Travel Information

VISA / PASSPORT
Please ensure that you fulfill the Visa requirements for entering South Africa. US citizens are required to have have a Visa – Scandinavian citizens however DO NOT need a visa to enter South Africa. If you are a non US or Scandinavian citizen, please contact us for further information.

Get a passport if you do not have one already or check your existing passport. Make sure that your passport will be valid for at least six months after your intended date of departure from your safari destination. Bear in mind that getting a new passport may take up to six months in some US states. You need a valid passport (validity with 6 months) for your VISA application (which also may take a few months), so doing this early is imperative.

 

BRING CASH
We recommend you bring some cash for tipping, restaurant visits, shopping souvenirs, excursion entry fees etc. Whatever cash you do not use, can be used to pay your final invoice. We accept South African Rand (ZAR) or American Dollars (USD).

 

INSURANCE & MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Please ensure you have sufficient health and travel insurance to cover your trip in South Africa.

Global Rescue
No matter if it’s your first or fifth time hunting in Africa, unavoidable accidents do happen. Whether a medical or security emergency, an evacuation from a remote part of Africa could cost well over $100,000. We recommend that anyone traveling down on a hunt purchase a membership with Global Rescue, the only crisis response company that provides hunters with medical and security evacuation and consultation services anywhere in the world, even the most remote areas. Their deployable teams of paramedics and special operations veterans, backed by on-staff physicians and the specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will get to you wherever you are, by any means necessary, and evacuate you all the way to your home country hospital of choice.
Member benefits include:
– 24hr medical advisory services from critical care paramedics and in-house physicians
– Specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine available in real-time
– Field Rescue from the point of illness or injury
– Evacuation back to the member’s home hospital of choice
– Global network of medical Centers Of Excellence
– Deployable medical and security teams
– Evacuation services provided up to $500,000

Memberships start at $119. Global Rescue can be reached anytime at +1 (617) 459-4200, or via www.globalrescue.com, click here.

 

GEAR & CLOTHES
Bring the right gear and clothes. Please see our list of “What to bring

 

PRACTICE SHOOTING FROM STICKS
The most important thing to prepare yourself for before going on an african hunting safari, is to practice shooting from shooting sticks. The biggest cause of wounded or lost animals is due to lack of training in shooting from sticks. So we please ask you to practice this thoroughly before arriving in South Africa. Also try to make your practice similar to the situation that you will be in by practicing quick follow-up shots, off hand shots and reloading quickly to make additional follow-up shots. Although it may be expensive, you should use the same hunting rifle and ammunition that you plan on using during your hunting safari for at least some of your practice.

We will off course go to our shooting range and sight in the rifle etc. when you arrive, giving you a chance to practice a few shots as well. However this should not constitute for not practicing before traveling down!

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS
Special regulations apply for people traveling with children under the age of 18 years. The requirements are divided into 10 categories, depending on whether the child/minor is traveling with/without his or her parents, with only one parent, whether the parents are divorced or not, whether the child/minor is in alternative care etc. The specific rules and document requirements for each category can be downloaded by clicking HERE

All required documents MUST be witten in english and carried with you as originals or copies certified by a commissioner of oaths (or equivalent).

NOTE: We strive to keep this website updated on current rules and regulations for our clients. However with our clients of multiple nationalities, government regulations (in or outside South Africa) may change suddenly and without our knowledge. Please therefor note, that it is your own responsibility to keep updated on special regulations, that may apply for you as a foreign citizen of a given nationality. In case you have any question regarding VISA requirements or traveling with children under the age of 18 years, we recommend that you contact the South African embassy in your home country.

 

BOOKING AIR TRAVELS IN GENERAL
Purchase your airline tickets in due time. Tickets typically go on sale a year in advance – We recommend purchasing tickets sooner rather than later to ensure that you get a seat. Many African destinations have few airline options and have limited airline capacity. Many routes sell out months in advance during peak season which varies according to the destination.

When booking your airline tickets to/from South Africa, please make sure that you have sufficient transfer time in Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport). During peak season, long queues usually build up at the passport control and claiming your luggage may take a while. When flying domestically from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth (or other domestic destination), you also have to consider that latest check-in for these flights are 45 minutes before departure! In other words, make sure you have enough time for unforeseen delays and rush hours. We recommend at least 3 hours transfer time in Johannesburg – This especially applies if you are planning on bringing your own firearms!

 

IMPORTATION OF FIREARMS
In general, we recommend clients to bring their own firearms. Should you choose to do so, then please make use of our detailed guide (Importation of Firearms), which describes step-by-step, how to bring your own firearms. If you follow this guide, the process is very straight forward. Should you however prefer to rent a rifle from us, we do have a limited amount of rifles available – Price is $150 pr. hunter, including ammunition.

 

VACCINES
In addition the routine vaccines (measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot – We recommend the following vaccines (based on recommendations from CDC – Center of Disease Control and Prevention):

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies

The Eastern Cape is completely MALARIA FREE and you thereby need no vaccine for this. Hepatitis B is only recommended if you intend to have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo/piercing or have any medical procedures.

 

GRATUITIES
Tipping is greatly appreciated and a part of the South African culture. For instance, professional hunters have many expenses to cover as a hunting guide (vehicle, insurance, salary to his tracker etc.) and tips are therefor a crucial part of his operation. Other staff is also very dependent on tips for everyday survival. A typical guideline for tipping of staff on a 5-7 day safari will be:

– Professional Hunter = $50-100 pr. hunting day
– Tracker= $100 for a complete safari
– Kitchen and cleaning staff = $100-150 for a complete safari