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Welcome to Sofala Safaris. This site is the first step to your African safari experience. Sofala Safaris is based in the Limpopo province of South Africa and has been operating for well over a decade. The unique possibilities of hunting in Africa along with the incredible and diverse natural beauty are simply a must for the adventurous hunter and safari enthusiast. Now, with Sofala Safaris, I invite you to join us on one of the most exciting safari adventures you will ever undertake.

Many people talk about hunting or visiting Africa one day, but not too many actually take the necessary steps in fulfilling that dream. It seems that most people struggle to make sense of the geographical enormity and extreme diversity of the African continent and do not really know what to expect or even where to look for the right safari. Now, with Sofala Safaris, you have the opportunity to make the dream to go on an African safari, a reality. Since you can reach Sofala Safaris in South Africa as well as in the United States, and the fact that Sofala Safaris is a family run business, we will personally join you on your African Safari and you can expect to be treated like you are part of our family. Don’t waste any extra energy in finding the right outfitter – Sofala Safaris will help to maximize your hunting and touring experience and minimize the costs involved. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a good aim, whether using a gun or  camera.

For biltong hunts call Louis at 078 800 1244

What you can hunt:

Southern African plains game which include: Eland, Gemsbok, Impala, Red Hartebeest, Tsesebe, Zebra, Kudu, Njala, Blue Wildebeest, Sable, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Blesbuck, Warthog, Bush Pig, Steenbuck, Bushbuck, Duiker, Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, Caracal, Jackal and Baboon.

Dangerous game: Cape Buffalo.

Bird hunting: Guinea Fowl, Pheasant, different types of Quail, Doves, and Ducks (seasonal).

Most popular safari tours and activities:

Kruger National Park; Victoria Falls, Western Cape and the Cape Winelands, Botswana, The Garden Route, Natal Drakensberg, Golf Safaris and Elephant Back Safaris

About Sofala Safaris

Insipration Behind Sofala Safaris

Sofala Safaris was founded in 2005 by Louis Botha Steenkamp, a native South African who lived in the United States at the time. However, the inspiration behind Sofala Safaris dates many years back. Louis had the privilege of growing up in a family where wildlife and hunting had been a family tradition. His grandfather, Jakobus Louis Botha, was a very successful businessman and farmer and also became a legendary big game hunter back when Africa was for the most quite different in terms of hunting safaris.

Back in the 1960’s Louis’ grandfather often ventured to places like Mozambique, Rhodesia (today’s Zimbabwe), Angola and Botswana to hunt dangerous game such as cape buffalo, lion, hippo and especially elephant. At one stage he held the largest private and legal collection of elephant ivory in South Africa and his rifles of choice were a .375 Jeffery and .470 William Evans Nitro Express double rifle.

Sofala Safaris really started around the camp fire when “oupa” (Afrikaans for grandfather) would tell stories of his hunting expeditions in Africa. He owned thousands of acres of land in South Africa for cattle grazing, and of course, hunting. As young boys Louis and his brothers could not wait to visit Rondebsoch and Sofala to follow oupa around hunting, watching and learning with every outing. Although oupa sadly passed away in 2004, the stories around the camp fire live on and the memories of those special times are felt every time Louis and his brothers arrive in the bushveld.

Louis and his grandfather with the kudu bull he shot at age 10.

Louis and his grandfather with the kudu bull he shot at age 10.

Another elephant Louis' grandfather hunted in Nuanetsi, Rhodesia (modern day Zimbabwe).

Another elephant Louis’ grandfather hunted in Nuanetsi, Rhodesia (modern day Zimbabwe).

The inspiration behind the Sofala Safaris logo: oupa with a kudu bull under a boabab tree.

The inspiration behind the Sofala Safaris logo: oupa with a kudu bull under a boabab tree.

A classic photograph of oupa sitting on top of a large elephant bull with his .470 William Evans double rifle.

A classic photograph of oupa sitting on top of a large elephant bull with his .470 William Evans double rifle.

From the the story of the elephant charge and oupa forgetting in the heat of the moment that the .470 double rifle had two triggers, just to regain his composure to stop the big bull literally meters away, to hunting hippos while sitting on a tiny wooden canoe in the Zambezi river – the imagination of a young boy was stimulated beyond the norm. Oupa told stories of hunting numerous cape buffalo with bosses and horns so big that he in later years regretted leaving in the bush – buffalo trophies that hunters in today’s world will struggle to find anywhere in Africa outside the popular buffalo breeding programs of the current hunting industry. Hunting was about the meat as much as it was about the adventure of going into the untamed African bush for weeks, living in tents and literally being hundreds of miles from the nearest sign of civilization. Oupa was an entrepeneer and at one point owned several butcheries. Shooting hundreds of wildebeest in Botswana’s Tuli Block was nothing unusual and the meat would be transported and sold back in South Africa. Wasting meat was out of the question and Oupa told stories where entire villages, literally hundreds of people would queue to take the meat of an elephant and thanking the hunters for providing them with food. 

With this background Louis became an avid hunter, shooting his first large kudu bull at age 10, and hunting for oupa’s butcheries whenever he had a chance. With all these hunting experiences, he wanted to share this mystical place called Africa, with his friends from abroad and decided to start Sofala Safaris with the help of his older brother and two other brothers who all share the nostalgia of living out the stories oupa told around the camp fire many years ago.

 From right to left: Joy, (Louis' then wife-to be), Louis, Oupa and to the far left is his elder brother Lukie who shares the passion for the bushveld passed on by oupa. Louis was visiting South Africa during his Delta State years and always wanted to go hunting with Oupa and family. On this day he shot a warthog and blue wildebeest.

From right to left: Joy, (Louis’ then fiancee/now wife), Louis, Oupa and to the far left is his elder brother Lukie who shares the passion for the bushveld passed on by oupa. Louis was visiting South Africa during his Delta State University years in Cleveland, Mississippi and always wanted to go hunting with Oupa and family when visiting home. On this day he shot a warthog and blue wildebeest.

Sofala Trophy Hunting

Sofala Trail Cameras

Some of the latest photo’s from our Sofala Trail Cameras.

Accommodation & Food

Sofala Safaris provides the visitor with a traditional South African feel for living and dining. We want you to have a “local” experience of this part of Africa and provide delicious food, stylish and comfortable accommodation all at the same time.

Every meal is carefully prepared with some of the finest flavors and recipes that true South African cuisine has to offer. Along with various local beverages, selected South African wines are available with meals and include the famous wines of the Western Cape such as the unique “Pinotage”, and various other wonderful blends.

Our all-inclusive packages are designed to help safari clients feel settled and at ease even when thousands of miles from home. We provide all accommodations, meals and transportation on hunting safaris so that hunters can spend their time and energy on the main reason they decided to come to Africa – the experience of pursuing trophy animals in the African bush.

See more about our Accommodation & Food HERE.

Packages

Four in Five

$3700

  • 5 day, 4 animal hunting trip
  • ONE larger plains game trophy. Choices are:

    Gemsbok
    Blue Wildebeest
    Zebra
    Red Hartebeest
    Kudu or Waterbuck

    ($300 extra if the larger animal is either a Kudu or Waterbuck)

    THREE smaller plains game trophies. Choices are:

    Impala
    Warthog
    Steenbuck or Duiker
    Blesbok

Six in Eight

$7300
  • 8 day, 6 animal hunting trip
  • THREE larger plains game trophies. Choices are:

    Gemsbok
    Kudu
    Blue Wildebeest
    Zebra
    Red Hartebeest
    Waterbuck

    ($300 extra if one of the larger animals is either a Kudu or Waterbuck)

    THREE smaller plains game trophies. Choices are:

    Impala
    Warthog
    Steenbuck or Duiker
    Blesbok

Sofala Wing Shooting

$1600
  • 5 day hunting trip
  • Includes:

    Unlimited bird hunting:

    Guinea Fowl
    Quail
    Pheasant
    Dove
    Ducks (seasonal)

    Plus:

    ONE smaller plains game trophy, choices are:

    Impala
    Warthog or Duiker

Daily Rates Include:

  • Transportation to and from Johannesburg International Airport
  • Accommodation, including bed and bath linens
  • Two main courses per day including snacks and beverages
  • Licensed Professional Hunter and Outfitter fees
  • Trackers and skinners
  • All hunting licences and concession fees
  • Transportation and delivery of trophies to taxidermy
  • All transportation needs for the safari
  • Laundry services

Daily Rates Exclude:

  • Airfare to and from South Africa
  • Rifle and shotgun rentals ($25 per gun per day)
  • Ammunition
  • Fees for trophy game and birds
  • Accommodation before and after the safari hunt
  • Restaurant meals and alcohol
  • All taxidermy costs including packing and shipping of trophies
  • All side trips not related to the safari hunt
  • Insurance and personal items

Custom Hunting Packages

Build your own hunting package with Daily Rates and Price List!

Sofala Safaris gives you the flexibility to customize your own hunting package

  • Choose the number of days for hunting and/or non-hunting
  • Select the game you want to hunt from the price list below
  •  Calculate (daily rates X number of days) + animals to hunt – 10% = cost of your customized package

Sofala Safaris Daily Rates

$350 per hunter per day.

$200 per non-hunter per day.

Smaller Plains Game Species: Price
Impala $350
Warthog $300
Duiker $270
Steenbuck $270
Blesbok $350
Bushpig $500
Bushbuck $800
Caracal $400
Baboon $100
Jackal $75
Monkey $30
Larger Plains Game Species: Price
Gemsbok $1300
Burchell’s Zebra $1300
Kudu $1700
Waterbuck $1700
Blue Wildebeest $1000
Red Hartebeest $1000
Eland $2000
Tsesebe $1800
Njala $2500
Giraffe $4000
Sable $300 per inch**

Sofala Wing Shooting

The more hunters we have every year the more we hear: “Why did I not bring my shotgun?”

Sofala Safaris provides some of the most exciting bird hunting opportunities and more and more hunters are discovering this fact every year.

We have a plethora of birds which include numerous species of waterfowl, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants and doves.

Check out our Sofala Wing Shooting Package or contact us for more information on bird hunting.

Sofala Safaris & Tours

Southern Africa provide some of the most breathtaking destinations in all of Africa. Whether you want to tour the Cape Wine Farms, view the Mother City from Table Mountain or experience the “smoke that thunders” at the Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) – Sofala Safaris is committed to help you experience the tour of a lifetime.

For the more adventurous traveler, how about swimming with Great White Sharks, riding on the back of an African Elephant or watching lions stalk their prey? Sofala Safaris provides all the information you need with guided and self-guided tours. For more information on packages and destinations contact:

For more information on packages and destinations contact:

Louis Steenkamp: louis@sofalasafaris.com  or  601 914 0330 

Lukas Steenkamp: lukas.steenkamp@webmail.co.za  or +27 11 811 1417

Sofala Safaris Testimonials

When booking a hunt or tour with Sofala Safaris, it is our goal to provide a true African hunting adventure along with an experience of the South African culture and the unique natural beauty of Africa. Here are some of our most recent testimonials:

“Thanks for a great safari this year. It was beyond my expectations. This was my first trip to Africa, but not my first guided hunt, or my first hunt outside of the U.S. But it was the best hunt I’ve ever taken. I can’t say enough about the accommodations, the food, and the professionalism of the guides, trackers and everyone else who helped out. You all worked so hard to ensure a good and successful trip.

I was also impressed with the quality of the game animals that we were able to take. All of my previous hunts were for one species. Usually (but not always) if you hunt long enough and hard enough, you can take the animal that you are after. However it may not be a high quality trophy. On this trip, not only did I take all four animals on my wish list, but all of them were true trophy quality. It was an amazing experience.I am looking forward to coming back next year.”

Harold Wiggins, Carthage, Mississippi
“I find it difficult to put into words how much I enjoyed this adventure. The hunting was fantastic. The food and accommodations were great. As for the staff; I never dreamed that getting on an air plane and flying across the Atlantic Ocean to another continent would be like going next door to my neighbors house. I felt like I was just on a hunting trip with friends, right from the beginning. This hunt with Sofala Safaris is now my favorite of all time”.
Fred Nazary. Carthage, Mississippi
“My experience at Sofala was awsome. I enjoyed being able to hunt with a group of great guys who know how to hunt and enjoy the experience. To be a part of a Kudu hunt where 4 exceptional trophies were taken is a memory that will last the rest of my life. We want to come back to Sofala soon”.
Sam Valentine. Carthage, Mississippi
“I have hunted and traveled to many places in the world, but this is one of the very few times that is extremely hard for me to leave, I will be back next year.”
Scott Perkins. Houston, Texas
“My adventure with Sofala Safaris and the Steenkamps was one of the best times of my life. Not one single day passes that I don’t think about Africa. I never once felt like I was a client while I was in Sofala’s care. The way that you are immersed in the Steenkamp family makes you feel like you were a long lost cousin welcomed home. The safari and additional trips to Kruger and Vic Falls were flawless. I couldn’t have dreamed for a better time. I truly envy anyone who gets to call Africa home or has a safari lined up with Louis. I can promise that you will not regret your safari and trips with Sofala.”
H. R. Cheek. Kosciusko, Mississippi
“Our recent hunt with Sofala Safaris was truly the hunt of a lifetime for myself, my son Richard, and my grandson Lee. We all harvested the trophies we came for, thanks to the experience and tireless efforts of the Sofala Safaris guides. From the time we arrived we felt at home and were spoiled with first class accommodations and food. We completed our trip with a tour of Kruger National Park, and again, it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Sofala Safaris & Tours.”
Richard L. Hanks. Vicksburg, Mississippi
My safari experience with Sofala was absolutely incredible and amazing- exactly what one would hope for and expect from such a trip. I was very pleased with the exceptional and friendly service we were provided, and we felt very well “taken care of” from the time we arrived to the time we left Africa. Even more important to me, though, from the beginning was the quality of the hunting experience that we were to have; one never quite knows what to expect from such an excursion, but as a hunter, I sincerely wanted to experience the true “hunt” for these amazing animals. Sofala provided that experience to us on our trip, and I feel that the trophies I will proudly display on my walls are well-deserved rewards for the hunting we engaged in during our time in Africa. I will recommend Sofala to any hunter, or animal enthusiast wishing to experience them in their truest form, at any opportunity in the future. Thanks to Louis and the guys for an experience of a lifetime.
Kevin Camp. Ridgeland, Mississippi
When my best friend Keith called me last year and said we were going to Africa hunting it was then set in motion, and was one of the greatest life experiences that a person could ever imagine or enjoy. Just to be able to hunt and visit Africa with Louis and his family at Sofala Safaris was a dream come true for this ole country boy from Tupelo. The zebra hunt will be in my heart until the end of my lifetime. We arrived at Sofala Safaris with handshakes and “how are you doing,” and we left there with hugs, smiles, and saying “we will be back.”
Greg Guinn. Tupelo, Mississippi
“Africa is a hunter’s paradise. And that is exactly what I experienced with Sofala Safaris. The guiding was excellent, the accommodations were wonderful, and the scenery was truly spectacular. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience……………….. but I’m sure hoping for more!”
John Evans. Jackson, Mississippi
“I honestly believe that most hunters have no way of comprehending the true level of adventure that awaits them in Africa. The first time you witness a sunset on the African savannah or hear an Impala roar as he chases ewes through the bushveld near your stand are two things you will never forget. Quite honestly the unique experience of hunting here at Sofala is something words cannot fully describe. When you stop and listen, the only sounds you hear are those of the wind and wild animals. As you sit around the campfire in the evenings, you not only enjoy the camaraderie of fellow hunters, you find that gazing into the heavens is something spectacular in itself. The visible stars are countless and the Milky Way spans the width and breadth of the night sky. Nothing exists to distract you…and nothing else seems to matter other than the adventure the next sunrise will reveal. Never have I experienced a hunting opportunity equal to what I had at Sofala. Louis and his staff provided everything we needed, and more than we expected. Thanks again Louis…and save me a spot next year!”
Rick Williams. Clinton, Mississippi
“Thank you to everyone at Sofala Safaris and an amazing hunting trip. Undoubtedly one of the greatest experiences of my life, and what a great joy to have my 9 year old son, Levi, with me. My gemsbok trophy was practically record book size and my son’s first hunt in Africa and the warthog he shot will be a memory he will have forever. We could not have had such a hunt without your collective effort, dedication and expertise. The food was sensational, the accommodations at Sofala were first rate, and the evenings around the fire were superb – and maybe what I appreciated the most was how all of you at Sofala made us feel like family.”
Paul Chinchen, Jackson, MS
“We’ve traveled the world over the years but never been on a safari. Sofala Safaris exceeded any expectation that we ever had. It was very convenient, from the initial pick up at the airport through the end of the trip. The price was right, and the hunting, photography, and every other aspect of the trip was amazing. My teenage son continues to reminisce about the experience. We highly recommend Sofala Safaris!”
Rex and Patrick Soper. Ann Arbor, Michigan
“My sons and I made our first hunting trip to Africa in June of ’08. We had been to Africa before on a mission trip with our church, but had never taken the opportunity to make a hunting Safari. The professionalism and care of Louis and Lukie in making certain we had opportunities to hunt particular species was much appreciated.

The game was abundant and varied and provided a good experience for young hunters on their first trip to Africa. The accommodations were terrific and I slept better there than in some of the better hotels in the U.S. There are several things to consider when traveling to Africa on safari: accommodations, transportation, food, access to game, permits, and access to alternative weapons, language barriers; and importantly, personalities. If you are making a first trip to Africa for safari, you would do well to consider engaging Sofala Safaris. You could do no better.”

Todd Barrett. Jackson, Mississippi
“We greatly enjoyed our sight seeing safari in KrugerNational Park. Having guides that knew the area and the right places to go made the trip relaxing and enjoyable. The evenings in the Park, spending time with our friends was great. I would recommend to any who have a chance to take advantage of an opportunity to tour with Sofala Safaris.”
Martin McGee. Jackson, Mississippi
“I’ve enjoyed hunting for 25 years, my most exciting day’s hunting was this year at Sofala. No effort spared to to make our hunt successful.

Personal attention and great hunting.” “I’ve hunted big-game animals on three continents, but my best hunting experience by far, as well as my proudest trophy (a 52.5 inch Kudu) came from Sofala Safaris in South Africa. The only downside to hunting in South Africa at Sofala is that you WILL want to come back . . . I’m already day-dreaming about my next trip.”

Dr. Jim Hurley, Clinton, Mississippi
“My only regrets are that I waited so long to come, and that I didn’t stay longer. It was the trip of a life-time. Period. I was apparent that Louis and Lukie shared my deep-love for nature as well as for hunting, that I was much more than a “client” to them, as their profession is much more than a “job”.

The photo-safari was well worth taking. I’ve never seen so many animals outside of a zoo! The food was outstanding! Not only did we eat the game we took, but also experienced some amazing, authentic South African recipes. I ate better at Sofala than I do in the States! I immediately felt at home, like both a VIP and an old family friend. Thank you, Louis and family!”

Jim H. New Orleans, Louisiana
“Our hunt and trip to South Africa was the greatest family vacation we have ever had. Sofala Safaris went the extra mile to make sure our every need was met. We were treated like long lost family and fed like we were royalty. I completely recommend and endorse Sofala Safaris for the family vacation of a life time!”
Mike Gilbow. Indianola, Mississippi
“Our first trip to South Africa with Sofala Safaris was a trip of a lifetime, but there was a problem. One trip to South Africa wasn’t enough. Our second trip was, simply put, incredible. The hunting was exciting beyond words, and the time spent with the Steenkamp family and touring the fabulous countryside was all too short. Dorothy and I can’t wait to go again.”
Richman. Belzoni, Mississippiard & Dorothy Wi
“Louis promised my father and I a good hunt and he did not disappoint. The hunting was great. Each day we both saw several different species giving us the opportunity to be selective on what we took. I had animals close enough to get a few bow shots. Great hunt!!”
Wesley Jackson. Clinton, Mississippi
“For a once in a lifetime experience I had a great hunt and great time overall. I highly recommend a hunt with Sofala Safaris.”
Brison Williams. Chicago, Illinois
Great Hunt! I have been on many trips around the world and visited many incredible places such as the Great Wall of China. My visit to South Africa with Sofala Safaris definitely falls within my top 5 touring experiences of all time!”
Dr. Terrel Williams. Jackson, Mississippi

Info & Documentation.

Safari Hunts are usually take place between May and August, but can be requested at other dates.  Hurry to make your 2015 booking!

Phone: 662 836 4493

  • A deposit of 50% of a selected package is required to make a booking.
  • The balance is payable 2 months before the commencement of the safari hunt/tour.
  • Any animal wounded and lost will be charged at full trophy fee.
  • All fees and rates are quoted in United States Dollars.
For those who wish not to bring a rifle or shotgun. $25 per gun per day. Hunters can buy ammunition once they arrive on the game reserve.
As Sofala Safaris is concerned with your safety and pleasure, we recommend that clients insure at least the following: luggage, travel, trip cancellation, and medical issues.

Sofala Safaris takes no liability for any loss, illness, injury, disability, or death or any other accident or misadventure.

(These lists are not all inclusive.  Some items may not be included where we, Sofala Safaris, take no responsibility or liability.)

YES, you can bring your own rifle or shotgun for the hunt.

Temporary Export of Firearms from the USA:

Where hunters from the USA were recently informed regarding new export regulations issued by the Department of State requiring travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States, this process has now been PUT ON HOLD. 

LATEST UPDATE ALERT: Please click on the link below to see the latest update provided by US Customs and Border Protection:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/323/~/traveling-outside-of-the-u.s.—temporarily-taking-a-firearm,-rifle,-gun?_wcsid=85C4DD94A50D30B74332A2367679A8CB

Here is the partial text from the update to CBP’s website:

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States.

CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost.

Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:

1. Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and

2. Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.

If you need to complete a form 4457 in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

For now, hunters can go back to the system that has been in place for years. We strongly urge, however, that you print out a copy of the CBP website page posted on April 29, 2015 and have it with you both leaving and re-entering the US, as we have heard that some individual personnel from CBP may not have gotten the memo.

Of course, note that the suspension of enforcement of the Department of State regulations is temporary. We will notify you of further developments as soon as they become known.

Temporary Import Permit for Taking Firearms to South Africa:

In order to get a temporary import permit for bringing your firearms to South Africa, we recommend that you use the services of PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa) to issue a permit for you. (Cost is $150 for 2015.)

The following information is from the PHASA website and are needed for the temporary importation of a rifle and/or shotgun to South Africa:

Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA)

Link: http://www.phasa.co.za/legislation/firearms/firearms-import-permits/pre-issued-permits.html

Temporary Import Permits Service

PHASA endeavors to ensure all international hunting tourists a trouble-free arrival in South Africa.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

1. PHASA can apply on your behalf, for your temporary importation permit or in-transit permit prior to your arrival.

2. A representative from Bangy Travel will meet you, on behalf of PHASA, in the SA Police office at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport with your permit.

3. The representative will assist you with the clearance of your firearms.

Please take note of the following and do not hesitate to contact Mrs Du Plooy from our office at phasa@phasa.co.za should you need any further information. She will gladly assist.

I. COST/S PAYMENTS: PERIOD 1 JANUARY TO 31 DECEMBER 2015:

A. $150.00 USD per applicant.

B. PHASA accepts credit card payments and bank transfers. (Request the authorization form from PHASA)

II. DOCUMENTATION:

* Scanned, readable documentation not bigger than 4MB can be emailed to phasa@phasa.co.za. Documentation can also be couriered to Mrs T. Du Plooy, PHASA, 71 Lobelia Lane, Irene, Centurion, 0157, Republic of South Africa

* PHASA needs the following documents at the latest 25 days prior to your arrival.

(Please note item IV regarding handguns, semi-automatic firearms and applications for persons under the age of 21, where applications need to reach us at least 35 days before arrival).

A. Form SAP520 (download):

ONLY the following sections need to be completed (use black ink):

Page 2 – Sections E 2.1 to E 24 (Natural person’s details)

Page 2 – Section 25 if you are married

Page 4 – Sections G1 to G 5 & G 8 to G 9.2 (Import/Export details)

Page 5 –Sections I 1.1 to 2.2 (Details of firearms etc.)

Page 6 – Section J (Signature of applicant)

B. Notarized copy of Applicants’ passport – page on which the photo and passport details are reflected. (Certified as a true copy)

C. Notarized copy of Proof of ownership of firearm, eg. legal licence, permit, certificate, authorization or any other documentary proof confirming lawful possession of the firearm: (Certified as a true copy)

Examples of documentation to proof ownership:

USA: Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this)

– UK, etc: Copy of your firearm License or Certificate

– Europe: Firearms Possession Licence (Waffenbesitzkarte)

– European Firearms Pass (Europaeischer 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

D. Copy of flight itinerary from airline or travel agent

E. Copy of Invitation letter from your Hunting Outfitter

F. Proof of payment or payment by credit card must accompany your application.

III. BASIC REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ISSUING OF A TEMPORARY IMPORT

PERMIT:

A. Maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns per applicant.

B. Not more than one of the same caliber or gauge.

C. Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed.

D. No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted.

E. 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.

IV. SPECIAL APPLICATIONS: (Subject to pre-approval only: documents must reach us at least 35 days prior to arrival)

A. Handguns are allowed into the country for hunting purposes only and therefore you need to submit the following additional documentation:

– 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 only and any other relevant motivation.

B. Semi-Automatic shotguns:

– A letter of motivation from you must be submitted, stating the reason/s for bringing it into the country.

C. 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 third parties will help with the application.

One of South Africa’s main attractions has always been the pleasant weather conditions, year round. The climate during the hunting season with Sofala Safaris adds to the wonderful experience of hunting inSouth Africa’s Limpopo Province.

The Sofala Nature Reserve and our surrounding hunting areas in the Limpopo Province have dry winters (May to August) with very little to mostly no rain and low humidity. Hunters wear a warm jacket or sweater in the morning (mid 40’s) that can be taken off as the temperature will rise around 9am to 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit and then drop down again (to mid 50’s) around 5pm. In the winter sunrise is usually around 6:30am and sunset is usually around 6pm.

Kruger National Park, located in the Mpumalanga Province and has very similar weather conditions except that the daily high temperatures in the summer months are a little lower than in the LimpopoProvince.

In Cape Town tourists can expect sunny and pleasant weather with some rain and windy conditions during the winter months (May- August).

Average temperatures for the region of the Limpopo Province where the Sofala hunting areas are located as well as Kruger National Park.

Temp: JAN   FEB MAR   APR   MAY   JUNE   JULY   AUG    SEPT   OCT  NOV  DEC 
Fahrenheit (high) 86 86 84 81 75 70 70 75 82 84 86 86
Fahrenheit (low) 66 66 63 57 48 44 43 50 57 61 64 64
Celsius (high) 30 30 29 27 24 21 21 24 28 29 30 30
Celsius (low) 19 19 17 14 9 7 6 10 14 16 18 18

Average temperatures for the Johannesburg area.

Temp: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY   JUNE  JULY   AUG   SEPT   OCT   NOV   DEC  
Fahrenheit (high) 79 77 75 72 68 63 63 68 73 75 77 77
Fahrenheit (low) 57 57 55 50 44 39 39 43 48 52 55 57
Celsius (high) 26 25 24 22 20 17 17 20 23 24 25 25
Celsius (low) 14 14 13 10 7 4 4 6 9 11 13 14

Average temperatures for the Cape Town area.

Temp: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY  JUNE   JULY   AUG   SEPT   OCT   NOV   DEC  
Fahrenheit (high) 77 79 75 72 68 66 64 64 66 70 73 75
Fahrenheit (low) 63 63 61 57 57 54 54 54 55 57 59 63
Celsius (high) 25 26 24 22 20 19 18 18 19 21 23 24
Celsius (low) 17 17 16 14 14 12 12 12 13 14 15 17
All visitors to South Africa are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay.  There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival.  Visas are not required for citizens from USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany and Spain.  Visitors can stay for a maximum of 90 days.  You may be requested to show a return ticket.
Traditional South African food and beverages will be served, but a preference list will be handed to each client so that you may indicate your preferences regarding food and drink.
During the safari hunt medium to dark khaki color shirts and pants are recommended but camouflage can also be worn. Among other normal clothing, be sure to bring a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and good walking shoes; ankle boots work best for walking in long grass