Surface Area: 1,221 000 km2
Population: 52 million
Time: GMT +2
Capital: Pretoria
Language: 11 official languages, but English is predominantly spoken
Currency: Rand
Dialing Code: +27
Plugs: Three-pin round


There is no specific trophy hunting season in South Africa but, because of the climate, the majority of hunting is done in the non-summer months.

Why hunt in South Africa?

The range and diversity of wildlife available is huge, larger than any country in Africa. The list of species available to hunt ranges from the smallest of blue duikers to the largest animal – Africa’s savannah elephant. With the success of South Africa’s conservation and private land (and game) ownership, options open up for hunters wanting to collect a diverse and interesting range of species. Color variations are newcomers to the hunting menu, and the movement of game under management means hunters are spoilt for choice. Along with the variety of game available is the topography and vegetation. South Africa’s great asset that complements the hunting opportunity is the international access, infrastructure, and, being an easy country to visit, offering the broadest range of tourist attractions.

South Africa Weather and Climate

The best time for Hunting in South Africa is during the cool, dry winter months from March/April through to October/November.

South Africa’s summer months are from November to March.

During these months the landscapes are greener, as this is our rainy season. So, expect high temperatures and heavy downpours.


Drinking Water

Most tap water is purified and safe to drink.

Visitors should exercise caution in rural areas.

Electrical Outlets
Electricity outlet voltage: 220V, running at 50Hz
Electrical Plugs: Type D 

Time Zone (West Africa)
Summer: GMT + 2 hours from the 1st
Sunday in April.
Winter: GMT +1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.


Air Travel

OR Tambo is the gateway for hunters visiting South Africa and, indeed, southern Africa. Access around the country and regionally is at its best from Johannesburg. While always refer to your agent, there are international airlines from all sections of the world servicing the Joburg route.  

Flights from USA

Flights depart on a daily basis from Atlanta, Washington DC and New York to Johannesburg. 


Flights from Europe
Most destinations in Europe have direct flights to South Africa


Passport must be valid for a minimum of six months, after date of departure into South Africa. Visas are required for certain nationalities and are valid for three months from the date of issue for stays up to three months from date of entry.
For further information: Department of Home Affairs,
Email: Phone: +27 12 406 2500
Citizens from the following countries DO NOT require a VISA if entering South Africa:
Angola, Germany, Mozambique, Switzerland, Australia, Zambia, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, Lesotho, Scandinavian countries, Malawi, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Austria, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Canada, France, Malaysia, Iceland, Belgium, Portugal, United States of America, Lichtenstein, Singapore, Swaziland, United Kingdom, Japan, Botswana, Kenya, Russia, Cuba, Luxembourg.


Firearms Regulations

Smallest caliber: 7mm Minimum energy (muzzle velocity): 1350 Joule for springbok, duiker, etc. 2700 Joule for hartebeest, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, eland, etc. 5400 Joule for buffalo, elephant, rhino, etc.

Air Travel with Firearms

Trophy Hunters entering South Africa with a rifle(s) must complete a temporary rifle import permit application form for all rifle(s) and/or ammunition in possession. This permit application form will need to be handed in at the Police Firearm Customs check point with your rifle(s) and ammunition, in the Arrival Hall of OR Tambo International Airport, when arriving in South Africa. A maximum of FOUR (4)  firearms to be imported per hunting client.

We recommend taking out full insurance for all firearms before traveling to Africa.


Travelling with Firearms and
Ammunition to Namibia

We recommend taking out full insurance for all firearms before traveling to Africa.


Before booking with your preferred airline, please confirm that the airline involved is rifle-friendly and will agree to transport your firearms and ammunition.. Before your departure, confirm with the airlines their procedure in transporting firearms and, if necessary, any prior forms to be completed before departure for handling and transfer purposes. At the time of publishing, Airlink required registration 3 days prior to all flights with firearms to have them registered.

We always recommend booking in luggage and firearms straight through to South African , even when you have a layover in another country on your way to South Africa for your hunt. Recent regulations and the world’s ‘anti-gun friendliness’, have made travelling with firearms a time-consuming and unpleasant process.

Prohibited Firearms

  • Any automatic or semi-automatic firearms.
  • Pistol or revolver specified for hunting must include a scope
  • Crossbows
  • More than 100 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm.
  • More than one firearm per caliber per person