Importing firearms can be an intricate and often frustrating task. We take the initiative to ease the process by providing you with the (SAP520) form, and also helping you complete the form by sending you the necessary information. The form must be completed in black ink and must remain unsigned until a police officer finalizes and issues the permit at the airport.
Ensure That You Have the Following
Proof of ownership
Proof of export from country of origin
Motivation letter ( in which you state why you wish to import rifles)
Return airline ticket
Invitation letter from your hunting outfitter
The ammunition and firearms mentioned below are not permitted in South Africa:
Any revolver or pistol
More than one firearm per caliber per person
Any automatic/semi-automatic firearms
More than 200 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm
If you do not produce the required documents, are under 21 years of age or have any of the above-mentioned prohibited firearms/ammunition, your application will not be approved.
The issuing of temporary import permits is free of charge. It is not necessary to tip the South African Police Force officers. You need to keep the permit with you while in South Africa and especially while the firearms/ammunition are in your possession.
Although all these steps do need to be followed, do not feel overwhelmed. Once you have booked and confirmed with Diphofu Hunting Safaris, we will use all our resources to ease the process of importing your firearms into South Africa. Alternatively, take the path of least resistance and make use of the firearms/rifles that we supply.
Trophy Preparation and Exportation
In the case of mounted trophies, South African taxidermists are excellent at mounting any African species at competitive rates. You can expect to receive your trophy after approximately a year.
The rules and processes for exportation vary, depending on the species hunted and country of destination. Diphofu Hunting Safaris will assist in this regard and we will also recommend what procedures to follow and which taxidermist to use.
Diphofu Hunting Safaris will ensure that your animals are skinned and prepped for the relevant taxidermist. Our recommended taxidermist, together with your outfitter, will ensure that all the necessary permits for exportation to your country are available to you. You can ship your raw or mounted trophies from South Africa. For raw shipments we will apply to all the relevant Nature Conservation authorities for export permits for each trophy. Your trophy will be thoroughly treated by a South African taxidermist and thereafter sent to a taxidermist of your choice in your home country.
Each country has different restrictions
Raw and processed products cannot be shipped together
Only one client per crate in terms of packaging
Delays do occur in the issuing of permits by government agencies
Shipping costs are finalized upon delivery of trophies
To ensure efficiency, payment of deposit to the taxidermist is recommended
Trophies must remain in South Africa for at least 3 months/90 days before shipping
Warthog must be shipped in a separate crate
Warthog may also delay shipping if the State Veterinarian is not able or available to issue transport permits
Raincoat and hat
At least 3 sets of hunting clothes
A warm jacket, scarf and gloves
Comfortable boots and thick socks
Camera and/or camcorder
Rifle and cleaning equipment
Universal double adapters (for phone, camera chargers etc.)
Antihistamines, painkillers and any prescribed medication
Feel free to contact us should you have any questions