All clients fly into Johannesburg International Airport and will be met by our Professional hunters, and escorted to our main lodge. Flights arrive daily from Washington and JFK using South African Airways. Clients can also use Lufthansa and fly into Germany with a 6-8 hour layover, and then continue to Johannesburg. A valid passport is needed to enter South Africa, but no visas are required. Contact Custom Travel or African Odyssey for travel plans.

This is what is needed for importing your gun. 

1. Fill out the gun application permit filled out complete.

page 1 of 8 nothing
page 2 of 8 Client info; fill out E1-25
page 3 of 8 only F only clients (owner) details
page 4 of 8 G only (import info)
page 5 of 8 Clients Details of firearm and ammo
page 6 of 8 Client need to sign + details, do not fill out K

2. A Custom declaration form 4457

A custom declaration form 4457 can be obtained at any USA custom office, and major airports.
Your gun needs to be inspected and the serial number checked to get the 4457

3. Invitation letter

I will sent you a invitation letter that you need to just fill in your details and hand this with the customs 4457 and your filled out gun application to the Gun officer in South Africa. Remember no semi automatics, no full automatic firearms. no handguns, no 2 rifles off the same caliber. Applicants for importing must be 21 years, 80 rounds off ammo.



  • Proof of gun ownership must be supplied entering South Africa.

  • Custom form 4457 must be obtained from your Customs as proof.

  • No semi-automatic or handguns are allowed

  • Bolt action my vary .270, 30/06, 7 mm Magnum, .300 Winchestr, .300

  • Weatherby Magnum with variable power scope, 2×7 or 3×9. (Use the gun you shoot with everyday) no need to buy a new one.


  • Rifle sling

  • 80 rounds soft point ammunition. Loads from 160 – 220 grains depending on calibre

  • Hard gun case (Airline approved)

  • Soft gun case

  • A firearm import custom paper will be sent to you prior to the hunt (make sure you receive it!)

  • One heavy rifle (when required for big game like buffalo)

  • .375 H & H Magnum, .458 Winchester Magnum, .416 Remington, etc.

  • With variable power scope, 1,5×4, 2×7, etc.

  • Rifle sling

  • 20 rounds soft point ammunition

  • 20 rounds solid ammunition

  • Hard gun case (Airline approved)

  • Soft gun case


  • 3 pair pants, cotton safari type in khaki or green, or jeans if preferred.

  • 3 hunting shirts in khaki or green or camo.

  • 1 lightweight hunting jacket in khaki or green or camo.

  • 1 heavy jacket during June, July and August

  • 1 hunting hat (we supply also)

  • 3 sets of underwear and socks ( your own )

  • 1 belt

  • 1 pair light weight hunting boots (well broken in for you will do a lot of walking)

  • 1 safari vest (as from Cabela’s) – this is very handy, but optional

  • Camo may be worn in South Africa

  • Washing is done daily


  • 1 folding knife (in case of animal attack)

  • 1 rifle shell holder (as worn on the belt by people that miss a lot)

  • Sun glasses (for that Hollywood look)

  • 2 Cameras (in case you break one on your mother inlaw)

  • Binoculars (to look at the game you missed)

  • Medication (see your doctor) – this area is malaria free. (heart medication is needed , as your heart is really going to beat)

  • Flashlight with extra batteries (so your wife don’t get lost)

  • Extra prescription glasses (to find your wife)


  • Travel documents

  • Gun permits from Shingani

  • Proof of gun ownership (Custom form 4457)

  • Invitation letter from Shingani

  • Passport

  • Reading material like ( how to improve on my hunting stories )or ( how to make people believe in my hunting lies)

  • Airline tickets

  • Money: travellers checks (apply early to get $1 000 bills)

  • Medical records (as required)

  • Make sure you filled out all the paperwork and faxed or e-mailed it back

  • The signed agreement is important as well as the general info. (Make 2 copies of everything and keep in seperate places)


You can contact us at any time if you have any questions. See contact page for details.