Visitors bringing firearms into South Africa for hunting purposes will be asked to fill in a SAP 520. We would strongly recommend filling in this form beforehand and that you contact us for assistance to ensure it is completed correctly. This will save processing time at the Police Office.
Guidelines and more detailed information can be found in Importation of Firearms.
For your convenience we have also linked to the USA CUSTOMS 4457 document.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CONTENTS.
FIREARM RENTAL INFORMATION
Firearm rental $50 per day per hunter
(includes premium ammunition)
SUGGESTED RIFLES & CALIBERS
Calibers ranging from .270 to .375 are preferred. (Depending on what you hunt-You cannot shoot dangerous game with firearm under a .375).
For plains game .270,7mm, 30.06, .308 and .300 WinMag are adequate.
We suggest that you bring the rifle you are most comfortable with. It is important to spend time on the shooting range at home, before your African hunt begins and use shooting sticks. You will sight-in your rifles again on the HuntSA range before you start the hunt.
South African law prohibits semi-automatic firearms into the country. You are also limited to bringing in 200 rounds of ammunition per caliber. 60 rounds of ammunition per caliber should be adequate.
The following firearms and ammunition will not be allowed to enter South Africa:
Any automatic or semi-automatic firearms
More than one firearm per calibre per person
More than 200 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm
Any pistol or revolver (unless specified for hunting)
REMEMBER THE ISSUING OF THE TEMPORARY IMPORT PERMITS AT THE PORT OF ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE. DO NOT TIP OR PAY ANY SAPS OFFICER FOR THIS SERVICE. YOU SHOULD KEEP THE PERMIT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WHEN THE FIREARMS ARE IN YOUR POSSESSION.