Great guy, excellent PH, wonderful family. Access to numerous concessions in close proximity, thus able to offer a full range of Eastern Cape species without undue travel. Superb outfit, excellent value!
Why South Africa
Diversity of animals
South Africa boasts an incredible diversity of game animals, from the Big Five to plains game
Most affordable hunts
South African hunts are among the most affordable on the African continent, and are some of the best values in the hunting world
Organized safari industry
South Africa has a large and highly organized safari industry, with outfitters in nearly every part of the country
About hunting in South Africa
An African safari is a dream adventure that in many cases comes along only once or twice in a lifetime. South Africa is one of the premier destinations for the first time safari hunter or the seasoned safari veteran. South Africa has an unrivaled diversity of species — more than 45 major plains game species and all of the Big Five may be hunted here. A large variety of game birds, some presenting very challenging shooting, are on licence with generous bag limits. South Africa has so much to offer and every foreign hunter, regardless of their specific requirements or preferences, will find a suitable hunting destination in our country to meet their needs. The Professional Hunter Association of South Africa (PHASA) takes pride in having some of the finest African outfitters and professional hunters as their members, outfitters and professional hunters who are, in most cases, the most active in the South African industry. Formed in 1978, PHASA supports the conservation and ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources, for the benefit of current and future generations, through the promotion of ethical hunting. PHASA members willingly adhere and subscribe to their strict Code of Conduct and are subject to PHASA's disciplinary oversight process. Each membership application is carefully scrutinized. Applicants with a known and recorded history of unethical behavior are denied PHASA membership. An increasing number of international clubs and shows recognise and promote the importance and value of booking with PHASA members when hunting in South Africa. For this reason PHASA members only are allowed to market South African hunts at the premier overseas shows. For the same reason, BookYourHunt only allows PHASA members to offer hunts in South Africa.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
Visas and Documentation
Travelers from the USA and most European and British Commonwealth countries are not required to have a visa to enter South Africa. Find out the visa requirements for your country here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries.
Special requirements apply for children under the age of eighteen who are traveling to South Africa. Minors are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry. When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent.
Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but malaria is present in a few areas, including northeastern KwaZulu-Natal Province as far south as the Tugela River, Limpopo (Northern) Province, and Mpumalanga Province. It is also present in Kruger National Park. If you will be hunting in or traveling to those areas, malaria prophylaxis is recommended.
South Africa has strict rules for hunters bringing firearms into the country. Visitors who are hunting or participating in a shooting event must acquire a Temporary Import Permit. These can be obtained on arrival at the airport at the SA Police Firearm Office situated after immigration. There are also a number of commercial services that can secure your permit in advance for a fee, including the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa; for their service, click here: http://www.phasa.co.za/legislation/firearms/firearms-import-permits/pre-issued-permits.html.
To be issued a permit, you will need to show proof of ownership of your firearm(s) (for American hunters, a U.S. Customs Form 4457 is sufficient), as well as an invitation letter signed by your outfitter proving that you have booked a hunt in South Africa.
Each hunter is allowed to bring up to four firearms, but no two may be of the same caliber. Ammunition is limited to 200 rounds per firearm. It is advisable to pack your ammunition in a hard-sided, lockable case, as sometimes airlines will require you to check your ammunition separately.
Most hunters arriving from outside of South Africa arrive in Johannesburg. Here, all declared or identified firearms may be collected directly from the firearm office just after immigration. Any firearms either not declared upon departure, or not identified by an appropriate label will be delivered to the normal baggage carousel for collection. Once you have collected your baggage, proceed to the SA Police Firearm Office, where all necessary import permits and other documentation will be finalized. This process can be quite time-consuming, especially if many other hunters have arrived on the flight with you, so if you have a connecting flight it is advisable to allow at least three hours in between.
If you have a domestic connecting flight, you must clear firearms and ammunition at the SA Police Firearm Office in your arrival airport before proceeding through customs. You will need to present your Temporary Import Permit to board your domestic flight. It’s important to note that firearms are accepted on domestic flights only to certain airports within South Africa; check with your outfitter or the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (www.phasa.co.za) to ensure you will be able to check your firearm to your destination.
Most hunts in South Africa are spot-and-stalk or safari style, with the hunters covering ground either on foot or by vehicle and, once an animal is spotted, completing a stalk on foot. Terrain varies dramatically from relatively flat savanna to rugged mountains, depending on the region of the country you’re hunting. Some safaris can require extensive walking; others require very little, so it’s a good idea to ask the professional hunter.
Clothing and Gear
Dark green or brown clothing is best, as are comfortable, well-broken-in boots with soft soles for quiet stalking. You’ll only need a couple of changes of clothing as laundry is done daily at most camps. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, good optics, and a jacket for cool mornings and evenings. In some areas pepper ticks are a problem, so tick repellent is a good idea.
Most professional hunters recommend rifles in the .300-caliber family for plains game and .375 for dangerous game, but the most important thing is to bring a rifle you are familiar with and can shoot well.
After the hunt
Tips are appreciated at most safari camps in South Africa; in addition to the professional hunter, tracker(s), driver, and skinner(s), there are usually staff members at camp who handle cooking and cleaning and other chores and help to make a hunter’s stay pleasant. The professional hunter or outfitter can advise the hunter how much is appropriate to tip each staff member.
Typically, animals are skinned at the safari headquarters and all skins are cleaned and salted; skulls and horns are cleaned and buried in salt. After a couple of days, the skins are hung to dry, cleaned once more, and folded and stored in a skinning shed. Skulls will be cleaned and placed on a rack. Before leaving camp, it’s a good idea to ensure the skulls and skins are properly tagged with the hunter’s name and contact information.
Once the hunter departs, or sometimes at the end of the season, trophies will be taken to a taxidermist for professional cleaning and dipping, which is required for export. The taxidermist then contacts the hunter for instructions regarding preparation and shipment, and to arrange payment for these services. The taxidermist then contacts a shipping agent, who will handle the permits and shipping to the hunter’s home country, again after contacting the hunter. Hunters should check the latest regulations in order to make arrangements in advance if they are hunting species that require CITES permits or special export or import permits from the hunter’s home country. Many export and import requirements for these species have undergone dramatic changes in the past couple of years.
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Charlie United States 10.0 of 10
Third Safari with Pawprint
Outfitter: Pawprint Safaris
Organization and dedication to the Hunter is outstanding! The value of the hunting experience vs the cost is very high. You get far more than what you are paying for. I have taken a 16.5 inch bushbuck to a 40 pound class elephant with Pawprint and would recommend them to anyone. That's why I have completed three safaris with Pieter Erasmus and his team.
That I had to leave South Africa and go home!
Anonymous review United States 10.0 of 10
Great hunt in the Eastern Cape
Outfitter: Safari Trails International
Russ is an honest, hard working outfitter that does his best to make the hunt successful. He has access to plenty of properties that allow him to hunt everything available in the Eastern Cape. I'm looking forward to hunting with Russ again on his Mozambique concession.
International airline travel always getting more complicated.
Chad South Africa 10.0 of 10
What an EPIC trip!!! Everyone at Stanley Pieterse Safaris made it the trip of a lifetime!!
Outfitter: Stanley Pieterse Safaris
Complete comfort, Safe, Secure, Incredible amount of animals! More than all the animals and hunting experiences we were able to build friendships with great people who made us feel right at home!
Chris United States 10.0 of 10
Outstanding outfitter who can cater to hunters of all abilities - with superior trophies from a duiker to a cape buffalo
Outfitter: John X Safaris
I booked with John X Safaris as a total novice. What I liked is that they made the time for a quality hunt and a total safari experience. My wife had never hunted or shot a gun, and they created a very special safari experience that had her back collecting 7 trophies. A great outfitter is known by their repeat clients ... I'm going back for my 7th safari and a dream hunt for a cape buffalo. There is none better who can cover the range of species with such quality trophies, and an amazing safari experience that will last many life times.
Very little not to like about such quality and consistency!
Gene Canada 9.3 of 10
Outfitter: African Echo
Fantastic hunting, hard, uncomfortable but wild. Mr. Conradie is a PH that has a passion for his work.
The company EMAIC who handle the shipping of my trophy's which I have yet to receive. What a bunch of bandits! They do the hunting industry a disservice with their arrogance and outrageous fees. They had my trophy for 6 months before they advised me it would be another 6 months to it get to their facility in South Africa and then it had to be sent to Canada for Mounting. Absolute clowns to deal with.
John Ed United States 10.0 of 10
Zambia's Best Value Safari
Outfitter: Balla-Balla Safaris
Highly detailed, personal service from the time we arrived to the moment we left. The outfitter met every need of our schedule and transportation needs. Very good game populations, traditional hunting, walking and stalking. The PH was very patient with my wife and got her onto a nice old Cape Buffalo Bull. My family and I had the entire camp to ourselves which was an added bonus. After much research I chose Balla Balla for my Zambian Safari as it represented the best value and quality.
I wish we would have stayed longer, one week was not enough time but that was my choice. I'll definitely go back!
Barry United States 10.0 of 10
Amazing hunting experience
Outfitter: African Echo
My PH, Glaeser with African Echo, is extremely detail oriented and I have always felt comfortable that proper preparations have been made for a successful trip. He is also highly motivated to provide an experience that exceeds your expectations. He is also very patient and will work tirelessly make accommodations and easy frustrations while always keeping a cheerful and professional attitude.
Nothing comes to mind as a negitive about our hunting or time spent together. My only disappointment has been having to return to the real world at the end of the safari.
Dic United States 10.0 of 10
i have hunted with Ernest and Spear Safaris 6 times. Everything from plains game to the Big 5. Every time the experience has been great. Accomadations were more than expected and the trophies taken are proudly displayed in my trophy room. I'm highly recommend Spear Safaris if it's going to be your first trip to Africa or if you've been their 10 times
Outfitter: Spear Safaris
Everything was GREAT- ( the PH, the food, the the hunting camps, the staff)
Their was nothing that I didn't like- That's why I've been back 6 times and going back in 2017
Jerry United States 10.0 of 10
Eric Visser treats you with utmost professional integrity, treats you like family and helps make a hunter' dreams come true!
Outfitter: Quagga Safaris
Eric Visser's organization is top knotch...from his camp staff to the professional hunters. The camp life is outstanding, the hunting is outstanding, the touring is outstanding. This team takes care of your every need while you are on your African vacation.
Carl United States 9.3 of 10
Ten and counting.
Outfitter: Spear Safaris
Spear Safari, ten safaris in four different African countries in 13 years. I've taken my Big Five, put four animals in top ten crossbow and our last safari to Burkina Faso will yield a top ten trophy.
There us nothing to not like. They go the extra mile to please their clients.
darrack United States 10.0 of 10
Kingsview Safaris best decision we could have made
Outfitter: Kingsview Safaris
We took a big chance going with an Outfit we knew was in its first year, but we were beyond satisfied. Jono made us feel very comfortable as he was prompt and always ready to answer anything on all our back and forth emails. He was very honest about every thing and went out of his way to assist in every detail of the hunt and getting there. We stayed in first Class lodging, his PH was extremely knowledgeable and great to be around, This made my wife and myself much more comfortable, which in turn made me a much better shot. Jono and Justine went above and beyond in every aspect to make sure our safaris was perfect and went off without a single glich. They even hid flowers from us and for a few days to create a buquet for my wife, it was a surprise for our first anniversary. It was a great gesture. The animals we harvested were all true trophy quality, mature animals, including 2 that would make Roland Ward. All the properties we hunted were large and exceptionally beautiful with great animals. It's hard to believe we could have had a bether time any where else. Jono and Justine are wonderful people with a honest and caring approach to safaris. It always felt lile they were there for us and they worked hard to make sure everything was perfect. Do your self a favor and contact them if you are considering going to africa. You will not be disappointed.
Leaving was hard.
Travis Canada 10.0 of 10
Outfitter: Sadaka Safaris
Absolutely amazing experience!! I honestly can't say enough about every second of the experience at Sadaka Safaris! Ewert is the most honest and Professional person I have met!! I can't say enough how well we were treated by Ewert and his family and staff!! I truly had the time of my life!! Beautiful experience in every way!!!
Truman United States 10.0 of 10
Outstanding outfitter. I have hunted on three different occasions with him. I have also taken my two sons on one time. I am planning on one more trip.
Outfitter: Sadaka Safaris
You are not with a large group. One hunt only myself and two sons. Another hunt only one other hunter. Last hunt only myself.
Every thing was exceptional.
Jeff United States 9.3 of 10
Outfitter: Richard Holmes Safaris
Quality of game was good and we able to get every animal on our list. PH was a great guy and knew where the animals were. Food was served Home style and was very good.
Terrain was fairly open. This is not a hunt for Archers.
Dan Canada 10.0 of 10
Outfitter: Sadaka Safaris
The experience as a whole was like no other. The accommodations where excellent , the meals were fantastic , the people were superb ,the hunting was impeccable , the overall package was well put together and also very family oriented , cant say enough.
must say this would be 3 trips, and one was a three weeks, I can not find anything bad to say, highly recommend this to any hunter or photographer who wants to have a trip of a life time.
Chuck United States 10.0 of 10
BEST & Most enjoyable Hunting Trip
Outfitter: Afrika Barrel and Bow Safaris
I would like to recommend Marco Du Plessis and Afrika Barrel and Bow Safaris to anyone who is planning a trip to Africa. I have hunted with many Outfitters in North America, (US, Alaska and Canada) along with several in Africa on multiple trips....and Marco is by far 'One of the Best'. He is very knowledgeable about the various Game Animals ; provides a very friendly and comfortable Hunting environment; maintans very high integrity and Professionalism; made my wife and I feel very welcomed; and was a true Gentleman. Marco was able to guide me on my Hunts for Nyala, Kudu, Waterbuck and Zebra. He has access to some of the most Beautiful Country that Africa has to offer. His wife, Franciska provided food that approaches that of high end Restaurants. They both are 1st Class and I plan to return some day. We arrived at their Camp as Clients...but left as Friends.
Hadrian Austria 10.0 of 10
Excellent hunting with an excellent outfitter
Outfitter: Karoo Wild Safaris
Victor and his team did everything for an unforgetable hunting trip to South Afrika. The high density of different species was great. The camp offered everything we needed and we would recommend Karoo Wild Safaris to everyone.
Bob United States 10.0 of 10
This was my 3rd Safari with Toby of Born to Hunt Safaris and because I've hunted with him 3 times should tell yo I was very satisfied.
Outfitter: Born to Hunt Safaris
His ability to put me on game I was seeking. Bush Pig, Caracel, Blue Duiker, Serval Cat, Vaal Rhebok, Cape Bushbuck, Damarra Dik Dik and Auodad. These were all the animals I wanted that I hadn't taken before.
Dana United States 10.0 of 10
Quality in every aspect
Outfitter: Quagga Safaris
The entire Quagga Safaris team is totally committed to providing you with the best safari hunting experience possible, from the quality of animals and hunting experience to every detail in lodging and dining. Truly an experience of a lifetime that you will want to do again and again!
I wish I could've stayed longer!
Robby United States 10.0 of 10
First Class - 5 Start Hunting Camp - World Class Trophies - Top Notch PH's & Staff - Phenominal Chef & Food
Outfitter: Quagga Safaris
Erik Visser has built a World Class establishment and has amazing people that work for him, along with World Class trophies. I will be going on my 5th Safari with them this year and wouldn't think of ever going with any other outfitter. Erik, Marlette, Eon, Natasha, and ET are not only consider my best friends, they are family to me and my family.
Having to leave and having to wait to go on the next safari with them.
Mike United States 10.0 of 10
My experience with Sadaka Safaris
Outfitter: Sadaka Safaris
Welcomed into the lives of the guides and staff. Very down to earth and honest. Secure setting, living alongside the staff and their families. Ewert Vorster helps with the planning of the entire trip, from A to Z. Very in-depth, comprehensive attention to the smallest of details.
Nándor Ferenc Hungary 9.3 of 10
16 years - 11 safaris all over South Africa
Outfitter: CJ Safaris
Every time fullfilled all wish. I searched many times rare species, and never came home without the trophies of my dreams. We shoot together 47 species, many "record book" game.
He is endure, steadfaster than me.
Kent United States 10.0 of 10
Kingsview Safari Exceeds Expectations
Outfitter: Kingsview Safaris
My PH would not let me shot an average animal. If it was not to the standards that would go on his wall he would tell me to wait we could do better. I shot 9 trophy animals in 7 days of hunting. I have hunted the States and Canada and never had an outfitter take such good care of me.
The only thing I would change about my experience would be to schedule more days.
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Daggaboy 6 days /4 Species Package South Africa
Come and join us on this hunting expedition of a lifetime! You will find yourself in a beautiful landscape surrounded by the animals of your dreams. The package includes 4 species (1x Blue wildebeest, 1x Common blesbuck, 1x Gemsbuck and 1x Impala) for 5 hunting days for 2 hunters. Unless properly discussed with outfitter animals can not be substituted. Any extra animals taken outside of package will be charged as on normal price list. Extra days can be added to packages as per price list. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 6 days
Trip available on: 1 February 2017 30 November 2017
South African Plains Game Hunt 1x1 South Africa
Take an exciting trip to South Africa and enjoy your hunting with us by choosing the number of guests and animals of your liking! Any game will be guided by a professional hunter.
Trip duration: 5 - 21 days
Trip available on: 1 April 2017 30 November 2017
6 day/5 night KwaZulu Natal Package 1x1 South Africa
A hunting expedition in Southern Africa is something every hunter should do at least once, during his or her lifetime. With its excellent infrastructure and vast availability of wild game species, South Africa offers the perfect setting to fulfill the hunter’s African dream. This offer is for 6 days / 5 nights for 4 African Plains game species such as 1x Blue wildebeest, 1x Kudu, 1x Impala, 1x Warthog on one by one.
Trip duration: 6 days
Trip available on: 1 January 2017 31 December 2017
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