of tennis shoes, a soft broad-brimmed hat and one pair of buckskin or similar gloves for cool mornings (May-August). Note that olive green and darker khaki coloured cotton clothing are the best for hunting. A jacket will be needed for the cool mornings and evenings. Camouflage clothing is permitted in South Africa but prohibited in most other African countries. Laundry is normally done on a daily basis and therefore is not necessary to bring suitcases and suitcases full of clothing. We recommend you bring your own ammunition, good camera, binoculars, protective glasses and lightweight raincoat. In South Africa our concessions are situated fairly close to shopping facilities where any toiletries you forget or require can be purchased.
Firearm import/export permits
All firearms imported into South Africa must be cleared at customs when entering the country. We highly recommend that you pay a clearing agent to sort out all the paperwork involved in importing your firearms to the country to prevent long delays on arrival. Please keep this form handy when travelling on all domestic flights within South Africa, each time you enter or exit an airport you will be required to display this form. Make sure that you have proof of ownership and declare that you are exporting the rifles from your country of origin. See PHASA firearm importation procedure on www.phasa.co.za.
We pick our clients up at Johannesburg (400 km) or Durban (300 km) international airports. Please remain very alert if you make use of the porter service. The porters are easily identifiable by the official uniforms they wear. If possible, we recommend that you do not make use of this service. At this stage baggage trolleys are available free of charge and all terminals are situated very close to each other. There is no need to exit the main airport building when changing terminals.
Meal times will remain flexible and adapt to your hunting programme. Tea/coffee, toast and cereals are available before setting off for the days hunt. Normally, two cooked meals a day are prepared i.e. brunch and dinner. Refreshments Cool drinks, tea and coffee are available on request at no extra charge.
Malaria is endemic in the Zululand hunting concessions only. We recommend that anti-malaria tablets are taken when hunting in malaria areas. We suggest that you consult your doctor beforehand. Should anyone require medical attention, doctors may be “called out” to our lodge. All payments for medical services will be for the clients account. Each camp and vehicle is equipped with first aid kits. We recommend that all clients purchase travel insurance and subscribe to emergency medical evacuation.
A daily laundry service is available.
Telephone and e-mail
Wi-Fi, Telephone, fax and e-mail services are available at most camps. All calls will be for your own account.
All reasonable precautions are taken to ensure the safety of our clients and their property. No responsibility is accepted for any accidents, illness, loss or expenses arising during or after a hunt. It is not necessary whilst hunting to carry money, documents, passports and other valuables. We therefore recommend that these items be locked away in the safe provided at each camp.
Sight seeing trips
Our tour operating company can plan and arrange both daily and longer tours to various destinations in South Africa.
Gratuities / Tips Tracker and camp staff
A gratuity can be given if you are happy with the staff’s service. The recommended rate is R200+ per day for the tracker, R200+ per day for the cook. Gifts such as knives, clothing etc. may be given directly to certain staff members but we request that the client discuss the matter with your Professional Hunter to make sure that your good intentions do not offend in a country with customs we do not always understand.
It is always difficult to answer clients’ questions about the recommended tipping rate for a Professional Hunter. We would like to suggest R500-R1000 per day is a good figure to work around.