All you need to know before your next free range hunting trip to South Africa.

Gear List

Below are recommendations on gear and what to pack for your safari. You need no more than 3 complete sets of hunting clothes. You can usually get by with two pants and 3 x shirts, socks and underwear. Laundry is done daily.

South Africa has a wonderful climate. The season runs from March until December. Fall and spring will be warm (February, March, April, May, October, November, December) with early morning temperatures of about 55 warming up to 85/95 during the middle of the day. Winter months will be cooler (June, July, August, September) with early morning temperatures of 40 and warming up to 70/75 .

Layered clothing is always a good idea as the mornings and evenings can be cool while middle of the day gets warm.

  • Boots
  • Fleece vest or sweater (make sure its warm for winter months)
  • Sleeping lounging around camp attire
  • Casual shoes
  • 3 complete sets of hunting clothes (Underwear, socks, pants, shirts, t-shirts)
  • Sunscreen
  • Passport (must have at least 4 blank pages)
  • Prescription or other medications
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • US to RSA plug in adaptor (available at all airports)
  • Flashlight
  • Shooting sticks (We have sticks but if you would prefer the sticks you have practised on and are comfortable with then bring yours. Put in your gun bag)


I suggest using Pat Wright from PWP travel. Pat is based in San Antonio and has booked flights for Crusader Safaris clients for many years. He is experienced in African travel and travelling with firearms.

Phone: 210 6860766

You may also book your own flights through your travel agents or online.

PLEASE NOTE: The only local South African airline registered to carry firearms is South African Airways


When travelling with firearms it is very advisable to use the service of an agent in Johannesburg. We suggest Henry Durheim.


Henry charges $120 per rifle and will pre-register the firearms, meet you on arrival, take you through customs and make sure you catch your connecting flight. If you use Henry he will supply the letter of invitation that is needed.

Henry will need to be contacted at least a month prior to arrival.
On request, Henry can meet you on departure but this is not necessary.

Option two is to complete the firearm paperwork yourself. In this case, I will email you the letter of invitation. Other documents needed are:

You are allowed a max of 200 rounds of ammo per rifle.
Only ammo for the rifle you bring into the country will be permitted.

  • Two rifles per gun case
  • Four firearms per hunter
  • Rimfire rifles need to be pre-registered with SAPS (two months before arrival)

Crusader Safaris has a number of very good rifles for rent, all have Swarovski scopes. If you are not bringing a firearm you can fly on any airline and do not need a letter of invitation.


Crusader Safaris owns a Cessna 210. This aircraft is based in the Kei River conservancy and is available to fly between areas. It can comfortably seat pilot plus 3 passengers. This is a great means of saving time and for ease of transfer between areas.


Crusader safaris has two very experienced videographers available to record your safari experience. This can be shared amongst a group or individually. Video is always a great reminder of the experience. The cost is $200 per day for the cameraman. At the end of the safari we will provide you with the raw footage. Should you require this service please confirm that with me and I will make cameraman available.
We also have a very experienced editor available should you want the raw footage edited into a great reminder of your safari. The editing cost is $150 per hunting day.

Travelling with children under 18

Anyone travelling to South Africa with children under the age of 18 needs to be aware of the following:

  • If both parents are travelling then you will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate with both parent’s names listed.
  • If only one parent is travelling then you will need a signed affidavit with copies of both parent’s passports and the child’s birth certificate.

Please visit for more details.

Medication & Immunizations

You will be hunting in a malaria free area and malaria medication is NOT required. I would recommend you update your tetanus inoculation if necessary and any other routine vaccinations you may need. The Baviaansriver , Stormberg and Umkomaas are all malaria-free areas. There is no malaria within 400 miles of these hunting safari areas.

If hunting the Balule for Buffalo malaria medication is suggested. This is in the far north of the country and is a marginal malaria area. Consult your doctor on what is best available in the US.


Camo clothing is permitted in South Africa. Earthtone clothing works really well (grassland, brown, green, khaki).


The terrain will range from tree-covered slopes, flat grasslands, and steep rocky terrain to wooded river bottoms. Rugged boots are recommended. Elevations will be from 1800ft in the Umkomaas to 5000ft in the Stormberg mountains. Depending on the area you're hunting, the terrain and altitude will differ substantially.