Page Updated: Apr 2020
Hunting South Africa - This is the most popular hunting destination for first-timers to Africa, offering a splendid range of plains game species.
Almost all hunting in South Africa takes place on fenced private land.
Hunting is conducted all over South Africa, in all 9 provinces, so a 'hunting areas map' is rather redundant. The most popular provinces for hunting are Limpopo and Eastern Cape. A map of the provinces maybe more useful to locate your hunting area within South Africa.
Most hunters will arrive at OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg which is in the province of Gauteng. You will either be met there and driven directly to your hunt area or if it is more convenient, you can take a onward domestic flight to the nearest airport in your hunting province.
You have a whole lot of choice with your hunting accommodation in South Africa which can range from luxurious lodges and chalets with top class facilities to the more basic or rustic.
South Africa's game laws vary according to the individual province but are generally similar when applied to overseas hunters.
The TOPS List was introduced in South Africa in 2008 by the Department of Environmental Affairs and stands for 'Threatened Or Protected Species'. The TOPS List includes several popular South African hunting species, which are indicated on the South African Hunting Species list below...
If you want to hunt any of these designated species you must have a special TOPS Hunting Permit for each animal. You must tell your hunter in advance if you want to hunt a TOPS animal and he must get the permit(s) before you start hunting. The permit will specify the hunter's name & address, the location of the hunt and a permit validity period.
If you successfully hunt a TOPS animal, must sign the permit at the end of your hunt. If you don't, an export permit for your TOPS trophy will not be issued. When signing, carefully check all your contact details are exactly correct on the permit. If there is any discrepancy, the hunt may be investigated and your trophy shipment may be delayed.
It is illegal to hunt any TOPS Listed animal without a TOPS Hunting Permit in your hand. Do NOT hunt any of these animals if there is no permit present at the time of your hunt. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security with promises of getting the permit later.
It is a very special occasion when a parent can hunt with their child, particularly in Africa for the first time. South Africa has always been the perfect hunt location for children. Now, just like the issuing of a SA firearm import permit, it has become rather a tricky bureaucratic chore to travel to South Africa with your child.
Introduced in June 2015, the South African child travel advisory was updated in Nov 2019. Read the full regulations, requirements and various other permutations of travelling with minors to South Africa.
Foreign children from countries that do require a South African visa must submit the following documents as part of the application...
Once the child is in possession of valid South African visa, the documents already submitted as part of their visa application, do not need to be produced when travelling through a South African port of entry.
No Supporting documents are required where children are in direct transit in South Africa at an international airport.
If you are overnighting in South Africa en route to your destination and the child requires a transit visa, the birth certificate +/- the affidavit will be required.
Passport holders from countries that are exempt from SA visas if staying for 90 days or less for tourism / business purposes. Currently US & UK passport holders are visa exempt.
So the updated advisory for foreign child travel currently states...
Hunting In South Africa by Tony Sanchez-Arino (1998) are writings about big game hunting in South Africa by Harris, Cumming, Baldwin, Leveson, Holub, Bryden, Bulpin, Kirby, Findlay, Millais, Wolhuter and many others. A comprehensive and entertaining anthology, with brief biographies of each author at the rear.
The South African 37 DVD by Ken Wilson includes hunting not just the more common species of South Africa but also the species that have made remarkable comebacks from near extinction including black wildebeest, bontebok and white rhino. 55 minutes. DVD.