Ensure that your travel documents are in order. You need only a passport for access to South Africa and the necessary gun importation paperwork should you be bringing a rifle with you.
Plan your flights way in advance and let your Outfitter know immediately; this will ensure the smooth running of your safari.
If you are planning to do any side trips/tours, that involve an overnight stay, please inform your Outfitter of this in good time
as places like the Kruger National Park are often booked up way in advance.
MONEY AND PAYMENT AT THE END OF YOUR SAFARI
We cannot unfortunately process payment through credit cards, but all retail outlets in the country accept these and all you need do is inform your bank before you leave the US, that you will be using the card in South Africa. It is perfectly safe to bring some US dollar along with you.
Cash in ZAR (South African Rands) can easily be withdrawn from the numerous ATM’s across the country. The general rule of thumb regarding cost to you, is 1% of the total transaction. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE APPROPRIATE PIN NUMBERS AT HAND.
You may also make an electronic transfer for the guaranteed portion of your safari (your accommodation) in advance of the safari. This is the most cost effective way of doing things.
Suggested Packing List for a 7-DAY SAFARI
Travel light wherever possible. Please remember that we offer a free daily laundry service.
- One outfit for travel
- Four shirts, long and/or short sleeved
- Two pairs of shorts
- Three pairs of long pants
- Warm jacket and two sweaters
- Warm underwear (for the coldest early mornings and evenings when you may be traveling in an open vehicle)
- Well worn comfortable walking shoes or boots
- Comfortable shoes for those down times in the evenings
- Four pairs of socks and underwear
- Hat/cap for sun protection and woollen cap for colder weather
- All personal toiletries and medications
- If space allows, second-hand clothing and candy are always very welcomed by the camp and field staff.
- Travel light. It is not necessary to bring “survival gear” and our camp has an up-to-date First Aid Kit
- You may want to pack a few favorite snacks, but the meals are substantial and you will probably not need these
- If possible, bring a flash drive to transfer and store photographs from your Professional Hunter’s or other companions’ cameras.
As you are probably aware, tipping in the hunting industry is a common practice, but it can be an awkward subject to talk
about. Here are a couple of guidelines:One outfit for travel
- Professional Hunter/Guide: $50-$150 per day or 5-7% of your total bill.
- Skinners, trackers and drivers: $60-$150 for safari
- Maids:$50-$150 for safari
- Cook: $50-$200 for safari
Please bear in mind that these are only suggestions, and the decision on tipping is ultimately up to you. A tip should reflect the level and quality of service you received for the duration of your safari.
Tips in US$ cash are always very welcome. Americans are renowned for their generosity and many visitors also bring clothing, candy, school materials or other gestures of kindness which are always well received.