Bow Hunting Safaris

1. 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.

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

In South Africa there is no set hunting season, we hunt from January through to December. The best time to bow hunt is from the middle of June through to 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.

3. 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 withs species dentification, 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. We do keep a copy of
this book in the hunting camp as well. The only other recommendation is PRACTICE...PRACTICE...PRACTICE!!!

 


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

Generally, any caliber above a .270 is sufficient for plains game hunting. A minimum of .375 is required 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 with. 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. Do not wait until you land in Africa to sort out your documentation. Instead, 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. We will send you all the documents you will need to complete, the procedure for these documents are listed below, but we will help you step by step.

Restrictions:
Please check with your airline regarding their individual requirements for the packing, storage, and travel with firearms and ammunition. JS 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.
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 Europe with firearms. We have encountered numerous problems at European airports including harassment, damaged cases, lost cases, and confiscated weapons for absolutely no reason. Europe poses its’ own problems due to the varying
firearm laws and unless you are very certain of the regulation’s we suggest staying away from these routes.

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

In South Africa there is no set hunting season, we hunt from January through to December. Although it is suitable to hunt with rifle throughout the year, we only caution the summer months as it does get very hot.
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 F 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. We do keep a copy of this book in the hunting camp as well.
The only other recommendation is PRACTICE...PRACTICE...PRACTICE!!!

 

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