Firearms and Documents

We at Lungile Safaris are hunters not experts on ballistics. However, we base our knowledge on what we see what works in the field and what not. Please see our Safari Documentation page where you will find all the necessary documentation to download.

Bring a rifle that you are used too and feel comfortable with. A good accurate rifle, with good penetration ability. African animals are tough and don’t bleed a lot, therefore shot placement are more important than caliber although it goes hand in hand. Your Professional Hunter will always have a shot placement booklet available and will assist you beforehand to have the necessary knowledge about shot placement.

I have seen Impala and Warthogs going for miles after good shots with big caliber rifles and then we have seen an Eland killed with a 7mm caliber. Thus it is all about shot placement which is the very most important part of your hunt. We recommend 300 calibers upwards for bigger plains game. You will need about 40 rounds of good Ammo. Remember a dollar more for a good bullet is not a lot of money when you shoot at an expensive trophy animal.

Although there’s a few rumors about the importation of your rifle in South Africa, 90% of them are not true. If you follow these easy steps, you will have no problems on your arrival in SA.

Importation of rifles

– A temporary import permit (SAPS 520) from the South African police service is required to bring your rifle into South Africa.

-You are allowed to bring 2 rifles per person (NOT OF THE SAME CALIBER) and 5 pounds of ammunition for each rifle.

– We will apply for the permit on your behalf for free. Documentation needed are; Copies of passport, Customs declaration from DA 4457(U.S.), INF3 (Europe) and your Itinerary.

– NO semi-automatic/automatic rifles allowed.

By law no automatic or semi-automatic rifles are allowed for hunting. Firearm permits are issued by the SAPS on your arrival at JHB airport. USA citizens must have a completed United States custom form number 4457 on arrival. When applying for this take your rifle with you for verification.  European clients need to have a completed INF3 form from their custom offices. Please bring a proof of ownership with you for the SAPS


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  1. Obtain and Complete a SAPS520 form
    – Complete in black ink
    – Do NOT sign. (To be signed on arrival)
    – Complete Sections
  2. Obtain an US customs form 4457(U.S.Clients)
    – Remember to take your rifle with you for inspection.
  3. Obtain an INF3 customs form(European clients)

– Remember to take your rifle with you for inspection.

  1. Obtain a letter of Invitation
    – Supplied by your outfitter
  2. Make copies of all the documents and have them put away in your hand luggage together with your plane ticket and passport on arrival.

South African professional hunters mainly use shooting sticks as the grass is normally too high for bi-pods. We recommend that you practice from shooting sticks in a standing position. You will do most of your shooting in this way. Shooting distances vary from 30-300yards.We recommend that you practice before your safari arrival. For the conditions you will be hunting with a good telescope with a 4X – 6X which will be adequate.

Lungile Safaris is also proud to be associated with Musgrave rifles from South Africa. Should you not bring your own rifle you will have the opportunity to use one of their brilliant rifles.