The trophy hunting season stretches from 1st February to 30th November. During
December and January the hunting season is closed to trophy hunting.
February may still fall within the rainy season and November may still be too
Hunting shall be conducted exclusively in company of a registered hunting guide
, master hunting guide or professional hunter.
Hunting guides (HG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s), duly registered
as a hunting farm(s).
Master hunting guides (MHG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s) duly
registered, plus two additional duly registered hunting farms.
Professional hunters (PH) may conduct hunts on all farms, provided they have
written permission from the owner of the property independent of whether the
farm is registered or not.
P H with big-game licence.Only these PH's may conduct hunts with guests for
elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and lion.
Bow hunting. Only hunting guides/ master hunting guides/ professional hunters
in possession of a valid bow hunting licence may conduct bow hunting and guide
A hunt shall only commence if the HG / MHG / PH has obtained a valid hunting
permit (trophy hunting permit) from Nature Conservation prior to the start of
For cheetah and leopard an additional hunting permit has to be obtained prior
to the start of the hunt.
A hunter may take no more than two members of the permitted bird species during
the hunt, which will be listed in the trophy permit.
During the official "wing shooting season" more of each species is allowed.
A hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter shall accompany
only two hunters to hunt simultaneously.
Smallest calibre 7 mm.
Minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity): 1350 Joule for springbuck, duiker etc.
2700 Joule for hartebeest, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbuck, eland etc.
5400 Joule for buffalo, elephant, rhino etc.
No solid point cartridge is allowed to be used on antelope or any other species.
Fully automatic weapons (e.g. AK 47 and other military hardware) are PROHIBITED.
Other self-loading, considered semi-automatic weapons are NOT PROHIBITED, but
you can expect questions at the Airport of importation.
!! Handguns and automatic weapons are prohibited. !!
A Hunting Guide, Master Hunting Guide or Professional Hunter with additional
qualifications for bow hunting must guide trophy hunters. Bow-hunting for trophies
may only take place on game farms and areas which are registered for this purpose
with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Hunting permits for various game
species must be organized by the outfitter.
Bow energy is specified as follows:
Small Game -25 ft/lb
Medium Game -40 ft/lb
Large Game -65 ft/lb.
A hunting guest may only take two animals of a kind each year, irrespective
if the trophies are exported or not.
All Trophies must attain the minimum points of trophy quality.
(Exceptions are allowed only with old, setback or very abnormal trophies.)
Minimum scoring to
SPECIETOTAL SCORE IN cmROWLAND WARD in "
Export of trophies
All trophies which are exported to the EU must be cleaned according to EU regulations.
Hides need 14 days to dry .
Rifle Import Requirements
Hunters entering Namibia with a rifle(s), must complete a temporary import permit
application form for all rifle(s) and/or ammunition in their possession.
Temporary Importation of Firearms into South Africa
Latest Information Received from the South African Police Service
Visitors bringing firearms into South Africa for hunting purposes, will be asked
to fill in a SAP 520 - Temporary Import Application which is available from
your outfitter, or which can be downloaded off the SAPS Website at www.saps.gov.za,
or which can be filled out on arrival. We would suggest filling in the form
beforehand to save the processing time at the Police Office.
Instructions for Filling in SAP 520 Form
1. Black ink must be used to fill in the form.
2. The form must be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of
the police official issuing the actual permit.
3. Please note that not all sections of the form apply. Visitors bringing their
own firearms in for hunting purposes should concentrate on filling in the
Section D - (temporary import or export permit)
Section E - 1 - 25.4
Section I - (Must fill in all details requested)
Section J - (remember do not sign until in front of police officer at firearm
Additional Requirements along with the SAP 520 are the following:
1. Identity and Flight Details
1.2 Return Airline Ticket
2. Other Supporting Documentation
2.1 Proof of Ownership
Firearm licenses, documentary proof, etc. For USA Citizens, Customs
Declaration Form 4457 (officially stamped) is acceptable
2.2 Proof of Export
Documentary proof of export from the country of origin
2.3 Motivation Letter from Client
This is a letter from the client stating that he is temporarily importing
the referred to firearm/s for the purpose of hunting, to include that
the firearm/s are required as he will be hunting (list the species to be hunted),
This is supporting documentation from the Hunting Outfitter/company
with whom the client will be hunting, to include full name of company,
full contact details and address, dates and location where the client will be hunting
and confirming that the applicant will be using the specific firearms
as applied for.
2.5 Any Other Supporting Documents
Firearms will be physically inspected to ensure the serial number(s) match those
of the licenses (proof of ownership) and the application form. Ammunition will
also be inspected.
For visitors clearing customs at the Johannesburg International Airport, please
take note of the following procedure to be followed on arrival:
1. Clear passport control in the Terminal where your flight arrives (generally
SAA and its co-partners at Terminal 2 and all other airlines at Terminal
2. Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel. Pick up general baggage,
then proceed to the respective Airline Help Desk to pick up firearm/s from
the airline company and sign a receipt for the firearm/s. Ask the Airline Help Desk
to direct you to the South African Police Firearm Office. Depending on the
terminal where you arrive, they may need to escort you to the Office.
3. Proceed to the South African Police Firearm Office (Do not at this point
proceed to customs)
4. On receipt of the temporary import permit at the SAPS Firearm Office, proceed
to Customs, the Red Zone, where you declare the firearm/s and finish other
custom clearance procedures.
For those visitors clearing customs at any of the other international points
of entry, please take note of the relevant information made above which relates
to documentation requirements, etc.
Please insure sufficient time is allowed to go through the temporary importation
process and to clear customs. During the busy periods of the hunting season
up to seventy clients may be needing permits at the same time. We would therefore
recommend at least five (5) hours be set aside for this procedure and between
Firearm / Ammunition Allowances and Specifications
1. No more than one firearm per caliber and 100 rounds per firearm will be permitted.
No ammunition for other rifle calibers will be permitted.
An exception to this may apply for shotguns where more than one of the
same caliber may be allowed for bird hunting purposes if the client
produces on arrival at the SAPS Gun Office an acceptable written motivation as to
why more than one is required.
2. Firearms must bear the manufacturer's serial number or any other mark by
which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped
and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel or the frame or the receiver
of the firearm.
3. Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting purposes.
Any visitor wanting to bring in a handgun in this regard needs to have a
letter from an association in the country of origin, stating the handgun will be
used for hunting purposes.
4. Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported into South Africa include:
4.1 Any fully automatic weapon
4.2 Any semi-automatic weapon
4.3 Handgun/s for self-defense
4.4 Weapons which fall under military categories
5. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application
is made at least 21 days before arrival through the Central Firearms Register
with a motivation letter as to why this type of firearm is required.
1. Temporary Import Permits:
1.1 May only be issued to a foreign visitor for the purpose of hunting
1.2 Will be issued subject to the requirements of the Act with regard to
the carrying, storage, safe custody and transport of a firearm and
1.3 Subject to the use of the firearm only for the purpose set out in the
1.4 Subject to the fact that no person who holds a temporary import permit
is allowed to transfer the firearm to another person in South Africa
without prior written permission having been obtained from the Central Firearm Register.
1.5 Whenever the holder of a temporary import permit leaves the Republic
of South Africa, the firearm in respect of which the permit I is issued
must accompany the holder of the permit
1.6 Possession of no more than the quantity of cartridges determined by
the Registrar and specified on the permit for each firearm in respect
of which the temporary import permit applies
1.7 A Temporary Import Permit shall not be issued for a period exceeding
six months at a time
1.8 Applicant must be 21 or over
1.9 Should a firearm not be declared on arrival and a temporary import permit
not issued, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest on departure
from South Africa.
2. Applications for Temporary Import Permits can be made in advance to the Central
Firearm Register. Ask your Hunting Outfitter to assist you in this regard.
3. Please ensure that your firearm/s arrive on the same flight as you do. This
must be done with the airline company on departure. Your firearm/s may only
be signed for by you and will not be released to your outfitter or professional hunter
should it/they arrive on a separate flight. If the firearm/s do not arrive
with the passenger, the passenger must proceed to his final destination in South
Africa and apply at the closest Police Station for a Temporary Import Permit.
When the Temporary Import Permit has been issued, the original permit with
the keys to the rifle case must be couriered to the Border Post of entry. A Transport
Agent with transport permit must be appointed by the passenger. This Transport
Agent must have a letter from the passenger instructing him/her to transport the
firearm/s to the passenger in person. The firearm/s will be inspected by
the Police at the Port of entry and the firearm/s and permit will be handed
to the transporter to be transported to the passenger.
4. Please do not pay for any service regarding the handling of firearms at Johannesburg
International Airport, or any port of entry. The issuing of the SAP 520
is a free service and the South African Police Service asks clients not to pay anybody
involved in handling firearms from the time of arrival in South Africa right
through until you receive your firearm/s and the permit from the SAPS. Clients that
are paying the various airline staff, security staff, or porters involved are actually
creating a problem. Please note however there is a handling fee charged
by airlines and/or security companies for the handling of handguns, and some airlines
have started charging a handling fee for all firearms. We suggest checking
with your airline with regard to any "official" fees that may be required.
5. There is no permit required, nor any charge by the South African Police Service
for a bow. Handling fees are charged by airline and/or security companies
for bows and handguns.
6. Please note that NO firearms will be held for safekeeping by the SAPS. If
a client brings in a prohibited firearm, brings in more than what is allowed,
or lacks the necessary documentation and his request for a temporary import permit
is denied, the involved firearms must be exported immediately by the client
or voluntarily surrendered to the State.
In Transit Passengers (Transiting South Africa)
It is critical that you check with and confirm with the airline/s involved before
departure to make sure what their procedure is for the transfer of baggage and/or
If the airline does transfer your baggage/firearms, and you have booked them
through to the final destination, and you stay in the in- transit area and do
not clear South African customs, then you need not go through the temporary import
If your airline company will not transfer your baggage/guns to your connecting
airline/flight, then you must collect your baggage/firearm/s and go through
the entire entry process. If this is the case, the South African limitations, requirements,
etc. will apply.
This also applies if you are overnighting in South Africa before flying on to
your country of destination.