When is the Hunting Season?
Our busy season is late February until mid-October. The Winter months, when it is most pleasant are from May until early September. We do also hunt year-round, but be ready for the heat from late October until late February.
What is the Success Rate on getting all of the animals I'm after in the Package?
It has happened, though very rare, for a hunting client to not get an opportunity at all of the animals in their package. We scout the game year-round to give our clients a great opportunity to harvest the animals on their list and within their package.
Can I rent a rifle for my Safari?
About 70% of our clients do this, as they do not want to travel with their own rifle internationally. If you fly through London, which is much cheaper sometimes, then you will not be able to bring a rifle, so this is the best option. We have just about every caliber from .243 up to .458. We charge a rental fee which includes ammunition.
Can I change my mind on animals to hunt?
You only pay for the animals you harvest (or wound) at the end of the day. We can change packages to fit your desires or needs, and can also build custom hunting packages for you. If you want to substitue an animal, we can do so, though due to our already discounted packages, we may not apply all 100% of the substition based on our trophy fees...you might get 80-90% of the value instead.
How far are the shots?
The average shot with rifle for Plainsgame would be under 200 yards. If you are comfortable taking longer shots, that is OK as well, but please practice shooting from sticks and standing up, as this is the scenario most of the time. We will range the animal for you, so you will know the distance.
If Bow Hunting, most of blinds are set up for 20-35 yards shots, next to a water hole.
How many Hunters can you accommodate?
We do host some large groups of 10-12 hunters, but try to keep the numbers around 6 people at once. We have multiple PH's working for us, so typically you will split up during the day to hunt at different part of the concessions or even a neighbouring concession , and then meet up that evening to all sit around the fire and share you stories about the day's hunt.
What type of Food is served at Africa Hunt Lodge?
We serve 3 meals per day including snacks throughout the day. We always have Red and White Wine in stock as well as Beer, Mixed Drinks, Sodas, Water, etc. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will cater our meals to suit your needs.
Is a Safari Fair-chase?
Yes our hunts are fair chase. Though most of South African hunting concessions are high fenced, we hunt large tracks of land, starting at 7,000 acres and as large as 200,000 acres. Most of our land is thick bushveld, and there are animals which we will never see in their lifetimes. These animals are not tame, they are wild...they were born in the concession, therefore know how to hide in that area. South Africa has perimeter fences to keep our Trophy game from leaving our concessions, as well as to keep predators out of our concessions...a Leopard can wipe out an entire herd of Impala or Blesbok in months. Not all of our hunting concessions are high fenced...there are still plenty of game which we will hunt near rivers and mountains such as Hippos, Warthog, Bushpig, Caracal, Klipspringer, etc.
Is South Africa safe and do we need shots?
South Africa is as safe as anywhere else in the World. We will pick you up at TAMBO International Airport just north of Johannesburg, and escort you to our lodge. To date, we have never had an issue with security. No shots are required and the only one we recommend may be Tetanus, which you should keep up to date anywhere.
How do I get my trophies back home?
We will skin and salt your capes at the lodge free of charge, anyway you like, i.e. Lifesize, Shoulder Mount, Rug, etc. A trusted dipping company will come to the lodge to pick up your trophies to dip, boil the skulls, clean horns, crate and process paperwork for export...they will send you an invoice for this 1-2 months later via email. Then the crate is picked up by an export agent, and they will send you a quote for shipping back to your country, typicall via Air Freight. It is recommend to have an import agent in your home country to receive this crate with your trophies, and then they can either forward on to your taxidermist, or send directly to your home via Ground freight.
How much is airfare to South AFrica?
During the busy season, May to early August, Airfare from the United States typically runs from $1400 to $2400 round trip economy, depending on whether you fly direct or through Europe. Outside of this time, you can find it as low as $900. If traveling from the US, we recommend Delta Airlines direct from Atlant to Jo'burg, 15 hour flight.
What Caliber and Firearm do you recommend?
ou are allowed to bring 2 guns per hunter of different caliber, and up to 200 rounds of ammunition per rifle. If you are hunting dangerous game in South Africa the minimum requirement is a .375. For plainsgame, we recommend a .30 caliber or similar. Ammunition we prefer any premium grade ammunition like Swift -A frame, Nosler Accubonds or Barnes Triple X.
What is your policy on Wounded Game?
If you hit the animal, you will pay for it. Our PH's are excellent on determining whether an animal was wounded...this is their job, and we will spend hours, and sometimes days attempting to recover your animal. The most common species to be wounded are Blue Wildebeest and Gemsbok. Shot placement is key...if you listen to your PH, and hit them in the correct spot, they will expire.
Will my phone work
Contact your service provider before you leave to make sure you have international service. Your mobile phone will work in most areas, but we encourage you to turn-off your data, so you are not billed at data rates which can be excessive. Some service providers provide international Data packages and most of our Lodges have WIFI available.
Will someone meet me at the Airport?
We will be waiting outside of Customs for you once you pick up your baggage...look for a person holding a sign with your name on it! If you brought a rifle with you, we will then take you to the South Africa Police station to pick that up next.
Will we have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs?
Yes, as time permits during your time with us, we can go to some shops to purchase items ranging from Warthog tusk keychains, to lead wood sculptures, jewelry, and clothes. There are also some awesome shops at the exit terminal at TAMBO Airport where we are sure you will spend some money. Additionally we can arrange to stop at one of our local hunting stores before or after your Safari.
When Do I pay the balance on the Hunt and What do I tip the staff?
We will typical provide you with a final invoice the evening before you depart for home. Any deposits you've made previously will be applied, and you can either pay your balance in Cash, Card machine, or via an Electronic transfer. (Please note when paying with a debit or credit card we only accept Visa and Mastercard and there is unfortunately an additional 3% card levy added on each transaction) Gratuities are not mandatory, but they are typically expected on an African Safari.
Do you hunt other African Countries ?
Yes we do. For the more experienced hunters we also hunt concessions in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania.