Temporary Import of Fire arms
What to bring
Terms and Conditions
General Hunting Rules
Shot Placement

Visa information
Visitors from most Western European and Commonwealth countries, as well as the UK, Australia, Japan and the USA do not require visas to enter South Africa. A free entry permit will be issued upon arrival. This permit is valid for up to 90 days, make sure your passport is valid for at least 30 days after the end of your intended visit.
If you are not entitled to an entry permit, you will need to organise a visa at a South African embassy or consulate, found in most countries. A visa will cost your approximately R 425/ US$ 47/Euro 43 and will take approximately 1 month for processing. Please visit the Department of Home Affairs for more information and a list of countries that are exempt of requiring a visa.

You will fly into Johannesburg or Cape Town where you will connect onto a flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be met by us or one of our guides to take you to camp.
Please make sure you have sufficient time in between connecting flights as getting from International to Domestic flights takes some time as all luggage must be collected, cleared through customs and checked in again for your Domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. If you are travelling with rifles you will need longer as rifles have to be inspected by the South African Police. We recommend 2,5 hours layover.

Temporary import of fire arms and ammunition
In order to bring your rifle into South Africa you will need to fill out a SAPS 520 form. You will need to bring additional paperwork along with your filled in SAPS 520 form. Please note that you cannot bring more than one rifle per calibre and not more than 200 rounds per rifle. Click on the following link to download your SAPS520 form:

1. Certified/Notarized copy of your passport
2. Itinerary or copy of your return airline ticket
3. Certified/Notarized Proof of ownership or fire arm license.
4. For US citizens a custom declarations form 4457, which can be obtained at any USA custom office, and major airports. For all other hunters an official export permit or letter from local government will be accepted.
5. Invitation letter from Settlers Safaris, which we will provide to you.

The SAPS 520 form needs to be filled out as follows;
page 1 of 8 nothing
page 2 of 8 Client info; fill out E1-25
page 3 of 8 only F only clients (owner) details
page 4 of 8 G only (import info)
page 5 of 8 Clients Details of firearm and ammo
page 6 of 8 Client need to sign (at SA airport in front of police officer) + details, do not fill out K

NB! The form needs to be signed in front of an officer of the South African Police Services, so do not sign the form before arrival.
Temporary firearm permits can be organised prior to arrival. We deal with several companies that offer a special Meet& Greet service. They will organise your import permit prior to arrival and will await you at the airport to guide You through the rifle inspections and onto your connecting flight.

Air2000, tel: 011 659 2649 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Safari Concierge, Bianca Stander tel: 083 954 1520 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please note that it is NOT allowed to import two rifles of the same calibre.
The following fire arms may NOT be imported:
• Any fully automatic weapons
• Any semi-automatic weapons
• Handguns for self-defence
• Any weapons that fall in the military category

Please bring the following:
- Proof of gun ownership
- Custom form from local customs
- Filled out SAPS 520
- Fire arm that you are accustomed with. We recommend the following calibres for plains game: .270, 30/06, 7 mm Magnum, .300 Winchester, .300 Weatherby Magnum, .308, .303. For Big 5 Game a minimum of .375 is required.
- The Fire arm should be equipped with a variable scope, 2x7 or 3x9
- Rifle sling
- 80 rounds of soft point ammunition per calibre.
- Hard gun case (Airline approved) and soft gun case (optional) for travelling

3 x Pants, cotton safari type in khaki or green, or jeans if preferred.
3 x Hunting shirts in khaki/ green or camo.
1 x Lightweight hunting jacket in khaki/green or camo.
1 x Heavy warm jacket during June, July and August, our winter months
1 x Hunting hat (we supply also)
4 x Sets of underwear and socks
1 x Belt
1 x Pair of light weight hunting boots (well broken in for you will do a lot of walking)
1 x Safari vest (as from Cabela's) - this is very handy, but optional
1 xRain gear
Cammo may be worn in South Africa
Laundry is done daily, weather permitting

1 x Folding knife
1 x Rifle shell holder
1 x Sun glasses and Sunscreen
1 x Camera and batteries
1 x Binoculars
1 x Converter from 120V to 220V

Personal medication if needed – remember our area is malaria free.
Flashlight with extra batteries
Extra prescription glasses
And a good sense of humour!

Travel documents
Gun permits
Proof of gun ownership (Custom form 4457)
Invitation letter from Settlers Safaris
Reading material like ( how to improve on my hunting stories )or ( how to make people believe in my hunting stories)
Airline tickets
Money: travellers cheques
Medical records (as required in case of emergency)

Client refers to any person(s), purchasing and/or participating, in any capacity, in a hunting and or adventure safari with Settlers Safaris. The Client must read the following Terms and Conditions carefully. Payment of the deposit or, or any part thereof, hereby constitutes by the Client to the Terms and Conditions set forth below.

• Settlers Safaris, its owners and/or managers and/or staff will not be held responsible and/or liable for any losses or injuries and will not accept any consequential costs, damages and or losses.
• Clients are to arrange appropriate medical, accident, baggage, travel, trip cancellation and medical evacuation insurance cover as required before departure for your safari. Settlers Safaris does not provide trip cancellation insurance or any other type of insurance whatsoever on behalf of the Client.

Reservation and Payments
• The Safari reservation dates cannot be confirmed until the full amount of the deposit ($2000) has been received by Settlers Safaris. The balance of the daily rates is payable upon arrival. Trophy fees are applicable to animals actually bagged or wounded and are due at the end of the Safari.
• All payments on departure must be made in cash or travellers cheques.
• In the event of a cancellation, the deposit is not refundable unless cancellation of the booking is received in writing 90 days prior to the start of the Safari OR in the case of death or serious illness/injury in the direct family of the Client, in which case the deposit will be refunded in full.
• All prices are quoted in USD unless otherwise specially agreed. Payment in approved foreign currency will be accepted at the rate of exchange applied by Bankers of Settlers Safaris at the time of receipt of payment.
• Trophy fees are charged on all animals taken or wounded. Cases where animals are wounded and lost for any reason trophy fees are charged. This is standard practise world wide, guide’s word is final, although every effort will be made to find the animal during or after the safari. If recovered at a later stage, the trophy remains the property of the hunter.

• If a written notice of cancellation of the safaris is received 90 days prior to the commencement of the safari, the Client shall receive a full refund of the deposit.
• In case of death or serious injury/illness in the direct family of the Client, the deposit will be refunded in full, regardless of notice period.
• If proper and timely notice of cancellation is not received at least 90 days prior to commencement of the safari, no portion of the deposit shall be refunded.
• Note that substitute hunters are allowed with our consent, with 30 days notice prior to arrival.
• Full deposits can be carried forward for Safari at a later date. When re-booked for a following year, the new pricelist will be applied.

Air travel
• All air travel arrangements are the responsibility of the Client; Settlers Safaris will not be liable for losses or costs incurred due to untimely processing of airline reservations, airline problems, weather or unforeseen events of travel.

Once Settlers Safaris has delivered the Clients’ trophies to the appropriate third party, taxidermist or shipping agent, it no longer assumes any responsibility whatsoever for its damage or loss


1. Consumption of Alcohol
No alcohol may be consumed before or whilst hunting. No hunting will be allowed if under the influence of alcohol. This is the sole discretion of management.

2. Hunting Ethics
Our professional hunters will at all times insure that they adhere to the strictest highest ethics, allowing for a fair chase at all times. It would be appreciated if the utmost respect would be shown to the animal that has been shot by you. Should you feel that the professional hunter has not performed in an ethical manner, please speak to management about it

3. Safety
Firearms safety is to be treated as first priority. A firearm must be unloaded at all times and only loaded on the instructions of the professional hunter. When driving please ensure that the firearm is unloaded and that the barrel is pointing down to the floor of the vehicle. Firearms are to be unloaded and magazines emptied before entering your lodge.

4. Wounding of animals.
An animal is deemed wounded, if any blood is found, no matter how little. This animal is then considered to have been hit and needs to be paid for in full. Utmost care must be taken with shot placement to ensure that you leave with all your trophies. Make sure you are comfortable when taking the shot.


1.) What is the average shooting distances?
Shooting distances vary, but the average shot taken on game is between 100- 200 meters. And please practise shooting off shooting sticks as most of the shots at game are taken from a standing position with aid of shooting sticks!

2.) If I don’t want to bring my own rifle, will there be a rifle in camp for me to use?
Yes we have rifles for clients to hire for the duration of their safari? We have a variety of calibres ranging from .243 to .375. Hiring fee is $40 per day, ammunition included.

3.) What will the weather conditions be like?
Depending on time of year, from October – April (our spring and summer seasons), we expect an average day temperature of about 27’C (81F) , remember this is just an average and the temperature can get up to 40’C (104F) or drop to 10’C (50F). From May- September ( our autumn and winter seasons), we expect an average day temperature of about 20’C (68F) , remember this is just an average and the temperature can get up to 35’C (95F) or drop to 0’C (32F).

4.) What trophy size animals can I expect?
We maintain a high standard when hunting trophy class animals and try our best to make sure that all trophies taken are of SCI standard.

5.) What do the guides normally get tipped?
This is always a tricky question. A tip is payment for personal service and revolves around how hard your guide worked for you to make your hunt successful. Normally work on 10% of the total hunt cost or $50 - $100 per day for your guide, $10 per day for your trackers and skinners and a $100 for the other kitchen and camp staff to share per hunter.

6.) Is a 10 day hunt 10 full days of hunting, or does that include the day of arrival and departure?
A 10 day hunt means 10 hunting days excludes arrival and departure. Therefore a 10 day hunt is 12 days in Africa!

7.) What can my wife do if she comes along?
Your wife can join us in the field or be taken on a personal tour of historic sights and other places of interest in adjacent towns . There is always much to see and do and game parks to visit. See Day trips for more details.

8.) Do we eat the game we shoot?
Yes! Much of the game is prepared in different outstanding ways. Adding to the experience of the hunt. But lamb, beef, fish and chicken can never be ignored.

9.) How do I get my trophies home?
We will provide you with reliable references to look after and ship your trophies home. During your safari we will be sure to take you to at least one of our local taxidermists for you to check the quality of their products. If you are wanting your trophies mounted at home, that is no problem, our local taxidermist here will dip and pack your trophies and organise that they get safely to your chosen taxidermist. Please visit 3 of our local taxidermist websites:

10.) When is the best time to safari?
Our best months are from April through to the end of September; these are our cooler winter months. Not much rain is experienced during this time. We do hunt throughout the year, so the best time to come over for your dream safari is as soon as possible when you are able too!

Most shots are taken at between 100 – 200 meters. Below are a few pictures to help give you an idea of where the bullet placement should be according to the angle at which the animal is standing. On the pictures you will see a red circle, bullet placement anywhere in this circle will hit the lung/ heart area resulting in a quick death to the animal.