General Information For The Hunter

All camps and accommodations offered are of a high standard and approved by the Department of Nature Conservation to ensure your comfort. Hot and cold running water is available. Some camps have electricity which is 220 volt. Converters are needed for American appliances. During your stay you will be the only party in camp and hunting area. Laundry is done daily and all camps are well equipped and stocked with soft drinks and a selection of liquor. Wines are also available. Staff members are trained to provide excellent personal attention and superb food.



Sportsman's Safaris has access to some of South Africa's finest hunting areas. Due to the variety of species offered for hunting, concession areas range from arid, semi-desert to dense forest. Hunting is conducted in the areas where the best trophies can be obtained.


Hunting is available throughout the year, however the best period is from March to November. Bird shooting is only available from May through August.



We recommend a hunter spends a minimum of 7 days in any hunting area, but preferably 10, although bowhunters chances are increased the longer they stay. Once you have decided on the species you wish to hunt we will recommend the amount of time required.

A hunt for any one of the Big 5 requires a minimum of 10 days; two of the Big 5 a minimum of 14 days; 3 or more requires a 21-day hunt. Ask us for a quote on a package combining Big 5 and plains game hunting.


All trophy fees for South Africa include hunting licenses. Some species require CITES permits which will be obtained once your hunt is booked and confirmed.


No import permit is required for the import of firearms and ammunition into South Africa, as a temporary import/export permit will be issued to you at your point of entry.

For any of the Big 5 the law requires a minimum calibre of 375. Shots range from close shots in brushy conditions to fairly long shots up to 250 yards on open plains, so a good variable scope is recommended. For plains game any calibre from 270 upwards will be suitable. Should you plan to do some bird shooting a 12-gauge shotgun is recommended. Firearms can also be hired by prior arrangement.


Use equipment you are comfortable with and follow these guidelines:

Small species (up to blesbuck, but excluding nyala, warthog and bushpig)
Minimum: 30 ft lbs/kinetic energy
Medium species (up to kudu and including warthog, bushpig but not lion, leopard, gemsbuck & sable)
Minimum: 50 ft lbs/kinetic energy
Larger species (up to and including eland, lion, leopard, gemsbuck and sable but not buffalo)
Minimum: 70 ft lbs/kinetic energy
For the above categories a good 3-blade broadhead such as Thunderhead or Rocky Mountain is recommended. Minimum Cutting width of 1 inch (25mm). No expandable broadheads please.

Large species (Buffalo and Giraffe)
Minimum of 80 ft lbs/kinetic energy
Pachyderms - subject to obtaining a Permit: (Elephant, Rhino & Hippo)
Minimum: 105 ft lbs/kinetic energy
For these two categories a solid 2-blade broadhead with fairly low profile is required - eg. Zwickey eskimo, magnus, grizzly, journeyman, steel force.


Four-wheel drive vehicles are utilized in all hunting areas. All vehicles are well equipped, to ensure a safe, comfortable and trouble free safari. No hunting is conducted from the vehicles - they are used only for getting around in the hunting area.


Customs clearance is effective at your point of entry into South Africa. Only a valid passport is required; visas are not necessary. It is recommended that all of your personal effects and baggage be insured by you prior to your departure from home.


Professional hunters are all fully licensed, experienced people, recognized for their professionalism and abilities in the field. Our priority is to ensure that you enjoy your stay in Africa in every possible way, providing the finest hunting, attention to detail and personal service. Professional hunters are selective trophy judges as well as being naturalists, mechanics, camp managers and social companions - all with the aim of providing you with the safari of a lifetime.


South Africa has a moderate climate and during the winter season (June, July and August) temperature variations can be anywhere from 32F to 80F in a space of 24 hours. Later or earlier in the season, the extremes are not so great.


Cotton clothes in greens, khaki or camo colours are suggested. They should be comfortable and sturdy. Laundry is done daily so it is possible to travel light. Delicate fabrics are not recommended. Footwear must be comfortable and well worn in.

- One outfit for use prior to and after the safari
- Four shirts, two long and two short sleeves
- Two pairs shorts; two pairs long pants
- Sweat suit for evening wear
- Warm, windproof jacket and sweater
- Sandals
- Woollen socks
- Sun hat and warm cap
- Personal medicines
- Binoculars (8x30 to 10x40)
- Shaving or cosmetic kit
- Camera, flash and film
- 220 to 110 volt converter (for video camera, hairdryer, etc.)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Sun protection lotion and sunglasses
- Firearms and ammunition or Archery equipment

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you do your homework on the identification of the different animal species.

TIME CHANGE: Please remember the time difference when phoning. It is 8 hours Eastern Standard Time we are not very helpful when woken up at 3 am.





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