Travel

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.

Download Rifle Permit (PDF Format)

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

Download Invitation Letter (MS Word Document)
Download Invitation Letter (PDF Format)

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.

EQUIPMENT LIST

FIRE ARMS

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, 2x7 or 3x9. (Use the gun you shoot with everyday) no need to buy a new one.
NO 2 OFF THE SAME CALIBRE:
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, 1,5x4, 2x7, etc.
Rifle sling
20 rounds soft point ammunition
20 rounds solid ammunition
Hard gun case (Airline approved)
Soft gun case

CLOTHING

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

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

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)

PAPERWORK

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)

GENERAL

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

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