To help make your trip successful, please note the following information and important contacts.
Click here to download the PBS Client Info Sheet, which we need you to complete and send back. That will just make your safari run much smoother. You will also need to complete a PBS Safari Contract and a PBS Equipment List
Flight and Travel Arrangements
We highly recommend that you use a travel agent who not only specializes in African travel, but also has the knowledge and experience to handle the special arrangements required for hunters. Although you are free to choose whom you please, we recommend Lori Ginn from Travel Express in the USA. You can reach her at the following contact numbers:
VIP Meet & Greet, Importation of Fire-arms in Johannesburg
You will be asked to fill in a Form SAP520:
Click here to download the SAPS520 - Completed in BLACK INK.
Additional Requirements along with the SAP520 are the following:
2. Airline Ticket
3. Proof of Ownership Firearm licenses, documentary proof (for USA Citizens, Custom Declaration Form 4457 (officially stamped) is acceptable
The South African currency is the Rand. Cash and Traveler's Cheques are widely accepted. Most major banks exchange traveler's cheques or cash, ATM's (Automatic Teller Machines) are virtually everywhere for credit card use, and there are Bureau de Change at all airports and major centers.
It is important to note that the South African Rand is a fairly volatile currency and the exchange rate tends to change on a daily basis.
A valid passport is needed. South Africa requires no Visa. Zimbabwe requires a Visa (approximately $30) that can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.
Transport to the Hunting Area
You will be picked up from the Airport by an Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris guide. The cost for this transfer is $ 500 return rate per vehicle. Suggested Airports are as follows:
Limpopo Province —Polokwane
Freestate, Mpumalanga and North West Province – OR Tambo International in Johannesburg
Eastern Cape Province – Port Elizabeth
Zimbabwe—Victoria Falls International Airport or Harare International Airport
Botswana – It is possible to drive to the hunting areas or you could arrange Flights into Maun Botswana. Cost for driving is $ 1000 return, alternatively flights need to be arranged.
Mozambique – Arrival point is Johannesburg from where another flight will be taken to Beira in Mozambique. From Beira you will charter into Camp.
Insurance and Medical
Some hospitalization plans do not cover patients in a foreign country. Travellers Emergency Company Network, (800) 275-4836, will transport the injured by plane to a hospital for the necessary care. American Republic Insurance Company (AMERICARE) offers hospital and emergency coverage. Their number is 800-640-9016. Firearm insurance is handled by Hollis E. Boss of Sportsman’s Insurance Agency, Inc. (SIAI) 800-925-7767. They insure guns, bows, cases and related items such as scopes, rings, quivers, sights, etc.
Generally speaking, no special vaccinations or inoculations are required coming to South Africa.Medical doctors are within reach in the towns near the hunt area. Although malaria has been controlled in recent years, it is recommended that anti-malaria precautions be commended prior to departure. Please consult your personal physician. Bring all your personal prescription medication with, along with your doctor's contact details in case of an emergency. Tap water is safe to drink throughout most of the country, but if you prefer bottled water, this is readily available. The African sun can be dangerous, so wear a hat and bring good sun block.
All your trophies are field prepared (salted and dried) and are included in your trophy fee. The raw trophy skins and skulls will be delivered to your choice of taxidermist or shipping agent to be shipped to the address of your choice. Please note that after delivery to the taxidermist, dipping, shipping, packaging, export documentation, as well as any other charges are the client's responsibility. The dipping and shipping agent or Taxidermist handles export documentation. Because of veterinary restrictions no raw trophy may be exported without being dried and treated. The client will obtain Cites permits, where required, before leaving his country of origin. Your trophies will be marked with your name, part of trophy and address of destination.
Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris will prepare all taxidermy documentation and arrangements. In South Africa, Trophy Solutions (dip to ship in 99 days) will take care of the shipping of trophies. You can contact them at:
Johan & Estie van der Merwe
Fax.: +27 15 2976831
Firearms & Ammunition
A bolt action or a double rifle is recommended.
For Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant—a minimum caliber of 375 or higher is recommended.
For Lions, Leopard, Antelopes and other medium game—a caliber of 300 or 30-06 will be sufficient.
For dangerous game—40 full metal-jacket cartridges as well as 40 soft-point cartridges are required.
For medium game, you will need at least 80 soft-point cartridges.
Fit your rifle with a good quality scope with variable power: 1.5-6 x 42, 2.2-9 x 42 or the like. For transportation of your rifle between hunting areas, a soft case per gun is required.
Phillip Bronkhorst also offer his clients the option to rent rifles from us while on safari. Renting of rifles will be at $ 70 per day and ammunition at cost. We have the following rifles available:
Gun Fees and Permits
The import of hunting weapons to South Africa and Zimbabwe is free (declaration at customs upon arrival suffices). Botswana have an $ 150 cost per rifle imported and an Ammo tax per round. Mozambique also have an $ 200 per rifle costing. The legislation governing international flights demands that rifles and ammunition be transported in lockable cases with ammunition packed separately.
When booking, specify the animals you wish to hunt. All hunters from countries which are signatory to CITES Convention must bring a photocopy or their original CITES permit for Leopard, Elephant, Crocodile, Lion and Hippopotamus. CITES permits can be obtained from the Federal Wildlife Permit Office. CITES Permits is valid for 12 months and could be extended by application.
Bow Hunting & Crossbow
Bow hunting is also welcome. Certain species require special permits which nee to be applies for well in advance.
VALUE ADDED TAX as it relates to Hunting Safaris
14% Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on the daily rate of a hunting safari. This is not refundable. There is not VAT charged on the trophy fee if the trophies are to be exported under the specific regulations set out by the South African Receiver of Revenue. Animals sold as a package that is not hunted or animals that are wounded and lost are subject to VAT. Current Vat rate is 14%.
Please note that while the trophy fees are not subject to VAT, VAT is levied at 14% on the dipping and shipping services and/or for the tanning of skins done. Should the trophies be processed in South Africa, VAT is levied at 14% on 30% of the taxidermy value as agreed between the taxidermy industry and the Receiver of Revenue.
Video Cameras / Electrical Appliances
When bringing a video camera or any other electrical appliance, please pack converters for the country you are visiting. You can also buy this adapters at the Airport on arrival. In South Africa we use 3 pronged round hole plugs and some 2 prong round hole plugs. Electric current is 220V and is available in most camps.
Lightweight camouflage or khaki clothing, hats or caps, and light comfortable rubber soled ankle high walking boots are essential. Bring a warm jacket as well as clothing that can be worn layered on our cold months. It can be very cold in the morning, warming up to 80F by midday and chilly again in the afternoon. When packing for your trip, please keep in mind that laundry is done on a daily basis. Clients transferring to hunting areas by chartered aircraft should pack minimally.
For all safaris, we suggest you pack the following clothing and supplies:
1 warm jacket
1 sleeveless hunting jacket
1 pair light leather or canvas shoes
1 pair hiking boots
1 pair gators
1 sweater or sweatshirt
2 long sleeve shirts
2 hunting trousers and/or shorts
3 pairs of wool socks
3 pairs of thin cotton socks
3 sets of cotton underwear
1 pair of gloves
1 cartridge belt
1 wide belt
1 cap or hat with wide brim
1 pair sunglasses
1 hunting knife
1 small rucksack
1 personal medicine kit
1 small pack of hand wipes
1 razor with blades or batteries
1 flashlight with spare batteries
1 set binoculars
1 water bottle
1 mosquito repellent
Camera with spare batteries
Soft cases for rifles
TIPS and GRATUITIES
Over many years of hunting we have found the following to be the general averages. It is how ever your own prerogative to decide if and what you want to give. The following could be used as guidelines on TIPPING of staff:
Professional Hunter - $ 50 to $ 100 per day - Tracker - $ 15 per day (One tracker per client)
Skinners - $ 15 per day (This take care of the complete skinning shed personal)
Camp Staff - $ 50 per day (Chef, waiters, cleaners and camp managers)
7 Day Safari - $ 910 to $ 1 260 - 10 Day Safari - $ 1 270 to $ 1 620 - 14 Day Safari - $ 1 750 to $ 2 100
•February to April – range between 50°F and 85°F
•May to August – range between 40°F to 65°F
•September to October – range between 50°F and 85°F
Terms & Conditions
A 50% non refundable deposit of total daily rate is payable upon confirmation of booking. Balance is payable on commencement of safari. Deposit will not be refunded if safari is cancelled. Booking may, with 25% penalty, be switched to an alternative date within the booking year (depending upon availability) or transferred to another person. All payments to be made in US currency or wire transfer. As an extra service we also accept credit cards (with a 5% surcharge). NO CHEQUES or PERSONAL checks are accepted for final payment. Deposits could be done with an cheque.
Any Safari activity is potentially hazardous and it is essential that all lawful direction and advice of the Safari operator be followed. Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris accepts no responsibility for death, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any persons loss, theft, or damage to property occurring during a visit (or visits) to areas or resorts under our control, whether allegedly due to the negligence of any of our servants or agents, or arising from the use of any facility supplied or made available by us.