SOUTH AFRICA, the HUNTING Destination in Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA has developed into the most popular HUNTING destination in Africa. The critical success factors being:
- The highly successful management by the conservation authorities in SOUTH AFRICA of National and Provincial Parks. With approximately 7 million hectares set aside and managed by the authorities, an enormous resource base of wild animals has been produced for distribution throughout the country.
- The above, together with the philosophy of sustainable use of our natural resources, has seen the development of some 9000 privately owned game farms covering 17 million hectares of land.
- The greatest variety of animals available for HUNTING in any one country in Africa.
- The high degree of professionalism set by the PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS’ Association of SOUTH AFRICA (PHASA) and sound regulations controlling the professional HUNTING industry.
HUNTING as a form of tourism contributes enormously to the economy of SOUTH AFRICA. Some 70,000 jobs have been created on game farms and directly from professional HUNTING. During the last HUNTING season, around 8,000 overseas HUNTERS HUNTED in SOUTH AFRICA. For the period 1 October 2006 to 30 September 2007, 16,394 overseas HUNTERS HUNTED in the country for an average of 4 days each. A total of 46,727 animal species were HUNTED. This amounts to a total revenue from daily rates, animals HUNTED and taxidermy work of US$ 91,212,875 million (R730 million). Converted @ 8.0
HUNTING Seasons: Trophy HUNTING is carried out throughout the year, but due to the summer heat and rains, most HUNTING is conducted between March and October, with June, July and August being the most popular months.
HUNTING Areas: HUNTING is available on private game ranches, and in controlled HUNTING areas in some provincial game reserves. The number of game on private land is an estimated two and a half times more than the game on public land.
SOUTH AFRICA has a varied climate, with the northern provinces such as Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga experiencing generally hot and rainy summers (October to April) and mild, dry winters (May to September). The Western Cape climate is more Mediterranean with cold and wet winters and hot, dry summers. KwaZulu Natal is hot and humid in summer and warm in winter. The use of a hat and sunscreen is recommended.
Geographical Features: With an area of 1 227 200 sq.km (472 359 sq.miles), SOUTH AFRICA is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa. SOUTH AFRICA’s West coast borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Eastern coastline runs along the Indian Ocean. On the North, SOUTH AFRICA borders Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and in the Northeast, Mozambique and Swaziland.
Currency: The currency is the SOUTH AFRICAN Rand (R) and the international symbol is ZAR. R1 = 100 cents. Traveller’s cheques and foreign currency notes of all major currencies are accepted. Currencies can be exchangedat airports, banks bureaux de change and major hotels. Fluctuations in foreign exchange markets are reflected in rates quoted on a daily basis. Most major credit cards are accepted. Fuel cannot be paid for with standard credit cards.
Value Added Tax (VAT) Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of most goods and services. Visitors are required to pay VAT on purchased goods. VAT refunds may be claimed at airports, harbours and customs offices on items taken out of the country when the total value exceeds R250. Please access this link for further VAT information. Electricity: The electricity supply in SOUTH AFRICA is 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. Appliances of lesser voltage require a transformer. Adapters are obtainable locally.
Water & Food: SOUTH AFRICA tap water is extremely palatable and perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water is also available in most retail outlets. In general food is clean and safe, with a vast network of supermarkets and chain stores around the country offering everything from basic foodstuffs to imported brands.
Languages: SOUTH AFRICA has 11 official languages: However, English is understood and spoken by most people.
Health: Visitors are advised to take pre-arrival precautions against malaria, especially in the northern parts of the country, hepatitis A, polio and typhoid. Medical facilities throughout SOUTH AFRICA are excellent (ensure you have medical insurance. Public and private healthcare is available.)
Communications The country has an advanced and sophisticated telecommunications network with good international connections to most cities around the world. Telephones, fax and Internet are widely available.
Entry regulations: All visitors require a passport, valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of the intended visit. Travellers must ensure passports contain at least two unused pages. It is imperative that travellers confirm regulations with their nearest SOUTH AFRICAN embassy or consulate.