- It is advisable to bring your own firearms because you are familiar with it. However, you can rent a rifle from us at a cost of $35 per day.
- A versatile caliber like a .300 or a .338 should be sufficient for most of our plains game species.
- For Big 5 - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Giraffe and Buffalo, the legal requirement is at least a .375 caliber.
- For smaller game, we suggest a .270 or 30.06 .
- Shooting distances may vary from 50 yards to 250 yards.
- Make sure that you are used to shooting with your rifle before the safari.
- Rifles will be sighted before the hunt begins.
- Do not forget the necessary cleaning equipment and tools.
- Rifles must be transported in rifle cases which can be locked.
Bringing your own Gun?
Your travel agent should be able to help you with this process. We can strongly recommend GracyTravel (www.gracytravel.com) for arranging your gun permits and all other travel requirements.
General Hunting and Tourism Information
- O.R. Tambo International Airport is the main point of entry. However, should you be hunting in the central region, we strongly recommend that you connect to a domestic flight to Kimberley or to Bloemfontein since this will save a lot of travelling time.
- Climate: South Africa has a varied climate, with the northern provinces such as Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga experiencing generally hot and rainy summers (October to April) and mild, dry winters (May to September). The Western Cape climate is more Mediterranean with cold and wet winters and hot, dry summers. KwaZulu Natal is hot and humid in summer and warm in winter. The use of a hat and sunscreen is recommended.
- Hunting Season: The most popular hunting time is from March to October, but trophy hunting can take place at any time. During the summer, the heat and the rain can affect a good hunting trip. Also, it can get very cold during the winter, so make sure that you bring warm clothing. It is also advisable to bring sunscreen along, no matter what time of the year you visit us.
- Currency:The currency is the South African Rand (R) and the international symbol is ZAR. R1 = 100 cents. Traveller's cheques and foreign currency notes of all major currencies are accepted and can be exchanged at airports, banks bureau de change and major hotels. Most major credit cards are accepted, but it is always a good idea to have some cash in the local currency handy.
- Value Added Tax (VAT): Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of most goods and services and is calculated at 14%. Visitors are required to pay VAT on purchased goods. VAT refunds can be claimed at airports, harbours and customs offices on items taken out of the country when the total value exceeds R250.
- Electricity:The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. If you want to bring an appliance that uses a lesser voltage, you will need to purchase an adapter in South Africa.
- Water:In most cases, South African tap water is safe to drink. Especially in hunting areas, most of the water comes from underground aquifers and is very safe to drink. Bottled water is also available in most shops.
- Health:If you plan on hunting in the northern parts of the county, it would be good to take precautions against malaria. Other health risks could include hepatitis A, polio and typhoid.