Frequently Asked Questions
May thru October is our drier times. Over dark moon 7 days before and 7 days after
2. What travel arrangements do you need to make
This can change, so please check with your travel agent.
- There are many flights thru Europe, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Air France, KLM, etc
- The only direct flight from the US (Atlanta) to Johannesburg is with Delta Airlines
- We arrange your pick up in Johannesburg if you are hunting Zululand
- If hunting Kimberley, you will book with SAA out of Johannesburg to Kimberley
3. Deposits and payment arrangements?
$1000-$1500 per person upfront paid to our US account, the rest is due after you are back in the US after the hunt
4. Extra trophies and how payment works?
South Africa has a no kill, no pay policy. The hunter will only liable for the full trophy fee of the animal he/she wounds/draws blood or flesh. **See conditions ofof packages to know how the trophies in package will work.
5. What bow setup should I have?
- Minimum poundage of 50# (if you are not able to draw a heavier bow) with an arrow weight of not less than 350gr. This is however, far under the legal law requirement but out of experience this equipment in the hands of a professional will get the job done!
- We suggest a bow with an average of 70# and a 420+gr arrow MINIMUM, bigger is better
6. Permits and licenses?
- We (your outfitter) will take care of all permits and licenses and this is already included in your trophy fees.
7. What to wear?
- Camo is legal. Leafy 3D suits work well for bowhunting in tree stands. Any black top for ground blind hunting will do. We suggest long pants (2 sets), short sleeve shirts during the day hunting. Evening comfortable sweater and jeans since it can get chilly. You don’t need to bring more than 4 sets of clothing.
- Zululand – day 60-75F, night 50-60F
- Northern and Northwest – day 60-75F, night 40-55F
- Freestate – day 45-75F, night 25-40F
9. Laundry service?
- Daily laundry service at no extra charge
10. Food and alcohol?
- Please inform us of any allergies in food, etc. We try to keep the most popular brands of liquor, wines, local beer, etc. All of your food and drinks are included in your daily rate. We serve popular local dishes and a variety of game.
- Your trophies will be picked up by the taxidermist they will get in contact with you after your hunt, and make arrangements for mounting or just shipping hides and horns to you.
- Costs of preparation and shipment will be relayed to you by the taxidermist and is not included in your hunt payment.
12. Preparation of trophies?
- We will have a skinner in camp that will field dress and prepare your trophies with the best care and with the latest skinning techniques.
13. Duration of hunt?
- Most hunts are 7-10 hunting days with (+/-) 2 traveling days. So plan to be traveling around 12 days.
14. Method of hunting?
- Mostly out of hides, blinds, and treestands. Limited walk and stalk.
15. Shot placement?
- Study 'Shot Placement' on our promo DVD
- VERY IMPORTANT African game is tough and the vitals are much lower than the North American game. Make sure to study correct shot placement. Wounded game spoils the hunt for all of us.
16. Success rate with bow?
- Very high success rate and it is not uncommon to have 100% with a bowhunt. On average we kill 1.5 animals a day.
17. Average shooting distance with bow?
- Between 15 – 30 yards more open areas up to 40 yards.
- Practice shots between 10 - 15, on average you will shoot more shots under 20 than over.
18. Necessary equipment?
- Bring range finder, binos, flashlight, face mask, 2 dozen arrows, and general repair equipment for your bow
- BROADHEADS: we DO NOT recommend mechanical heads but having said that some faster bows work well, our choice: G5 T3 mechanical
- Fixed broadhead of choice would be: #1 Ramcat, #2 Shuttle T Lock, #3 Slick Trick. These heads have been tried and tested by ourselves and Ramcat is the ONLY head that can claim "fly like your field point"
19. Hunting tips:
- Be well prepared, you will shoot more shots than ever before
- Practice for the sake of the animlas
- Bring enough broadheads and arrows
- We personally don’t recommend mechanical broadheads
20. Travel time between hunting areas?
- Airport-Zululand is 5 hours
- Kimberley Airport to lodge is 30 minutes
- Zululand to Kimberley is 9 hours
21. Accompanying spouse/children?
- Children and spouses are more than welcome to come. Since this is mainly hunting, it is not advisable for children under 12.
22. Other activities?
- Zululand activities: visit to Bushlands Cats Sanctuary, late afternoon game drive on nearby Big 5 reserve, breath taking scenery with spa, scenic fishing trip on lake with hippo, croc, elephant, giraffe sightings
- Kimberley activities: extensive personal tour/driver/guide of the rich history of Southern Africa's diamond fields, tour of the diamond museum, a visit to Kimberley's Big Hole which is the deepest and widest hole ever dug by hand, and visit nearby Cat Sanctuary
- Staff/skinners of the lodges’ are tipped on average $10 per day and needs to be through land owner or PH. Do not give the money directly to workers!
- On average a PH is tipped roughly 10% of the total trophy package, but it is to the clients own discretion if the PH has gone over and above his duty!
24. Medications to bring or shots to get?
- Zululand is the only malaria area, so it would be advisable to takemalaria pills before you come. See your local GP. At any given time we are within 1 hour of a pharmacies incase of an emergency.
25. Electric outlet compatibility?
- Most battery chargers for cameras are compatible with the 220V (see on plug it is reads 100V – 240V) if it does then all you need is an adapter to plug in to a 3 prong outlet. Hairdryers and curling irons or anything else that does not have 240V written on it need a converter to convert 120V to 220V. These converters can be purchased at the airport.
26. How safe is South Africa?
- In all of our years, working with clients we have not had one incident. Mainly because we can identify problem areas and stay clear. We have areas just as bad as any area in the US and as long as you stay clear there is no problem.
- Petty theft can happen so do not leave any of your luggage or personal belongings unattended. We have a personal safe in every room