Q. Pick up and return to Airport?
A. All pickups will be done by a Qualified Nkwe Safaris staff
member. The responsible person will be on the airport
hour before your scheduled arrival. You will be provided
with the office telephone numbers and two staff mobile
numbers before your departure. On your return Nkwe Safaris will
deliver you to the airport 2 hours before your
Q. Air tickets?
A. It is cheaper to book tickets to South Africa with
your local travel agency. NAS can arrange charter
flights in Southern Africa at an additional cost.
Q. Recommended Taxidermist?
A. Locally we suggest HATARI TAXIDERMY for either
mounting or dipping and shipping.
Q. Who is responsible for trophy exportation?
A. The local taxidermist is responsible for arranging
export permits and shipping of trophies through an
authorized export agent. Costs hereof is the responsibility of
Q. What type of accommodation can be expected?
A. Accommodation varies from 5 star lodges, tented
camps, and very well
organized traditional bush camps with all the necessary
amenities. ALWAYS 5 STAR TREATMENT!!
Q. Can Nkwe Safaris supply references?
A. References will be provided on request.
Q. What is the minimum period for a safari?
A. Plains game is 5 days and dangerous game 7 days.
Q. Who arranges CITES PERMITS ?
A. CITES PERMITS will be arranged by Nkwe Safaris.
Q. What caliber rifles do I need hunt in Africa?
A. Plains game - minimum .270 cal. Dangerous game -
minimum .375H&H (required by law).
Q. How to temporary import firearms into South Africa.
Visitors bringing firearms into South Africa for hunting
purposes, will be asked to fill in a SAP 520 – Temporary
Import Application which is available from NKWE Safaris.
Instructions for Filling in SAP 520 Form
ink must be used to fill in the form.
form should be left unsigned until the document is
finalized in front of the police official issuing
the actual permit. This gives the police official
the opportunity of making sure the signature is an
original and is yours. Should you sign the form
beforehand, please make sure the form with your
original signature is handed in and not a copy.
note that not all sections of the form apply.
Visitors bringing their own firearms in for hunting
purposes should concentrate on filling in the
Section D – (temporary import or export permit) Section E – 1 – 25.4 Section G Section I – (Must fill in all details requested) Section J - (remember do not sign until in front of
police officer at firearm office) Additional Requirements along with the SAP 520 are
1. Identity and Flight Details
b. Return Airline Ticket
2. Other Supporting Documentation
Firearm licenses, documentary proof, etc. For USA
Citizens, Customs Declaration Form 4457 (officially
stamped) is acceptable
Documentary proof of export from the country of
Motivation Letter from Client
This is a letter from the client stating that he is
temporarily importing the referred to firearm/s for
the purpose of hunting, to include that the
firearm/s are required as he will be hunting (list
the species to be hunted), etc.
Invitation Letter from the Hunting Outfitter
This is supporting documentation from the Hunting
Outfitter: Nkwe Safaris
Outfitter/company with whom the client will be
hunting, to include full name of company, full
contact details and address, dates and location
where the client will be hunting and confirming that
the applicant will be using the specific firearms as
Other Supporting Documents
Firearms will be physically inspected to ensure the
serial number(s) match those of the licenses (proof
of ownership) and the application form. Ammunition
will also be inspected.
visitors clearing customs at the OR Tambo Airport, please take note of the following
procedure to be followed on arrival:
passport control in the Terminal where your flight
arrives (generally SAA and its co-partners at
Terminal 2 and all other airlines at Terminal 1).
Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel.
Pick up general baggage, then proceed to the
respective Airline Help Desk to pick up firearm/s
from the airline company and sign a receipt for the
firearm/s. Ask the Airline Help Desk to direct you
to the South African Police Firearm Office.
Depending on the terminal where you arrive, they may
need to escort you to the Office.
Proceed to the South African Police Firearm Office
(Do not at this point proceed to customs)
receipt of the temporary import permit at the SAPS
Firearm Office, proceed to Customs, the Red Zone,
where you declare the firearm/s and finish other
custom clearance procedures.
those visitors clearing customs at any of the other
international points of entry, please take note of
the relevant information made above which relates to
documentation requirements, etc.
Please insure sufficient time is allowed to go through
the temporary importation process and to clear customs.
During the busy periods of the hunting season up to
seventy clients may be needing permits at the same time.
We would therefore recommend at least five (5) hours be
set aside for this procedure and between connecting
Firearm / Ammunition Allowances and Specifications
more than one firearm per caliber and 200 rounds per
firearm will be permitted. No ammunition for other
rifle calibers will be permitted.
exception to this may apply for shotguns where more
than one of the same caliber may be allowed for bird
hunting purposes if the client produces on arrival
at the SAPS Gun Office an acceptable written
motivation as to why more than one is required.
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 or the frame or the receiver of
Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only
for hunting purposes. Any visitor wanting to bring
in a handgun in this regard needs to have a letter
from an association in the country of origin,
stating the handgun will be used for hunting
4. Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported into
South Africa include:
a. Any fully automatic weapon
b. Any semi-automatic weapon
c. Handgun/s for self-defense
d. Weapons which fall under military categories
5. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be
allowed if an application is made at least 21 days
before arrival through the Central Firearms Register
with a motivation letter as to why this type of firearm
1. Temporary Import Permits:
only be issued to a foreign visitor for the purpose
be issued subject to the requirements of the Act
with regard to the carrying, storage, safe custody
and transport of a firearm and ammunition
Subject to the use of the firearm only for the
purpose set out in the permit
Subject to the fact that no person who holds a
temporary import permit is allowed to transfer the
firearm to another person in South Africa without
prior written permission having been obtained from
the Central Firearm Register.
Whenever the holder of a temporary import permit
leaves the Republic of South Africa, the firearm in
respect of which the permit is issued must accompany
the holder of the permit
Possession of no more than the quantity of
cartridges determined by the Registrar and specified
on the permit for each firearm in respect of which
the temporary import permit applies
Temporary Import Permit shall not be issued for a
period exceeding six months at a time
Applicant must be 21 or over
a firearm not be declared on arrival and a temporary
import permit not issued, you will face severe
penalties and possible arrest on departure from
Applications for Temporary Import Permits can be made in
advance to the Central Firearm Register. Ask your
Hunting Outfitter to assist you in this regard.
3. Please ensure that your firearm/s arrive on the same
flight as you do. This must be done with the airline
company on departure. Your firearm/s may only be signed
for by you and will not be released to your outfitter or
professional hunter should it/they arrive on a separate
flight. If the firearm/s do not arrive with the
passenger, the passenger must proceed to his final
destination in South Africa and apply at the closest
Police Station for a Temporary Import Permit. When the
Temporary Import Permit has been issued, the original
permit with the keys to the rifle case must be couriered
to the Border Post of entry. A Transport Agent with
transport permit must be appointed by the passenger.
This Transport Agent must have a letter from the
passenger instructing him/her to transport the firearm/s
to the passenger in person. The firearm/s will be
inspected by the Police at the Port of entry and the
firearm/s and permit will be handed to the transporter
to be transported to the passenger.
4. Please do not pay for any service regarding the
handling of firearms at OR Tambo International
Airport, or any port of entry. The issuing of the SAP
520 is a free service and the South African Police
Service asks clients not to pay anybody involved in
handling firearms from the time of arrival in South
Africa right through until you receive your firearm/s
and the permit from the SAPS. Clients that are paying
the various airline staff, security staff, or porters
involved are actually creating a problem. Please note
however there is a handling fee charged by airlines
and/or security companies for the handling of handguns,
and some airlines have started charging a handling fee
for all firearms. We suggest checking with your airline
with regard to any “official” fees that may be required.
5. There is no permit required, nor any charge by the
South African Police Service for a bow. Handling fees
are charged by airline and/or security companies for
bows and handguns.
6. Please note that NO firearms will be held for
safekeeping by the SAPS. If a client brings in a
prohibited firearm, brings in more than what is allowed,
or lacks the necessary documentation and his request for
a temporary import permit is denied, the involved
firearms must be exported immediately by the client or
voluntarily surrendered to the State.
In Transit Passengers (Transiting South Africa)
It is critical that you check with and confirm with the
airline/s involved before departure to make sure what
their procedure is for the transfer of baggage and/or
If the airline does transfer your baggage/firearms, and
you have booked them through to the final destination,
and you stay in the in-transit area and do not clear
South African customs, then you need not go through the
temporary import process.
If your airline company will not transfer your
baggage/guns to your connecting airline/flight, then you
must collect your baggage/firearm/s and go through the
entire entry process. If this is the case, the South
African limitations, requirements, etc. will apply.
This also applies if you are staying over in South
Africa before flying on to your country of destination.
Q. Can I only hunt in South Africa?
A. Hunts can be conducted in South Africa, Zimbabwe and
Q. Do you have any other activities accept hunting?
A. Pre, post and mid safari tours like sightseeing,
photographic Safaris...... are catered for on request.