Frequently Asked Questions
Hunting in Africa.
Who handles my trophies after the hunt?
This is a very important aspect of our safari service and Limcroma established a sister company, Trophy Pro SA (www.trophyprosa.com) for the handling of the valuable trophies of our clients. After the hunt, your trophies will be delivered to the Trophy Pro facility for either dipping, crating and shipping to your US taxidermy of choice, or we can handle the taxidermy of your trophies for you. Upon delivering your trophies to the Trophy Pro facility you will receive and email notification as well as a formal quote on your request of trophy handling. Our goal is to assist you with all aspects of this service and make it as smooth as possible for you.
What is the time difference between US and SA?
In summer in the US, South Africa is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, 7 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time, 8 hours ahead of Mountain Daylight Time and 9 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.
Can I bring the meat back?
Sorry. It is against US Dept of Agriculture regulations to import wild game or meat of any kind without a proper license. The meat stays here at the ranch where it is served to our hunting guests as well as used by the staff and their families.
Can I get internet access while I am on Safari?
We have complimentary Wifi and we encourage you to bring your wifi enabled devices to share photos and notes with friends and family back home.
*Please note: Internet should be used in moderation as it is limited. Internet speeds are slow and we encourage you not to plan on downloading or sending large files.
What kind of phone service can I get on my safari?
You can rent a cell phone at Johannesburg Intl Airport that will work well in the safari area. Also, if you have a GMS enabled US cell phone, you may make international calls ONLY if you have the international calls feature turned on. In most cases, this requires a visit to your carrier’s store or a phone call to their customer service department. Once you have enabled international calling, you will be able to make calls in most areas of the country, depending on your carrier and the agreements they have in place with local carriers to provide service to their clients. (Cingular works well in camp) Another option would be a satellite phone. If you desire one of these services, please let us know. We can connect you with a company who can serve your needs in this area.
Do I need an electrical converter or adapter?
You will need both a converter to plug your items into and an adapter to plug into the outlet. The converter will change the voltage from 230-240 Volts, 50 HZ to 120 Volts. You can find converters and adapters at any electronics store like Radio Shack or department stores like Wal-Mart or Target. Limcroma does have a few converters and adapters in camp, but it’s best to bring your own to insure you have one. For our lady guests who need a hair dryer, we will have hair dryers in each chalet that are designed for South African electrical outlets. No need to bring along that big hair dryer.
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How do I pay for the balance of my safari?
What about tipping?
What currency is used in South Africa?
You may exchange your currency for Rand at the airport when you arrive or at a bank on the way to the hunting area. Travellers checks and all major currencies can be exchanged at banks and various exchange companies. Banks are open Monday – Friday 9am-3:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-11am. Most ATM machines support the Cirrus network cards. You can check with your bank before you leave and find out if your ATM card will be accepted in South Africa.
Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept Visa, Master Card and American Express. Keep your passport available as you may need picture id when you use a credit card.
What kind of personal items should I bring?
What you bring is up to you, but here are items that at least one hunting guest or family member has said “I wish I had brought ________” or “I forgot my ___________.”
- A good camera
- Video camera and extra battery (if you have one)
- Eyeglasses, Contacts, Sunglasses
- Flashlight and batteries
- 220 to 110 voltage converter and adapter plug
- Good reading material (It’s a long plane ride)
- Camera and Video camera!
- Pocket knife or scissors – PACK IN CHECKED LUGGAGE
- Diary and writing pen
- Any medical prescriptions and allergy medicines
- Insect Repellent with at least 35% DEET
- Band aids and mole skin
- Sunscreen Lip balm with sunscreen
- Personal toiletries, shaving or cosmetic kit
- Warm jacket and gloves
- Camp shoes
- Small sewing kit with buttons
- Camera and Video camera!
How do I pick up my rifle once I arrive in South Africa?
Upon arrival, after passing through passport control, you will pick up your checked baggage. You then pass through customs and proceed to the meeting area. You will be met there by a Riflepermits.com representative who will provide you with your paperwork and escort you to the South African Police Service (SAPS) firearm control office. When your firearm arrives, you will then complete your import of your rifle into South Africa with the help of the Riflepermits.com representative. Make sure you don’t lose your rifle permit. Remember, if you bring a firearm in, you must take it back out with you. It is illegal to leave your firearm in South Africa.
If you book your hunt with us, we will provide you with more details on what is required. Once again for instructions and forms go to: www.riflepermits.com
How do I import my gun into South Africa?
To use their service please visit their website at: www.riflepermits.com
What type of shooting practice should I do to get ready for my safari?
What type of guns and how many guns should I bring?
What do I need to enter South Africa?
Make a copy of your passport and put it in a bag that is separate from where you keep your passport. It is much easier to obtain a new passport if you have a copy of your passport. If you lose your passport, contact the US Embassy.
Is it safe in Africa?
What about special insurance coverage?
You may purchase several types of insurance for your safari. Baggage insurance, firearm insurance, trip cancellation insurance, travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance are all areas to consider to make yourself more financially secure before you leave on your trip. Your travel agent can help you with trip cancellation, travel and medical evacuation.
The best firearm insurance for the money is with Sportman’s Insurance Agency. You can reach them at 800-925-7767 or visit them on the web at www.siai.net. Limcroma Safaris highly recommends you insure your rifle for this long trek.
You have multiple choices for medical evacuation companies. You can buy a year policy or a policy that covers just your individual trip. Here are a few companies you can check with.
What happens if I need to fill a prescription or see a doctor?
Your prescription can be refilled here in South Africa. It would be best if you bring enough of your medication to last for the entire trip so we don’t take away from important hunting time. If you’re concerned about running out, have your doctor write a prescription for you and bring it with you. South Africa has excellent medical facilities and medical care. I know of one hunter in Africa who fell and broke his hip and had his hip replaced before he returned to the US. These facilities are all a reasonable drive from all of Limcroma Safaris hunting areas.
Do I need any immunizations before I come to South Africa?
No immunizations are required to enter South Africa. A tetanus booster and Hepatitis A vaccines are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. We recommend you look at the CDC website to learn more about health issues in South Africa. It’s a good idea to consult with your personal physician about travelling to Africa well before you leave.
The primary hunting area for Limcroma Safaris is malaria free. If your hunt takes you to other provinces, we will inform you if a malaria medicine is needed. You will need to start taking the medicine at least a week before you come. Again, consult your doctor and pharmacist for instructions.
Can I drink the water there without getting sick?
Our water supply is completely safe to drink from the tap. We also keep an abundant supply of bottled water on hand for our guests if they prefer.
What type of clothing should I bring?
The most important thing for this hunt is good footwear. We highly recommend leather boots that are well broken in as well as high quality hiking socks. This is NOT the trip to break in a new pair of boots or to wear cheap socks. You may be walking a great deal, and blisters on a safari are no fun. An extra pair of boot laces is nice to have just in case one breaks. You may want to bring camp shoes so you can get out of your boots if you like.
Long pants or shorts are both good while hunting. Pants with legs that zip out and convert to shorts can be quite handy.
Think layered clothing for this hunt. It will be quite cool in the morning but usually will warm up during the day. Having a nice, warm jacket, a pull over fleece or a sweater you can take off later in the day works well. You will want to bring a pair of warm gloves for the cold mornings as well. A light rain jacket is also a great idea in case you encounter an extremely rare wet day on your hunt.
As far as color of clothing, camouflage is great if you prefer. Dark clothing such as olive, dark green and dark tan also works well. It’s best to avoid light colored khaki clothing if at all possible.
Don’t forget a hat or cap of your choosing for skin protection.
Belt and a cartridge holder can make life much easier for you during the hunt.
Your laundry is done every day except Sunday so we recommend 4 pair of undergarments, 4 pair of socks, 3 shirts and 3 pants/shorts for your stay.
Most of our hunting guests and their families wear their hunting clothes for dinner as we retire to the fire before and after dinner on most nights. If you wish to have some other comfortable clothes to wear to dinner, a sweat suit, or jeans and a sweater or sweatshirt would be fine.
What is the weather like?
It is almost always sunny and dry from May through September. Temperatures range from low 30s F (O C) and can warm up to the 70s F (20 C) during the day. Some days will be cooler than that. It can rain occasionally so make sure your jacket is water resistant.
Who do I pay for the dipping, packing and shipping?
You will pay the shipping company in South Africa and the receiving company/broker here in the US. It will be two different payments as they are not the same company. You will usually receive a fax, email or phone call from the shipping company in South Africa telling you your order is ready to be shipped. Once you pay them, either by credit card or bank transfer, your trophies will be shipped. The receiving company in the US will contact you when your trophies have arrived. They will hold your trophies until you pay for them. You can either pick them up personally, have your taxidermist pick them up or ship them to your taxidermist for mounting.
How long does it take to get my heads, hides and horns back?
It depends on whether you request dipping, crating and shipping back to the US, or whether you will have taxidermy done. Turnaround time for dipping and shipping is 4 – 6 months, depending on how fast the South African Nature Conservation officials will issue an export permit after it is requested. Turnaround time for taxidermy will be around 12 months.
When is the best time to go hunting in South Africa?
Good timeframe for rifle hunting is March 1 – October 31.
How long will the shots be?
Most of your shots will be 150 yards or less. It doesn’t always work that way, and longer shots are taken, but typically, 150 yards or less is the normal shot. It’s best if you know where your bullet will strike at 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards. We work very hard to keep all shots to 100 yards or less as we don’t want to spend your valuable hunting time chasing a wounded animal through the bush. The most important part of shooting here is many of the shots come quickly so it’s important to be able to put your face on your rifle, look down the scope and acquire the target and shoot accurately within 2 to 3 seconds. The trophy animals here haven’t survived by standing around watching intruders in their world. They survive by fleeing and will not stand and look at you all day.
How do I get my US Customs Form 4457?
How do I ship my ammunition?
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO IMPORT AMMUNITION THAT DOES NOT MATCH THE CALIBER OF THE RIFLE YOU ARE IMPORTING.
What kind of gun case should I ship my gun in?
Your gun should be packed in a crash resistant plastic or metal case that locks. Don’t use the plastic case that’s on sale at the end of hunting season for .95. In the US, you will need to make sure you get to the airport early enough to have your gun inspected by TSA before it is placed on the airplane. Call your airline about details of packing guns and bullets. They are the final word.
How much and what type of ammunition should I bring?
The airlines restrict how much ammunition you can carry by weight. You are allowed by South African law to bring in 100 rounds. We don’t plan on you shooting that much. Most hunters bring 40 to 60 rounds of ammunition. The best bullets we have seen are Premium type ammunition loaded with Barnes X, Swift A Frame or Nosler Partition bullets. We recommend you shot a 150-180 grain bullet, whichever your rifle shoots most accurately.
How do I get there?
Where will I hunt?
Those interested in planning a safari that includes Youth hunters or the whole family are welcome as well.
We love seeing clients getting the whole family involved in the safari, whether it’s in an observers role or as a first time hunter.
“An African sunset, spiral horns and a perfectly placed arrow, it doesn’t get much better than this.”
CHRISTY & CAMERON, VIRGINia
“HIGHLY RECOMMEND Limcroma Safaris. They go above and beyond to make sure you have an experience of a lifetime.”
HEATHER, South Carolina
“Best adventures ever! Can’t wait to come back for a 4th time!!!”
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About Limcroma Safaris
Limcroma Safaris operates full service South African safari adventures on almost 200,000 acres of privately owned land and closely managed hunting concessions. When hunting with Limcroma Safaris, clients enjoy pursuing more than 45 species of trophy class African plains game including big greater kudu, gemsbok, impala, warthog and blue wildebeest.