GENERAL QUESTIONS

1. Is it safe?

Yes, it is very safe. The bulk of your time will be spent in the hunting areas which are quite remote. When you land in Johannesburg you will be met by one of the Choronga Safaris staff and driven directly to the hunting area(s). 

2. How many people will be in hunting camp with me/us?

Since our hunting season is so short (6-7 months) we schedule the hunts based on a minimum of 4 hunters in camp for a given hunt. It depends on the size of your group, but if you have at least 4 hunters you should have the camp exclusively to yourselves.

3. What is there to do for my wife and/or non-hunter?

Please visit the photo safari page for a complete breakdown of available activities.

4. What clothing should I bring?

Laundry is done daily in the South African camps so you don't need to pack more than 2-3 sets of clothing.

i. How much clothing should I bring?

Once you've booked your safari we will send you a packing list but in general you can pack 2-3 days of clothing.

ii. Is there anything special we need to bring with

Make sure you pack 2 x color copies of your passport, pack your valuables in your carry-on luggage, secure your bags with "TSA Approved" locks, and make sure you get a copy of the book "The Perfect Shot" by Kevin Robertson.

If you are hunting outside of the South African camps be sure to pack enough to make it through most of the safari as camp facilities (such as laundry) vary depending on the area.

Camouflage clothing is fine to bring into South Africa for your hunt. If you are hunting outside of South Africa please consult us directly regarding specific laws and regulations each country may have on camouflage.

5. Are there any shots we need?

Please consult your doctor regarding this. They can access the most recent CDC bulletions and give you the best information.

i. Is there malaria?

South Africa - NO & YES, there is NO malaria in the areas around our main hunting concessions. However, if you are adding any photographic safaris

or any big 5 hunting you will be entering malaria areas. We recommend that you consult your local physician for their recommendations

regarding malaria as well as any other preventative shots/medication they may suggest.

ii. What about medical insurance?

Please consult your insurance company for any documentation, or authorization, that you may need in case of a medical emergency. A very good

option to look into is a service called MedJet.

6. Is there anything we can bring the staff/locals?

YES - Old clothes, pocket knives, etc. If you want to bring more than that we recommend you contact Safari Club International and ask them for information regarding their "Blue Bag Program". They will provide you a bag and pay the cost for the extra baggage if you bring over donations for the local communities.

Information about the Blue Bag Program can be found here at SafariCare Blue Bag Program.

7. What gratuities should we give?

First of all, gratuities are always optional, but very appreciated. Tips encompass a large amount of every tracker/skinner/maid/professional hunter's income each year. 

We have a tipping reccomendation sheet that each client will receive upon booking. If you would like this information as part of your inquiry or research for Choronga Safaris as a possible hunting destination just shoot us an email and we'll be glad to help you out.

8. Is there telephone and/or internet available?

On the South African concessions both are available but service is very undependable so the best option is to notify your wireless provider in the US that you are traveling to South Africa and they will activate your cell phone to work in South Africa. In Zimbabwe and Zambia communications are not always present. If there are telephones and/or internet in these remote location it is available for a fee.

8. When do we decide how we want our trophies mounted?

One thing that you need to think about before your hunt is how you are planning on having your trophies mounted. Once an animal is down we will take pictures and then it will be skinned as per your instruction. The four basic options are:

◦ Full Mount

◦ Shoulder Mount

◦ Pedestal Mount

◦ Flat Skin (Rug)

It is very important that you have an idea on what you would like to do with each trophy because each type of mount requires different cuts (skinning procedures) and you cannot change your mind after the animal has been skinned.

After your safari if you do decide that you would like another style of mount we can arrange for another skin at an additional cost which will be quoted to you upon inquiry.

All of the raw trophy prep is done at Choronga Safaris and once they are dried we will send them to HGI Taxidermy where you can decide to have them dipped & shipped or have HGI Taxidermy mount your trophies for you.\

ELECTRICITY - Do we need converters?

No we supply you with converters and adapters for your electronic devices.

Ladies - DO NOT even bother bringing hair dryers or any other electric devices along. Even with the converters they will not work on our electricity.

How do we pay our bill?

You can either do a direct wire transfer into our Bank of America account, pay cash, travelers checks, or pay with a credit card.

12. CHILDREN - Traveling to/from South Africa with Children

New immigration laws have been passed and if you are traveling with any minors (under age 18) please go to the following website to make sure you have the correct documents or else you will be turned away from the country.

http://www.dha.gov.za/files/Brochures/Immigrationleaflet.pdf

 

BOW HUNTING

1. Is there any rifle hunting on the bow hunting concessions?

NO! The last rifle hunter(s) that hunted these concessions was in 1999. Since then the areas have been managed, and hunted, by bow hunters only!

 

2. What bow(s)/arrows/broadheads work best for Africa?

Because equipment changes so fast it is better to contact us directly for these answers. Due to the large number of bow hunters we see every year we have the opportunity to see most of the archery world's equipment in use first hand and we know what does work and what doesn't work so please speak to us before going out and spending hundreds of dollars on equipment that will end up costing you thousands of dollars on your hunt.

 

3. What is the best time of year to hunt? What will the weather be like?

Hunting season is from early March to the end of October.

The best time to bow hunt is from the middle of May through the middle of October. 

May and early June are still a bit green but the main species are in the middle of the rut which really brings out the bulls. 

June through August are our winter months. During this time period the area is quite dry making blind hunting very effective. Morning/evening temperatures will be in the high 30's / low 40's and daytime temperatures will reach about 80. 

September and October are our driest months. They offer great bow hunting but the daytime temperature can reach in excess of 90 degrees. These two months are maybe the best bow hunting months.

4. Is there anything you recommend we do to prepare ourselves for an African Safari?

Yes, we recommend that every hunter pick up a copy of the book "The Perfect Shot" by Kevin Robertson. This book is by far the best tool you will purchase before your safari. Not only does it help with specie identification, but it helps demonstrate the major anatomical differences between the African and North American game. You DO NOT shoot these animals in the same place as you would in North America. This book will help you understand why and ensure that you have a great safari.

The only other recommendation is PRACTICE...PRACTICE...PRACTICE!!!

5. What equipment should I bring?

Obviously all of your primary hunting gear plus the following; pocket knife, flashlight, extra batteries, binoculars, range finder, camera, and a video camera.

Bow Hunters: Remember to pack an extra set of strings and cables to be safe. Also, make sure that you pack DARK hunting clothes. Dark clothes (camouflage or plain) help disguise your movement in the blinds.

 

RIFLE HUNTING

1. What caliber and/or bullets do you recommend?

Generally, any caliber above a .300 is sufficient for plains game hunting. A minimum of .375 is needed for dangerous game in Africa. Remember that you'd rather shoot a smaller caliber that you're more comfortable with than a big caliber that you don't trust and don't shoot well.

Practice shooting from shooting sticks. The majority of your shots will come off of sticks and it is very important to be comfortable. Don't bring shooting sticks with you but please make sure you are familiar shooting from them.

Ammunition is another very important factor to consider. There are many different bullets available but here's a few we trust; Barnes TSX, Trophy Bonded Bearclaw, Swift A-Frame, and the Nosler Partition.

2. Firearm Permits

In order to bring a firearm(s) into South Africa you must follow the procedure listed below. We at Choronga Safaris do not wait until you land in Africa to sort out your documentation. Instead, we make sure your permits are pre-approved, and issued, prior to your arrival so that when you land at OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) it is a painless, speedy, experience. In order to do this we have attached all of the files and documentation you will need to provide us.

Restrictions: Please check with your airline regarding their individual requirements for the packing, storage, and travel with firearms and ammunition. Choronga Safaris cannot be held liable for any problems that may arise during your travel.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED IN BLACK INK

1. Copy of your current passport

2. Copy of your plane tickets (printed itinerary will also work in case of an electronic ticket)

3. Copy of your U.S. Customs 4457 form. (You can get this at your local U.S. Customs office)

4. A letter of invitation from your outfitter (We handle this letter)

5. A letter of motivation for your hunt - Download Example Letter Here

6. Copy of your SAP 520 Application Form.

- Download PDF Example Here

- Download Blank Application Here

It is only necessary to fill in the following fields:

a. Page 2 - Top Right Corner - Mark X in space next to Temporary Import or Export Permit

b. Page 2 - Section E, 2.1 - 22

c. Page 3 - Section F, 2 - 13

d. Page 4 - Section G, 1 - 5 & 9.1 - 9.2

e. Page 6 & 7, Section i, 1 - 5

f. Page 7, Section J, 1 - 4

FIRARM TRAVEL WARNING

In our experience we absolutely DO NOT SUGGEST that any client travel through New York or Europe with firearms. We have encountered numerous problems at New York airports including harassment, damaged cases, lost cases, and confiscated weapons for absolutely no reason. After speaking to the NRA and several Federal Firearms Dealers we have learned that these are not isolated incidents. In fact, they are very common. Europe poses its' own problems due to the varying firearm laws and unless you are very certain of the regulations we suggest staying away from these routes. London and Paris have also become notorious for the same problems as we have found going through New York.

3. What is the best time of year to hunt? What will the weather be like?

Hunting season is from early March through October.

The best time to rifle hunt is from early March through the end of November. Anything later than that and it becomes unbearable to be out in the sun all day long. 

March and April are two of the most beautiful months to be in Southern Africa. This is just after the rainy season has passed and the landscape is absolutely beautiful. Temperatures range from 45/55 in the mornings/evenings and range from 80/90 during the day.

May and September temperatures will fluctuate from 45/50 degrees in the mornings/evenings up to 80/90 during the heat of the day. 

June through August will see temperatures range from the high 30's / low 40's in the morning/evenings and daytime temperatures will reach a maximum of about 80. Rifle hunting is very good throughout this entire season.

October and November are two of our driest months. Morning/evening temps will be no less than 50 and daytime temperatures can get to 100.

4. Is there anything you recommend we do to prepare ourselves for an African Safari?

Yes, we recommend that every hunter pick up a copy of the book "The Perfect Shot" by Kevin Robertson. This book is by far the best tool you will purchase before your safari. Not only does it help with specie identification, but it helps demonstrate the major anatomical differences between the African and North American game. You DO NOT shoot these animals in the same place as you would in North America. This book will help you understand why and ensure that you have a great safari.

The only other recommendation is PRACTICE...PRACTICE...PRACTICE!!!

5. What equipment should I bring?

Obviously all of your primary hunting gear plus the following; pocket knife, flashlight, extra batteries, binoculars, range finder, camera, and a video camera.

Rifle Hunters: Remember to practice shooting off of shooting sticks. Do not worry about bringing your own but please make sure that you are comfortable making quick shots off of the sticks. Please make sure that you pack dark khaki to olive colored hunting clothing. Light colors stand out and will hamper your ability to stalk animals.

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