WHAT TO BRING WITH?
1. Good set of binoculars
2. Hunting and or safari clothing, camo is legal in South Africa (3 sets – daily laundry service)
3. Suitable headgear for sun protection preferably in natural colors (full brim hat)
4. Comfortable shoes for bush wear, serious hunters and hikers should consider ankle boots
5. Camera and video equipment to capture the beauty you will witness
6. A flash light could be handy as well as a pocketknife.
7. Sun protection creams
8. Where needed, physical health awareness for changes in routine could influence your health.
9. Enough batteries for anything that runs on batteries.
10. Electrical converter (between 110V and 220V) and adapter to South African size.
11. Books to read
12. Photocopies of your passport and medical prescriptions in case you lose them.
13. Keep your documentation separate from the rest of your luggage.
14 Rifle and ammunition or bow and arrows (See Weapons and Ammo below)
Please be advised that we do not accept Traveler’s checks. American Express, or Discovery cards at the Ranch. We do however except all other Visa and MasterCard Cards. You must notify your bank that you are going to use your cards in South Africa.
We have a 3% service charge should you wish to pay with your credit cards. We do accept Cash (US$) and gratuities may be paid in cash too.There is a Bureau de Change at the airport should you wish to use it. Some clients prefer to wire funds into our account before they arrive to waive the 3% service charge. You may wire funds to our Bank in South Africa.
Spring in South Africa starts anything from September to October.
Summer is anything from November to February.
Autumn – Winter sets in from about May and last until August.
Our summers are warmer and winters moderate.
Best inquire when making your reservation, pending the period and region you are going to visit.
Please refer to the following Website for our current weather. http://www.southafricanweather.co.za
Permits, Rifles and Ammo
Recommended firearms for hunting in South Africa:
30.06 caliber or larger,
180 grain bullets or heavier,
Bolt action or muzzle loader.
2 WEAPONS OF THE SAME CALIBER NOT ALLOWED
The following firearms are NOT allowed to enter South Africa:
Any fully automatic weapon
Any semi-automatic weapon
Handguns (Pre-approved import permits necessary 60 days prior to arrival.)
Weapons that fall under military categories
Airlines require a heavy plastic or metal gun case for transportation of firearms.
Check with your airline for regulations on the amount of ammunition allowed and the packing requirements.
Per South African regulations, a maximum of 80 rounds of ammunition are allowed to enter the country.
Ammunition must be transported in your packed luggage.
Paperwork for Rifles: – Very important! – Keep in your hand luggage for easy access.
Copy of your US4457 form – Customs form
Copy of your Passport
Copy of your return ticket
Invitation letter from Limpopo Africa Safaris.
SAPS520 form can be downloaded off the SAPS Website at www.saps.gov.za
Notes on completing the SAPS520 form:
- Black ink must be used to fill in the form.
- The form should be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit.
- Please note that not all sections of the form apply. Visitors bringing their own firearms in for hunting purposes should concentrate on filling in the following:
Section D – (temporary import or export permit)
Section E – 1 – 25.4
Section G – 1 – 9.2 (G – 1 UP TO 9.2)
Section I – (Must fill in all details requested)
Section J – (remember do not sign until in front of police officer at firearm office)
Our professional hunters, camp staff and chefs work in the South African service industry, where gratuity (usually 10 – 20%) is customary but not required.
If you would like to tip our staff, you might find the this guide helpful:
- Professional hunter: $1000 to $1500 per PH
- Tracker/Driver: $250 to $350
- Skinning shed and Skinning staff: – $15 to $20 per animal (This is shared by skinning shed personnel)
- Chefs and camp staff: $100 per person
At the end of the safari, we’ll provide you with a list of all the people who assisted you during your stay. If you would like to tip them, please do so individually (to ensure fairness) using sealed envelopes that we can supply. You can hand these envelopes to the front desk. And remember to make sure you have enough cash with you.
Other things to consider as a tips guide:
- The size of the tip usually depends on your satisfaction with the staff and the trip.
- When planning to tip your guide, please be prepared to give cash by taking it along with you on the outing.
- When tipping groups, please choose an appropriate time to present the gratuity, making sure all the staff are present so that they know to split the gratuity among themselves. Consider dividing the cash equally and giving each person their tip at the same time if possible, sealed in an envelope. Please do not ask your professional hunter to split tips.