Hunting, Firearms & Ammunition
Most hunting in South Africa will be on plains game species. We recommend you bring along your own rifle/s, as you are more familiar with them. Firearms can be hired by prior arrangement for those hunters wishing to travel without firearms.
For larger plains game species we recommend; 270, 30-06, 7 mm, 300 Win Mag, 300 Weatherby and 338. For smaller plains game species we prefer; 222, 223 and 243. Most Southern African countries by law require a minimum of 375 for all dangerous game. We recommend at least a 375 on Buffalo or Lion. If you are hunting Hippo, Elephant or White Rhino you may want to consider a caliber larger than 375.
Select a good multi-purpose expanding bullet. Barnes X, Trophy Bonded or Hornedy all have proved to work very well in the past. We prefer soft nose tough expanding bullets for large plains game species and solids for smaller plains game species. For all dangerous game calibers we recommend a 50/50 split in soft noses and solids.
For bird hunting, we suggest #6 or #7 shot for pigeons and doves. For ducks and geese, #1 or 2 ¾ shot. When using a 12 gauge shot gun on some of our smaller game such as Caracal or Blue Duiker, we suggest AAA or #2 ¾. Acquiring shot gun shells in South Africa is not a problem and at your request John X Safaris can arrange for shells to be in camp before your arrival.
Always ensure you have a strong protective rifle case to travel with internationally, with a separate case for ammunition. Having good locks on these cases are essential. We advise you bring along an extra soft case per gun, the soft case not only protects the rifle from dust, but also ensures the rifles are secure in rifle racks on the back of vehicles when traveling.
Zero all rifles with scopes before leaving home. Scopes will be checked again before hunting starts as they might have shifted during transit. Where possible go for a scope with variable power and try and find scope covers, as dust and moisture can affect ones chances of success.
Please note - South Africa requires a temporary import/export permit for firearms and ammunition when traveling to South Africa. We strongly recommend using a clearing agent to assist you through this process. For further detailed information with regards to Traveling with Rifles, please visit the relevant section for the country you'll be hunting from.
Bring along a good quality pair of binoculars as hunting is more than just the final shot. The more you can see what your PH is spotting, the more enjoyable your hunting experience will be.
A camera is one of the most important pieces of equipment to bring along. Ensure that your flash is working and if possible check that the setting is on the highest possible resolution with digital cameras. Bring extra batteries and charges.
From past experience we have found that most hunters would like a copy of their PHs’ pictures at the end of their safari. Bring along an extra USB Flash drive or SD card to copy pictures onto.
Note: The standard electricity supply in Southern Africa is 220 V AC. You may need to bring a power and / or plug converter for your trip.
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What People Are Saying
"Thank you all for a fantastic first hunting safari. It was a magic week, I will be back!"~ Uno Kristiansson '13 from Sweden
Attempting to recount a South African safari experience can be a very difficult task. Telling stories and sharing photos can only begin to paint a picture of what one can expect to see when hunting plains game. Being my 2nd trip over to hunt with Carl & the John X crew, I wondered if the experience would be less exciting than my maiden voyage. I could not have been more wrong! Hunting from the mountains in the Karoo, to the dense forests on the coast, this trip could not have been scripted any better. The thrill of chasing a new trophy quality animal every day, the stories told around the dinner table each night, and the friendships made that will last a lifetime are just a few of the reasons that a person needs to visit South Africa once in his or her lifetime! Garrett Wall - Gunwerks~ Garrett Wall '15 from USA
"I had a great time!!!! Could not have been better. The staff were friendly and so helpful. Schalk was superb and put in endless effort to ensure our hunt with bow and rifle was a great success."~ Josh Wilde '12 from USA
"On my third trip to S.Africa I once again hunted with my great PH Juan MacDonald. A friend once told me: "You can take my wife, but never take my PH or my toothbrush." That says a little bit what a good PH means. This year’s trophies were Zebra, Blesbuck, Mountain Reedbuck and I also got my second of the tiny ten, a beautiful Steenbuck. I really want to thank all of the wonderful staff who took care of us in the camps."~ Thomas Nyden '13 from
"Our African experience have left us with a lifetime of memories. Our ranger Kelly went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we saw all of the animals. The food was fine dining at it's best. We also want to thank Carl for our hunts of a lifetime! His hunting experience is world class, so was the hospitality he showed us. We loved it 100% ...... Perfect!"~ Randall & Cherie De Freece '12 from USA
"We can’t express ourselves enough, the gratitude towards everyone. Carl, Juan, the staff - such warm hearted people. Not only to mention our hunts were more than we dreamed it to be. Many thanks to everyone, new friends and memories to last a life time."~ Dennis & Nan Roberg '13 from