Hunting in South Africa

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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.

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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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Karoo Dream Hunt 2x1 '2020

Karoo Dream Hunt 2x1 '2020 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

Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020

Daily rate fee $1,120 for 3 days, 2 hunters
Hunt along the Indian Ocean

Hunt along the Indian Ocean South Africa

The Eastern Cape province is home to an array of wildlife species, differing vegetation biomes and spectacular mountain ranges. Being a malaria free area allows for easy movement through out the province, providing hunters with a great opportunity to see all that the Eastern Cape has to offer. With access to various concessions totaling over 150,000 acres of both high fenced and free range opportunities, we cater for both rifle and bow hunters. Promoting ethical and sustainable hunting is vitally important to us while ensuring our guests experience the real thrill of the hunt, which is why our hunting is done through walk and stalk. Hunt with the Indian Ocean as your background in this stunning area. Once you pull the trigger, all you hear is the waves crashing onto the golden beach.

Trip duration: 1 - 10 days

Hunting season: 15 Nov 2015 30 Nov 2021

Daily rate fee $350 for 1 day, 1 hunter
Kudu Special

Kudu Special South Africa

The package includes 6 nights all-inclusive and 1 Kudu, 1 Bushbuck, 1 Blue Wildebeest, 1 Impala, 1 Warthog. We welcome a great number of clients every year to hunt on some of the most rewarding areas you will find in South Africa. By promising quality, we have found that more and more people want to take part in the experience of hunting our areas, as we constantly produce trophies that any hunter can be proud of. This did not come as a given, we spent countless hours driving for thousands of kilometers to get to the point where we can honestly say, we found the perfect areas for our hunters. Offering the best of everything, everywhere.

Trip duration: 6 days

Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 30 Nov 2020

Package price $4,800 for 6 days, 1 hunter
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