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/5 Common FAQ’s

What does my hunt package/ Daily rates include?
The hunting concessions are all located in the vicinity of Kimberley and Bloemfontein, South Africa.

“Plains game” refers to all the non-dangerous African animals such as Impala, Kudu, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc.

Daily rates cover accommodation in a comfortable, luxury hunting lodge, gourmet meals, non-alcoholic drinks & snacks, beer, wine, daily laundry, hunting licenses, services of a qualified professional hunter plus a team of trackers/skinners and field dressing and preparation of trophies (caping & drying)

All road transfers during your hunt, hunting vehicles, recovery teams. Your ‘’PH’’ professional hunter will have good tripod shooting sticks, but if you favour a certain type, please be sure to bring it along.

We offer 38 available species across all of our hunting concessions. The cost for each animal is called it’s “trophy fee”.

For available species and costs, please refer to the “Trophy Fees” section on our price list, or send us an email for a detailed list and quote.
Some species may occur on certain concessions only or the quality of some species may be better in some areas than others, therefore it is good to inquire from us should you not be 100% sure. Email: ricus@whitelionsafaris.com or alternatively, nelia12@mweb.co.za

Your hunt package/ Daily rates does not include the following:
Flights to and from South Africa.
35 – 40 mins flight from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein. (+- $170 per person)

We can assist with the booking of this flight.

Should you wish to be picked up and dropped off in Johannesburg, we can arrange it at an agreed upon rate for your group.

Accommodation before or after the start of your hunt.Your arrival day and departure day is free of charge.

Hard Alcoholic beverages.

Rifle rental @ $35/day + ammunition at cost price.

Trophy fees on any animals shot or wounded.

Delivery of trophies to Red Dune Taxidermy ($100/hunter)

Dipping & Packing or Taxidermy charges
Shipping trophies back to home country

Gratuities (at your discretion) to professional hunter, tracker & skinners and other staff.

We will supply a suggested list.

How would I get there?
You need to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa – O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), and from there take another short flight to either Bloemfontein Airport (BFN) or Kimberley airport.

This is where we will meet you personally and drive to our hunting area and lodge from there.

You will need to complete a booking information form (sent separately), advising us of your date and time of arrival as well as departure.

This will ensure that we know when to meet you at the airport to transfer you to the hunting concession. It also has a section to advise us on meal and drinks preferences or allergies etc.

What travel documents do I need?
Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your expected date of return and has a minimum of 4 blank pages.

PLEASE MAKE SURE BEFORE DEPARTURE THAT THERE ARE NO NEW REGULATIONS IN PLACE FOR YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

Australian citizens do not require a Visa for tourist or business travel of up to 90 days.
U.S citizens do not require a visa for business or tourist travel of up to 90 days.

*Please ensure you have the necessary documents if you plan to do side trips to neighbouring countries.

*NB – Please note that there are extra documents needed if you are travelling with a child under the age of 18. Please be sure to check with your travel agent or with us directly so that we can help you get everything prepared.

When is a good time of year to hunt?
Hunting can be done year round, but we recommend hunting during our cooler months for the sake of comfort and to lessen the risk of damage to trophies due to excessive heat.

Our regular hunting season is March 1st – October 31st. November and December are also good months, but it gets warmer during this time and we might experience some thunderstorms during the afternoons. The hunting is still a good thought

The hunting concessions are located in a summer rainfall area with an average annual precipitation of about 450 mm. The hottest month of the year is January and February with mean daily maximum temperatures ranging between 30 – 32°C (86 – 95ºF) and the mean minimum temperatures ranging between 14 – 16°C (57 – 60°F) The coldest month of the year is July with mean maximum temperatures of between 14 – 16°C (57 – 60°F) and mean minimum temperatures of between -2 – 0°C (28 – 32°F) Typically the daily range between maximum and minimum temperatures is 14 – 16°C (57 – 60°F).

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/Your Equipment

Rifles
It is always best to bring your own rifle along on your African hunting trips. The main reason is that you know your rifle and its ballistics pretty well.

You will naturally feel more comfortable hunting and be using your own.

Although you can rent one of our rifles, many hunters go for this option just for the pure easiness of travelling and it’s one less thing to worry about.

Renting one of our rifles must be prearranged before your safari commenced.

The most common hunting in South Africa is plains game hunting and a variety of animals can be hunted from small Steenbuck to 200olbs Eland.

A good all-around calibre like the .270, .308, 30/06 will always serve you well.

For larger plains game hunting a good hard hitting .300WM, 7mm RM, or .338WM will do well with no problem.

Basically, it all comes down to shot placement and how comfortable you are with the rifle.

Bullets
We are believers in a good expandable soft nose bullet.

It is all about penetration and reliable expandability for maximum damage.

For dangerous game, a well structured expandable bullet with great performance and solid for back up. That will be your ticket to success.

Rifle Cases
A good hard travelling case for your rifles is key for travelling abroad. Rifles and their cases go through a beating when entering and exiting airports.

Be safe and be sure you are using the best protection for your favourite rifles. We can recommend looking at any hard cases from Pelican.

For travelling in and around the hunting area, a good soft case always helps with dust and the countless bumps your rifle will experience on the back of the hunting vehicle.

Rifle Scopes
A reliable variable powered scope will help you in all types of scenarios in Africa.

With all the variety of animals in South Africa and their diverse habitat. A 4×12-50 rifle scope won’t let you down.

Zero your rifle before denaturing on your Safari. This will eliminate any unnecessary sight- in – shots when you get to your destination.

All rifles will be check before your hunting starts.

Importing and Exporting
South Africa requires a temporarily import documents for all your rifles and ammunition.

This may seem a bit daunting for some but is very simple if you know the rules and regulations. 

We strongly advise using an agent to assist you with this matter. It will take a huge load off your shoulders.

Please note – a small fee is charged for the services.

Feel free to contact Africa Sky for their pricing and services.

www.africasky.com

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/Travelling & Visas

Travelling and Visas
Travelling to South Africa is like travelling to any other 1st world country. We have great infrastructures that will simplify your travels and make your arrangements hassles free.

Your point of entry will be O.R Tambo International Airport. From there you can jump on a short connecting flight to Bloemfontein where you will be met by one of the White Lion Safaris team members.

A quick drive to the hunting area will give you some time to see the countryside.

No Visas are required when visiting South Africa if you are a legal holder of an American or European Union Passport.

Children under the age of 18
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs can update or add an addition to their policies without any notice or warning. Thus it is always a good practise to ask your outfitter for any specific regulations regarding travelling with children to and from South Africa.

We would like to inform you about a regulation South Africa introduced in 2015.

We would also like to add that we as White lion Safaris and the rest of South Africa do not support this and we ask to please bear with this regulation for the time being.

If the child/ren is travelling with both parent the following is needed –

A valid birth certificate for the child under 18’s full names like in passport, plus both parents details needs to be printed on the certificate.

If the child/ren is travelling with only one parent the following is needed –

He or she must produce an unabridged certificate and an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorizing him or her to enter into or depart the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is traveling with, a court order granting full parental responsibility to the parent traveling, with certified copies of both parents passport and a 24 hour telephone number.

We know it sounds like a deal breaker, but it will be well worth it.

Trust us.

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/Your Health

Your health and precautions
Your health and safety is our number one priority. White Lion Safaris will always make sure you and our loved ones are well looked after and taken care off.

However, there are a few things you have to take the necessary measures to ensure your own well being.

If you have any sorts of medical issues, please see your dockter before embarking on your safari.

If you use prescription medication, be sure to have the correct amount of dosages for your planned stay. Take note, your prescription medication containers should have a clear label with your full names printed on them. This is only for customs and security checks.

Bring the following items –

Sunscreen SPF 30 – 50
Chapstick
Insect repellant
Extra set of glasses or contact lenses if needed.
Sunglasses (polarized optional)

Although South Africa has some of the worlds best medical facilities, prevention is always better than a cure.

Malaria
All White Lion Safari’s hunting areas within South Africa is Malaria free and it’s not needed for any types of vaccines or medication before departures.

If you are travelling with White Lion Safaris to our Neighbouring countries for hunting or fishing purposes it would be advisable to contact us regarding the location and Malaria status.

Medical Insurance
Medical Insurance is key for any hunter and outdoor sportsman. Be sure your medical insurance company is fully aware of your travels and if you are covered internationally.

We recommend Global Rescue as a partner when it comes to medical evacuations and should be considered by anyone travelling abroad for hunting purposes.

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