Frequently Asked Questions
What documentation is needed to import your own rifle?
· A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
· A COPY OF YOUR CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM 4457
· A COPY OF YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY
Is there any firearm restrictions?
• Only one firearm per caliber is allowed per person
• Ammunition is to be packed in a separate container, which has to be locked and marked with details.
• In total 11 pounds , not more than 200 rounds, is allowed per hunter. 40-60 rounds per rifle is sufficient.
• No person under 21 years may bring a firearm in under their own name
• Prohibited firearms, which may NOT be imported into South Africa includes:
Semi or fully automatic weapon, Handguns for self-defence, weapons which fall under military categories
What happens when I arrive in RSA?
– Proceed through passport control; claim your general luggage at the carousel.
– Look for the firearms representative – he will be standing with all the rifles
– Present your passport and luggage tag and sign for your rifle to be released (only SAA passengers not Delta)
– Exit through the doors where you will be met by a Rietgat Safaris representative.
– We will then take you to the police office where we have already given them your rifle paperwork.
– You will have to open your rifle cases so the serial numbers can be compared to that on the permit.
– You will sign the SAP520 form and the register book and wait for the rifle to be released.
– You will be given a permit – check that your name, serial no and departure date is correct.
– Keep it safely in your gun case and present it to the police at time of departure for your rifle to be able to leave SA.
Can I take a trophy back home?
After a trophy had been taken we transport it to the slaughtering shed as soon as possible where the field preparation is done. We take care to skin the trophy exactly the way you want it. The skinners are skilled and professionally trained. The trophy (hide, skull & horns) is labelled with your name on, to prevent confusion.
There are very strict conditions that we have to adhere to in order to export trophies. They have to be completely dried, hygienic, bleached and professionally treated. This is called the Dip&Pack Process.
You can have your trophies mounted in the USA by your Taxidermist of choice or you can make use of a South African Taxidermy service.