The easiest way to travel to and from South Africa is with South African Airways and/or Delta Airlines. SA Airways offers daily non-stop flights from Washington DC and New York and Delta operates out of Atlanta, Georgia.
When booking a hunt with Zander Bierman Safaris please advise your Travel Agent that you will be flying into OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg).
Upon your arrival at OR Tambo International Airport a representative of Zander Bierman Safaris will be there to welcome you and take care of your safety. Our clients are our investment and therefore we will ensure their safety at all times.
ENTERING SOUTH AFRICA:
The following documentation is required to enter South Africa:
*Remember your Passport and be sure to check the expiration date.
*You will need at least two blank unstamped pages in your Passport.
*For US and Canadian hunters, only a Passport is required - no Visa.
- Invitation Letter from Hunting Outfitter
*This letter will be sent to client after booking is confirmed
- Return Flight Tickets to country of origin or copy of Itinerary
- Customs form 4457 - Exportation of Rifles
- Customs form 4457 can be collected from US Customs Office at any large International Airport.
- Important : Customs form 4457 need to be completed by hunter as soon as the booking is confirmed and NOT on the day of departure.
- SAPS form 520 - Importation of Rifles
*The hunter must NOT sign this document at home but rather in the presence of a police officer at the arrival airport.
*After arrival in South Africa you will repossess your rifle at the South African Police Service (SAPS) office where the SAPS 520 form must be signed by client.
HEALTH & MEDICAL:
No special inoculations are required for South Africa.
Limpopo Province is a malaria-free area. If you are planning to do an excursion to other areas, like Kruger National Park, see your family physician for anti-malaria tablets.
Bring all prescribed & daily medication along as well as some common necessities such as anti-diarrhea medication, pain tablets, allergy tablets, anti-septic ointment, cold & flu medication, etc.
Please keep any prescription medication in your carry-on and not in your check-in luggage.
With the difference in time zones and jet lag your body will take some time getting used to South Africa and therefore we recommend sleeping pills.
As known throughout the world, the Ebola Virus has been a major focus in Africa. Our hunting association, PHASA, has put together an information kit which contains all the information you need about this deadly virus, as well as the main problem area. Click here to download the information kit.
There are International veterinary regulations that govern movement of animals and animal part across International borders. This means that all trophies need to undergo a veterinary approved disinfecting process before it may be imported into your country. Trophies mounted by taxidermists in South Africa are automatically subjected to the approved veterinary process during the preparation thereof.
If you want to have your own taxidermist mount your trophies, your raw trophies must first be treated (dipped) by a registered South African dip/pack agent or taxidermist before it can be packed and shipped to you.
The dip/pack agent or taxidermist will charge you for the service he/she provides and then forward your trophies to the shipping agent who will charge you separately for the shipping of your trophies.
Dipping, Packing, Taxidermy and Shipping fees are NOT included in our rates and are paid directly to the relevant parties. Field preparation (skinning, marking, salting) are included in our rates.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the package total or of daily rates is required to confirm booking. Outstanding balance of package or daily rates and additional animals shot or wounded are to be paid on or before arrival.
- All payments are payable in US Dollar (cash) OR Wire Transfer (EFT) before departure.
- For wire transfers please contact Zander Bierman Safaris beforehand.
- It is important to inform your bank about your planned foreign country expedition beforehand.
- Credit/Debit cards can be used at our local ATM’s.
Tipping is a common gesture when hunting in Africa even though it is not compulsory. This industry consists of long working hours and hard work, therefore a tip is greatly appreciated. It is important to take note that in many cases there are staff members that will barely be seen during your stay, but they still work hard to make your experience a great one.
To ensure that tips are divided fairly between all the staff members we have made a suggestion list on how to tip. We also ask that our clients do not tip staff members directly, except for the Professional Hunter. All staff tips should be handed to the outfitter who will make sure it is divided evenly among the staff and handed to them when the client is present.
If you are unsure of tip amounts, here are some suggestions:
- PH - $70 - $100 per day
- Tracker/Skinner - $15 per day
- Cleaning ladies - $15 per day
- Chef - $40 per day
- 2 -3 Sets of clothing suitable for travelling & shopping(laundry done daily)
- 2 - 4 Sets of clothing suitable for hunting (laundry done daily)
- A warm jacket (preferably something in which you can move comfortably without making too much noise, like a fleece top)
- Warm clothing for winter - April to August
- A beanie, scarf and gloves - May to August
- Lightweight raincoat, just in case
- Comfortable footwear
- Insect Repellent - August to April
- Sunscreen (odourless)
- Chap stick
- Power converter - South African plugs works on 220 V AC
- Flashlight and batteries
- Story tellers - remember your journal
- Small backpack
- Camera, with enough memory cards
- Premium grade ammunition (40 rounds per calibre is suggested)
- Cleaning kit for your rifle
- Hard, lockable rifle case for your flights
- Soft rifle bag for transport to and from hunting areas
For more information or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.