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Terms & Conditions

Deposit

A deposit of 50 % is required upon booking hunting safari. The balance is payable within 21 days of arrival. Only trophies taken or wounded are charged for.

Cancellation

If the hunting safari is cancelled, cancellation fee’s will be due and payable according to the following;

  • More than 45 days prior to arrival, 70% of the total safari price will be refunded
  • 30 – 45 days prior to arrival, 60% of the total safari price will be refunded
  • 15 – 30 days prior to arrival, 50% of the total safari price will be refunded
  • Less than 15 days prior arrival, no refund

Liability

Golden Safaris, its agents and employees shall not be held liable for any damage, losses and expenses suffered by any client as a result of sickness, quarantine, weather conditions, war, strikes, riots or any other cause outside of our control.

Golden Safaris, its agents and employees, accept no liability in respect of death, injury, loss or damage to person on property arising out of any act, omission or negligence. The client shall be deemed to have waived, renounced and abandoned any and all right or entitlement which the client may be entitled to under the provisions of the law of the Republic of South African for any loss or damage to person or property.

Golden Safaris shall not be held liable for any loss or expense arising from the loss of property, cancellation or curtailment of the hunting safari however caused, save only to the extent that such loss of baggage, cancellation or curtailment was caused by the hunting outfitter’s negligence.

Client responsibility

Clients may not carry any unlawful articles or substances whilst in South Africa where a hunting safari is being conducted with Golden Safaris. If any hunter or observer offends against the prohibitions set out herein, the hunting outfitter will be entitled to immediately exclude from the safari hunting party the offender who will be responsible for his or her own repatriation and all costs thereof. Golden Safaris will under no circumstances assist any such offender in any dealings or negotiations with any authority.

Jurisdiction

In all matters where it is or may be necessary to have recourse to the Court, the Courts of the Republic of South Africa shall have sole jurisdiction to the exclusion of the Courts of any other country and the law of the Republic of South Africa Shall prevail. 

Safari Documentation

Reservation Document (Outfitter Document)

Your reservation document doubles as a contractual agreement between you and Golden Safaris (your hunting outfitter), requiring signatures from both parties. In addition to the contractual portion of the document, your reservation document contains the full details of your quotation (i.e. the rates of the animals you have pre-included and the daily rates of the hunting lodge), details about specific inclusions and exclusions as well as information on taxidermy and the importation of your hunting rifles. On the very last page you will find our terms and conditions.

Indemnity Form

Upon your arrival at the airport in South Africa, you will be required to sign an indemnity form – an important and necessary formality as a hunting safari is a potentially dangerous venture. However, your professional hunter will go out of their way to ensure your safety and comfort at all times. If you have questions about the indemnity form and any policies before you travel, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Suggestions on equipment and what else to pack for your hunting safari in Africa

General Suggestions

  • Raincoat
  • Odorless sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 20
  • A good hat
  • Three sets of hunting clothes, khaki or camo
  • A thick jacket, as it gets cold during winter evenings
  • Gloves and possibly a small scarf
  • Two pairs of well-worn and comfortable walking boots with thick socks
  • Personal medication
  • A good camera and enough film/memory sticks
  • Camcorders are welcome and remember battery recharge equipment
  • Rifles and cleaning equipment (Rifle hire available)
  • Ammunition (If bringing your own rifle)
  • Binoculars
  • If you are so inclined to keep a diary of your hunting exploits, bring it along
  • If hunting during our summer months (September – April), insect repellent is adviced
  • We make use of 220V electrical power supply so, if necessary, please remember your converter

Suggested rifles & calibers

This can become a heated debate indeed. The general rule applies in this case where we suggest that you bring the rifle(s) you are most comfortable with. It is important to spend time on the shooting range before your African hunt commences. You will sight-in your rifles prior to commencing the hunt. However, you must be familiar with your rifle.

Apart from the suggested calibers, it is our recommendation that a 30-06 or 300 Wim Mag and a .375 would cover all your need sufficiently. Do not think this to be a requirement – it is merely a suggestion. If you intent to hunt any one of the Big Five, it is required by law that a .375 is the minimum calibre with which you will be permitted to hunt.

Please bear in mind that, according to South African law, it is prohibited to bring a semi-automatic firearm into the country. You are also limited to bringing in 200 round of ammunition per calibre into the country. Depending on how many animals you aim to shoot, we suggest about 60 rounds of ammunition per calibre should be adequate. Remember the cleaning equipment.

Lastly, some of the questions which are most frequently asked have been answered on the FAQ page. If any of the information is unclear or if we can provide you with a more detailed explanation, please use the form provided on the “contact us” page to send us your queries.   

Considerations to take into account before traveling to Southern Africa

Golden Safaris is not able to provide you with professional medical advice. We suggest that you consult your personal physician or contact a doctor in your country who is able to offer medical advice and who can prescribe any medication should they deem it necessary. We do, however, recommend that you take the following into consideration:

Malaria

If you are travelling to the north-eastern part of South Africa, including the Lowveld near the Kruger National Park, or to any destination in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or Zambia, it is prudent to discuss anti-malaria prophylactics with your doctor. We do not recommend child observers younger than six years to travel to any malaria area.

Allergies

Dust and pollen encountered in the various hunting areas may aggravate any allergies you might have. It is recommended that you consult your physician regarding precautions which can be taken in this regards. Although allergies can be triggered all year round, it is important to note that the advent of spring (September) is especially known as “allergy season”, due to the high occurrence of flowering plants. Remember to communicate any food allergies so that the hunting camp’s staff are duly prepared.

Prescription medication

If you plan to arrive with prescription medication, we suggest that bring along your prescription as well as the original boxed/containers in which you received your medication. South Africa is generally less austere regarding controlled medications, but it’s nevertheless prudent to arrive prepared. 

Medical Facilities

South Africa has world-class medical facilities and doctors who are, in some cases regarded to be amongst the leaders in their fields globally. Golden Safaris does not, however, offer medical or travel insurance. Ensure that this is arranged prior to your travels in the unlikely event of a medical emergency.

The more temperate conditions of a Southern African winter makes it the ideal time to enjoy a hunting safari

When the African continent come to mind, many hunters may imagine a sun-drenched landscape, blistering red sands and sweltering heat. This is certainly the case if you are visiting in summer. December often sees the mercury pushing past 40°C (104°F), with a wet, humid haze settling over the Lowveld in the northeast, smouldering days with spectacular late afternoon thundershowers characterizing the bushveld and the grasslands of the Free State and oven-like conditions in the Kalahari.

In addition to the heat, the rains render the bush lush and thick. Though it may be pleasing to the eye, these are less than ideal conditions to enjoy a hunting safari. The general consensus is, therefore, that the best time to hunt in South Africa is in the winter months from May to August. Generally speaking, South African winters mean mild days with frosty nights and mornings. The vegetation dries out, which makes it easier to track and navigate, and water sources decline, which forces wildlife to converge around what resources remain.

The bushveld that straddles the borders of the North West, Gauteng and Limpopo provinces is a popular area to hunt, as it is conveniently accessible from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The winter months’ temperatures average at highs of around 19°C (66°F) and lows of 4°C (39°F), occasionally dropping to freezing point and frosting over low-lying areas in the early hours of the morning. Most hunters from the northern hemisphere find these climes very moderate and agreeable, and scoff at locals who complain about the chill.

The eastern plains of the Free State are a lot more winter-esque in the traditional sense, often receiving light snowfall in the peak of winter due to the high altitude of the region. With a minimum of average temperature of 1°C (33°F) and maximum of 17°C (62°F), the area is considerably cooler. Remember to pack a warm jacket, gloves and a beanie.

The Lowveld region to the north of the country, which also encompasses the world-famous Kruger National Park, is markedly warmer – even in the winter. In July – considered the coldest month of the year – the average maximum is 25°C (77°F), while the minimums stick around 7°C (44°F). Essentially if you are hunting in the Lowveld, you will have to pack for two seasons to ensure comfort throughout your safari.

Information relevant to the dipping, shipping and mounting of trophies in South Africa

We do not have any financial interest either directly or indirectly related to taxidermy, either in South Africa or internationally. We are, however, tasked with the permits and documentation for the exportation of your trophies. Trophies can be shipped from Southern Africa either raw or mounted. In the case of a raw shipment, it will be sent to a taxidermist of your choice in your country of origin after being thoroughly treated by a South African taxidermist. The regulations and procedures for exporting varies depending on the species hunted.

We work closely with ________________________ for the mounting of trophies in South Africa and with ______________________________ for raw preparation. Both websites contain pricelists which are relevant to the specific service.

Important information concerning taxidermy work

  • Only one client per crate
  • Trophies must remain in South Africa for a minimum of 90 days before shipping
  • Warthogs can cause a delay in shipping if the state veterinarian of the area is not available to issue transport permits
  • Many problems are currently encountered with delays in the issuing of permits by the relevant government agencies – please bear with us
  • Please note that these taxidermy rates are quoted in South African Rand and that the exchange rate may change
  • Shipping cost can only be finalized by the time trophies are dropped off
  • Payment of a deposit to the taxidermist will ensure that your work goes on the production line
  • No raw rodents may be exported
  • Warthog must be packed in a separate crate
  • Raw and processed products cannot be shipped together

 We love hunting responsibility

  • Safety always comes first
  • We respect our environment, especially all animals
  • We love hunting and we understand the responsibility of ethical hunting
  • We do not glorify ourselves about the animal kingdom
  • We use all hunted animal products responsibly
  • We hunt in expansive areas
  • We only use experienced professionals to accompany our clients on well-organized hunts
  • We love the experience offered by fair and responsible hunting, especially in Africa
  • We encourage all our clients to endorse our hunting code

Questions that are frequently asked by hunters that travel to the shores of Southern Africa

Where will I be met?

You will be met at OR Tambo International Airport in the arrivals lounge by one of Golden Safaris professional staff. From the time you land in South Africa until the time that you depart you are in our care.

Are the camps comfortable enough to bring my family with?

All of the camps we use are very comfortable, even luxurious, and all modern amenities are available. Observers are welcome to relax in the camp or to experience some of the highlights in each area where your safari is conducted.

Do you offer both bow and rifle hunting safaris?

Yes, some of the concessions in which we hunt are completely dedicated to bow hunting with blinds and hides set up in good vantage points. Other concessions are solely dedicated to rifle hunting.

If I do not wish to bring my own rifles, can you provide rifles and at what costs?

You are welcome to hunt with one of the rifles of your professional hunter. The costs involved can be discussed on request of a quote.

What will be the cost of taxidermy work/dipping and packing of raw trophies?

We work closely with _________________ for the mounting of trophies in South Africa and with _________________for raw preparation. Both websites contain pricelists which are relevant to their specific service.

How experienced are your professional hunters?

All of our PH’s have at least _____ years of hunting experience and are licensed for both plains game and Big Five hunting.

How will I pay for my safari?

We require a deposit of _________ which can be paid by credit card or bank transfer. The balance of the safari is payable upon completion of the safari. We accept cash or any major credit cards – Visa, Master, Amex and Diners Club.

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