TRAVEL & SAFARI INFO
Travel arrangements to South Africa can be made with an agent of your choice. Alternatively, for travel from the USA we find Linda Schrader of Falcon Travel very helpful:
tel: 210 479 9895
Falcon Travel offers wholesale deals on airfare and deal predominantly with African travel. Fares are priced on a seasonal basis.
Travel document requirements
- Passport (Valid for 6 months after your return!)
- Visa (please check with your travel agent, not required for people traveling on a US passport)
- US customs form 4457 registering your weapon in the US.
- SAP 520 form for the temporary importing of your firearm/s. Click here to download instructions on how to complete the SAP 520 form.
- Motivation letter. Stating that you are temporarily importing your firearm/s for hunting purposes and the species of animals to be hunted. Stating the animals you wish to hunt in the motivational letter does not restrict you to these specific animals.
- Invitation letter from your hunting outfitter.
- Address, phone numbers for Lalapa Safaris
- Medical records
- Travel Insurance
Lalapa Safaris pick-up clients at the East London Airport, a 1½ hr’s flight from O. R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg which will be your port of entry into South Africa. It is important that you let Lalapa Safaris have your travel itinerary as soon as it is made available. This will help with planning and ensure that we are well prepared for your arrival. Your airport pick-up will be planned from your travel itinerary. A Lalapa Safaris representative will be at the East London Airport to meet and greet you on the date and time of arrival. We will help you receive your luggage and firearm from the local security officer. It is a 1½ hr’s drive to Lalapa Safaris base lodge.
Temporary Firearm Import Permits
Your port of entry into South Africa will be O R Tambo Airport (Johannesburg). This is where you will clear customs before your short internal flight to East London. Hunters bringing in firearms will obtain their temporary import permit at this point. (This is why you need the Customs 4457 form, SAP 520, motivation letter and invitation letter from your outfitter)
We suggest that hunters prepare these documents before arrival in JHB. Alternatively to insure a trouble-free arrival we suggest that you make use of a meet & greet service who will for a fee, obtain your temporary import permit for you prior to your arrival. We suggest PHASA for this service. A Phasa representative will meet you in the SA Police office at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport with your permit on your arrival. Please go to pre-issued permits on the Phasa website for further information.
While all possible precautions are taken to protect you against accident, sickness or other loss, no liability can be accepted in this regard. You are required to arrange your own personal, travel, all-risks hunting and medical insurance.
Full payment of the balance of your package or daily rate is due on arrival in camp.
Trophy fees are payable at the end of your safari.
We regret that no personal cheques can be accepted, but we do accept traveller’s cheques, cash and credit cards (upon Arrangement).
Government and the veterinary permits for exporting trophies will be arranged on your behalf, but you are required to ensure that you will be able to import trophies into your own county and that all CITIES permits are in order.
The guide that occupancy’s you on your safari will carry a first aid kit. More sophisticated medical facilities are available within a radius of about 60 miles of our hunting area.
No inoculation or Malaria medicine is required to hunt or visit the Eastern Cape region.
Climate and Season
The Eastern Cape of South Africa is a healthy Malaria and Bilharzia free area. No precautions need to be taken.
Our cooler months of April-September, which incorporates our fall, winter and spring, are the main hunting months. This is a natural choice for hunters. Our moderate climate however does allow us to take hunters throughout the year.
In the warm summer month’s temperatures will vary from 55°f - 100°f (12˚c - 38˚c) in the heat of the day. The average day temperatures will be around 80°f (27˚c). During winter months, the temperature can drop below freezing at night or early morning, but warms up during the day to an average temperature of around 65°f (18˚c).
Weapons & Equipment
- A mid-range calibre rifle is suitable for a plains game safari
- .270, .308, 7mm, 30-06, .338 or similar are all suitable calibres
- Always hunt with the rifle you feel most comfortable with
- Variable scope 2-7, 3-9 etc. can help
- Rifle sling
- 60 rounds of Ammunition (good quality soft point)
- Belt style cartridge holder
- Locking hard gun case for travel
- Soft gun case for safari
- Camera (extra batteries)
- Video camera
- Extra film
- International voltage converter (Radio Shack)
Clothes & Miscellaneous
- Pairs of cotton trousers
- Shirts cotton (long and short sleeve)
- Hunting coat or lightweight down jacket (brown, green, kaki or camo)
- Hat or cap
- Pair of camp shoes.
- Pair of boots, lightweight, preferably waterproofs
- Wool or down sweater
- Pair of lightweight gloves
- 3 under shorts
- 3 undershirts
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 handkerchiefs
- Suntan lotion
- Extra pair of prescription glasses
- Personal travel kit (razor, etc.)
- Dry skin lotion
- Candy (for a sweet tooth)
- Tick repellent
- Nights are cool in South Africa, a jacket is usually required on a truck or at the Campfire
- Laundry is done daily
- Camouflage is acceptable in South Africa