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Frequently Asked Questions

Southern Africa uses 22V to 240V and you will need to bring a converter with you. Our camps have some converters available, but not enough usually. The power in South Africa is from the National Grid and available 24 hours a day. 

In Mozambique, we run generators for part of the day for refrigeration, etc and re-charging of equipment can be done at this time. There are solar powered lights for the rooms during the night.

South Africa

There are only a few areas in South Africa that are marginal malaria areas. These include far northern KwaZulu Natal, parts of the Kruger National Park and the Northern Province.

Due to most of hunting activities occurring in the cooler winter months, the risk of contracting malaria is very low. For all the rest of South Africa, including the Eastern Cape and the Free State, no prophylaxis is necessary as it is completely malaria free.


When hunting in Mozambique, malaria prophylaxis is compulsory as it occurs throughout the country. We recommend the “One Pill A Week” doses as they more easily remembered. 

No other inoculations are needed for entry into Mozambique or South Africa, but it is always good to be up to date with tetanus shots, etc. 

You need to bring all your personal medication with you as this is normally unavailable in the Hunting Country. Please also inform your Hunting representative of any serious medical conditions that you have.

Weather throughout the hunting season is mostly mild. In South Africa, Fall (March, April, May) is dry and temperatures vary from Night Time lows of 10°C – 15°C to highs of 25°C – 30°C. Winter (June, July, August) temperatures vary between 2°C – 5°C at Night and 12°C – 20°C in the day. Spring (September and October) temperatures are very similar to Fall. 

Our Rainy season usually starts in mid-November and ends in February. 

Rain is probable during the prime tiger fishing season in November, December, January and February, but is welcomed as it cools the surroundings and often causes the fish to come on the bite. 

Everyone hunting in South Africa, Mozambique and most other southern African countries needs to fly via Johannesburg.

From the USA, there are flights that originate in Atlanta (Delta Air), Washington DC (South African Airlines) and New York (South African Airlines). You can also fly via Europe or Middle East into Johannesburg. 

The recommended flight is via New York on South African Airways as this gets you into Johannesburg at around 08h00 and you then have time to catch all connecting flights into South Africa as well as neighboring countries. The other flights all get in around 18h00 and generally an overnight stay is needed. 

From Europe, the flights land all day and specific scheduling is needed for each. 

We have used Custom Travel for the past 15 years and they run a thoroughly professional operation from within the USA. Please contact them for all yoiur travel needs and questions.  

You are allowed to bring in up to three firearms with up to 100 rounds of ammunition for each. 

You may not bring in the following:

  • Any Semi Automatic Weapons
  • Any Automatic Weapons (including Shot Guns) 
  • More than one firearm per caliber IE. you may not bring in two 30-06 Rifles
  • No more than 11 pounds of ammunition (5 kg) in total

We advise you to use an airline approved hard gun case for your rifle and/or bow and your ammo needs o be in a separate lockable hard case. Pelican make a great small case for this.

You will need to get a temporary firearms import for South Africa and Mozambique and we highly recommend that you use the pre-approved service offered by PHASA or one of the other service providers. This will save you hours of time and frustration at the airport. For Mozambique we will need all details for firearms at least 90 days prior to the hunt. 

There are no restrictions on Bows for hunting, but they also need to be collected at the firearms desk. 

Handguns are only allowed for hunting in South Africa and need to look like they will be used for hunting.

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For any extras during your safari or while travelling, it is easiest to use a credit card. These are widely accepted in South Africa. It is also advisable to exchange a little cash (± $100) for local currency. In Mozambique, you will need small denomination dollars ( $1, $5, and $10) or local currency obtainable from your outfitter / professional hunter. 

Please Note: Do not buy any currency on the street as it is illegal

Please vist the respective area on our Concessions page to find out more about the various terrain types.

Most of the meat from the hunted animals stays the property of the landowner. We utilize many of the best cuts for ourselves and our staff and are allowed to sell the remainder to local butchers if needed. No part of the animal ever goes to waste.

In Mozambique, we use some of the meat and the rest goes to the local villages and people.

Most shots are taken between 80 and 220 yards. In Exceptional circumstances, if you as the hunter are comfortable with the shot , you may have longer shots. 

For dangerous game such as Buffalo and Elephant, we try to get within 40 to 50 yards as for crocodiles within 100 yards from a shooting bag. 

Most shots are taken standing, off shooting sticks or laying down over a shooting bag. The bag is ±18 inches square and full of stuffing and a great rest. 

There are a number of options available to add on and these include the follow:

  • Photographic Tours
  • Golf
  • Fishing Trips
  • Shark Diving

We can customize any hunting trip to accommodate any extra activities and offer fantastic trips for the whole family. 

For more information on the above activities and other tours available see our Tours page.

In South Africa, the field preparation, tagging, salting/drying and delivery to the taxidermist is included in your daily rates. 
In Mozambique, there is a $600 delivery charge, but all else in included. 

Once the taxidermist has taken delivery of the trophy from us, he takes all further responsibility for them. 

It is usually a lot cheaper to have the trophies mounted in South Africa by our highly qualified taxidermists, than to ship the raw hides and mount them in your home country. The turnaround time is also much quicker having your trophies done here.

For Plains Game Hunts in South Africa we can accommodate groups of up to 16. This being said, we do not share camps/lodges with more than one group at a time, unless specifically requested.

When hunting, you or your group, will be the only hunters on that particular concession at that time. This ensures that you have the best possible experience over here.

For a standard Plains Game Hunt, we recommend the rifle you would use for Deer or Elk and shoot as well. We use 270, 308 30-06 any of the 300 magnums or 7mm calibers. A 338 would also work well. 

If you are going to include a Buffalo, then you can bring your Plains Game rifle together with a 375 or 416 caliber rifle.If you only want one rifle for the hunt then bring just the 375. When targeting Elephant, you can use your 375 or 416, but rather use the 416 or a 450 caliber rifle. Lion and Leopard are easily killed with a well placed shot from your Plains Game rifle. 

We highly recommend scopes for all rifles (including 375 and 416) as it makes shot placement and low light shooting much easier. 

Premium bullets are highly recommended and we have had tremendous success with Nosler Products including the older partition and the highly rated AccuBond. 

We offer full service video production while on your trip and will arrange the professional cameraman, editing staff and production staff at your request. Prices vary according to the area/country hunted and are available on request.

Tipping is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to having very happy staff in camp. It is not compulsory and is given for good service and going the extra mile. 

Tips are usually given  to the Professional hunter, Chef, Skinner, Tracker, Driver and Behind the scenes “Camp Staff” . These include laundry, cleaning staff  and helpers.

lease see our list of what to bring under our Documents tab

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General Information South Africa & Mozambique

Photographic safaris, tours and specialist bird watching and angling trips are custom made for each client or group. We specialise in combining the Wine Routes, Cape Town, the Garden Route, Victoria Falls, game-rich National Parks and Private game ranches. Pampering at world class spas, wonderful fishing trips offshore for tuna, sailfish or jacks await you.

All Professional Hunters are fully licensed and qualified in their areas. They operate with first class trackers and skinners. Hunting camps are run with a full complement of camp staff from managers to cooks and cleaners.Your every need will be catered for. All our camps have daily laundry services.

Most major airlines have flights to South Africa and bookings are easily done from Europe and the USA. We will give you exact arrival and departure dates once your trip is booked and these can be taken to the agent of your choice. When travelling to Mozambique you can either use South African Airlines or LAM, but we suggest that you use SAA. If there’s any enquiries please feel free to contact our office at office@cabassasafaris.com.

Although we take every measure to safeguard you on your trip or safari (we carry personal liability and other insurance cover), we recommend that all clients have full personal and effects cover for the safari. This should include trip cancellation insurance, emergency evacuation and accidental death or disability cover.

Most parts of South Africa have no Malaria and no extra vaccinations are needed for a trip. Malaria prophylaxis is needed for Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. To acquire a visa for Mozambique you need to get a yellow fever shot from your doctor. We will need to be notified of any medical conditions prior to your trip, please bring any personal medication you will need while on Safari.

• When traveling make sure that all bags are adequately marked with name tags for identification.
• While traveling, your rifle should be transported in a lockable gun case an ammunition in a separate lockable container. A Soft case must also be brought with.
• Value added Tax of 15% is payable on goods and services in South Africa.
• Value added Tax of 17% is payable on the total safari amount in Mozambique.
• Tipping/gratuities to PH, trackers/skinners and camp staff is at the clients discretion. As general guideline for a 7-day Plains Game Safari – a minimum of $500; for a Big Game Hunt -a minimum of $1000. Trackers/skinners and camp staff between $50 and $100. In Mozambique and other Free roaming countries a basic standard all over the hunting industry is that a minimum of 10% of the total value of your safari is a fair tip and that will be divided between the Professional hunter and campstaff.
• Rifles and shotguns can be hired from Cabassa Safaris @ $50 a day. Ammunition is available at retail price.

Hunting safaris in South Africa are conducted throughout the year with the best times from April through to October. Photographic trips and tours can be put together at anytime of the year but September through to November is the best time for game viewing. South Africa’s rainy season is generally from November to March. Temperatures from April trough to September vary from 0°C – 15°C in the morning and the evenings and up to 20°C – 30°C during the day.

Safaris in Mozambique are conducted from July to end November. Temperatures from June – August vary from 10°C to high 30s in mid-day. From September through to November the temperatures can reach the high 40’s in mid-day. 

All Professional Hunters will use well-maintained four-wheel-drive hunting vehicles which are fully equipped for your safari. Electric winches, GPS and full first aid kits come standard. A cooler with drinks, snacks and ice is always available during the hunt.Cabassa Safari owns three 22ft cat boats with twin engines, which are used on our Tete concession in Mozambique to take you where ever you want on the lake.

A valid passport is needed to travel to any of our hunting destinations. It should have at least two open pages and be valid for at least six months after the end date of your safari. Visas are needed for Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

30% of package price or 50% of contracted safari are required to secure your booking. To secure your hunt in Mozambique a 50% deposit is required. The outstanding balance on your final account is payable on the day of departure. Deposits are refundable (less bank charges) if there are cancellations.

NB: cancellations are required to be effected at least 180 days prior to commencement of your safari.
Wounded and lost animals will be charged at full price. Payment is to be made via EFT, card payment or cash. Personal or Travellers cheques will not be accepted.

A maximum of a 100 rounds are allowed into South Africa. All ammunition must be transported in a lockable ammo box and checked in with your luggage. A temporary import/export permit is issued by customs officials at port of entry.

Documents such as invitation letter from us and permit applications forms are required. A maximum of 40 rounds are allowed into Mozambique.

Plains game shooting vary between 100 and 300 yards; a rifle from 30-06 to 375 is recommended. Dangerous game: a minimum caliber of 375 is required by law. (Buffalo, Hippo, Croc, Elephant and Black and White Rhino.)

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