African Hunt Preparation Checklist
Africa Hunt Preparation Checklist
Assuming your African hunt will be about a year ahead, this hunt preparation checklist itemises all things you may need to do, in good time before you depart.
Right after booking, so about a year ahead
- Start a weight loss and fitness program if necessary. Beginning it now will give you plenty of time to reach your optimum weight and fitness levels by the hunt start date.
- If you are going to purchase a new firearm for your Afican hunt, do it early so you can get the rifle customised for Africa (if you want to), start your shooting practice, and also get it on your firearm certificate correctly if this is applicable.
- Get in a good supply of ammunition of the type you will be using in Africa for shooting practice
- Start shooting practice as the more time devoted to this, the better.
- Get the right trip cancellation insurance from the time of booking.
- If you are intending to do any other safari activities or trips around your hunt, make the reservations at the time of booking the hunt.
About 8 months before departure
- Begin the unavoidable shop for new items of hunting equipment and clothing.
- Check your gun case conforms to airline regulations and is in good condition - replace if necessary.
- Check your regular luggage is in good condition and replace if necessary.
- Check your passport for validity date and ample empty pages - renew if necessary.
- Organise hunt travel insurance including specific insurance cover for firearms and good quality medical evacuation.
- If you don't have a taxidermist already, start looking at the alternatives - taxidermist in Africa or at home, prices,shipping costs etc. If you opt for a taxidermist in your home country, ask him to send you a batch of trophy tags to take with you.
- Get firearm documentation together ready to send to your outfitter or complete yourself for your import permit(s).
- Get lots of passport photos done - for firearm permit application, visa application and spares to take with you.
- Send the required firearm documentation to outfitter or firearm permit handling company (RSA) or permit issuing authority if applying yourself (RSA).
- Using an Africa-experienced travel agent, make international and/or domestic flight and seat reservations.
- Complete and send off Dutch firearm consent form if transiting via Amsterdam with a firearm.
- Get CITES import permit application done if intending to hunt a CITES Appendix I species. Do not worry if this permit looks like it will date expire before the trophies are shipped, it can easily be re-newed as many times as necessary. You must have the import permit before hunting and it can often take about a year for trophies to be shipped.
- Make any hotel and transfer reservations you may need before and after the hunt, if your outfitter doesn't do this on your behalf.
- Make or review your will arrangements.
Within about 3-6 months of departure
- Apply for a visa if necessary for your hunting country. Time this carefully - not too early, as the visa validity is from the date the passport is stamped not from date of travel.
- Prepare your personal first aid kit and get enough supplies of any prescription medicines to cover the safari. Make copies of your actual doctor's prescription documents to take with you.
- Get all vaccinations and anti-malarial drugs, as necessary. Start anti-malarials at the prescribed time, in advance of arriving in Africa.
- Visit the dentist.
- Order traveller's cheques and cash in the necessary currency
- Start gathering everything together prior to packing. See also Packing List.
- Important - remember to cycle all your ammunition through your rifle to ensure there is nothing wrong with the ammo you are taking.
- US hunters can opt to register their trip with the Bureau Of Consular Affairs.