A temporary import permit from the South African Police service is required to bring your rifle into South Africa. We will apply for the permit on your behalf – all you have to do is send us a copy of your passport and a copy of your rifle’s Custom Declaration 4457 document as well as your flight itinerary. We will then complete your paperwork and apply for your permit.
We require that each client fill out the Indemnity Form as well as the Client Information form and send it back to us prior to arrival:
Lucas Groenewald or a representative of Sabudawn Safaris will personally meet you at the airport and help you to collect your rifle. We will explain all procedures to you closer to the time when we get started with paperwork.
No shots are needed for South Africa. Our hunting areas are in Malaria free areas. Malaria medication is required if you are traveling to the Kruger National Park for a photo safari or hunting near Kruger National park any time between March and May & September and November. Malaria medication is required throughout the year if you are hunting in Zimbabwe. A yellow fever shot is required if traveling to Zimbabwe.
Most of our hunting takes place in two major areas. The Limpopo Province, referred to as the North, and the Free State province, referred to as the South. These two areas are totally different from one another in topography and vegetation. The North consists mostly of thick acacia thorns brush and small rocky outcrops. The South is characterised by open plains with very little tree cover and mountains up to 11 000 feet. Different animals occur in these two different areas.
South Africa’s seasons are reversed from yours. For the most part, early mornings are crisp and cool but warm up around 9am. Mid-days are sunny and warm but start cooling down from 3pm and can range a great deal, so you have to pack to dress layers each day. Here as an indication of the temperatures that you might experience:
Laundry is done daily, therefore three or four sets of hunting clothes will do: khaki, camo or neutral colours. A range of temperatures may be experienced in one day so dressing in layers is advisable.
South Africa’s currency is called “RAND”- the symbol is R. Most stores outside of the airport WILL NOT accept dollars. Most stores WILL accept ONLY MASTERCARD AND VISA credit cards (please check with your credit card company and notify them that you will be travelling to South Africa), and not AMEX or DISCOVER. We will assist you to exchange Dollars into Rands at the airport when you arrive.
The field preparation and care of our client’s trophies are a TOP priority for us. Trophies may have to undergo a Dip & Pack process to be shipped raw and mounted by your local taxidermist in the USA, or you can have them mounted in South Africa prior to shipping.
We are often asked “How much should I tip my PH? How much should I tip the skinner/tracker? Lodge staff?”. It is not an easy question to answer because tips are by no means obligatory and are at the discretion of the hunters. All staff are well informed of this fact and should accept anything given, as a bonus to their salaries. Here are some suggestions – merely a point of reference: Tips can be given in US Dollars or in South African currency, Rand.