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Why South Africa

Hunting in South Africa: Diversity of animals

Diversity of animals

South Africa boasts an incredible diversity of game animals, from the Big Five to plains game

Hunting in South Africa: Most affordable hunts

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

Hunting in South Africa: Organized safari industry

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 South Africa to meet their needs. BookYourHunt takes pride in having some of the finest African outfitters and professional hunters as our partners, outfitters and professional hunters who are, in most cases, the most active in the South African hunting industry.

What you need to know

  • 1. Planning your trip
  • 2. Upon arrival
  • 3. Hunting
  • 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.

Health

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.

Firearms Permits

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.

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.

Upon arrival

Permits

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 to ensure you will be able to check your firearm to your destination.

Hunting

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.

Rifles

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

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.

Trophy preparation

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.

Taxidermy

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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Bushveld and Plains Game Hunt

Bushveld and Plains Game Hunt South Africa

Our hunting season runs all year round, with certain species being more successful during certain times of the year, enquire with us directly for the best times of year to book. All huntable species are subject to availability and we reserve the right to remove one of the species on offer according to the sustainability of that animal at the time. Clients will be designated a professional hunter for the duration of their stay. Most of our hunting is undertaken using the ‘spot and stalk, ‘stand’ and ‘still’ method. Our hunts are fair-chase and we pride ourselves in ethical and respectful hunting practices. Shots vary between 100-300 yards, we recommend you practice shooting from the long bipod shooting sticks as they are often used. We have traditionally been a rifle-hunting destination but in recent years, the bow-hunting trend has made its mark at us too. Success has been recorded with Impala, Bushbuck, Warthog and Bush Pig have also often featured in the bow hunters’ bags. Species are abundant on Watervale so no traveling beyond the reserve is required to begin the hunt, enabling multiple attempts at these species with the bow during the entire safari. Various other species can provide hunters with surprise opportunities.

Trip duration: 3 - 14 days

Trip available on: 1 January 2019 31 December 2020

$1,270 for 1 hunter
Eastern Cape Plains Game Safari 1x1

Eastern Cape Plains Game Safari 1x1 South Africa

Being specialists in Plains Game, most of the species can be hunted on our own concession. We also have access to a number of other hunting concessions in our area for any plains game species not habiting our concession. ​In addition to the numerous plains game species, the concession is also home to larger game such as Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, numerous plains game species, various reptiles and over 250 bird species, which provides for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities while hunting. We offer both trophy and management packages and can accommodate individuals or groups of up to 8 hunters and their partners on our concession, with the option to stay at either our Luxury Safari Tented Camp or our Historical Lodge. We are experienced in guiding first time hunters, the experienced hunters as well as hunting with family groups.

Trip duration: 5 - 14 days

Trip available on: 1 February 2019 30 November 2019

$2,100 for 1 hunter
Karoo Dream Hunt 1x1

Karoo Dream Hunt 1x1 South Africa

The Eastern Cape boasts 6 out of 7 vegetation biomes and is the most ecologically diverse of South Africa's provinces. This diversity in turn supports a large number of plains game species; from kudu in savannah bushveld, to klipspringer in the craggy mountain peaks and bushbuck in the coastal forests. The Eastern Cape offers an unrivalled variety of hunting opportunities. The area from Uitenhage to Steytlerville is acknowledged as having the highest density of kudu in the world. Every year, 25,000 kudu are hunted in the Eastern Cape. We enjoyed a 100% success rate for kudu in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. During this period 24 out of 24 hunters who had a kudu on their wish list shot a trophy kudu, some chose to hunt a second one.

Trip duration: 3 - 14 days

Trip available on: 1 January 2018 31 December 2019

$810 for 1 hunter
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