Imports of Firearms and ammo?

Please be advised that you must familiarize yourself with the new Firearm Control Act (FCA 2000), and that you need to be aware of the legal requirements pertaining to the safe handling, storage, transportation and use of the firearm in terms of the FCA 2000. (ACT 60 of 2000).
It is highly recommended that you apply in advance for your temporary firearm import permit and that you make use of PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of S.A.) services to obtain these permits for you and to assist you on arrival in S.A. This cuts out the long wait if you get the permit on arrival.
Read the requirements carefully on the website - it is actually very easy. The web address is:, click on general hunting info and then click on S.A. Firearm Importation Procedures and suggestions.


Feel free to contact CDPS at any time for assistance or questions. My recommendation is that you do this at least 4 to 6 weeks before arrival to allow for sufficient time for processing.

Very IMPORTANT is the invitation letter that you need from CDPS.
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Can I hire firearm from Outfitter when on safari?
Yes it is possible and at a rate of $ 50/€ 35(Incl. VAT) per day and ammo at cost.


Travel, how do I get from airport to hunting area?
Clients are met at OR Thambo International Airport in Johannesburg and transported to the hunting area by air conditioned vehicle. Air charters are available on request and at an additional cost.


Weather and clothing
Winter begins late in March and ends at the beginning of September. Winters are mild with warm days although mornings and evenings can be chilly.
Laundry gets done daily so pack lightly. Long sleeve shirts and trousers are recommended for protection against the sun and thorns. However shorts are fine if preferred. A warm jacket, well worn boots and a hat are important. Casual clothes are acceptable for dinner time and bring a swimming costume so you can cool off. Cammo clothes may be worn in South Africa.


The Limpopo Province is a malaria free area. Consult with your medical doctor regarding vaccinations or medication. Take note that if you travel to the east, like Kruger National Park, up north to Botswana and Zimbabwe, that you need to take precautions because of malaria in these areas.


Currency in South Africa is ZAR- RAND. Credit cards are not accepted by CDPS, but are welcomed by most shops. On all non-export items 14% VAT (Value Added Tax) is payable i.e. car hire, flights, accommodation etc.


Customs, passports and visas
In South Africa custom clearance is operative at port of entry. South Africa requires a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond departure date and depending on your country of origin, a Visa. Your passport must have at least three blank Visa pages (not endorsement pages).


Packing, dipping and shipping of trophies?
Field preparation of trophies are done in camp and transported to a taxidermist to prepare trophies (dip and ship) and documents for exportation. Taxidermist recommended/ designated by CDPS. Clients will be put in touch with the taxidermist to discuss their requirements and arrangements for payment.
Appendix I animals require an import and export CITES permit.
Appendix II animals require an export CITES permit.


Can Taxidermist work be done in S.A?
Yes for sure. Quality is high and prices competitive.
Taxidermy options can be discussed during your safari.

See links to contact Dip and Ship Company and Taxidermist.