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Hunting Safaris in South Africa

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About Hunting in Southern Africa

South Africa boasts over 28 hunt-able species from the Cape to the Limpopo River, and while its terrain is ideal for excellent plains game hunting, it is also the only country in Africa where all the Big 5 can be hunted. Good accommodation options, roads and general facilities make a South African hunting trip the ideal family getaway. South Africa also has a lot more to offer than hunting, and all prospective visitors should take a couple of days to tour the historic sites, national parks or just go shopping. Spear Safaris can arrange sightseeing trips as well as a visit to one of the highly talented wildlife artists and jewelers in our area.


general2It is customary to leave gratuities for the trackers, skinners, cooks, camp staff and Professional Hunters, which is always very well received and appreciated. Spear Safaris is able to provide gratuity guidelines. South African Airways fly to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, from JFK and Washington DC. Delta Airlines fly directly to South Africa from Atlanta. The importation of firearms into the sub-continent can be hassle-free if all the correct necessary documentation is prepared before departure from the country of origin. Spear Safaris will assist our clients with the collation of the necessary documentation and can also refer hunters to a company specializing in assisting hunters with clearing customs and obtaining a Temporary Import Permit form the South African Police Service.


The South African Revenue Service is highly regulated in terms of the Value Added Tax law in South Africa. Trophies that are processed and exported through Trophy Solutions Africa, African San Taxidermy and Life From Taxidermy will be exempt from 14% VAT, due to their compliance with these regulations. Trophies processed and exported through any other taxidermist will possibly result in a 14% VAT levy on trophy fees.

Recommended packing list.

This is only a recommendation based on the input from a number of hunters over several years. It can be adapted and altered to suit every ones needs.


1. Guns
Plains Game:
One light rifle with sling ( .270, 30.06, 7mm or 300 mag) for medium plains game
One Medium to heavy rifle with sling for bigger Plains game. (.375 H&H)
Variable rifle scope (2 – 7 x 40)
40 rounds of Soft point ammunition
Hard gun case
Soft gun case


Big Game:
One heavy rifle with sling (.375, .458, .470.etc)
Variable scope (1 – 5 x 32) detachable mounts
20 Rounds soft point ammunition
20 Rounds of Full metal jacket ammunition
Hard case
Soft case


2. Clothing
3 Pairs of cotton trousers – Dull in color
3 Shirts- cotton, long or short sleeve- same color
1 Grey or green coat with hood and 1 light weight jacket
1 Hat or Cap
5 undershirts and under shorts
5 pairs of socks with set of sock savers
1 Belt
1 pair of soft soled shoes – Tennis shoes
1 pair of camp shoes or sandals
1 Down or Wool Sweater
1 Jogging suit (for sleeping)
1 Light pair of leather gloves- golfing glove


3. Miscellaneous
1 Folding knife
2 Lip chap
2 Rifle shell holders – belt carrier type
2 Washcloths
Suntan lotion, Insect repellant, Sunglasses and Skin moisturizers
Digital camera, laptop and/or iPad (Spear Safari camp has wi-fi)
camera with sufficient memory cards
Small binoculars – optional
Medications and recommended shots – see your doctor
Personal toiletries kit – Razor etc.
Flashlight with spare batteries
Plastic bags – Ziploc type
Extra Prescription Glasses if needed


4. Other
Travel documents (Passport that is valid for 6 months after return
date to USA, Firearm documentation, Airline tickets,
Travel Insurance, money, medical records as required)
Reading material
Phone numbers (Foreign and local contacts)
Confirmation of hotels, Car rental etc

Safari Packages & Fees

Hunting is done on a totally fair chase basis, as the properties where hunting is conducted, are large, and the game occur there on a totally natural and self sustaining basis. South Africa is very large and diverse, not all species occur on the same property and area. In order to plan your Safari better, it is advisable to give us a indication on wanted species, so that movement between the necessary hunting areas can be arranged.



Leopard / other Big 5 Safaris Minimum 14 days On request
Buffalo / Plainsgame Safaris
Minimum 7 days
On request
Observer rates
On request
Arrival days per person
(includes airport transfer Phalaborwa / Hoedspruit)
On request
Touring & additional activities
On request
Day trip to Kruger National Park
On request
Note: Rates exclude 14% VAT

Included in day fees

Excluded in day fees

Services of licensed Professional Hunter
Pre & post safari Accommodation
Services of camp staff including skinners and trackers
Alcoholic beverages
Field preparation of trophies
Rifle & ammo hire
Full accommodation, meals, soft drinks
Charter flights where applicable
General hunting licenses where applicable (excluding Big 5)
Trophy shipping costs
Transfer to & from closest commercial Airport (Polokwane in Limpopo)
Taxidermy Charges
Government Tax where applicable (14% VAT)
Big 5 & Listed Species hunting licenses

A 50% deposit of total day fees will confirm your Safari
Malaria precautions are recommended
South Africa power system is 220 volt
Payments should be made by EFT/Cash/Travellers Cheques.
Travel days between hunting areas, are seen as a hunting day.
Wounded and lost animals, have to be paid for in full, and are subject to 14 %VAT
Prices are quoted in US$ for your convenience, this is based on a SA Rand value, and is subject to change, in accordance with international markets and exchange rates