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A trip to South Africa must be on every person’s bucket list. Nowhere else in the world, will you get to see the same magnificent wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and a variety of cultures rich in art and history.
Enjoying your visit to South Africa is paramount and your safety is therefore a priority to us.
Luckily, the Northern Cape Province, where the four areas of Wintershoek Safaris are situated, is a malaria free area. This means that you do not have to worry about extra medication that might make you feel bad on your safari trip.
When touching down at OR Tambo Airport, remember that you are now in Africa. Here are some general safety tips to help you ensure an enjoyable trip.
General Safety Tips
Like many places in today’s world, crime may be a problem. By taking the necessary precautions and following some basic safety guidelines, you can make your trip hassle free and super special. You can decrease your chances of becoming a target by not being flashy. It is advisable to leave your jewelry and valuables at home. Try to avoid walking alone, especially at night. Some people have a dummy wallet, with only a small amount of cash. Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts!
As a driver, be on the alert when coming to a halt at traffic lights or stop streets, as well as when arriving at or leaving any premises. Car doors should always be locked, and valuables are better kept in the boot or under the seats. Plan your route beforehand. Make sure the map you consult, is a current one.
When parking at night, choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Street security guards will usually ask whether they can watch over your car, and in return should be paid a small fee – anything from R5 upwards.
Travelling to the Wintershoek Hunting Areas
O.R. Tambo International Airport is Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, facilitating approximately 19 million passengers a year. More than 50 percent of South Africa’s air traveling passengers are facilitated through the airport.
Kimberley Airport lies at the heart of the Northern Cape, in a town most famous for the ‘Big Hole’, a landmark carved into the earth by early diamond prospectors. When your safari starts at Karreekloof or Linksfontein, you need to take a domestic flight from OR Tambo International airport to Kimberley airport.
Upington airport has three runways, the primary one measuring 4,900 meters (the longest civilian runway in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the few able to land a space shuttle).
When your safari starts at either Thuru or Gamagara, you will need to take a domestic flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Upington Airport.
When your safari starts at Gamagara and you are not traveling with rifles, you can take a domestic flight to Sishen Airport. Sishen airport is a mere 10-minute drive from Gamagara.
There are landing strips at Thuru, as well as Karreekloof. If you take a private charter from OR Tambo Airport, you can fly directly to these areas.
It is recommended that you do not travel without travel/medical insurance. One never knows when an accident can happen. It is better to be prepared than not!!
When planning the traveling part of your next Safari, we recommend Jill Potash of Esplanade Travel from Boston USA. Wintershoek Safaris have been using Jill Potash & Jacky Keith for many years and find them to be the best when it comes to traveling to Africa.
Wintershoek Safaris will help you every step of the way to tailor-make your safari to suit your needs, meet your trophy requirements, your preferred length of stay and most importantly, your budget! So take a deep breath, relax and enjoy South Africa!
Every hunter who has travelled to South Africa will tell you that it can be quite a task to import your rifles. If you follow the correct steps and know what the firearm regulations in South Africa are, then this process can be a lot less daunting. Here follow some of the most important regulations that you should be aware of:
Firstly, if you decide not to hassle with the exportation and importation of your own firearms in and out of countries, Wintershoek Safaris has a battery of firearms available to hunters to rent. The firearms available to rent are of good quality and under the personal care of the Professional Hunters (PH’s).
It is highly recommended that you apply for your temporary importation permit or in-transit permit prior to your arrival. This will not only save you time, but your arrival will be much more hassle free. There are various service providers that you can use to assist you with this process.
The most important regulations that you should be aware of:
- You may only import a maximum of four firearms or shotguns per applicant.
- You may not import more than one of the same caliber or gauge.
- Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed.
- No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted.
- 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, the frame or the receiver of the firearm.
By law, a minimum calibre of .375 is to be used to hunt any of the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant). A .375 is also a very versatile calibre and can also be used on every plains game species. Good soft-nose ammunition is always recommended, but especially for Big Five species. As recommended for all plains game species, calibres such as .300 Win mag, 338, 7mm, 30-06 and similar are best suited for African antelope.
We strongly recommend the pre-arranged firearm import service that Africa Sky Guesthouse offers. Africa SkyGuest house will pre-arrange your rifle permit. They will also meet you in the arrivals hall with your pre-arranged permit and assist you with the collection of your rifles.
Most importantly, bring the rifle that you shoot with the best and feel most comfortable with. Professional Hunters prefer good shot placement over and above any high power firearms. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you require any more information in this regards.