1. What will the requirements (documentation) be to enter RSA?
- CUSTOMS FORM 4457 - Exportation of Rifles
- SAPS FORM 520 - Importation of Rifles
- New Traveling Requirements for Children under 18
- LETTER OF INVITATION - 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.
Please insure that your passport(s) is valid. 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.
2. What is the suggested airlines to use?
3. Will it be safe for me and my family to travel to RSA?
4. What are the Firearms & Ammunition requirements?
RECOMMENDED GUNS & CALIBRES AND SIGHTING IN
A rifle in the .30 calibre range is recommended to cover a wide range of game Hunting. However, for the Great 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 30.06 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.
Unico Safaris is equipped with a high standard shooting range. 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.
IMPORTATION OF GUNS
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.
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.
Required Documentation for Shipping and Receiving your rifles and ammo:
Refer Question (1)
5. Do you offer Bow Hunting Safaris?
6. What are the Shot Placement requirements for African Game?
Shot placement is critical in order to ensure an instant kill. It is important to have a good knowledge of the animals vital organs and their positioning. The heart is the preferred spot and is set low and somewhat forward in the chest cavity. Any other spot on the animal aimed at, is very risky, unless there is no other option due to circumstances. African animals are very tough and if not hit perfectly on the right spot, the hunter might end up losing his trophy.
The vital spot on most African game, is vertically in line with the back of the front leg to the shoulder and crossing with the horizontal line, approximately one quarter up the line of the belly/chest. Get as close as possible to the animal, to ensure a larger target, for accuracy and penetration.
Compensation needs to be made if the animal might be quartering towards or away from the hunter. Guidance will always be given by the Professional Hunter in this regard.
Patient maneuvering is important to allow for the best broadside or frontal image of the animal. Immediate reloading is very important after the first shot, to ensure a follow up shot, should the animal try to escape.
Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino - Warning
A side or frontal brain shot may be considered - only if the position of the brain is well known to the hunter. The first shot placement is very important and a second follow-up shot is advised, should the animal appears to get away or charge. Using hard-nosed bullets is preferred in order to penetrate these thick-skinned animals. With the exception of the elephant and hippo head or neck shots are not recommended.
Important tips to ensure a clean kill.
- Aim directly at the target spot.
- Check for obstructions in your line of fire.
- Ensure that your rifle or bow have been properly sighted in.
- Always check for other animals hidden behind your target.
- Always listens and taking the advice of your Professional Hunter.
7. What is there to do for the wifes/non-hunters?
Several side trips can be arranged, either day trips or 2-3 day trips.
- Local town
- Elephant back rides
- African day spa
- Sun City & Pilansberg
- Kruger National Park
- White Lion Project
- Diamond Mines
- Traditional Curio Shopping
- Horse Riding
- Any Photographic tour can be made up.
8. How will my trophies be prepared and exported?
9. Can I drink the local tap water?
10. What is the best time of the year?
11. What clothing / equipment should I bring?
- Clothing for 2-3 days - Laundry is being done daily
- Shirts & Pants and short or long (no restrictions on camo)
- Camera & Batteries
- Small Backpack for equipment
- Allergy Medicines or any other medical prescriptions by your doctor
- Flashlight and Batteries
- Warm Jacket and Gloves
- Comfortable Footwear
- Power convertor and note recommendations on Q 18
12. Is it necessary to take precautions for MALARIA?
13. What is the currency in South Africa?
14. How do I pay for my safari?
15. May I leave a tip for the PH/staff?
16. Will I have contact with my family back home?
17. What is the time difference between the US and RSA?
During summer in the US, South Africa is:
- 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time,
- 7 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time,
- 8 hours ahead of Mountain Daylight Time and
- 9 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.
18. What is the electrical power current in South Africa?
Our electricity current is 220/240 V AC. Since the USA appliances requires 110 V AC current, we recommend the following solutions:
If your equipment (camera, hairdryer, laptop, etc.) require 110 V only, you must bring your own step-down Power convertor along (220 or 110 V). It`s available from your local electricity store.
If your equipment is capable to handle both currents (110 or 220 V), then you don`t need to be concerned. We do have the necessary adaptors available in camp, to convert form the USA patent to ours.
The usage current information, appears on the backside of all electrical appliances.