Weapons and ammunition
We recommend that you use our weapons, but if you choose to bring your own weapon to South Africa, the following is important:
- You must be over 21 years old to import weapons into South Africa
- If you fly (domestically) to Hoedspruit, make sure you’re flying airlink, it’s currently the only aviation airline that allows domestic flights with weapons in South Africa.
- Calculate min. 2 timers transferred in Europe and min. 3 hours on arrivals to Johannesburg.
- You must complete a Customs Declaration A at departure airports and a Customs Declaration B on return if the staff so states.
- You must fill out an SAPS 520 form before arrival, sign the first one at airports in South Africa in the presence of the police
- Bring EU weapons passports with the weapons you want to introduce
- Bring, license and hunting license valid for at least 3 months after returning from South Africa
- Invitation to hunt with WEDOHUNT is sent when booking a stay if you wish to bring your own weapon.
- Be aware when booking a plane ticket, when weapons do not count below the normal weight limits, but as an additional piece of luggage. Expect payment around 100 Euro per road at the time of booking.
- The documents listed must be presented to johannesburg airport police.
- As a rule, it is not allowed to carry semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons, however, permission for semi-automatic shotguns can be applied for.
- Hand over declaration A completed in block capitals to CUSTOMS / TAX at the airport of departure in Denmark before departure
- Hand over declaration B completed in block letters to CUSTOMS / TAX when you land in Denmark, the office you will find at the exit from the baggage hall
- If weapons are carried with alternating barrels, rifle data and race data shall be shown on separate lines.
- Eat suitcases for ammunition and weapons must be suitable for transport by air
- Airlines require ammunition to carry in a hardbox where the cartridges are compartmentded and some airlines also require them to have locks and are separate from the rest of the luggage.
- Gun oil with danger signals is considered dangerous goods and must not be included.
- It is a good idea to make sure that your weapon is insured during the trip, as a total value may exceed the amount and general travel insurance covers.
- It is the hunter’s own responsibility to bring his own weapon – this applies on the journey and during the hunting stay.
- ALWAYS check with the airlines you need to travel with in relation to the transport of weapons, as there is a big difference in the airlines’ approach to transporting weapons.
- Valid EUweapon passport with the weapons you want to introduce
- Firearms permit valid for 3 months after return from South Africa
- Hunting license valid for 3 months after return from South Africa
- Invitation to hunt at WEDOHUNT
Transport of weapons
Firearms are properly packed in locking suitcases, there must be no ammunition in the same suitcase and the bottom piece separated from weapons and placed in normal luggage. A maximum of 200 cartridges of a maximum of 5 kg are imported. Weapons and ammunition must be checked in separately, ammunition can be packed in ordinary suitcase from home, however, on the domestic route towards Hoedspruit it must be taken out of the suitcase and checked in separately. By law, it is legal to keep it in the suitcase, but to avoid hassle at home check, we recommend that you pick it up. It is important that you ensure that both your ammunition box as well as your rifle and weapon case can be locked. It is allowed to bring bow and it does not require permission. Special baggage fees may apply, which you must check with the airlines you are flying with. Arrows are not allowed as the arch then appears as
a weapon, arrows can be purchased close to your accommodation or you can book them through us so they are at the lodge when you arrive.
Exit from Denmark with weapons check-in
It is important that you have plenty of time at all airports. At the airport, declare your weapons at the customs office and go to the counter of your airline. Inform me that you’re traveling with guns. Put luggage tags on your weapon case and regular suitcase so you can open them without damaging the baggage tags. Check in all luggage all the way to Johannesburg Airport. Continue to the counter where you check in weapons. Here, security personnel will check if your weapons are packed according to the rules and whether weapons match your EU passport and other weapons permits, as well as the amount of ammunition. Domestic flight to Hoedspruit: go to the home terminal’s Check-in desk and inform you that you are traveling with weapons and ammunition. You may be asked to show your ammo box here. You will be provided with luggage tags for the weapons case and ammunition box and can continue to the SAPS entry office, where you hand over your weapons and ammunition and sign for them. Then you proceed to your flight. When you land, you will be greeted by one of WEDOHUNT’s representatives, who will guide you further forward in order to get signed for weapons and have them handed over.
Return to Denmark with weapons check-in:
Regardless of the rules, our clear recommendation is that regardless of the possibility of checking your luggage into Hoedspruit and all the way to Denmark, you only check in to Johannesburg. This as there may be uncertainty among airport staff in relation to current rules. Likewise, you pack the ammunition for themselves on your trip to Johannesburg and once you have arrived in Johannesburg, you pack the ammunition into the suitcase as the rules dictate. At the counter in Hoedspruit you check your regular suitcase without ammunition, if the staff indicate this, you will be handed luggage tags that will again be placed so that they are not damaged when you have to open them again. You’ll head to the SAPS office, where staff check numbers and sign for your weapons – then depart for Johannesburg.
In Johannesburg, pick up your regular suitcase on your luggage belt and go to the weapons office, where you’ll be handed your weapons. You’ll need to find the counter for your airline again, where you’ll check in your regular suitcase and get luggage tags for your weapons. Remember to place your ammunition in the travel case. You will now go to the SAPS Weapons Office for exits, where weapons are checked and returned again. Then you proceed to your flight. Upon arrival in Denmark, collect your weapons from the baggage company associated with your airline; it is indicated on the information screens at the luggage belts. After you pick up your weapons, you go for customs towards the exit and hand in Customs Declaration B that you have brought along for the entire journey.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- Fill in all papers in black and block letters. Do not sign saps520 before you introduce your weapon in Johannesburg with the South African police as they will witness you being a signatory to the papers.
- Keep your suitcase and ammunition keys on you during both departure and return journey
- Good order in your papers ensures a smoother process.
- Things take time, you may risk your patience being put to the test, but remember it’s worth it.
- We recommend the caliber 308W with as heavy a ball weight as possible.
- The above is a “help guide” – we therefore point out that it is the hunter’s own responsibility to bring weapons!
- IMPORTANT: ALWAYS check with the airlines you need to travel with in relation to the transport of weapons, as there is a big difference in the airlines’ approach to transporting weapons.
We have weapons at the Lodge that can be rented per day for between 350,- DKK and 550,- DKK depending on “animals”. There is a shooting of the rifle at our shooting range where your PH is participating. When you rent weapons with us, the caliber depends on the animals you have chosen to hunt for. Please note that weapons and ammunition are most often rented.
Shooting at wildlife
You need to be ready both before and after you put your first shot in on the wildlife. Since the African wildlife species have heart and lungs placed lavers in the body than many of the European wildlife species and are significantly more shoot-strong, then it is important that after the first shot you are always ready to give off the next. Both kudu, wildebeest and waterbuck can cheat and "fall in the shot", but in many cases an extra shot is needed to ensure that the animal is dispatched. Therefore, it is extremely important that you are ready if your PH after a well-placed shot exclaims that you need to shoot again. You can work out in quick repetition, distances, as well as training for running wildlife on a deer track before your stay in South Africa. Before hunting, you agree which distances you are familiar with. Your hunting happiness can very easily depend on good preparation before and not just our PH’s ability to lead you to the wildlife to give the decisive shot.
We have the following rules if an animal is shot: the professional hunter assesses from the point of view of the shooting situation and from the point of attack whether the animal is shot,
if this is the case, the trophy is paid in the normal way. Our team will do their utmost to track the animal out from blood trails/splashes so you manage to get a catch shot so that the animal finally fronts. If ph assesses that shots had been fired, but that it was a passing shot, no payment is made for the animal.
Hunting and safari attire:
Suggestions for travel clothing/carry-on baggage:
- It is always nice to travel in relaxed and comfortable clothes. We can recommend that hunters travel in a pair of light hunting boots to save space in the suitcase
- A light jacket for the flight that can also be used if you arrive in South Africa in the evening of the winter season and possibly hunting in the early morning hours.
- Neck pillow and a good pair of headphones are also recommended for the flight.
- In addition, it is a good idea to use airplane stockings as the trip from Europe to Johannesburg can be tough for the legware.
- In your hand luggage, you should also remember any medications – remember that some medication may need a medicine passport, which you can get from your doctor.
- A small toilet bag may be nice to bring if you are flying at night – remember that there are restrictions on the number of milliliters of liquid that can be carried – checked on your flight ticket. If there is space in your hand luggage, a hunting magazine can be ideal, or a good book.
- Possibly an extra outfit in case the suitcase is delayed.
- Most importantly, you have your passport, various forms and a key for weapons/ammunition if you bring weapons yourself, money/credit cards, medicines and your flights – and that everything is easily accessible to you throughout the trip.
Hunting and safari equipment:
- Hunting clothes you normally wear at home can easily be used hunting in South Africa
- Hunting pants with zip-off function are recommended
- T-shirt and a jacket for the cold mornings
- Light hunting boots
- Short trousers and preferably gaiters for the protection of the ankles if you prefer hunting in short trousers
- 3/4 long hunting socks
- Hat with shade
- Sunglasses, if any
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand binoculars
- Camera/mobile phone and charger
- Small backpack
We recommend that you consider which conservators and carrier you wish to use before departure to mount your trophies and send them home safely. After hunting, our task is to shine, salt and ensure that the quarantine period is observed before the trophies are either sent to the local conservator in Phalaborwa or picked up by the distributor you have chosen for the repatriation and on to the conservator you have selected in Denmark.
Below is a selection of the companies that our hunters have used with great satisfaction over the years – they all have as their main purpose to make it as easy as possible for you as a hunter, so you can focus most on your hunting experience at WEDOHUNT:
Global Trophy Logistics for repatriation
Carl and Jesper from Global Trophy Logistics offer repatriation and all-inclusive packages on the conservator task; calculations can be made before your departure based on our price list. They also perform trophy measurement in the SCI system and Carl Hjort is also a Certified CIC surveyor and official surveyor for the Nordic Safari Club. On their website you can get a fixed shipping price by sea freight from South Africa, so you do not get surprises with VAT, customs or tax when you need to pick up your trophy, they can advantageously be contacted directly, for an offer of repatriation as well as conservator suggestions – they make a price for you based on the animals you expect to shell out from our price list.
Conservator in South Africa:
Limpopo taxidermy Lestie has been used by many of our hunters for conservatory tasks. She does a very nice job, is meticulous and knows the anatomy of animals to her fingertips. The company is family run.
Conservators in Denmark:
Tipping is well known and widely used in South Africa and there is no doubt that the staff always get very happy with a gratuity. All staff we have hired are in a trade union, have collective agreement and therefore have good conditions, therefore it is up to the individual whether to tip and the amount – the following is therefore only a guideline per hunter/geese st.Pr. hunter/companion per week/stay:
- PH per hunting stay R500 (Hunter only)
- Rails and tracker per hunting stay R500 (Hunter only)
- Lodge staff per stay R500
- Ranger/Guide per stay R250
- You can choose to tip the amount on your final settlement – and we will ensure the distribution between the employees.