Can you arrange accommodation before and after the safari if necessary?
Sure, we can advise you on a number of different options of accommodation types and tours.
Where can I overnight in Johannesburg?
There are a number of hotel options and price ranges available at or near the airport. However our preferred recommendation would be a Guesthouse near the airport.
Why do you recommend a Guest House?
Simply because they are prepared to go the extra mile, make you feel welcome and offer a personalised service. Here are some of the reasons for using these facilities:
- Close to Johannesburg International Airport.
- Professional "Meet and Greet" service at the airport.
- 24 hour airport transfers.
- Perfectly situated to explore Johannesburg or Pretoria.
- Included in the tariff is a full English breakfast. Lunch and dinner are available on request.
- Secure covered parking.
- Easy access to the freeway.
- Tours and transportation for shopping can be arranged.
- Tastefully decorated bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and private entrances.
- Digital satellite TV in all rooms.
- Hair dryer, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities.
- Non-smoking rooms.
- Extra-length single or double beds.
How do I make a reservation?
Chumlet Safaris can make all the necessary bookings and reservations for you. In fact we would recommend that you book through us as we can offer better and more up to date advice than your local travel agent.
What will my accommodation be like during the hunt?
It is impossible to describe a "typical" hunting camp, as they differ from province to province and camp to game camp. However, bear in mind the following two points:
Ask your outfitter for a full description of the camp and remember that whatever the type of camp, it has passed the inspection of the nature conservation agencies and therefore conforms to the required standard. Generally speaking, the hunting camp facilities in South Africa are the best in the world.
African Hunting Destinations
Does Chumlet Safaris offer hunting in any other countries in Africa?
We offer hunting in Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
What sort of hunting packages are available?
We have a number of exciting hunting packages available. Most of these packages offer our clients the opportunity to hunt "Big Game" but there are also plains game hunts available and speciality animal packages and hunts.
The following Big Game can be hunted in:
- Mozambique: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Hippo and Crocodile
- Namibia: Elephant, Leopard and Buffalo
- South Africa: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Hippo and Crocodile
- Zimbabwe: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Hippo and Crocodile
For further information and prices please contact us at the following email address: email@example.com
What airlines fly to South Africa?
Over 75 international airlines service South Africa from all over the world. If you are flying from America, South African Airways (SAA) is represented by United Airlines and Delta Airlines offer an alternative service. If flying from Europe, virtually all the airlines fly to South Africa and SAA also service numerous international destinations on the continent.
How long does it take to fly to South Africa from America?
The flight takes between 14 and 17 hours depending on your final destination and whether you are flying to America (against the wind and therefore a longer flight with a refuelling stop) or flying to South Africa.
The flying time from Europe is approximately 11 hours.
How often does SAA fly from America?
SAA has daily flights from New York and Washington DC. Delta offers daily flights from Atlanta. There are daily flights from all the major cities in Europe.
Whom would I recommend to book with?
If you were not dealing directly with SAA or Delta, I would recommend that you contact Conquer Travel. They also offer expert advice on all hunting and travel related issues to Africa.
What are the costs from America?
Prices vary from country to country and the time of the year that you are flying. Most hunts are conducted between March and November. Generally, the cheapest time to fly is from January 10 - April 1 and september 15 - December 10. The most expensive time to fly is June 1 - August 15 which is peak hunting season.
Does a client have a choice of airlines on South African domestic flights?
Yes. The choice is limited and so are your destinations.
What does this company offer?
- Baggage storage:
The airport baggage services now have approved secure storage facilities at Johannesburg International Airport. The airport baggage services will collect and deliver baggage between the hotels and the airport.
- VIP Service:
A VIP service for arriving and departing VIPs is available subject to the facility not being in use for official purposes. An Airports Company representative will meet you at the aircraft, take you to the VIP lounge, process passports, collect and clear your luggage and visa versa on departure. Tea, coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks are available. This service must be pre-arranged by Chumlet Safaris.
- Airport Porter Services:
Please remain very alert if you make use of this service. The porters are easily identifiable by the official uniform they wear. If possible, it is recommend that you do not make use of this service. At this stage baggage trolleys are available free of charge and we will have someone to meet you as you exit the high security area.
How much ammunition can I import into South Africa?
Even though there are limitations on ammunition importation, it is unlikely that you will require more than 30 - 50 rounds. You may import 200 rounds of ammunition per calibre. Make sure that you zero your rifle at home and hopefully the rifle will still be shooting accurately when rechecked at the start of the safari.
It is import to check with whichever airline you are flying as to their specific requirements and regulations are pertaining to ammunition. Some airlines require the ammunition to be in a locked box inside your checked baggage and packed in its original packaging.
How many antelope species occur in South Africa and how do these compare with other African counties?
29 antelope in all, more than any other African country can offer:
Kudu; Gemsbuck (Oryx); Nyala; Waterbuck; Sable Antelope; Cape Grysbuck; Roan Antelope; Sharpe's Grysbuck; Waterbuck; Grey Duiker; Eland; Red Duiker; Blue Duiker; Blue Wildebeest; Black Wildebeest; Tsessebe; Common Reedbuck; Mountain Reedbuck; Springbuck; Oribi; Grey Rhebuck; Klipspringer; Blesbok; Suni; Bontebok; Steenbuck; Lichtenstein's Hartebeest and Red Hartebeest.
How many of these species may be hunted?
27 species may be hunted. Sharpe's Grysbuck and Lichtenstein's Hartebeest are scarce and currently the authorities issue no hunting permits.
Are any of the species offered in South Africa endemic, and therefore unobtainable for hunting elsewhere in Africa?
Yes! The Grey Rhebuck, Bontebok, Blesbok, Cape Grysbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Black Wildebeest and the Cape Mountain Zebra were only originally found in South Africa.
Would I be able to hunt most of the antelope from one base camp in any of the provinces?
No, not all of the 27 possible species occur in any of the provinces. Your hunting outfitter would however be able to obtain most of these in 2 or 3 provinces.
Would it be possible to hunt in all provinces on one trip?
Certainly. Your hunting outfitter could arrange this and you would be able to experience diverse hunting conditions ranging from vast open plains to subtropical forests. Be prepared however for a great deal of travelling. South Africa is a large country.
While South Africa might have more species to offer the hunter than other African countries, can you still get good trophy animals?
If you are a trophy hunter and either a Rowland Ward or SCI devotee, these facts should interest you. From the latest editions of trophy books of these two organisations, it is evident that the best trophy of each of the following species was hunted in South Africa. (All these species also occur in other African countries).
Rowland Ward "Sportsman's Handbook":
Blue Wildebeest, Grey Duiker, Steenbuck, Waterbuck, Common Reedbuck, Greater Kudu, Nyala, Lion and Cheetah.
Safari Club International:
Leopard, Nyala, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Kalahari Springbuck, Klipspringer, Suni, Grey Duiker, Blue Duiker and Red Duiker.
With all the talk of the 27 antelope species being available for hunting and the "Big Five" etc., will I be able to afford a hunt in South Africa?
You can arrange a hunt with your outfitter for a hunt that is tailored made for your trophy needs and pocket. Many outfitters provide hunts with only five or ten species or less, and cater for the hunter who is satisfied with a trophy that is a "good representative of the species", as opposed to a world record trophy.
Do you have any form of association that can give a hunter more confidence about booking a safari with a specific outfitter?
I am a fully licenced Outfitter and Professional Hunter (Guide) and have been a member with the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) for over 15 years. This is not a compulsory membership however I feel that it is important as a client may wish to contact PHASA for a reference and should he/she be disgruntled about any thing then he/she is able to contact this association and lodge a complaint. Such complaints about members are minimal; most of our problems are Professional Hunters who are not members of this association. Please be especially careful in this day and age of internet booking scams to do hunting associations and client reference background checks before booking your hunt.
I would recommend that you only book with PHASA members. PHASA also has a very close working relationship with all the Nature Conservation Authorities and Government Offices dealing with hunting in the country. Through their efforts and ours, we strive for service excellence.
What is PHASA?
PHASA is the official mouthpiece of South Africa's professional hunting fraternity. Listed below are the association's objectives:
- To assist and promote ethical professional hunting in South Africa.
- To ensure that the foreign hunter in South Africa has an enjoyable hunting experience and is adequately protected by legislation.
- To promote high quality service and ethical standards amongst PHASA members.
- To promote professional hunting and to liase with professional hunting bodies in the countries surrounding South Africa.
- Website: www.professionalhunters.co.za
What are the normal banking hours?
Weekdays from 09h00 - 15h30 and Saturdays from 08h30 - 11h30.
Are their banking facilities at the airport?
All the International Airports (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban) have banking facilities, which are open for most of the day.
Do you have any other suggestions regarding money transactions while abroad?
Yes. Notify your bank that you will be travelling overseas and using your credit and ATM cards while abroad. If your bank is not notified they may withhold payment in order to protect you (their client) in case someone is trying to use your card illegally. This can lead to great frustration on your behalf when you are far away from home and have very poor or no form of communication with your bank.
Can you change money at a hotel?
Yes in most cases. However, I would suggest that you do not change money at these institutions if at all possible; normally these places charge a very high commission for this service.
Does this mean you can hunt the "Big Five"?
Yes. South Africa is the only country where you can hunt the "Big Five" i.e. Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo, a limited number of permits for these species being available each year.
Where could I hunt the "Big Five"?
Only in Mpumalanga, North-West Province and the Limpopo Province will you be find all of the "Big Five" being offered on a limited permit system. Other provinces do offer individual species of the "Big Five".
With all the talk of the 27 antelope species being available for hunting and the "Big Five" etc., will I be able to afford a hunt in South Africa?
You can arrange a hunt with your outfitter for a hunt that is tailor made for your trophy needs and pocket. Many outfitters provide hunts with only five or ten species or less, and cater for the hunter who is satisfied with a trophy that is a "good representative of the species", as opposed to a world record trophy.
How long in advance must I book a "Big Game" safari or "Cat" hunt?
Well, it all depends in which country you want to hunt and what you want to hunt. Lion hunts are the most sought after and difficult to book. In Tanzania for instance, all Lion hunts are normally sold out 2 years in advance. Although the concessions are huge, only one Lion is issued on quota each year for most of the concessions.
A general rule of thumb would be to book a minimum of 2 years in advance for Lion hunting, a year in advance for Elephant, Rhino and Leopard. Buffalo hunts can be arranged for the same year.
What about bird hunting in South Africa? Is it worthwhile bringing a shotgun to shoot the occasional bird while on a hunting trip, or could I go on a bird-only safari?
You could do either. South Africa has a wide variety of game birds, some 14 huntable species of ducks, 2 geese, 10 partridge (francolin) species, 2 pheasant-sized birds (Guinea fowl), pigeons, doves and quail. Good bird hunting can be arranged from June to September. Shooting over dogs, shooting driven birds and using decoys are all permissible forms of bird hunting in South Africa.
How do I make a booking?
All Chumlet Safaris clients are kindly requested to supply our office with as much information as possible to help us plan your safari and any additional tours. This will not only save time and money but also provide us with the relevant details and information to respond to your requests promptly.
- Full name and contact details, including Email address.
- How many people will be on the trip, how many children under 12 years of age?
- Who will or will not share accommodation within the group?
- How many people want to hunt?
- How many observers (non-hunters)?
- How many hunters to each PH. 1 Hunter x 1 PH or 2 Hunters x 1 PH?
- What animals does each person want to hunt? List in order of priority.
- Do you want to hunt any ” Big 5 ” animals?
- Do you want to hunt trophy animals or representatives of the species?
- What kind of weapon will be used? E.g. rifle, bow or handgun.
- What is the proposed duration of your stay? What time of the year? Which year?
- Do you require any other accommodation before or after your stay with us?
- Do you require any additional tours? E.g. Kruger Park, Blue Train or Victoria Falls.
Please note that we would be prepared to plan your safari or tour from the time you depart from overseas until you return. We would be much happier if you made use of these services as we have had client's itineraries go horribly wrong when booking through Travel Agents who are not familiar with local conditions in our travel industry. We can also arrange air tickets and would advise you to make use of our ground operators.
Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the other booking conditions?
Chumlet Safaris reserves the right to change any terms, conditions and prices without notice. Rates at the time of the hunt will apply.
Books & Magazines
What hunting and reference books do you recommend that clients read to improve their general all round knowledge of hunting in SA?
There is an endless amount of books available on hunting in Africa. I will only recommend a few books containing some good general information about hunting and some facts about the animals you may encounter.
Listed below are some of my favourite books with the publisher's details:
- Hunting on Safari in East and Southern Africa (Trophy hunting)
Author: Aubrey Wynne-Jones
Publisher: Oberon Press, Box 2140, Houghton, 2141, South Africa
- The sport of shooting in South Africa (Bird hunting)
Author: Aubrey Wynne-Jones
Publisher: Oberon Press, Box 2140, Houghton, 2141, South Africa
- Hunting Africa - A practical guide
Authors: G.P. Swan, D.J. Botes, and P.L. Smit
Publisher: J.L. van Schaik Publishers, 1064 Arcadia St., Hatfield, 0083, South Africa
- The mammal guide of Southern Africa
Author: Burger Cillie
Publisher: Briza Publications, Box 56569, Arcadia, 0007, South Africa
- African Hunter - Shot placement field guide
Publisher: Mag-Set Publications, Box 6204, Harare, Zimbabwe
What African hunting magazines are available in South Africa?
There are a number of sporting, hunting, fishing and outdoor magazines available and most bookstores, grocery stores and magazine outlets. The most popular locally printed magazines are Magnum and The complete fly fisherman. Listed below are some of the recommended magazines:
Publisher: SA Man (Pty) Ltd, P.O. Box 35204, Northway, 4065. South Africa
- African Hunter Magazine
Publisher: Mag-Set Publications, Box 6204, Harare, Zimbabwe
- African Sporting Gazette and international traveller
Publisher: Safari Press Inc, 15621 Chemical Lane, Building B, Huntington Beach, CA 93649-1506 USA
Tel: (800) 451-4788
- Africa's Bow Hunter Magazine
759 7th Avenue, Wonderboom South, 0084, South Africa
- African Outfitter
P.O.Box 318, Montana Park, 0159, South Africa
Tel: +27 12 548 1214
What about a bow?
No importation documentation is required for anyone hunting with a bow.
Can you hunt in South Africa with a bow?
As the game laws differ in each province, check with your outfitter before signing up for a hunt. If you hunt with a bow you will find that a number of the provinces permit bow hunting. Where this form of hunting is legal, restrictions may be imposed on the species of animal to be hunted and the standard of the equipment.
Can you hire a car at the airport?
We have a number of car hire companies operating in South Africa. All the information you require can be found on the Internet. To hire a car, the car hire company requires your credit card details, passport details and details of your international driver's license.
What are driving conditions generally like in the country?
We drive on the left-hand side of the road, so if you are not used to this it will take a little time to get used too. All the major routes and highways are tarred. Some roads are in disrepair and have bad potholes, so drive cautiously. I would advise anyone travelling in the country to buy a good road atlas or bring a GPS(purchase SA road programme) and make sure you get to your destination before dark. If you are concerned about your safety or breaking down, I would suggest you hire a mobile phone at the airport as the mobile phone service providers cover most of our major roads.
What is the road signage like?
Due to government policy on road signage, we do have adequate signage but it could be much better. Ask a local for directions before leaving for your next destination.
Which of the larger carnivores can be hunted in South Africa?
Leopard, Lion, Spotted and Brown Hyaena, as well as a variety of smaller carnivores.
Can you arrange air charters if required?
There are a number of professionally run charter businesses that will meet you at Johannesburg International Airport and fly you to any destination in Africa. In some instances, the charter flight prices are very competitive with the commercial airlines and they offer a friendlier door-to-door service. Quotes available on request.
Are charter flights available?
Yes, these can be arranged and as with all the flights are not included in any of the daily rates or packages.
What clothing do I require for my safari?
Comfortable footwear and hats are most important. Note that dark khaki and olive green or black cotton clothing is the best for hunting. The clothing should be of a neutral bush colour, i.e. drab green or dark khaki. Avoid any bright blue colours. Camouflage clothing is permitted in South Africa but prohibited in the rest of Africa.
Three or four sets of shirts, trousers/shorts, socks and underwear. Two pairs of worn-in walking shoes, hat or cap, a light sweater and warm hunting jacket, plus a windbreaker. Other helpful items are - gloves, hunting knife, dark glasses, flashlight, sunscreen and casual shoes. Jeans are very flexible and can be used everywhere.
Depending on the area where you are hunting, expect the mornings to be cold with frost on the ground. The days may be warm and the nights can get cold. You may be travelling on the back of open vehicles at times, so expect it to be cold, maybe even bring a woollen hat.
Remember that we offer a laundry service so there is no need to bring excess clothing.
A full kit list will be forwarded after booking safari.
What else should you bring?
We recommend that you bring your own ammunition, lightweight binoculars and a good camera. Some rain may occur even during the dry season, so bring some form of lightweight rain gear.
I also think it will be wise to wear some protective glasses when riding on the back of the pickup. This will protect yours eyes from overhanging thorn trees and flying insects.
Can you buy clothing and toiletries?
In South Africa our concessions are situated fairly close to shopping facilities where you can purchase any toiletries you forgot or need to replenish. However, this is not always the case in other African countries.
We have some of the best cotton safari clothing available at various stores in the larger towns and cities.
What is the conservation levy?
This is a voluntary levy that professional hunter's will bring to their client's attention. This is a form of fundraising for the PHASA Conservation Trust Fund, which will be used by PHASA to promote hunting in South Africa or in the fight against gun control.
How much is the recommended levy?
At present the recommendation is $10 or €10 per trophy. Any additional donations would be appreciated. A certificate of appreciation from PHASA may be issued to all donors on request.
What do the Daily Rates include?
- The services of a licensed professional hunter
- Trackers, skinners and camp staff
- Full accommodation and catering
- Beer & wine in moderation
- Laundry services
- Skinning and field preparation of trophies
- Delivery of trophies to a South African taxidermist and/or shipping company
- Hunting vehicle and equipment
- Transport from the nearest Airport to the hunting area and return
- Conservation Trust Levy
- Transfers between hunting areas
- Day of arrival and day of departure
- Hunting licences
- Meet and greet at Airport
What do the Daily Rates exclude?
- Trophy fees
- 14% Value Added Tax payable on Daily Rates and game wounded and not found
Do you believe in the principals of fair chase hunting?
I do not hunt “Canned animals.” I believe that if the animal can run away and escape from you so that you have to start tracking all over again, that the animal has a fair chance of escaping.
Can a hunter bring his/her own firearms into the country?
Yes. This is a very easy procedure but you must comply with all the airline and customs regulations and formalities.
Please check with the airline you intend flying with that they permit firearms onto their plane and the conditions of transport as these vary from airline to airline.
What are the standard FAA regulations for passengers travelling from the USA to South Africa (SA) with accompanying firearms?
The standard FAA regulations are:
- Firearms in checked baggage must be declared and unloaded.
- Passengers failing to declare firearms or passengers transporting loaded firearms are subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000.
- Passengers with checked baggage may be asked to present identification and/or permit inspection of their checked luggage.
- Passengers refusing to present identification and/or permit a baggage check inspection may not be transported.
What is South African Airways policy?
SAA regulations do not allow firearms, ammunition and/or other harmful articles to be carried in the passenger cabin of an SAA aircraft. A written declaration must be completed at the time of check-in stating that all unloaded firearms/ammunition or other lethal weapons being checked in as hold baggage is locked and the articles are safe for transportation.
What does U.S. Customs require?
An U.S. citizen may temporarily export not more than three non-automatic firearms from the USA. These must be with the U.S. citizen's baggage. They must be for that person's exclusive use and not for re-export, transfer of ownership or permanent export.
Passengers who will be travelling with firearms are advised to contact their local U.S. Customs Office regarding the preparation of an U.S. Customs Registration Form prior to departure. The preparation of this form will serve to avoid importation problems when the weapon is returned to the USA.
What do the South African Customs require?
SA Customs requires that all firearms and ammunition be declared to Customs on arrival in South Africa. The following regulations should be carefully noted and compiled with, as steps will be taken against violators.
Identity and Flight Details
The client must have a valid passport and return air ticket.
Other Supporting Documents:
- Proof of Ownership
The client must have at least one of the following:
- A firearm license.
- Documentary proof of ownership e.g. Receipt of purchase details.
- For USA Citizens, the best is a Customs Declaration Form 4457 and it must be officially stamped by the USA Customs Department.
- Proof of Export
Documentary proof of export from the country of origin.
- Motivation Letter from Client
This is a letter from the client stating that he/she is temporarily importing the referred to firearm/s for the purpose of hunting, to include that the firearm/s are required as he/she will be hunting (list the species to be hunted), etc.
- Invitation Letter from the Hunting Outfitter
This is supporting documentation from the Hunting Outfitter/Company with whom the client will be hunting, to include the full name of the company, full contact details and address, dates and location where the client will be hunting and confirming that the applicant will be using the specific firearms as applied for.
- Any other Supporting Documents
For the latest and up to date information you can log onto the following website: www.saps.org.za
How many firearms can a hunter bring into the country?
- No more than one firearm per calibre and 200 rounds per firearm may be permitted. We recommend that clients do not import more than 2 rifles.
- No ammunition for other rifle calibres will be permitted.
- An exception to this rule may apply for shotguns were more than one of the same calibre may be allowed for bird hunting purposes.
- Firearms must bear the manufacturer's serial number or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel or the frame or receiver of the firearm.
- Handguns will only be allowed into the country, but only for hunting purposes. Any visitor wanting to bring in a handgun in this regard needs to have a letter from an association in the country of origin, stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes.
- Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported into South Africa include:
- Any fully automatic weapon.
- Any semi-automatic weapon.
- Handgun/s for self-defence.
- Weapons which fall under the military categories
- A semi-automatic Shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application is made at least 21 days before arrival through the Central Firearms Register with a motivation letter as to why this type of firearm is required. NOTE: The issuing of the SAP 520 temporary importation form is a free service and the South African Police ask clients not to pay anyone involved in handling firearms to prevent the possibility of corruption taking place.
Which are the most popular and suitable rifles used on safari?
It should be noted that despite the proliferation of rifle calibres and bullet types, two carefully chosen rifles (perhaps even one), which have an adequate range of bullet weights and velocities available, should in most instances suffice. For example, it is not unknown for hunters to shoot everything from Elephants to Steenbuck with a .375Magnum, using solids, softs or jacketed bullets. Obviously, the choice of rifle will depend on what you intend hunting and in what kind of terrain and habitat. Open terrain requires a high velocity, light grain bullet and it is the total opposite when hunting in bushveld, where a bullet is easily deflected by unseen brush.
What rifles do you use for back up and hunting?
I hunt mostly in thornveld country where you will experience the problem of hunting in brush. Normally the shots are only 75 -125 yards, so ideally I should be using a .220gr bullet in my 30-06. However, I hunt with 180gr bullet and use my rifle in all types of terrain and habitats. For dangerous game I use a .458 Winchester Magnum.
Which other rifles are suitable?
Other popular calibres are 7 mm Remington Magnum, .300 calibres and 8-9mm Mausers. For small animals a .243 or .270 are recommended.
Which is the calibre that you least recommended?
My personal experience has been that clients using a Weatherby (Wound-a-beast) .300 with a 180gr bullet in the bushveld area are more likely than any other calibre to wound their trophies.
Can a hunter use an automatic rifle or shotgun?
Some of the African countries do not allow automatic weapons to be imported into the country. My advice would be to avoid the any automatic weapon.
What about pump-action rifles and shotguns?
This also varies from country to country. For instance, a plug must be inserted into a shotgun when hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
What about handguns?
Handguns can be imported into South Africa under the same conditions as rifles. However in some African countries handguns are banned. If you travel on any domestic flights in South Africa you will be require to pay a service charge for the transportation of a handgun. Rifles are excluded.
What kind of saltwater fishing and facilities does South Africa have to offer?
There are a number of different saltwater fishing opportunities available, from saltwater fly-fishing, rock and surf, as well as deep-sea game fishing charters.
I am particularly interested in game fishing and would like to know what type of fish may be caught and when is the best season?
Billfish - South Africa is world renown for the Black Marlin that have been caught off its shores. Recently the new world record Black Marlin was caught at Sodwana Bay. Blue Marlin, Stripped Marlin and Sailfish are caught off our coastline. The best time for Marlin fishing is from October to May and for Sailfish the ideal time is from September to July.
Gamefish - All species of game fish can be caught throughout the year e.g. Barracuda, Couta (King Mackerel), Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Kingfish, Kapkaap (Jobfish), and numerous other species.
Sharks - Pit your strength and skills against the predators of the sea. You will find Hammerheads, Zambezi, Ragged-tooth, Blacktip, Macrko and many more sharks. Sharks can be caught year round. Great White sharks are specially protected in South Africa and cannot be killed. Cage dives can be arranged for those who wish to encounter these much-feared creatures in their natural environment.
Broadbill - Sodwana is only the second place in South Africa where Broadbill Swordfish are found. These fish are caught at night over the full moon and only when the conditions are perfect.
What kind of boat and equipment is supplied?
The days fishing will include all tackle, fuel bait, food and refreshments. We operate with a fully rigged boat. This may not be a large as some of the boats, the reason for this being that we launch from through the surf.
In October to May we launch at 05h30 and return at 14h00 and from June to September we launch at 06h30, returning at 14h00. These times depend on the weather. If the conditions are good we will stay longer depending on the client’s wishes.
How much will a days fishing cost?
Bill, game and shark fishing charters costs include charter of the boat, rods, equipment and crew. Broadbill Swordfish fishing takes place at night and you will spend the whole night out at sea. Prices are available on request.
Can one also Scuba Dive at Sodwana Bay?
This is the county’s premier scuba diving destination. Charters and all equipment are available from the dive operators. You must have proof that you are a qualified diver. All equipment can be hired.
Do you have any Trout fishing available at your camps?
Yes. At the one lodge in the Eastern Cape and in the Newcastle area where up to 8 lb. Trout have been caught.
Do you have any other fresh water fishing available?
There are a number of other freshwater fish that may be caught, namely Barbel (a type of Catfish), Carp, Bass, Bream or Tilapia to mention but a few. Fishing for Yellowfish with light tackle can also be great fun.
What is a Tiger fish?
This must be one of Africa’s most exciting and challenging fish to catch. Also known as a “River Dog,” this is a tremendous fighting fish. You will only be appreciated the skill and sport involved once you have managed to land one of these fish.
Can you arrange a Tiger fishing trip and what do I require?
Boats and all tackle can be hired. Each boat has a skipper who is familiar with the fishing conditions and is also a professional guide. Live bait, food and refreshments are included with the day’s charter.
All you need is sunblock cream and a hat or cap, as you need to protect yourself from the hot African sun.
What are the costs involved?
Besides the normal daily rates, the charter of a boat, tackle, skipper and live bait will be charged as extras. Prices are available on request.
Alternatively you can stay on a houseboat and go fishing, this will be charged as follows:
- This may be hired on a per cabin basis or full charter.
- Prices are available on request.
- Rates include all meals, accommodation, 2 tender boats, transfers, fishing tackle hire, live bait and guides.
Is all hunting in South Africa done on privately owned land game ranches with fences around the ranch?
No. Hunting is available on both privately owned game ranches as well as controlled hunting areas on state land. The majority of hunting, however, takes place on privately owned game ranches. These vary in size from approximately 4000 acres (1666 ha) to 150 000 acres (62 500 ha). The animals range free within the game ranch and “fair chase” hunting is not only possible, but is promoted. We offer hunting on state land, private ranches and on open cattle ranches that are not high fenced.
What is the shortest duration safari that Chumlet Safaris offers?
This is the 5-day Nyala or Kudu Special Package. We will always consider a shorter safari if it is financially viable and the client must realise that the longer you give yourself to hunt, the more likely the chances are of shooting a decent trophy.
How many days are required to be booked to hunt any of the “Big 5”
It varies from concession to concession. The following will serve as a guideline:
- Buffalo: Minimum 5 hunting days.
- Rhino: Minimum 3 hunting days. In large concession areas up to 10 days.
- Elephant: Minimum 10 hunting days. Certain areas require more time.
- Lion: Minimum 10 hunting days.
- Leopard: Minimum 14 hunting days.
The cats are always difficult to hunt and require time to entice the animal into bait. This is like a game of chess, trying to out-smart the animal. Tracking a specific elephant can also be very time consuming. If the hunt is successful, you will appreciate the time and effort required to hunt your animal.
Can you give me a brief description of the various hunting areas?
I primarily hunt in six regions of the country as I have found that this gives me enough diversity to be able to hunt all the species available in the country. These locations are Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Hoedspruit, Limpopo and Northern Cape. You can find information about these locations on the Hunting Areas page.
Do you have any form of public liability and insurance cover?
Yes. I am covered for the following:
- Motor Vehicle Passenger Liability.