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
"I had an amazing time hunting my Kudu, Zebra and Ostrich with my friend, Carl."
Hunter (age 13 at the time)
"It was fantastic to return to the Dark Continent in 2014 by way of John X Safaris in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Carl, Etresia, Greg, Bless and the entire JXS staff created a fantastic adventure for me. From the Waterbuck that was so large that I named him the "Battleship Texas" to my last and favourite stalk of the hunt on a beautiful Eastern Cape Kudu, my hunting experience was "First Cabin" in every respect."~ Craig Horan '14 from
"My two sons and I had the best trip ever! My boys have thanked me numerous times for the trip of a life time. They are begging for round two. I also enjoyed the trip and loved seeing the joy on my boys’ faces! The staff, food, lodges and professional hunter were second to none. We felt like royalty! Thank you John X Safaris for the outstanding memories!"~ Brian Lind '14 from
"John X Safaris not only produces South Africa's top trophies, Carl and his expert team are masters at creating a total safari experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Each of our four John X safaris has been a uniquely different experience. Carl is both our trusted PH and best friend. Now that he is introduced us to the Tiny 10, we will be back for another incredible safari with John X Safaris."~ Chris & Martie Petersen '12 from USA
"All in all a well run operation with good camps and first class PH’s."~ Jay & Evelyn Coffelt '13 from
"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