Frequently Asked Questions Information
HUNTING SEASON – CLIMATE
We operate all year round depending on what and where you want to hunt. Generally speaking, the climate is pleasant, September, October and November being the hotter months of the year, while the months of June, July and August have cool nights and pleasant days.
ORGANISING YOUR SAFARI
The complete success and enjoyment of your safari is our prime concern. Through dedication, experience and perseverance, they will organize your safari to meet all your personal requirements. Your safari can be custom-made to fit your needs and trophies you need to take.
Our Professional hunters are registered according to South African law. They are highly experienced and knows the bush and the habits of the game intimately. They will go out of their way to provide proper and professional services, maintaining the highest standard for equipment, vehicles and field preparation of trophies. More importantly they will seek the best trophies possible for their valued client. In addition, they are members of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa, further proof of their competence and dedication.
The hunting day is normally split in two sessions, one in the early morning and the other in the afternoon. Hunting begins by vehicle but as soon as fresh tracks are discovered or trophy animals are spotted, they are approached on foot, which always represents an exciting challenge. When an animal is shot it is immediately transported to the camp to be skinned and treated in order to prepare the trophy.
Tropical diseases like malaria and yellow fever can occur in our hunting areas. Check with your outfitter on the area and then with your personal physician on the necessary preventive medication. At all times we carry a full medical kit. On both concessions we are less than 30 minutes away from modern medical facilities. Remember to bring your own personal medication.
HUNTING WEAPONS/IMPORT PERMITS
We recommend that you discuss your rifle calibres with your outfitter according to the animals you will take. Remember that shot placement by far outweighs ballistics. In South Africa a temporary import permit is necessary for guns and ammunitions. Here again your outfitter will provide you with the necessary documentation and information beforehand. Make sure that you bring sufficient ammunition with you as some calibres are not readily available locally.
Trophy fees are only payable for animals that are actually hunted. Wounded animals are to be paid in full. All animals listed on our trophy list can be hunted on a 5, 7, 10 and 14 day safari as marked. No VAT. (value added tax) payable on trophy fees.
It is always preferable to bring you own weapons on safari. We do however have guns and shotguns available at a nominal cost. Ammunition is charged for separately.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Current visa requirements can be obtained from your local travel agent.
A hunter who hopes to obtain a brilliant trophy is spending a lot to come to a foreign hunting ground. He may just as well do the most important part as the textbook prescribes. That is, handling the actual skin, scull and horns correctly so that the trophy may come to its full potential. Your outfitter and his staff are used to handle the whole process of field preparation, skinning, salting and the storage of trophies. Very few parts of the animal will be wasted. The meat will be handled with care and in good hygienic fashion. If the hunter is willing, some of the tasty cuts of most animals may be served as a treat during meals at the base camp.
The drying quarters are insect and rodent proof. Quality salt in huge quantities is used.
Your trophies are stored in an insect- and rodent-free closed place.
Veterinarian control is kept in mind before dispatching the dried out bones and skins to the taxidermist.
CHOOSING YOUR TAXIDERMIST
Why should I use a taxidermist in Africa as opposed to one in the United States?
The typical African trophy animal is short haired and lives in warm to hot climates. The stress of handling, salting, drying, dipping, shipping, rehydrating for dipping and the typical tanning process to ultimately mount the trophy is lengthy and very harsh on the delicate hides. The time alone can result in damage beyond repair due to parasites and bacteria that are unseen by the naked eye. It is far better to have these delicate hides processed as quickly as possible. By the mere nature of the various import/export laws it is practically impossible.
I have heard of hunters losing their trophies and never seeing them again once they leave South Africa. How can I avoid this tragedy?
The only way to ensure proper handling and transport of your hunted trophies is to book your hunt with a reputable outfitter, professional hunter (PH) or Safari Company. Lost trophies are only one of many pitfalls of inexperience or unscrupulous outfitters, professional hunters and safari companies. What may seem like a bargain hunt may end up costing you everything the hunt was worth and more.
I will not be able to visit your studio, how will I be able to communicate my final decisions to you?
The ideal situation is to have your PH or Safari company plan a visit to our studios after your hunt. In this way we can sit and discuss your order in detail. However, in a case where this is not possible we have knowledgeable and cheerful staff standing by to discuss your choices by email. We have found this a simple and effective form of correspondence. We can also communicate by phone or email in order to help you make the important decisions with regards to preserving your most precious hunting memories from South Africa.
How do I ensure that the trophies are skinned and treated properly?
As is the case with lost trophies, only experienced and reputable PH’s and Safari Companies employ the most skilled skinners and maintain consistently high standards.
How long will it take you to finish my trophies?
The typical turnaround time is studio is 10 to 12 months depending on our shop loading and the trophies we receive. Full body Elephants, Rhino, Giraffe etc., will require more time. Estimates are provided when we receive the trophies.
Does this mean that I will receive my trophies in 10 to 12 months?
There will be additional time required beyond our control including the transportation once the trophies leave our studio. The time required will depend on the method you choose. Air freight averages 2 to 3 weeks and ocean freight adds 8 to 10 weeks but at a substantial cost saving over air freight.
How are the trophies prepared for shipment?
The trophies are carefully packed in specially designed crates to minimize the size and cost to you. After crating the contact the shipping company, who collect the crate from our shop and make all of the necessary arrangements for transport to the United States. You will be notified when the shipment leaves the studios and will be provided with the contact at the shipping company to make arrangements for payment and choice of shipping method.
How much will it cost to ship my trophies?
The cost will depend on the size and weight of the crate and the destination. We do all we can to minimize the size of the crate by carefully packing the trophies in the smallest space possible. The cost is calculated on the total weight of the crate or in most cases the total volume of the crate. The volume is typically the determining factor, since the shipping companies charge based on the amount of weight they could have transported in that space. You may see an equivalent weight charged based on the volume. You can contact the shipping company for costs.
Once the trophies arrive in the United States, will they be sent to my home address?
The shipment requires clearance by the US Fish and Game Department, US Customs, and the US Department of Agriculture. These inspections are arranged by your import broker and may take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks depending on how busy the port of arrival is and the time of the year. After the inspections are completed and the shipment is released you can make arrangements for home delivery or warehouse pickup as you desire.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING TAXIDERMY WORK
- Packaging: only one client per crate. This is a new arrangement required by the USA.
- Trophies must remain in South Africa for a minimum of 90 days before shipping.
- Warthogs can cause a delay in shipping if the state veterinarian of the area is not available to issue transport permits.
- Many problems are currently encountered with delays in the issuing of permits by the relevant government agencies – please bear with us.
- Shipping costs can only be finalized by the time trophies are dropped off.
- Payment of a deposit to the taxidermist will ensure that your work goes on the production line.
- No raw products may be exported.
- Warthog must be packed in a separate crate.
- Raw and processed products cannot be shipped together