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Useful information when hunting in Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Hunting in Africa Safaris hopes to provide you with as much useful information when hunting in Africa as possible with regards to your South Africa hunting safari. Please use the information to your advantage and remember to ask as many questions as possible before your arrival, no matter how trivial you may think your question is.

The information we offer is free and comes from years of practical, first-hand field experience. Before starting our own business we worked at other companies gaining experience in what to do, and specifically, what NOT to do. At Hunting in Africa Safaris we can now say with confidence which routes work, and more important, which routes are a waste of time.

The importation process of your firearms to South Africa and filling out the dreaded SAP 520 is comprehensively discussed in the Firearms section.

Here you can download the US Customs declaration 4470 form.

 

Safety concerns

Hunting in Africa Safaris is as concerned about your safety as we are about our own safety! Of course there is a lot of negative press coverage of incidents in South Africa, and yes, many of those issues are quite true. However, most of the incidents are localized to mainly large metropolitan areas where we will not be while hunting. If you wish to see sites in large cities like Pretoria, Johannesbug, Cape Town and Durban, we know where to go and where not to go. Should you feel you need protection on your visit, we are well connected to Close Protection companies who supply trained body guards at a nominal fee.

Should you have any suggestions with regards to other, or additional information you would like to see on the web page, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Enjoy your hunt!

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South African wildlife photo safari with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Hunting in Africa Safaris offer the opportunity of going on an ultimate African wildlife photo safari to off the beaten track safari areas in South Africa and Namibia. Our expertise lies in our intimate knowledge of animal behavior, where to find the best photo opportunities and many scenic places, the main focus of your photo safari.

We are qualified Big 5 game guides that can bring you up close and personal for the best possible African safari animal pictures you can get on foot, or from the safety of our air-conditioned four-wheel-drive safari vehicles.

The pictures below were all taken by Pieter, or by those who were on one of the best photo safari tours with him or one of his fully qualified guides. We offer the best South African wildlife photo safaris.

Please join us on one of our unforgettable African photo safari tours exploring the incredible African wildlife and cultural aspects.

Tell us what you want and for how long you want to have fun and we can compile your personal, guided photo safari without having to line up for a tourist bus.

 

Best South African hunting Outfitters Hunting in Africa Safaris

We are South African hunting outfitters who offer African hunt packages. Some of the safari hunting packages we host are lion hunting safari packages for the hunter who wishes to hunt lions in Africa. However, we not only have African Big 5 safari hunting packages, we have available a number of antelope species for rifle hunting and bowhunting. During the start of the South African hunting season we have major fallow deer concessions where amazing trophies can be harvested.

In our gear guide section is where we discuss your suggested African hunting gear to bring along. Hunting in Africa Safaris are the best South African hunting outfitters and offer the best available hunting packages at hunting lodges where you will be treated as friends.

From the moment we pick you up at the airport until we drop you off again we will be with you every step of the way. This includes free advice on matters such as taxidermy. Seeing taxidermy is an added expense on top of one of your African hunting safari packages we feel it forms part of the economy of your proposed South African hunting safari and must be used as a price guide in determining the final cost of your complete sport hunting safari.

Whether you are on a custom hunting safari or just hunting one of our regular safari packages we will take equally good care of you.

We are premier African bowhunting safari outfitters where we offer you hunting opportunities at hunting most of the antelope species of South Africa. We frequent hunting lodges where quality trophies are harvested during every hunt we conduct.

Sitting by the campfire in the evenings we relive the happenings of the day. Sometimes we discuss mistakes made, most times we raise a glass to the success of the day but we are never, never unhappy about being in the bushveld. There are moments when the tongue shaped flames of the hardwood fire abducts our thoughts, bringing vivid images of times gone by and mostly of our day just past.

Come along and experience the heart throb of Africa! Make your taste buds savor the wood smoke of the lead wood camp fire, listen with empathy to the sad call of the jackal and feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end when the leopard coughs his unhappiness with the one that got away.

After all, what is any one of our African hunting safari packages without a warthog on the wall?

Come Hunting in Africa with us!

 

Some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) when Hunting in Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

1. what type of clothes to bring to Africa?

2. is it legal to wear camouflage hunting clothing when hunting in Africa?

3. what gear must I take along on my Africa safari?

Bring at least one thick padded jacket as it can become very cold during the winter evenings and early mornings. Additional clothing requirements are in the Gear Guide section of the website.

Please note that it is permissible to wear camo hunting clothes when hunting in South Africa. When hunting in Zimbabwe OR Mozambique you may NOT make use of camouflage clothing. The most commonly used hunting clothes for both Zimbabwe and Mozambique is khaki.

 

What food do they eat on an African hunting safari in South Africa

What will your African hosts feed you? What can we expect to eat on an African hunting safari? What food will be served on an African safari hunting trip? These are questions potential hunters initially feel uncomfortable asking. Prior to your hunt commencing a hunting questionnaire is completed where you indicate what your food preferences are as well as any food allergies. The following pictures will hopefully answer a number of your concerns with regards to African food

What do they eat on safariWhat do they eat on safari

 

What will the weather be like on an African hunting safari trip

It seldom rains during mid-April to September, but it has happened on occasion. If it does happen to rain during the hunt the ambient temperatures drop dramatically to the mid-40’s (F). At other times it will be in the high 30’s to 40’s during the mornings, late afternoons and evenings. During the day it will warm up to the mid-60’s range. If you are here during our summer time (October-March) the daily temperatures can exceed 85ºF on a daily basis. Rain can also occur every other day depending on the region you are in.

What will the weather be like when hunting in Africa and travelling to South Africa:

Month

Hunting area

Average midday temperature in deg F

Limpopo Province* Free State** North West*** Eastern Cape****
January

88

77

84

79

February

86

75

84

81

March

84

73

81

77

April

81

68

77

75

May

75

63

72

72

June

70

57

66

66

July

70

57

66

66

August

75

63

72

68

September

82

68

79

70

October

84

72

82

72

November

86

72

82

73

December

86

75

84

77

 

 

 

Month

Hunting area

Average evening temperature in deg F

Limpopo Province* Free State** North West*** Eastern Cape****
January

63

54

61

59

February

63

52

61

59

March

59

50

57

57

April

52

43

50

52

May

45

36

41

48

June

37

32

36

43

July

37

32

36

43

August

43

34

39

45

September

50

41

48

48

October

57

46

55

50

November

61

48

57

54

December

63

52

59

55

 

Average mean for Limpopo Province* temperature is Thabazimbi

Average mean for the Free State** temperature is Bethlehem

Average mean for North West Province*** temperature is Rustenburg

Average mean for Eastern Cape temperature**** is Grahamstown

 

Health issues when Hunting in Africa

During our winter months (May-August) you will hardly see any bugs. All of the plains game hunting on our package deals take place in regions within South Africa that are malaria free. Some of the dangerous game hunts can take place in malaria regions in which case it is recommended that the required precautions be taken. Consult your doctor about malaria precautions prior to leaving. Locally we rely on bug spray a lot.

It is recommended that you purchase health insurance before leaving your country of origin.

 

Safety issues when Hunting in Africa

As is the case with most big cities all over the world there are certain parts of every city one should avoid visiting. Such is the case in South Africa. However, from the moment you are picked up at the airport till one of our qualified and experienced Professional Hunters drop you off at the airport at the end of your hunting safari, you will be in our presence. We know where not to go to.

The rest of the time you will be as safe as houses, often only seeing and talking to camp staff and your guide. In 15 years we have never had a safety issue and plan on keeping it that way.

 

Innoculations for your South African hunting safari

You do not need any special innoculations prior to your hunting safari. If you intend on visiting Zambia you will need proof of a yellow fever innoculation. If your tetanus shot is questionable and a new one is due, it will be a good adea to have another one.

 

Visa requirements for hunting in South Africa

Hunters from the USA and some European countries do not need to apply for a visa for your Africa hunting safari.

Privacy policy/Confidentiality It is our policy not to make available any information about any of our hunters to any third party. All of the very important people who have hunted with us can attest to that.

South Africa hunting safari reviews with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Pieter Kriel is the most amazing professional hunter in all of Africa. I used him due to a referral from my taxidermist, and I am grateful. Our family had the experience of a lifetime. We brought our teenage son and daughter and they will take home memories that will last forever. We started with a photographic safari in the beautiful Kruger Park. The accommodations were perfect. We had many questions and Pieter answered them all thoroughly. He has extensive knowledge of the animals, plants, birds and the rich history of South Africa. It was very beneficial to our hunt because it was then easy to identify and locate the game on the ranches where we hunted. Peters’ guiding skills not only enabled us to get exactly what we came for, but more. The food was awesome. Gathering around the campfire every evening was very pleasant. The lodge exceeded our expectations. He put us on some incredible game animals, especially my trophy Warthog. Our safety was never in question. Our needs were always met. He is such a great listener, we did not know, but he found out what we like through conversation. That led us to enjoy a lion breeding, historic plantation, and cultural museum tour along with sightseeing tour of Pretoria. I know someday I will return and without a doubt, Pieter will be my PH again. Tommy & Deanna Evans, Texas, USA

 

Pieter Kriel has to be one of Africa’s best kept secrets. My wife and I recently had a seven day plains game hunt with him which we can only describe as the best week of our lives. Pieter has an incredible knowledge of the history, culture and game animals of Africa. With an exceptional eye for judging quality trophies he is not out to just get his clients a respectable head but something they will be proud to take home. He is a great conversationalist and we felt at ease with him from the moment he met us at the airport. Nothing was too much trouble for him and even in the middle of the day when game was resting Pieter would take us sightseeing and a history lesson. Pieter and his staff met our every need in a most polite and courteous manner at all times and although we put in a lot of long hot days the hardest thing we did was to leave. We have great trophies and greater memories. Pieter we will be back. Gary and Helen. Queensland, Australia.

 

This is to inform you that Lynne and I had the good fortune to experience a ten-day plains game hunt with Pieter Kriel as our Professional Hunter. Of the seven trophies taken on this hunt, six qualified for the SCI record book. It should be noted that I am handicapped with an artificial knee and am 65 years of age. Pieter was very good at finding quality animals while showing the patience Lynne and I required. Pieter was correct in his judgment of the trophy quality in the field and was quite competent in getting us in a position to take the trophy. Pieter was extremely knowledgeable concerning the animals and their habits as well as being quite informative about the various plants and cultures of the area. At no time during the hunt did Lynne or I feel concerned about our well being or safety. Pieter was quite good at making us feel at ease during the idle times of the hunt by answering our questions and telling us about the history of the area and previous hunting experiences. We highly recommend Pieter Kriel as a Professional Hunter. He was always ready, willing and quite able to satisfy our every request. ‘Gene Schriner, Lynne Barber, Colorado USA’

 

Mr. Kriel hosted my hunting partner and myself on a tour of RSA for several days before our hunting trip in 2002. He was a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. It would be hard to decide whether our actual hunt or tour with Pieter was more enjoyable. When I decided to hunt in RSA again in 2004 with my wife and daughter we insisted that Pieter be our PH. We all felt very safe in his care and had a wonderful hunt. His attention to details in planning our hunt, knowledge of African game animals, and knowledge of the different provinces made the trip everything we had wished it could be. I highly recommend Mr. Kriel to anyone interested in experiencing an African hunting adventure. ‘Don C, Texas USA’

 

I would like to submit a testimonial for Pieter Kriel. My wife and I have hunted with Pieter Kriel for three years in South Africa. The first year, he was chosen for us as our professional hunter. The following two years we have specifically requested that he be our PH. He is very professional in his conduct. He is courteous, thoughtful, mindful of the needs of his clients in all areas, very careful to make sure everyone enjoys their experience in Africa. He also never engaged himself in conversation that criticized or belittled those around him. He conducts himself in a very professional manner, in camp as well as in the field. He is very efficient at discovering the needs of the client and taking that into consideration when planning the hunt. He asks about physical limitations, species preferences, method of hunting preferred, then offers the client the hunt of a life time. Pieter is very knowledgeable in the area of local history and this knowledge enhances the hunters overall experience. Pieter has exceptional skills in the area of photography, and his hunters take home the best pictures of their trophies. Along the lines of ethics, he is unsurpassed! He is genuinely concerned about wildlife management, and knowledgeable on the subject. He desires that animals be treated with respect, and ethics of fair chase hunting adhered to. He strives for his hunters to take good trophy animals that they are proud of for years to come. His communication skills are great, he knows how to “fit in” with the group he is leading. We appreciate him not using language you wouldn’t want your wife and children to hear. ‘Mark and Cherry Brumbelow, Texas, USA’

 

I have been asked to provide a hunting safari review for Pieter Kriel. In other similar situations, primarily business and professional, when I have been asked for testimonials/recommendations, I’ve followed the advice I received from my mother. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” In that light, I can’t say enough about Pieter Kriel. I’ve hunted several times in Africa with other professional hunters. I can, without any doubt, say that Pieter is the best PH I’ve had the privilege of hunting with. Pieter is one of the most knowledgeable persons I’ve met not only about the animals and type of hunting, but also about the history of the area and wonderful stories. In camp, as I’m sure most hunters do when in a group, we would get together after hunting (without the PH around) and discuss the events of the day—what we liked, what we didn’t, what the PH did or didn’t do. Until I had the opportunity to hunt with Pieter, everyone who hunted with him had only wonderful things to say about him. I had a situation arise on my last trip to South Africa which afforded me the opportunity to hunt/kill a Rhino. Because of the scheduling, I was to hunt with Pieter on this once in a lifetime hunt. Hunting and tracking with Pieter I never felt insecure or intimidated by the overall excitement of the situation. Pieter was always composed, patient and in control. He passed that confidence to me. Pieter had me totally prepared for this amazing hunt. He was an amazing tracker and communicated well with everyone involved in the hunt. Pieter Kriel never talked down to me or hunted me below my abilities. (This has happened on previous hunts with other professional hunters who seem to assume that a female won’t want to hunt as hard as a male counterpart.) Hunting with Pieter Kriel was a wonderful, memorable experience and I can truthfully say Pieter is the finest PH I have had the opportunity to hunt with. “Becky Bowen – Missouri, USA”

 

I made my first hunting trip to Africa in 2004, my wife, Judy went along as an observer. We were assigned to another PH for this entire trip, but we became acquainted with Pieter Kriel in camp in the evenings after our day in the field. He was the PH for one of the other hunters in our group of ten. Pieter and I developed a friendship during this hunt, even though I never had the opportunity to hunt with him. Our friendship grew closer through the following months and when I decided to take my son to Africa for his first trip in 2006, there was no other choice for me of a PH, other than Pieter. My son had been away from hunting for several years and was very nervous about his shooting. Pieter was the most patient and thoughtful person helping my son get over his nervousness. Pieter insured that this trip was absolutely perfect, my son will cherish the memories of this hunt for the rest of his life. Both my son and I, were fortunate to take some really fine trophies, thanks to Pieter’s knowledge of the game and it’s habitat. He is a very skilled tracker and has an excellent eye for judging trophies. He saw to our every need whether in camp or out in the field, his knowledge of the local history, the local lore, the animals and the plants made this experience even more enjoyable. Pieter Kriel, to me is my idea of what a “Professional Hunter” should be. He made my last trip an excellent rewarding experience for me and my son. I would highly recommend his services to anyone wanting to have a great hunting adventure. I am proud to call Pieter Kriel my friend. Don Wollard, Kansas, USA

 

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Half Fast Hunter

Yung, Bill.G: The Half Fast Hunter. Author House 2010. ISBN 978-1-4520-3939-8

Please order this book direct from: www.bgyung.com

 

Bill Yung was born and raised on a farm in Kansas. He spent most of his life in this mid-West State, graduating as a Landscape Architect from the Kansas State University.

A veteran from the Vietnam War, Bill was bitten by the big game hunting bug in 1982. The hunting bug bite turned into severe fever for Bill has hunted many states in the USA, a number of Canadian provinces, three countries in Africa and New Zealand.

Bill kept a journal of his travels and was eventually encouraged to put his experiences to book. Fortunately he did this in a most entertaining way, more along the lines of a campfire story telling evening than a scientific research project. To add sugar to the treat Bill pen sketched all the illustrations in this book himself.

When I first met the author on a hunting trip to the northern parts of the KwaZulu Natal Province in September 2008, I was warned not to say too much as the journal was kept up to date on a daily basis and some quotes could be recorded verbatim. To my utter surprise and complete delight I received a copy of the notes (with pen sketches) some time later in the mail. The only problem I had with the journal is that you just could not put it down to do something that really needed to be done.

 

Bill and Maggie

Above: Bill and Maggie Yung on their 50th wedding anniversary in South Africa in 2012. Congratulations both of you!

The book is a culmination of many years hunting experiences, starting out on the family farm with a BB gun. Progressing through the rifle ranks, Bill acquired larger caliber rifles until he took the plunge and started self-guided hunts from 1982 – 1985. Hunting a property owned by a lady that took a fancy to other ladies had its scary moments!

Moving up to bear hunting in Canada with its associated hardships is described in such detail that even the average African can smell the woods.

Hunting in Africa became a reality and finally Bill and the Death Marchers made it to Zululand. Towards the end of the hunt they were joined by their wives for a trip to Kruger National Park. Very few details escaped Bill’s eye, and even less so his greatly appreciated pen.

Quoting from this book: “ But we felt it was not fair to allow him to experience Bullet first hand, thus the many months of emails shot around the globe in hopes of conditioning him. Unleashing Bullet on the unsuspected is just not a reasonable thing to do.

While this nonsense was in full bloom, Allen also suffered from a shortage of sufficient things to occupy his mind in another capacity as well. All of this is really his fault. He started it. In addition to all the Democratic crap he initiated, he also determined that the Death Marchers needed a unit flag to fly at this hunt camp and all the future hunt camps we were able to find. With the same affliction now blossoming in the bosom of the rest of us from his earlier emails, we all responded enthusiastically with “Right On,” and other similar left over expressions from our childhood. Our first childhood. As a result of his harmless little suggestion, the Geriatric Five now have a brightly colored unit flag. It is red, purple, black and white and sports a crude sketch of a nasty buffalo staring down his nose. Looking back, it probably should have been a buffalo mooning us, but this version is easier to explain.”

The moment I received an email from Bill telling me his book had been printed, I ordered a copy and had a great deal of trouble putting the darn thing down until I had read it from cover to cover. This entertaining book is highly recommended.

Pieter Kriel

2012

Please order this book direct from Bill at : www.bgyung.com

 

 

And here is another favorable review. The book is as good as the reviews say:

THE HALF FAST HUNTER – BY BILL YUNG A review by Steve Robinson

I read my first African hunting book when I was 11 years old and in the intervening 44 years have read and (mostly) enjoyed an immense number of books on the same subject. I have worked in the African hunting safari business for more than three decades and as a consequence have seen the hunting industry from both sides of the coin.

The Half Fast Hunter tells of one man’s experiences in the hunting fields of the world. It takes you from his first faltering steps when hunting in the USA to immense African adventures. The book is especially unusual in that it is written with immense humour and brutal honesty and the author makes it very plain that for him at least, there is far more to hunting than simply killing and he freely admits (with a wry grin) his errors and occasional inexperience along the way.

Every single page of the book saw me either hooting or crying with laughter, sniggering or nodding to myself and saying something like “oh yeah, that’s exactly how it really is”.

Quite simply, The Half Fast Hunter is at least as good as anything I’ve ever read on the subject, including the very best of the writings by such as Ruark, Capstick and Hunter and in fact, might even be better than those books, if only because of the humour and lack of chest beating contained in it.

I honestly think that no hunter’s bookshelf could ever be complete without this wonderful book!

 

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