South Africa is a beautiful country that offers much diversity – let us tailor an additional tour to your hunt, guided by our qualified tour guides to get the most from your visit. Experience the malaria-free Big Five reserves of the Eastern Cape – travel down the world renowned Garden Route to Cape Town’s beautiful Winelands and iconic Table Mountain. Let Africa surprise you!
Enjoy Cape Point, penguin experiences at Boulders Beach, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, The Atlantic Strip with it's dining experiences, V&A Waterfront and of course the famous winelands around Stellenbosch.
White Shark cage diving, Canopy top zip lines, The highest ungee jump in the world, sea kayaking to just experience.
The climate in Steytlerville is referred to as a local steppe climate. In Steytlerville, there is little rainfall throughout the year. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as BSk. I The least amount of rainfall occurs in June, the average in this month is 11 mm. The most precipitation falls in March. The temperatures are highest on average in February, at around 78°F. July has the lowest average temperature of the year of 52°F but often dips below freezing.
Customs and Immigration Passport Requirements
All visitors to South Africa are required to carry a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages (a minimum of 2) 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. You may be requested to show a return ticket. Visit www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries for further details.
Should you require an invitation letter from Royal Karoo, please contact us and we will ensure you receive it via email. Contact Royal Karoo Safaris for further details.
Importing Hunting Firearms and Personal Items
When coming to South Africa, you are entitled to import a personal allowance of 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 9 ounces of pipe tobacco, 2 litres of wine, 1 litre of alcohol, other gifts up to a value of R500 and any amount of foreign currency as long as you declare amounts over $20,000 to Customs upon arrival.
Sporting firearms may be readily imported into South Africa. You may bring up to 3 firearms per hunter (however, most airlines limit you to 2) and 200 rounds of ammo per firearm but, again, airline regulations allow only 5 kgs or 11 lbs of ammo per passenger. The average weight of factory-loaded ammo boxes of 20 shells per box runs from 1 lb 4 ounces to 2 lbs.
SAA is the only Airline that carries firearms from JNB to PLZ. It is recommended that you use an agent to meet you at the airport on arrival to assist you through the firearm importation procedure. Contact Royal Karoo Safaris for further details.
Temporary Hunting Firearm Import Procedures in South Africa
Upon arrival in South Africa, you must have filled out an SAP Form 520 (click HERE for the form) for the South African Police in order for a Temporary Firearm Import Permit to be issued to you.
They will then issue you a Temporary Import Permit. You must retain a signed copy of this permit and it must be in your possession while you are hunting.
You will need to present your Temporary Import Permit on your departure from South Africa.
Afton Guest House Accommodations in Johannesburg, If your flight arrives in the afternoon or evening, we recommend that you spend your first night in Johannesburg. After the long flight to South Africa, there is nothing better than getting a good night’s rest and beginning your safari completely fresh.
Telephone: +27 11 391 7625 or +27 11 391 4393
AIRLINE & TRAVEL PLANNING
BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS to South Africa
Airlines are constantly changing their procedures concerning transporting firearms and ammunition. Be sure to check baggage requirements with your airline before you book your flight and be sure to allow plenty of time between flights in case an unforeseen issue comes into play.
AIRLINE TRAVEL INFORMATION
Airline transportation to South Africa is not included with any of our safaris. Your local travel agent can assist you with these arrangements; however, some of them might not be familiar with Southern Africa and travelling with hunting rifles, so choose carefully.
- Camouflage clothing is legal in South Africa (except military-style) and is widely used by many of the residents.
- Comfortable boots or walking shoes are a must.
- Three changes of comfortable, cotton bush clothes are recommended.
- Bring at least one warm jacket for those cold mornings, a knitted hat/beanie/tuque and a pair of gloves.
- You will also need a sun hat for protection from the sun and branches while stalking.
- In the evening, the camp is very informal.
Other miscellaneous clothing:
- Casual clothing for use prior to - and after - your safari or for those side trips
- Belt and a cartridge holder
- Four sets of underwear
- Comfortable shoes and socks for wearing around camp
- The Chalet floors can be cool in the mornings and you might want slippers or
- shower shoes
- Swimsuit in season
- A lightweight waterproof jacket
- The international code for South Africa is 27, which should be preceded by the international prefix of 011 if calling from the U.S. In South Africa public phones are available and are either coin or card operated.
- Exchange codes must be dialled when calling outside metropolitan areas. A zero always precedes dialling codes but falls away when calling from overseas. For example, locally, the dialling code for Steytlerville is 049, but calling from outside South Africa, it would be 2749. Directory Information 1023 International operator-0009.
- Police emergencies-10111. Ambulance 10117
SOUTH AFRICAN CURRENCY
- 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 and 10 cent pieces. Very little cash is required though as most purchases can be done with a debit or credit card. Royal Karoo Lodge welcomes payments with Visa or MasterCard with a 3% surcharge added.
While on safari in South Africa, you, or a non-hunting companion, may wish to take some time out from the lodge to see some local sights and take in a little more of Africa.
South Africa is basically a safe place for international travellers. However, it’s sensible to take normal precautions while travelling, particularly when spending some time in built-up urban areas. Avoid the unnecessary display of valuables, such as jewellery, cash or audio/visual equipment. The use of travellers’ cheques or credit cards is more advisable than large amounts of cash.
Standard time in South Africa is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the winter and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time in the summer. Europe experiences a one-to-two hour time difference. South Africa has no daylight saving time changes
Voltage in South Africa is 230 – 240 volts, 50 Hz. For your electrical items you will need a voltage converter. These can be purchased at any K-Mart, Walmart or similar type of store.
You will also need a plug adapter to plug your converter into the wall. The universal plugs that come with some converters indicate whether they can be used in Africa.
There should be no reason to purchase a new rifle for your South African safari. The most important factor is your knowledge and comfort in your ability to shoot your own rifle accurately. The rifle you use for deer hunting is probably adequate for any type of plains game you may hunt. Being familiar with your rifle and practising in several positions, including utilizing shooting sticks, will go a long way toward a successful safari. Accurate shot placement is much more important than a large calibre rifle.
Be sure to have a quality scope fitted to your rifle. A 3×9 variable scope is common, but the choice is left to you. All shots should be in the 50 – 250 yards range with 150 yards the average in the Eastern Cape Karoo.
Any .30 calibre rifle is adequate for most plains game, however, for buffalo, the law dictates a minimum of .375 and a bow draw strength of 75lbs.
Safair and Airlink are the only airlines that carry firearms from JNB to PLZ. It is recommended that you use an agent to meet you at the airport on arrival to assist you through the firearm importation procedure. Using our rental firearms is becoming more popular due to the increasing cost and onerous paperwork required to travel with your own firearms. A number of options exist and you choose the firearm you are comfortable with. Extending your tour with a photographic option is easier with no firearms to look after. Note that the airlines require 72 hours’ notice of the firearms before the flight takes off. Contact Royal Karoo Safaris for further details.
Insurance is an important item that you should consider prior to your safari. Among the different kinds of insurances to consider are Baggage Insurance, Travel Insurance, Trip Cancellation Insurance and Medical Evacuation Insurance. Your local insurance agent or travel agent can assist you with these.
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South Africa has 11 official languages. English is the language of administration and is spoken throughout the country. The other official languages are: Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsongo, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.