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The Republic of South Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa,
is divided into 9 provinces: Northern Cape, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo,
Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State and Western Cape. South
Africa has more than 48 million people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and
religions – and 11 official languages. Apart from the native languages, English and
Afrikaans are widely spoken.
Lucca African Safaris hunt in various concessions to satisfy the variety of trophy
needs of our clients. Lucca African Safari’s privately own lands are situated in the game rich region of the Camdeboo Mountains of the Eastern Cape Province.
The big 5, crocodile and hippo, roan, sable as well as all other South African plains game are available.
The international airport is OR Tambo International Airport (formerly called
Johannesburg International airport). Several daily flights are available from OR
Tambo International Airport to Port Elizabeth airport in the Eastern Cape– the final
pick-up airport.
South Africa has a generally temperate climate with a great variety of climatic zones due to its varied topography and oceanic influence. March and April are mild to warm. May, June and July are usually cold at night and cold to mild during the day. August and September are warmer but windy. The climate of the Eastern Cape area is subtropical with temperatures averaging: January maximum: 29°C (min:
19°C), July maximum: 23°C (min: 1°C).

01 March to 30 January

A valid passport, with more than six months left before expiry, and 2-4 blank pages, is
required for entry. Citizens of the following countries do not need an entry visa
for South Africa: USA, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
United Kingdom and France.

• Most shots are taken at medium to long range.
• A maximum of 200 rounds (or 5 kg) is allowed.
• All ammunition must be transported in a lockable ammo box and checked with the
luggage. A limit of five kilograms of ammo is allowed.
• A temporary import/export rifle permit for persons over 21 years is issued by custom officials at port of entry.
Documents such as an invitation letter from us, permit application form - SAP
502, and a notarized US Custom 4457 form, are required.
. Rifles can also be rented at $50 per day with ammo at cost.
• Plains game: shooting distances vary between 100 and 250 yards, a rifle in .270
Winchester to a .375 H & H Magnum is recommended.
• Dangerous game: A minimum calibre of .375 H & H Magnum is required by
law for Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lion, Elephant and White & Black Rhino.
• Semi-automatic rifles, pump-action or semi-automatic shotguns are not allowed.
• Lucca African Safaris recommends Slitting Image Taxidermy for your taxidermy requirements; however it is a business on its own and communicates directly with the client. Please contact them for a free quote at
The Eastern Cape region is a Malaria free area, but if the hunt is moved to the Limpopo region of South Africa or to neighbouring countries like Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana ore Zimbabwe, then precautionary medication is recommended.
A good sunscreen and vaccination against hepatitis is advisable.
When travelling, ensure that:
• All bags are adequately marked with nametags for identification;
• Rifles should be transported in a lockable gun case and ammunition in a separate
lockable container (part of checked in luggage)
• Value added tax (VAT : currently 14%)must be paid on services.
• Traveller’s checks, Cash, or a wire payment can be done prior to your arrival – email Eldre at hunting@luccasafaris.com for further information and details.
In shopping areas, credit cards are widely accepted.
• Insurance such as All risk, Medical, Personal liability, Loss of / or damage to trophies, Comprehensive insurance for injuries and/or damage to equipment and luggage, is advisable.
• Tipping/Gratuities to PH, tracker/skinner at client’s own discretion. As a general
guideline for a 7 day safari: Your PH: minimum of $500-$700 per client; tracker/
skinner: $100 - $200 per client.
• Recommended clothing: two sets of leisure, three sets of hunting clothes.
Hunting clothes in dark/khaki/camouflage. Combination of short pants/sleeves and
long pants/sleeves. Comfortable boots, four pairs of socks, a hat, sun glasses, a pair
of leisure shoes. One windbreaker/fleece and a warm hunting jacket. Warmer
clothes required when hunting in the Cape region during May - August
. Personal toiletries, medication, insect repellent, sunscreen, camera, binoculars, flashlight, ammunition belt and rifle cleaning equipment. Laundry service is available.

Our daily rate includes: services of professional hunter, accommodation,
gourmet meals, laundry services, transportation to nearest airport and
within the hunting area, field preparation of trophies.
Excluded are: taxidermy work, wounded trophies, rifle hire, air charters,
accommodation before and after the safari, gratuities, air cargo charges, conservation
fees where applicable, trophy medals and VAT on daily rates .
Arrival and departure days will be calculated at the non-hunting rate per person.

International (All SAA flights departing from outside the Republic of South Africa, arriving in South Africa)

Standard legislation pertaining to the carriage of weapons and ammunition for each destination will apply. It is therefore the traveller’s responsibility to verify and ensure compliance with local laws on the possession and carriage of weapons.


Passengers should not pack any firearms within checked baggage. Firearms must be packed in suitable lockable firearm cases or bags.

Where possible, declare firearms and request the airline to place a firearm identification tag on such items, as this will assist in the correct loading and delivery handling on SAA flights arriving in South Africa.

Where passengers originate their journey on South African Airways, we request that you declare the firearms and any checked baggage containing ammunition to check-in staff for appropriate handling and labelling.

Ammunition may be carried within checked luggage, provided that it is securely packed in a lockable or secure container, and that the total weight does not exceed 5kg’s of ammunition per passenger carrying a firearm. (In general, most airlines allow the carriage of ammunition in terms of the dictums of ICAO Dangerous Goods Standards and associated airline processes followed in terms of IATA requirements/guidance).

DO NOT pack ammunition loosely in checked baggage.


Upon arrival in South Africa, all declared or identified firearms may be collected directly from the firearm office just after immigration. Any firearms either not declared upon departure, or not identified by an appropriate label will be delivered to the normal baggage carousel for collection.
After collection of checked baggage containing ammunition, you are required to proceed to the SA Police Firearm Office, where all necessary import permits and other documentation will be finalised.
There are two options that you can use to obtain your temporary import permit.
Option 1 (that is free of charge): Upon arrival in South Africa (Johannesburg International airport or Cape Town International Airport) you can go to the permit office with the following required documentation    
a)Form SAP520
To safe time, you can complete the form before arrival. Fill in the following sections in black ink only:
Complete page 2 – E 2.1 to E 25.4 – Natural person’s details
Complete page 4 – G 1 to G 5 & G 8 to G 9.2 – Import/Export details
Complete page 5 – I 1.1 to I 5 – Details of firearms & ammo
Complete page 6 – J – Sign in front of the police officer
Please note: The date format is: year/month/day
Page 6: Date – when signing the form. Place - where signing
b) Notarized copy of passport (photo & passport details)
c) Notarized copy of Proof of ownership of your firearm(s) in the form of:
USA:     Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this)
Other:   A letter from your local sheriff in the form of an affidavit confirming ownership, or
Invoice from a gun shop where you have purchased the firearm(s)
{Please use whichever is applicable to your country}
d) Copy of itinerary or airline tickets
e) Invitation letter from your Hunting Outfitter (attached to this document)
Option 2: Should you wish PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa) to obtain the temporary import permit prior to your arrival, please send the following documentation to the PHASA Office to reach us no later than 25 days prior to your arrival.
the cost of this service for 2011 is USD140 per person. We only accept credit card payments or Bank Transfers. A credit card authorization, or Bank Account Details form, can be requested from the PHASA office.
Proof of Bank Transfer Payment or the Credit Card Authorization must accompany your application.
Form SAP520 (Attached to this document)
Fill in the following sections in black ink only:

Complete page 2 – E 2.1 to E 25.4 – Natural person’s details
Complete page 4 – G 1 to G 5 & G 8 to G 9.2 – Import/Export details
Complete page 5 – I 1.1 to I 5 – Details of firearms & ammo
Complete page 6 – J – Signature of applicant

Please note: The date format is: year/month/day
Page 6: Date – when signing the form. Place - where signing
Notarized copy of passport (photo & passport details)
Notarized copy of Proof of ownership of your firearm(s) in the form of:
USA:     Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this)
UK:       Copy of your firearm License or Certificate
Europe: Firearms Possession Licence (Waffenbesitzkarte), or
European Firearms Pass (Eoropaeischer Feuerwaffenpass)
Other:   A letter from your local sheriff in the form of an affidavit confirming ownership, or
Invoice from a gun shop where you have purchased the firearm(s)
{Please use whichever is applicable to your country}
Copy of itinerary or airline tickets
Invitation letter from your Hunting Outfitter (attached to this document):

All documents, including payments (proof of bank transfer or credit card authorization) to be sent via courier, i.e. Fedex, DHL or UPS to reach us no later than 25 days prior to your arrival.

Postal services can be used (Global Priority Mail from the USA), but be advised that this service can take between 10 and 21 days to reach South Africa.

For Courier Services send to:


71 Lobelia Lane

Irene, Centurion

0157 South Africa


For Postal Services send to:
PO Box 10264
South Africa

Domestic (connection flights within and from the Republic of South Africa)

Departure (Inclusive of International departures)
Firearms may NOT be packed inside checked luggage and must therefore be packed in an appropriate lockable firearm container or case, separate from checked luggage.

Ammunition must be separated from weapons and may be packed within checked luggage, but must be properly secured in an ammunition case or solid box. No ammunition may be packed loosely in checked baggage or within the same case as firearms.

All luggage, domestic and international, is now being screened in South African airports. Screeners are finding ammunition in checked bags that is incorrectly packed and are forcing passengers to remove it from their bags, which is causing all kinds of havoc.

All ammunition must now be packed and transported in a lockable ammo box placed within your checked luggage. A manufacturer's carton is no longer sufficient. Remember that there is also a limit of five kilograms of ammo per passenger. That includes the weight of your ammo box. And don't forget to declare your ammo at check-in.

We strongly recommend that ammunition be packed in lockable cases, which can be handed in as loose items at the firearm counters to avoid possible delays during checked baggage screening.

All firearms and ammunition must be declared to the airline check-in agent at the time of check-in. Undeclared firearms and ammunition within checked luggage will result in such baggage being rejected during mandatory checked baggage screening, and will result in the passenger being required to open such baggage for further inspection and safe handling, or the confiscation of such items for further processing and forwarding on a subsequent flight.

Check-in agents will issue the relevant baggage tags and will then direct firearm owners to the appropriate firearm desk for inspection and processing of firearms and ammunition for secure handling to the aircraft.

During the acceptance process at the appropriate firearm desk, the following will be conducted:
The owner of the firearm will be required to produce a valid license or temporary import permit for the firearm(s) and ammunition.
The owner of the firearm(s) will be required to make and declare the firearm(s) safe and unloaded for carriage.
Security staff will request the firearm owner to open his/her checked luggage to verify that ammunition is securely packed and that the total weight of ammunition per license holder does not exceed 5kg’s in weight.
The owner of the firearm will be required to complete a firearm register for handover to security staff, who will ensure the secure loading of such items.
The staff at the firearm desk will send a pre-advise notification message to the receiving station, advising them of details and loading positions of firearms.
Checked baggage containing ammunition will be affixed with a special tag, indicating that such bag was already subjected to inspection, to avoid screening authorities from delaying or confiscating such bag for further security controls.
Handguns (Pistols, revolvers, etc)
A R100 handling fee is raised for the carriage of handguns. Payment will only be accepted in the form of credit cards or cash at the firearm desk or allocated firearms acceptance area. These firearms will be processed at the firearm desk for safe carriage in the hold of the aircraft. There will be no charge for handguns carried with hunting equipment if packed in the same case as hunting rifles.

Rifles (in gun case / rifle bags)

Rifles must be processed via the firearm desk for safe carriage and may form part of your free baggage allowance. Thereafter the excess baggage allowance will be raised as applicable


A maximum of 5kg securely boxed ammunition per passenger will be permitted for carriage either as a separate piece of baggage or within checked baggage in the hold of the aircraft. Screening authorities may however delay baggage containing ammunition, if such ammunition was not declared at check-in and is therefore not marked with an appropriate tag indicating that such ammunition was already security inspected.


Upon arrival, passengers are required to proceed to the allocated firearm desk to collect firearms. Checked baggage containing ammunition may be collected at the normal airport baggage carousel. Ammunition handed in separately may be collected at the firearm desk.

Basic Regulations and Restrictions for the issuing of a Temporary Import Permits.
Maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns, not more than one of the same calibre 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.
Special applications: (Subject to pre-approval only: documents must reach us 28 days prior to arrival)
Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting or sport-shooting purposes. You will need:
- A letter of invitation from the outfitter stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes only;
- A motivational letter from you stating that you will be using the handgun for hunting purposes and any other relevant motivation.
For Semi-Automatic shotguns, you must supply a letter of motivation stating the reason for wanting to bring it into the country.
Any person under the age of 21 that wishes to apply for a temporary import permit, has to include a motivational letter with the application proving that he/she is a capable hunter. Any additional motivational letters from 3rd parties will help with the application.


Ensure that your firearms arrive on the same flight as you do. This must be done with the airline company on departure.
Contact your airline company for their regulations on the number of firearms allowed and packing of ammunition. Certain airlines require the ammo to be packed in a separate locked container.
Your firearm/s may only be signed for by you and will not be released to your outfitter or professional hunter should it arrive on a separate flight. In this case, the firearm/s will be held by the SAPS until such time as you claim ownership in person.
The temporary import permit serves as your firearm license in South Africa and enables you to buy ammunition in South Africa for the calibres noted on the permit.
At all times while you are in possession of your firearms, you must have the temporary import permit on your person.
When you are not using your firearm, it must be locked in a safe.
In-Transit Permits are required for any person spending the night in South Africa while in-transit to a third country. The same pre-requisites apply as to obtain the normal Temporary Import permit.
Check with your airline company on departure that your luggage and firearm(s) will be checked through to your final destination, when you are connecting to a third country on the same day.
Should a firearm not be declared on arrival and a temporary import permit not issued, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest if detected.
Arriving at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport:
Go through passport control
Go to the Import/Export Office. Next to it is an area marked: “Firearms and Security Items”.
Go there to identify your rifle case and sign for it, if required.
Collect your normal luggage at the appropriate conveyer belt.
Proceed on the GREEN line through customs.
For passengers arriving in Terminal a1 or A2, please exit the arrivals hall and turn right. Look out for the SAP office. You will be met inside this office.
Your firearm(s) and ammo will be checked against your pre-issued temporary import permit after which you will be free to leave.
Please note that the procedure regarding your firearm at customs depends on the airline used. The speed in which your permit will be handled, depends upon the speed in which the rifle case is handled before arriving at the SA Police Office. Please be patient when waiting for your rifle case.
We recommend that there is at least 3 hours between landing and your connecting flight.
Arriving at Cape Town International Airport

We can obtain your temporary import permit prior to your arrival and courier it to you before your departure for South Africa. We cannot however meet you at the airport as the firearms office is in the restricted area before passing through customs. We will need these applications 30 days prior to your arrival. The cost for this is $100 USD.
Obtaining the temporary import or in-transit permits on arrival from the SA Police
The following supplementary documentation must accompany the application :
- Passport document.- Licence, permit, authorization or any other documentary proof confirming the lawful possession of the firearm.
- A written authorization which permits export from country of origin. (If not supplied by country of origin - written confirmation is required).
- If applying at the port of entry - airline ticket to be produced.- With regard to in-transit and export permits an import permit from the recipient country. (If not supplied by country- writes confirmation is required)
- Letter of invitation from the Hunting Outfitter, including Licence numbers as proof with regard to the purpose of the visit issued by any one of the following persons or  institutions, in South Africa confirming that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, the applicant will be using the firearm for the purpose set out in the application.

2011 - AIRLINE News:

1 Bag  per person travelling in Economy Class 22.5 Kgs max each
Second Piece fee $75 (for tickets issued after 1st October 2011 for travel from 1st November 2011)
2 Bags per person travelling in Business Class 32 Kgs max each
Size not to exceed 157 Linear cm (Height + Width + Breadth)

International Through Ticket

Passengers travelling on an International Through-Ticket will not be charged the Domestic US and Canadian Baggage Fee, provided that they check in at a Check-in-counter and not at one of the Kiosks (Electronic Check-In) and it is on one set of Conjunctive tickets.  The baggage allowance should be the 1 Piece free baggage allowance throughout

Domestic Tickets

Delta will charge passengers ticketed on  purely Domestic USA and Canada, USD25/CAD25  to check in a 1st bag and  USD35/CAD35  for a 2nd bag.  These would be for tickets that are issued in connection with the International Ticket..


One piece of Carry On Baggage weighing no more than 18 Kgs and may not exceed 114 linear cm (Height + Width + Breadth)
One personal item eg handbag, briefcase, computer bag, camera case.


Please contact us if you have any queries concerning the temporary importation of your firearms.

We at Lucca African Safaris wish you an unforgettable and very successful hunting safari to South Africa.

"When I go to sleep, I count lions, not sheep" . . .

The Hattingh Family welcomes

you to Africa and hopes to

share the wonders and

vibrant spirit that

this great continent has to offer.


South Africa is a great destination for
the first time hunter to Africa.
Lucca African safaris welcome all hunters,
no matter what age, physical
condition or hunting capabilities.


We invite you to join us on your next safari. You will leave with premier

trophies, great memories, and

experience even more than what

you had imagined. Book now!

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Eldre Hattingh     PO Box 1577, Jeffreys bay, 6330        e-mail: hunting@luccasafaris.com        Cell = (011 27) 82 879 5966