FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG?
- Valid passport
- Return airline ticket
- Letter of invitation from your hunting outfitter/s – we will supply this to you upon confirmation of your booking
- Completed SAP520 form – not signed. This form should only be signed when the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport.
- Proof of ownership of any firearms (CBP Form 4457). Visit a US Customs Office and obtain Customs Form 4457 to register your firearms. This form is a certificate of registration for personal effects taken abroad and you will need it upon entering South Africa, as well as upon re-entering your country. The description of your firearm should include the make, model, caliber, firearm serial number, scope, and scope serial number.
- Proof of export from country of origin (CBP Form 4457)
- Letter of motivation – written by yourself to explain why you wish to import firearms.
WILL MY FIREARMS/AMMUNITION BE ALLOWED?
The only firearms and ammunition that will not be allowed to enter South Africa are:
- Any automatic or semi-automatic firearms
- More than one firearm per caliber per person
- More than 200 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm
- Any pistol or revolver, unless specified for hunting
WHERE WILL I BE MET?
A Doornrand staff member will meet you at the airport and transport you to the camp by car. The trip from the airport takes about 4.5 hours by car.
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY ALONG?
The camp and accommodation is child and family friendly. We encourage you to bring them along for an experience they’ll never forget. Don’t forget to check out all the activities in the area on our ‘About’ page.
WHAT IS THE COST OF TAXIDERMY WORK/DIPPING AND PACKING OF RAW TROPHIES?
Most recent prices are available on request.
PROCEDURE UPON LANDING AT OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN JOHANNESBURG
- After disembarking from the airport and clearing passport control, proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel to collect general baggage.
- Visitors with firearms then proceed to the firearm office situated in Terminal 2 in front of the Post Office. Ask any official for directions if needed. There are also various info desks throughout the airport.
- Collect issued temporary import permit from the PHASA desk at the SAPS Firearm Office, or have the necessary documentation ready for inspection.
- Your firearms and ammunition will be physically inspected to ensure that the serial numbers match those of the licenses and the application forms. You will then be asked to wait while your application is being processed (if you are not already in the possession of an issued temporary importation permit).
- You will be asked to sign for the permit as soon as your application has been processed and your permit issued.
- Keep this permit with you at all times while in SA, even when the firearms are not in your possession.
- The issuing of temporary import permits is free of charge at the port of entry. Do not tip or pay any SAPS Officer for this service.
WHAT IS THE PAYMENT PROCEDURE?
The payment of your accommodation will serve as your deposit. Any game hunted during your stay can be paid for via EFT at the end of your stay.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
- Odorless sunscreen, preferably with a SPF of 30
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- A good hat
- Three sets of hunting clothes – khaki or camo colours. Laundry is done daily during your stay with us.
- A thick jacket, especially if you’re coming during the colder months (May to August)
- Gloves and a scarf
- Comfortable walking boots and thick socks
- Any personal medication
- A good camera and accompanying film/memory cards
- Rifle and cleaning equipment
- If hunting between April and September, insect repellent is advised.
- Electric power supply converter if necessary – we make use of 220V.
- H-pattern power adapter
- Spectacles, sunglasses and contact lenses
WHAT ABOUT TIPPING?
Tipping is not required and is a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated. A rough guideline would be about R150 per day for PH’s. Skinners and trackers can be tipped at own discretion.
HOW MUCH AMMUNITION SHOULD I BRING ALONG?
This is usually dictated by the amount of game you will hunt. On a typical 10 day plains game safari, 60 rounds should be sufficient. If you choose to add dangerous game to your safari, 40 rounds for the heavier rifles should be sufficient.
WHAT KIND OF CELLULAR SERVICE CAN I EXPECT?
Most cellphones that operate on a 2G, 3G or 4G network will connect with network service in the airports and major cities and towns in South Africa, enabling you to make and receive calls and text messages.
We suggest contacting your cellular service provider to discuss options for international roaming and data plans well in advance of your departure.
WHAT KIND OF INTERNET CONNECTION CAN I EXPECT?
The use of our Wifi is included in your daily fee – you will be able to send and receive emails and access the World Wide Web. We encourage you to bring your Wifi enabled devices to share photos and notes with friends and family back home. Please note that the internet speed here is possibly a bit slower than what you are used to, so we advise against the sending or downloading of large files.
SOUTH AFRICAN CURRENCY
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the official currency of South Africa. It is not necessary to exchange all your US Dollars upon arrival in SA, although we suggest you exchange a small sum ($200 or less) for purchases of a personal nature. This exchange can be done upon your arrival at the airport, or alternatively at various banks. VISA, Mastercard and American Express is generally accepted at bars, restaurants and hotels in SA.
IMMUNIZATIONS, VACCINES AND MEDICATION
South Africa does not pose many health risks and we have world-class medical facilities, clinics and private practices throughout the country.
Consult your physician or health care provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to determine whether or not you will need any immunizations, vaccines or medications in preparation. A tetanus booster and Hepatitis A vaccines are recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT GETTING SICK?
Our water is completely safe to drink from the tap. We also have more than enough bottled spring water if you’d prefer not drinking the tap water.
WHAT ABOUT MALARIA?
Doornrand is not situated in or near a Malaria area. It is therefore of no concern and no precautions are necessary.
It would, however, be wise to consult a medical practitioner if you are planning on visiting Malaria areas (including Mapungubwe and Kruger National Parks) during your stay in SA.
The highest risk period is between December and April which is the end of the rainy season. Visitors wishing to take prophylactics should consult a knowledgeable medical practitioner or recognized travel clinic about recommended medication.
WHAT IS THE TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SOUTH AFRICA?
During the US Summer, SA is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, 7 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time, 8 hours ahead of Mountain Daylight Time and 9 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.
DON'T HESITATE TO ASK ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
Cell: +27 79 748 2684 (Louise)
Cell: +27 82 414 8489 (Danie)