Is it safe to go to South Africa,

The areas where safaris are conducted by Brad Rolston African Hunting are completely safe. You will not, under any circumstances, be taken into an area where there is a possibility that there will be a risk to you health, or life, as a result of political or health related issues, unless it is as a result of a decision made by yourself. The chance of you being the victim of crime is very remote.

Should I take out any type of insurance?

A consultation with your personal broker is advised, where you can be properly and correctly informed regarding the following types of insurance:

Accidental death/disability
Emergency medical evacuation
Trip cancellation
Loss of personal items
Medical insurance

Do I need a visa?


For hunters from most countries in the rest of the world, a visa is not required, but this of course depends on which country. You will be advised of this early in your correspondence with Brad Rolston African Hunting, as political decisions in this regard change from time to time.

What are the necessary requirements in order to enter South Africa legally?

 

You, and all other people included in your party, will need a passport that is valid for a period of 6 months beyond your departure date, from your country of residence. Make sure you have blank pages in the back for the stamps used at customs and passport control. In 2004, the South African Passport control required you to have a front and back page blank that is titled Visa. Citizens from the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Spain do not require a Visa.
A good idea is to make a copy of your passport and put it in a bag that is separate from where you keep your passport. The process of obtaining a new passport will be simplified if you at least have a copy of your original. If the case of a lost passport, making contact with your country’s embassy will be the starting point to getting the issue resolved.

What kind of accommodation can I expect?

Camps out of which safaris by Brad Rolston African Hunting are conducted range from traditional east African type tented camps, to luxury four star rated lodges. All accommodations undergo a government inspection, and have to be approved and certified for use by international hunters. 

 

How serious is the risk of AIDS?


The means by which HIV & AIDS is transmitted, is common knowledge to most of us here, and undoubtedly also to our international hunters. There is no greater risk of exposure to the disease on a safari than there is on a day at home. Mosquitoes do not transmit AIDS. While no one can be certain of the purity of the blood supply at home or abroad, there are blood screening facilities in some of the major centers in South Africa, and the medical personel in the country are extremely aware, and alert to the dangers of the disease

 

Is the water safe to drink?


In most of the areas, the water is completely safe to drink. This, however, will not be an issue as in all of the camps operated by Brad Rolston African Hunting, you will have an adequate supply of quality bottled water.

What kind of weather can I expect?

South Africa is generally speaking, sunny and temperate throughout the year. Since the country lies south of the equator, the seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Winters (June/July) are usually cool and mild, and temperatures do from time to time fall below zero. March to October is the time frame when most hunts are conducted.


Can I bring electrical appliances along on my hunt?


Electrical power is available in all camps used by Brad Rolston African Hunting.If you bring a digital or video camera, laptop, razor or hair dryer etc, make sure they are adaptable to 220 AC and 50 cycle current and that you have adapter plugs for the local outlets.

 

What currency is used in South Africa?

 

The South African Rand is the official currency used in South Africa for all purchases. The exchange rate between the South African Rand, and that of your own country, can be found without much effort-either on the internet, going directly to http://www.xe.com/ucc/  or by making contact with your personal banker.
You may exchange your foreign currency for Rand at the airport, or at most of the local banks. Travelers checks and all major currencies can be exchanged at banks and various exchange companies.
Banks are open MondayFriday 9am-3:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-11am. Most ATM machines support the Cirrus network cards. You can check with your bank before you leave and find out if your ATM card will be accepted in South Africa.
Most stores, hotels and restaurants accept Visa, Master Card and American Express. Keep your passport available as you may need picture identification in some cases when you use a credit card.

 

What type of firearms, and how many firearms should I bring?

Plan on bringing a maximum of 3 sporting rifles into South Africa ( 2 would be more than adequate in most cases ). Your decision on the species you have elected to hunt, will dictate your choice of rifles. The minimum caliber for dangerous game is .375 H&H or larger. For most plains game, a rifle of caliber  30-06  or larger will be adequate.

How much and what type of ammunition should I bring?

 

The airlines restrict how much ammunition you can carry by weight. You are permitted, according to South African law to bring in 200 rounds per firearm. Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the absolute necessity of Premium Grade Bullets, both solids and softs. 40 rounds of ammunition per firearm should be adequate. Brad Rolston African Hunting, in correspondence with you prior to your hunt, will make the necessary recommendations to you.

What type of shooting practice should I do to get ready for my safari?

 

Firstly, be sure that your rifle fits you correctly, and that you can shoot comfortably with it. Secondly, make sure it is shooting consistently and accurately with your ammunition of choice. If not, consider the option of acquiring premium quality hand loaded ammunition. Once you are happy that your rifle is shooting the way it should, practice shooting from the sitting and kneeling positions, as well as off a tree limb or a tree trunk. A good pair of shooting sticks is also a good investment.  

 

What transportation recommendations do you have for my firearms?

In plain, simple English, the strongest, most crash, fire, general damage, and airline baggage employee resistant metal, carbon fibre, kevlar or other high strength material case that can be locked securely. It is advised that you do not spare any expense in this regard.

 

What are the legal requirements for getting my firearms into South Africa?

 

If the paperwork sent to you by Brad Rolston African Hunting, prior to your departure is all completed, and in order, you should not have any trouble. Upon arrival at one of the international airports, after passing through passport control, you will pick up your checked baggage. Proceed to your airline's help desk in the luggage area and inform the attendant that you have a firearm(s) as part of your checked baggage. They will then assist you in retrieving your rifle. You then proceed to the South African Police Service,  Firearm Control Office, and register your firearm with the SAPS, using your completed SAPS Form 520, along with your Letter of Invitation from Brad Rolston African Hunting. Once they are satisfied that all of your documentation is in order, they will issue you a temporary import permit. Make sure you safeguard this permit. Please note that whatever firearms you bring into the country, must return with you. It is illegal to leave your firearm in South Africa.
 

How long are my shots likely to be while hunting?

 

Most shots taken, range from as little as 25 yards to around 250 yards, with an average of between 75 and 150 yards, depending on the area you are hunting. Adequate practice with your rifle(s) is strongly recommended, paying particular attention to your points of impact at 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 & 250 yards. Every effort is made to keep all shots within a reasonable distance of around 150 yards or less. A fact that needs to be taken into consideration is that shots at trophy animals often become available without warning, and a time frame of only a few seconds is available for a successful shot. Trophy animals become trophy animals, by being one step ahead of the rest, and have survived as a result of this.

What range should my scope be sighted in for and what distances will my shooting be at?

The average distances for shots in most of the hunting areas is between 75  and 150 yards.  On occasion there may be shots up to around 250 yards, but normally they are significantly less. For long shots (after a lot of practice as a pre requisite) you should be confident of a one shot kill, before taking them, as tracking a wounded animal can waste up to several days of valuable hunting time. A telescope sighted at zero, at 100 yards is recommended.

What is included in the Daily Rates?

All of the following services are included in the daily rates:
Road transportation to and from the closest international airport to the hunting area, and back.
Luxurious private accommodations that include hot & cold running water, showers, flush toilets and all linen and towels.
Daily laundry, ironing and general cleaning service.
All meals.
All beverages, including soft drinks, juices, wine and local varieties of alcohol
Licensed Professional Hunters, trackers and skinners.
All permits and hunting licenses, excluding CITIES permits and documentation.
Field preparation of all trophies’ - skinning, caping and salting.
In the case of multiple hunting areas being utilized, all transportation to and from these hunting areas.
Delivery of trophy's to the Taxidermist, or Shipping Agent of the hunter’s personal choice.

What is notincluded in the Daily Rates?

Daily rates are inclusive of everything that you are likely to need during your safari. The costs of the animals that are hunted are a separate part of your final account, and depends on the type of hunt that has been booked-either a package hunt or just hunting animals of your choice and opportunity. Your safari begins when you are picked up at the closest international airport to the hunting area, and ends when you are dropped back off there.
The list below contains everything which is not included in your daily rates. Arrangements for these specified details can, however, be undertaken by Brad Rolston African Hunting with sufficient prior notice:
Airfare to and from Johannesburg.
Accommodations before and after your safari.
Activities undertaken prior to, and after the contracted hunting period
Private local air charters
Trophy fees of animals successfully hunted, or wounded and lost.
Any and all taxidermy costs.
Packing, dipping and shipping of your trophies.
Any and all insurance of whatever nature – medical, personal etc.
Items of a personal nature. ( Medication etc. )
Gratuities. (Optional)
14% government tax (V.A.T.) applicable to daily rates only.

 

Are the Daily Rates lower for 2 hunters that want to hunt together, hunting with only one Professional Hunter?

Some hunters prefer to do their hunting with a companion of some nature, be it a friend, family member or hunting companion or partner. For some hunters, this is a pre requisite, and is very rewarding in the fact that they can share in each others adventures, experiences and memories as they happen. This is referred to in the hunting business as a  2 X 1 hunt - 2 hunters, hunting together with 1 Professional Hunter. The daily rates in a case like this will be significantly lower, as the initial costs incurred are lower.

Can I bring my children on my safari?
 
The importance of the family in today's life, can in no way be understated. If for whatever reason a hunter wishes to bring his/her children along on a hunt, all necessary arrangements, requested by the hunter, with sufficient prior notice, will be made on their behalf by Brad Rolston African Hunting. This can include anything from a person hired for the full contracted period of the hunt to take care of the child/children, or to have them involved in certain of the hunting activities, or any other activities arranged with the hunter.

What areTrophy Fees?

Trophy fees are the cost for each individual animal that is hunted. These fees for most of the varying species of animals differ. These fees are also charged in the event of an animal being wounded and lost by the hunter. While everything possible is done by Brad Rolston African Hunting and its staff, to track, and subsequently dispatch a wounded animal, the loss of such animal will result in the hunter being responsible for the trophy fee of the animal. A complete list of all Trophy Fees can be found in the Hunting Pricelist section

What is included in the case of a pre arranged package hunt?

This is a hunt where a specific list, and number of huntable animals, along with a specific number of hunting days is combined, and a fixed price determined for everything included - full service daily rates, and trophy fees for all animals included.

What happens if I don't shoot some of the animals in my package?

As with hunting anywhere in Africa, or the rest of the world, there are a number of factors that can influence the success, or a short supply thereof, during a hunt. Most of the negative factors are weather related.  Offering a guarantee that a hunter will be able to successfully hunt all of the animals in his/her package is not possible. If for some reason you do not get all of the included animals in the package then we will deduct the full trophy fee of that animal or animals from the balance originally agreed upon. The only restriction to this undertaking is that if a hunter is put in a position, and has reasonable time to take a shot at the animal, but does not do so for whatever reason, then the trophy fee will not be refunded.

Can I add additional animals to my hunting package and what would be their cost?

Package hunts in any specific area, are designed and put together based on the experience of Brad Rolston African Hunting, to ensure that there is reasonable time allocated for the hunter to have the opportunity to hunt all of the trophies that are included in the package. In all of the hunting areas, you will, without doubt, encounter other animals that are not included in your package. When this occurs, and there is sufficient quota available for the specific species of animal, the hunter will have the option to add the specific animal to his/her trophy list. If a decision is made by the hunter to hunt the animal, he/she will be responsible for the listed trophy fee thereof.  

Can other people in my party shoot any of the animals in my package?
 
They are more than welcome to shoot one or more of the animals included in your package, at no additional cost. The trophy or trophies that they successfully hunt will then be regarded as hunted, and the specific specie(s) be removed from you initial list of trophy animals. The hunting of an animal, by another person in your party can only happen while they accompany the contracted hunter during his/her hunt. If the hunter decides at a later stage that he/she would also like to hunt the same animal, providing there is time and sufficient quota available, then the trophy fee for the hunter’s animal will be added to the package price. If they do shoot one of your animals and then they decide that they want to hunt more, they will then be considered a hunter and their daily rate will increase to the listed daily rate, as listed by Brad Rolston African Hunting, and any additional animals that they take will be at the listed trophy fee rate, These extra charges incurred will be added on at the end of the hunt.

 

Is it possible for any of the other people in my party to accompany me while hunting?

We encourage any observer in your party to accompany you during any of your actual hunts. In this way they will also be able to share in your special moments and memories as they happen and they may even be able to photograph or video tape the entire event. 

 

Do I need any immunizations before I come to South Africa?

No immunizations are required to enter South Africa. A tetanus booster and Hepatitis A vaccines are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. We recommend you look at the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel/safrica.htm to learn more about health issues in South Africa. It is also regarded as wise to consult with your personal physician about traveling to Africa well before you leave, for his/her advice and recommendations.

What happens if I need to fill a prescription or see a doctor?

Your prescription can be refilled here in South Africa. It would be best if you bring enough of your medication to last for the entire trip so as not to lose valuable hunting time. If you're concerned about running out, have your doctor provide you with an extra prescription for you and bring it with you. South Africa has excellent private medical facilities and medical care. In most case, due to the backup systems retained by Brad Rolston African Hunting, these facilities are all accessible from the hunting area.

 

What kind of phone service can I get on my safari?

In all of the camps used by Brad Rolston African Hunting, you will have a mobile phone at your disposal 24 hours a day. In the event that a hunter would prefer to have his/her own telephone, check firstly with your mobile phone service provider in your country of residence, if you their service will be available to you in South Africa. Alternatively, you can rent a cell phone at the international airport of your arrival. The best, but also most costly option would be a satellite phone.


 

Can I get internet access while I am on safari?

A laptop, with wireless internet will be available to you, for the duration of the contract period of a hunt. It must be noted however, that due to the remote location of certain camps used by Brad Rolston African Hunting, sufficient signal is often not available for the operation of this device. Prior to your departure from your country of residence, Brad Rolston African Hunting will insure that you are provided with a detailed list of telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses, including all of those for all emergency services in the country, as well as for the embassy of your country in South Africa.

 

What is Value Added Tax (V.A.T.)?
 
Value added Tax (VAT) is charged on the daily rate of a hunting/observer safari. This can be compared to sales tax in the United States. This is not refundable.
There is no VAT charged on the trophy fee if the trophies are to be exported under specific regulations set out by the Receiver of Revenue. Currently VAT is 14%.
Please note that while the trophy fees are not subject to VAT if the trophies are to be exported, VAT is levied at 14% on the dipping and shipping services and/or for the tanning of skins done. Should the trophies be process in South Africa, VAT is levied at 14% on 30% of the taxidermy value, as agreed between the Taxidermy Industry and the South African Receiver of Revenue.

 

Does Value Added Tax (V.A.T.) apply on a package hunt?


Yes. The package hunt is a combination of both daily rates and trophy fees. The daily rates for a package hunt are figured on the current 1 X 1 daily rate per day and the hunter will be responsible for the V.A.T. based on the number of days of the hunting package.

 

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