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Sabudawn Safaris understands that booking an African Safari is a big decision and that anyone thinking about it has a few questions. We will be there for you all the way, from the moment you start planning till the day your trophies are on your wall in your home.

Below is some information that will be helpful:

Booking a Safari

When you have selected the safari you would like to book, you will be required to pay a deposit, the deposit amount will depend on the nature of the safari. 

It will be the clients responsibility before they do any payment to confirm with Lucas, Fred or Jenet that it is the correct bank details if they do not confirm via phone and they transfer to other account Sabudawn will not be held responsible.

Booking airline tickets for you safari

After we have agreed on the date of your safari and the amount of days you are to be here in South Africa you can then book your airline tickets. A direct flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is recommended either with Delta out of Atlanta or South African Airways out of Washington Dulles or JFK New York.

If you are a US citizen you need only a valid passport with two clean pages to travel to South Africa. If you are NOT a US citizen, you might require a visa.

Importation of hunting rifles

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:

Arrival at the airport

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.

Health precautions

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.

Hunting areas

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.

Weather and temperatures

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:

March and April

50-80 °F – Limpopo (North)

45-75 °F – Free State (South)

May and June

40-70 °F – Limpopo (North)

35-70 °F – Free State (South)

July and August

35-70 °F – Limpopo (North)

35-70 °F – Free State (South)

September and October

50-80 °F – Limpopo (North)

50-75 °F – Free State (South)

What to wear

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.

Purchasing of gifts or souvenirs

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.

Your trophies

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. 

Tipping

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.