FAQ

Where do we fly to? General

Travel information: On the arrival of your International flight in Johannesburg. If you arrive in Johannesburg in the morning or mid-day your PH or Guide will be waiting for you at the gate to travel an approximate 500km to our main hunting concession in the Phalaborwa reagion in Limpopo, bordering the great Kruger National Park.  If you are arriving in Johannesburg in the afternoon/evening you can over-night, most hunters will overnight at the Afton Safari Lodge. Afton Safari Lodge will pick you up at the airport, they have comfortable, secure, accommodation, and we will be there early in the morning to take you on the Africa Hunting Safari of your dreams.

 

VERY IMPORTANT! The option to fly to either Phalaborwa or Hoedspruit is available. South African Airlines is the recommended carrier, but make sure your flight is booked on a South African Airlines plane, as they allow firearms to be transported. Beware of any linkage to Mango Airlines and they can be a real problem if traveling with firearms. British Airways does not carry Firearms. If you are hiring a Firearm from the Outfitter, then all airlines can be used.

Where do we fly to? Frestate

Travel information: On the arrival of your International flight in Johannesburg. If you arrive in Johannesburg in the morning or mid-day you can fly straight down to Bloemfontein that day.  If you are arriving in Johannesburg in the afternoon/evening you can over-night, most hunters will overnight at the Afton Safari Lodge. Afton Safari Lodge will pick you up at the airport, they have comfortable, secure, accommodation, and will deliver you back to the airport to continue your journey the next day.

On arrival in Bloemfontein, you will be collected by your professional hunter. The drive is approximately 2 hours to the lodge for the Bloemfontein Airport.

VERY IMPORTANT! South African Airlines is the recommended carrier, but make sure your flight is booked on a South African Airlines plane, as they allow firearms to be transported. Beware of any linkage to Mango Airlines and they can be a real problem if travelling with firearms. British Airways does not carry Firearms between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. If you are hiring a Firearm from the Outfitter, then all airlines can be used.

Where do we fly to? Zimbabwe

Travel information: On the arrival of your International flight in Johannesburg. If you arrive in Johannesburg in the morning or mid-day you can fly straight to Victoria Falls that day if there is a flight scheduled.  If you are arriving in Johannesburg in the afternoon/evening you can over-night, most hunters will overnight at the Afton Safari Lodge. Afton Safari Lodge will pick you up at the airport, they have comfortable, secure, accommodation, and will deliver you back to the airport to continue your journey the next day.

 

VERY IMPORTANT! South African Airlines is the recommended carrier, but make sure your flight is booked on a South African Airlines plane, as they allow firearms to be transported. Beware of any linkage to Mango Airlines and they can be a real problem if traveling with firearms. British Airways does not carry Firearms. If you are hiring a Firearm from the Outfitter, then all airlines can be used.

Will it be safe for me and my family to travel to RSA?

South Africa is a very safe destination. Problems do occur in certain localities like in any other country or city. We never travel through those areas. Our clients are our investment and therefore we will ensure their safety at all times. On your arrival, a uniformed ADH guide will be there to welcome you at the airport and take care of your safety until the day you depart again from the airport. We suggest that you rather use your credit card, rather than carrying a large amount of cash with you. While hunting, your Professional Hunters will see to it that you don’t get into any doubtful situations on your safari.

What will the requirements be to enter RSA?

Required Documents:

CUSTOMS FORM 4457 – Exportation of Rifles

SAPS FORM 520 – Importation of Rifles 9We also offer a prepaid service on this.

Letter of Invitation from the Outfitter – This letter will be valid once the Safari has been booked officially

PASSPORT – check your passport and Visa expiry dates

RETURN FLIGHT TICKETS to your country of origin, or a copy of your itinerary

 

CUSTOMS FORM 4457

You will need to go to a US Customs Office to receive a CUSTOMS FORM 4457. To be completed by the hunter BEFORE going on the trip – not on the day of departure. Customs Service has offices at any large international airport.

 

Please ensure that your gun is packed in a crash-resistant plastic or metal case that locks. To ensure 100% compliance, confirm with your airline for their policies on guns and ammunition.

 

SAPS FORM 520

After arrival in South Africa, you will repossess your rifle at the South African Police Service, Firearm Control Office. By registering your firearm with a SAPS FORM 520. This will allow you with a temporary import permit. Keep this permit in a safe place. The hunter must NOT sign this document at home, but rather in the presence of a police officer at the arrival airport. In order to guarantee a hassle-free trip with regards to any type of travel documentation, please feel free to contact us.

 

PASSPORT

Please ensure that your passport(s) is valid. It must be valid for at least up to 6 months after the date of return to your country. NB! – YOUR PASSPORT MUST HAVE AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES FOR YOUR VISA STAMPS. It is required that you to have a front and back page blank that is titled Visa. For your own safety, please make a copy of your passport and keep it separately from your passport. Citizens from the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Spain do not require a Visa.

What are the Firearms & Ammunition requirements?

Recommended Guns & Calibres and Sighting in

A rifle in the .30 caliber range is recommended to cover a wide range of game Hunting. However, for the Dangerous 7 a minimum .375 is recommended, which is also a great all-round hunting rifle if you don’t want to carry more than one rifle on safari. A .270 to a 300WM should be good for large antelope and for small antelope a .222 to a .243 are recommended. Please bring between 40 – 60 rounds of ammunition per rifle. All rifles must be sighted in on arrival to ensure accuracy, since lost or wounded animals are to the account of the hunter. We can offer a company rifle where required. A selection of rifles is available to rent.

Importation of Guns

Rifles

By law, a maximum of 2 rifles are allowed per person (not 2 of the same caliber). Pistols and revolvers must be specified for hunting.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO BRING SEMI-AUTOMATIC GUNS INTO RSA.

Ammunition

A maximum of 200 rounds are allowed to bring into South-Africa, although airlines restrict how much you may carry by weight. Most .30 caliber bullets are easily available in SA.

What can we expect to eat?

Included in your package will be 3 meals a day as well as beverages/liquor.

You can talk to the Chef or your PH if you have any special requests.

Breakfast: A variety of fruit, yogurt, muesli, cereal and rusk will be available as well as a warm breakfast.

Brunch/Lunch: For those hunting in very close proximity to the Lodge will return to have lunch and a mid-day rest before heading out in the afternoon again. You can expect lunch to be salads, cold meats, lasagnas, pies, hamburgers and soup for the chillier days.

For those hunting slightly further away, you can expect a packed lunch including sandwiches, cold meats, fruit and snacks. Your PH will pack a cool-box with soft drinks and bottled water.

Evening: Back to camp after a day of hunting in the bush, you will arrive to find a fire-pit lite, snacks and an ice-cold drink where you can relax, admire the beautiful African sunset and reminisce the adventures of the day. 

Dinner: Local free-range beef, chicken and lamb which is partnered with fresh vegetables, salads and homemade bread can be expected followed by a desert. Game meat/venison that has been hunted is utilized in camp and is a favorite meal enjoyed by all. Different cuts, such as fillet, sirloins, deboned legs, stews and soups are enjoyed.

Is the Water safe to drink in South Africa?

Tap water is safe in most areas of South Africa but bottled water is always available to you.

Is rifle rental an option and what will it cost?

We have got a wide variety of top-quality rifles to rent with great scopes fitted. The rifle rental fee is $230 per day, per hunter, this includes your ammunition.

What are the average shooting distances?

The average shooting distances will be 150-250 yards. Majority of your shots will be standing and shooting off tripod sticks. It’s good to practice shooting off sticks before coming on the trip.

How much ammunition should I bring?

Guests are advised to bring 60 rounds of ammunition per rifle. Do not exceed 5kgs of ammunition. If your ammo does get lost or you do run out we can either source ammunition for you locally or the option of renting a rifle can be taken.

What medical precautions should I take?

As the Freestate is both Malaria and Bilharzia free you do not need any additional shots or medication. However, you should always consult your own medical practitioner.

However, Limpopo and Zimbabwe would require that you take Malaria precautions. 

Is medical care easily accessible?

Yes, we have very good doctors and hospitals nearby all major hunting areas.

What electrical current does South Africa use?

The voltage that is used in South Africa and Zimbabwe is 220/230 Volts 50HZ. We do have adapters for electronic devices, however, if you need a special adapter please bring one with you.

What do the PH's / guides normally get tipped?

This is always a tricky question. A tip is payment for personal service and revolves around how hard your PH / guide worked for you to make your hunt successful. Our guideline will be to work on 10% of the total hunt cost or $50 to $100 per day for your guide, $10 to $15 per day for your tracker / skinners and a $100 for the other kitchen and camp staff to share per hunter.

How can I pay the balance of my Safari?

The final balance of the hunt, trophy fees, animals taken or wounded plus any additional charges such as optional tours etc will be calculated on the last hunting day.  This can be paid in US cash, EFT Bank Transfer.

What temperatures can we expect?

Prepare for temperatures to range from 5-20° Celsius (41-68° Fahrenheit) at night and 15-28°Celsius (59-82°Fahrenehit) during the day over the months of February-November. Very comfortable hunting weather.

A warm coat for the drive in the morning is required, as you often sit in the back of the truck and it can be very chilly.

What are the steps involved when temporarily importing a rifle into South Africa for hunting purposes?

Complete the temporary firearm import permit application (SAP520) in advance (if possible) and bring it with you. It is important to note that the form must be completed in black ink and must remain unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport.

If you do not wish to travel with your own firearms, you are welcome to make use of one of the rifles of the professional hunter accompanying you. They have a selection of appropriate calibers available.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Valid passport
  • Return airline ticket
  • Letter of invitation from your hunting outfitter(s)
  • Completed SAP 520 Form (Not signed – must be signed in front of the official)
  • Proof of ownership (CBP Form 4457- Certificate of Registration for personal effects taken abroad)
  • Proof of export from country of origin (CBP Form 4457- Certificate of Registration for personal effects take abroad)
  • Letter of motivation (A letter written by yourself to motivate why you wish to import rifles)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The following firearms and ammunition will not be allowed to enter South Africa:

  • Any automatic or semi-automatic firearms
  • More than one firearm per calibre per person
  • More than 200 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm
  • Any pistol or revolver (unless specified for hunting)

REASONS WHY YOUR APPLICATION MAY NOT BE APPROVED

  • If you have any of the above-mentioned firearms and/or ammunition
  • If any of the supporting documents as required cannot be produced
  • If you are less than 21 years of age

Your application for a temporary import permit will be refused and your firearms and ammunition will be confiscated and will only be handed back to you when you depart back to your country of residence.

Please take note that only the Central Firearm Registrar in Pretoria, South Africa can authorize special applications for the above restrictions. These applications have to be made in advance and must reach them no later than 3 (three) weeks before your arrival. You will need a special motivation letter for this.

ON ARRIVAL AT OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL IN JOHANNESBURG

  1. Disembark from aircraft and clear passport control in whichever terminal the flight arrives. (Generally SAA and its co-partners at Terminal 2, and all other airlines at Terminal 1)
  2. Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel. Pick up general baggage. Your firearms will be delivered directly to the SAPS firearms office.
  3. For visitors with firearms arriving at Terminal 2:
    Proceed to the SAPS Firearms Office. Look for office signs. Location of the SAPS Firearms Office in Terminal 2 – in front of the Post Office.
    For visitors with firearms arriving at Terminal 1:
    Proceed to the firearm office that is situated in Terminal 2 in front of the Post Office.
  4. On arrival at the SAPS Firearm Office, collect your issued temporary import permit at the PHASA desk or have the necessary documentation available for inspection.
  5. Your firearms and ammunition will be physically inspected to ensure that the serial numbers match those of the licenses and the application forms. You will then be asked to wait while your application is being processed – if you are not already in possession of an issued temporary importation permit.
  6. When your application has been processed and your permit has been issued, you will have to sign for the permit. If you are connecting to other flights, please make sure that you allow ample time for this process (at least 3 hours).

REMEMBER THE ISSUING OF THE TEMPORARY IMPORT PERMITS AT THE PORT OF ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE. DO NOT TIP OR PAY ANY SAPS OFFICER FOR THIS SERVICE. YOU SHOULD KEEP THE PERMIT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WHEN THE FIREARMS ARE IN YOUR POSSESSION.

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