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Planning your hunt with Makhulu Safaris

 

 Best Hunting time 

Hunting in South Africa runs all year round, but the main hunting season is from April to September. The Free State has very hot summers and very cold winters. We usually get summer rainfall. Temperatures vary between 30 - 38°C from Sept to March and 15 - 30°C from April to August. In winter time early mornings and late afternoons can be very chilly/cold. Night temperatures can go down to -2 - 5°C.
 

  Import Firearms, Airlines & Transport

TEMPORARY PRE-ISSUED IMPORT/EXPORT FIREARM PERMITS!

To apply for a pre-issued permit you need the following documents::

  • COPY OF PASSPORT - Certified / Notarized only if its possible
  • COPY OF INVITATION LETTER - Letter from Safari Company
  • COPY OF RETURN TICKET - Itinerary/Flight ticket
  • PROOF OF OWNERSHIP FOR FIREARM - License (States / US Customs Form 4457 or Europe Firearm License) - Certified, please check for the US custom stamp
  • Please NOTE the expire date on the US custom form can't be less than 2016’s date
  • SAPS 520 - use black ink. Dates must be year – month – day
  • COPY OF LETTER OF PERMISSION  - You give me permission to handle your Permit
     
  • THE FOLLOWING PAGES OF THE SAPS 520 FORM NEEDS TO BE FILLED OUT:
  • PAGE 2 – D; E; 1-25.4 (D – 1 UP TO 25.4)
  • PAGE 4 – G; 1-9.2 (G – 1 UP TO 9.2) Year – Month - Day
  • PAGE 5 – I; 1-2
  • PAGE 6 – I; 4-4.4 – J; 1-4 (Signature must be on both I; 4.3 – J; 3 – PLACE : Indicates your Location when filling out the form. Example: Dallas, Texas or London, UK )

NB: AMMUNITION MUST BE IN SEPARATE SECURE LOCKABLE AMMO CASE!

Application form must be sent 25 DAYS IN ADVANCE  if possible. Scan and email documents needed and only the pages you need to fill out on the SAPS 520 Form.

Please note that I need documents for office check 25 days before arrival date!

The cost for the Firearm Permit is $130 or €120 that includes up to 6 rifles you apply for and includes assistance on arrival and departures. VIP assistance excluding $110 or €100. Payment to be made upon receiving permit. 

Please note: If your documents are not in order the SAPS will refuse to issue a permit and will lock up your firearms till the day of departure. Please make sure you have all the documents in order as well as the serial no’s. And for safety, always bring originals and
copies with.
 

US CUSTOM 4457 FORM

US Custom 4457 form should have an expiry date between 2017 to 2019.  The central firearm registry requires that the documentation must have an expiry date on the top right hand corner of the US Custom 4457 form, and it must not be older than 2017.

SAPS 520 FORM

You can download the SAPS 520 as a pdf attachment below.  Please type in all information on the form because handwriting can sometimes be misread, thus leading to mistakes on the permit. For more information visit their website.
 

Bolt

Please remove bolt from rifle in case of a bolt action. It can travel in your gun case with rifle but just out of firearm.

Cancelation fee is required on Permits – If a client's application has been submitted to the Police by my office a 100% fee is payable even if client cancels or leaves his rifles behind for whatever reason.


For FedEx / DHL send to

7 Montoire Ave,
Bonaero Park,
Kempton Park,
Gauteng,
South Africa,
1619

RED ALERT! TRAVELLING ABROAD WITH CHILDREN 

Produce a certified copy of an authorisation letter
Visit the Home Affairs website – www.dha.gov.za – for documents and more information on the new immigration acts and regulations.  
 

VIP meet and assist

VIP is from the plane, through immigration, through customs up until my team will be waiting for you to assist you with your firearms clearance.  An extra $100 0r €90 for VIP meet and greet.

Arrivals

Upon reaching the last sliding door in the arrival hall, you will be met by our agent awaiting on your right-hand side, next to the big pillar to take and assist you at the firearm office.

 

 New SAPS regulations

Firearms have to be in lockable firearm case and Ammunition needs to be in a separate lockable Ammo case. No ammunition allowed in baggage only certain airlines allow it. Ammunition case can’t be more than 5 Kg / 11 Pounds.  No liquids, cameras or wiring is allowed in firearm case.

NO AMMUNITION ALLOWED IN LUGGAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA - ONLY IN A SEPARATE LOCKABLE AMMO CASE

Arriving in South Africa

  • Go through passport control
  • Go to RAPS security office opposite carousel 7 & 8 to identify and sign for the release of your rifle when you fly with SAA.
  • Collect your normal luggage at the appropriate conveyer belt.
  • Proceed on the GREEN line through customs.
  • Please exit the arrivals hall and turn right. Look out for a person holding your name sign next to the big Pillar. You will be met by one of Hunters Permits Africa’s employee.
  • Your firearm(s) and ammo will be checked against your pre-issued temporary import permit after which you will be free to leave.
  • Please note that the procedure regarding your firearm at customs depends on the airline used. The speed in which your permit will be handled, depends upon the speed in which the rifle case is handled before arriving at the SA Police Office. Please be patient when waiting for your rifle case.
  • We recommend that there is at least 3 hours between landing and your connecting flight.

 

 Please Take Note

Domestic and Africa

Attention all: It is very important to make sure that the Airline you are using for connection flights does transport firearms. At this stage ONLY SAA, Airlink and SAExpress transport firearms from JHB (Johannesburg) to domestic destinations (Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Upington, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit, Polokwane etc. and other African Countries. 

South Africa Airlines (SAA)

Date of arrival - if you fly with SAA you need to sign for your rifles before clearing customs. Accros carosell 7 and 8 at RAPS Security Office.

Your normal baggage allowance plus free 20kg sporting equipment which includes your rifle and ammunition.

SA Express / SA Airlink

If your connection flight is a SA flight no; just make sure it’s not Airlink or an Express flight. If it is, you must remember they will not allow you excess on firearms and baggage. The flight numbers starts with a SA 8... if it is Express and SA 1... if it is Airlink. They have 4 numbers. Express starts with an 8 and Airlink with a 1. So be warned; you need to pay excess if you fly via Airlink or Express. The kg’s allowed are as follow – 15 kg per person.

Please double check with airline or travel agent. Their baggage allowances are different from South African Airways.

 

WhatsApp

It’s an app you can download on your phone which makes communication very easy especially to send documents. WhatsApp number for our agent is +27 76 611 9991.
 

Extra Payments - Handling fees

Extra payments required if you fly to Upington or Kimberley, please let me know so that I can make arrangements, so that they can accept your rifles. 

Kimberley: Private individual will charge R200 to load and R200 to offload firearms and/or ammunition.
 

Flight Reservations

When making flight reservations please inform them that you will be travelling with firearms Especially on Domestic Transvers in South Africa since only certain Airlines transport firearms.
 

Underage Applicants

Any person under the age of 21 that wishes to apply for a temporary import permit has to include a motivational letter with the application proving that he/she is a capable hunter. Any additional motivational letters from 3rd parties will help with the application.
                  

Hotel Bookings

City Lodge:  +27 11 552 7600
InterContinental Jhb OR Tambo Airport Hotel: +27 11 961 5400

 

 Clothing

Comfortable camo/safari clothing is advised. You should at least bring one very warm jacket and a set of gloves and a beanie to brave the winter mornings. For the summer months light clothing is advised.
 

 Tips & Gratuity

Tips to the PH´s and staff are totally at the hunter´s discretion. However, we normally recommend the following tips:

  • PH´s - Minimum of $70 per day
  • Driver - Minimum of $25 per day
  • Chefs - Minimum of $100 for the full duration of your stay. There are normally 2 Chefs.
  • Skinners - Minimum of $70 per skinner for the full duration of your stay. There are normally 2 skinners.
  • Maids - Minimum of $70 for the cleaning maid and $30 for the kitchen maid.

Please feel free to tip any amount if you were satisfied with the service rendered.

 

RELATED DOCUMENTS

# Name Description
1. SAPS 520 Import Application Form .pdf
  Left click the document name to view the document or Right click the document name and Select Save Target as... to download the document to your computer.

 


International Bookings:
+27 76 960 8288
info@makhulusafarilodge.co.za
Local Bookings:
082 554 1088
makhulubookings@gmail.com

 

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