GENERAL INFORMATION ON HUNTING IN AFRICA
WEATHER & CLIMATE
The best time to go on safari is from April to October. Our Province has a summer rainfall season and the possibilities of encountering rain during your hunt is remote. The temperatures varies from a cool 0° C (32 F) in the mornings to 25° C (77 F) at midday. Annual rainfall average around 600 mm (24 inches).
Standard Time in South Africa is GMT+2 hours. This means that South Africa is 6 hours ahead of normal Eastern Daylight Time in summer and one to two hours ahead of most European countries. South Africa has no daylight time changes.
The unit of currency in South Africa is the Rand (R), which is divided into 100 cents. Notes are in R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. Credit cards are accepted by most restaurants, hotels and stores. Proof of identity may be requested in some instances. It is therefore advisable to carry you passport with you at all times.
Voltage in South Africa is 230 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Don't forget a voltage converter for any electrical items you may bring along. A multiplug adapter will also prove to be very handy.
CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION
All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival. Visas are not required for citizens from USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany and Spain. Visitors can stay for a maximum of 90 days. Firearms may be readily imported into South Africa. You may bring up to 3 firearms per hunter and 100 rounds of ammunition per firearm. A temporary import permit will be issued at the airport upon arrival.
HEALTH & INSURANCE
South Africa is a country where health risks are relatively limited. Medical facilities are world class, with many capable hospitals, clinics and private medical practices throughout the country. However, all medical treatment must be paid for at the time of service. It is thus advisable to purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance before departure to cover the duration of your stay. Tap water is safe to drink throughout South Africa, but it is still advisable to drink only bottled water. There are no immunizations required to enter South Africa. A Tetanus Booster and Hepatitis A/B are recommended however. Most of the Northern Province, including the Kuvhima Safaris area, is Malaria free. If you plan to tour further North to the Zimbabwean border or even to the Kruger National Park, it is advisable to take a Malarial Prophylaxis at least one week before visiting these areas.
Kuvhima Safaris cater for the discerning bow hunter. Our bow-hunting concessions specialize in bow hunting and allow no rifle hunting whatsoever. Hides and blinds have been specifically constructed above ground within shooting distance from waterholes and with salt licks. We suggest the hunter brings two well tuned bows with a draw weight not less than 50 lbs, and for larger antelope not less than 70 lbs.
FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
You are encouraged to bring your own rifle which you are familiar with. The most important factor is your knowledge and comfort in your ability to shoot your own rifle accurately. It is advisable to have a good scope fitted to your rifle. A 3-9 variable scope is common. All shots are likely to be in the 50 - 250 yard range. Any caliber from .270 to 300WM is adequate for most plains game. For Buffalo however, law dictates a minimum of a .375 caliber. We recommend that you bring at least 60 rounds of ammunition per firearm. You should also bring a hard case to transport your firearms. A soft case is also advisable whilst on safari.
You are welcome to advise your preference of taxidermist. Should you not be familiar with a Taxidermist in South Africa, we shall gladly recommend one. Delivery of field prepared trophies to the taxidermy of your choice are included in your daily rates. All other costs for shipping, dipping and mounting of trophies are to be negotiated between the hunter and the taxidermist direct. We shall supply all the necessary details before your departure.
- Clothing should be simple, layered and of a neutral colour Khaki or an Green/Olive is best.
- Ankle high comfortable boots or walking shoes are a must. Please make sure they are well broken in prior to your arrival. Blisters are known to ruin a safari.
- Three changes of comfortable and durable bush clothes are recommended.
- At least one warm jacket is advisable.
- You will also need a hat to protect you from the sun and branches whilst stalking. Baseball caps are OK.
- Casual clothes for before and after the safari.
- Hand gloves are recommended for the chilly early mornings.
- Cotton socks are more effective.
- Sun protection;
- Lip Balm;
- Insect repellent;
- Medical prescriptions;
- Shaving and cosmetic kit;
- Personal toiletries;
- Skin moisturizer;
- Personal wash cloth;
- Small sewing kit and extra buttons;
- Small pair of scissors;
- Pocket knife;
- Locks for luggage whilst in transit;
- Diary and pen;
- Video equipment, tapes, charging equipment and spare battery;
- 220-110 volt converter for personal electrical equipment;
- MultIplug adapter;
- CAMERA AND PLENTY OF FILM;
- Hunting rifles and ammunition.