Frequently asked questions
How safe is it to hunt in South Africa?

South Africa is a well developed country with first world infrastructure and facilities. It is a politically stable country with an efficient army and police service. It has a first world road network and excellent medical facilities. The recent hosting of the soccer world cup in 2010 proved all this. It has excellent airports and a well regulated hunting industry. Link onto the website of the Professional Hunters Association of  South Africa at www.phasa.co.za for more information.

Obviously hunting take place in the rural areas with very low population densities.

We take care to ensure the absolute safety of our clients and their belongings.

What can I hunt?

South Africa is one of the  world’s most attractive hunting destinations because it has a well organised and regulated hunting industry with a large and diverse number of  huntable species. We offer a large number of plainsgame species as well as the big five.

The most popular species for first time hunters to Africa is the more common and cheaper species like warthog, impala, blesbuck, springbuck, blue wildebeest, zebra, red hartebeest, oryx and kudu. On return trips hunters normally upgrade to the larger or more scarce antelopes like eland, waterbuck, giraffe, sable and nyala and to the big five species (buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino and elephant) and hippo and crocodile.

What do I need to pack for such a trip?

-1 smart set – jeans and shirt

-Bush hat

-Bush jacket

-Warm sweater

-3 sets hunting clothes – warm and cold conditions (olive/khaki colour)

-1 pair hunting boots

-3 pairs woolen socks

-Warm nightwear



-Any special medical supplies (also malaria tablets if needed)

-Personal toiletries

-Sunscreen and sunglasses

-Lip balm

-Flashlight and extra batteries

-Hunting knife


-Ammo pouch and belt

-Ammunition – 100 rounds per caliber

-Rifle and hardcase



-Small backpack

-All important correspondence

What do I need to confirm my booking:

All payments must be done in US Dollar, ZA Rand or Euro. A booking is only confirmed when 50% of the daily rates off all people joining the hunting safari is paid into our bank account. The balance should be paid in full on the day of arrival in South Africa. Trophy fees of animals hunted or wounded must be paid in full prior to leaving the hunting concession.

What happens if I need to cancel my booking:

If the hunt is cancelled more than 60 days prior to the date of the commencement of the hunt, all moneys will be refunded in full or transferred for a re-booking in the following season.  If the hunt is cancelled within 60 days prior to the hunt, 20% of the total of the daily rates would be held back for administration fees.

What insurance do I have:

Oryx Hunting Adventures will do everything possible to ensure the safety of the clients and their personal belongings but cannot be held liable for any losses or damage, which may occur during the hunting safari.Oryx Hunting Adventures would advise all our clients to consult your travel agent about travel and medical insurance.

What regulations are there for Firearms and ammo:

Because South Africa has a well regulated and developed hunting industry, the importation off firearms is no problem and authorities at the airports is well trained in handling importations. Having said that it must be noted that handling of firearms and importation thereof is strictly controlled and regulated.

Import permits are required for all hunting rifles and hunting handguns. A police SAP520 form need to be completed at the port of entry after which an import permit is issued. For the convenience of our clients we arrange to have the documents completed before the hunt so that permits can be pre-issued before arrival. That ensures a smooth transition upon arrival.

A copy of the abovementioned application can be obtained from us or downloaded from the SAPS Website at www.saps.gov.za. To speed up the process at the police station this application can then be filled in beforehand.

What are the instructions for filling in the SAP 520 Application:

* Black ink must be used

* Application form must be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the South African

police official issuing the actual permit.

* Section D, E, G, I and J must be completed

Any additional requirements or information I need:
  1. Return airline ticket
  2. Flight details and identity
  3. Passport
  4. Other supporting documentation which might be needed:


* Proof of ownership – firearm licenses, documentary proof etc.

* Proof of export

* Motivation letter from client stating that he/she is temporarily importing the referred firearm for the  purpose of hunting

* Invitation letter from the Outfitter which includes the full name, full contact details, address, dates  and location where the client will be hunting and confirming that the client will be using the specific firearm as applied for.

Important firearm/ammunition requirements and specifications:
  1. Not more than one firearm per calibre per applicant is allowed. An exception to this rule where a  client brings in more than one shotgun of the same calibre into the country for bird hunting purposes and he can produce acceptable written motivation as to why he needs more than one rifle of the same calibre
  2. Not more than 200 rounds per calibre per applicant are allowed
  3. Applicants are however allowed a maximum of two firearms as long as the calibre differ.
  4. Firearms must bear the manufacturers’ serial number and the identification number must be stamped on the barrel or the frame of the receiver.
  5. Handguns are only allowed for hunting purposes.
  6. Applicants must be 21 years of age to apply for a SAP 520.
  7. There is no permit required by the SAPS for a bow.
  8. A Temporary Import Permit shall not be issued for a period exceeding six months at a time.
  9. The following is considered prohibited firearms:


* Fully automatic firearms

* Semi automatic firearms – an exception to this is that a semi automatic shotgun for hunting purposes  may be allowed if a application is made at least 21 days prior to arrival through the Central Firearms  Register

* Handgun for self-defense

* Firearms falling under military categories

Please note:

Do not pay for any services regarding the handling of firearms at Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports. The issuing of the SAP 520 is a free service and you are asked not to pay anyone involved in handling firearms.