Additional Information

We need to be advised at least one month in advance details concerning type, caliber, make, serial numbers and numbers of ammunition per firearm together with full details of your passport for arrangement of temporary import permits.  You can submit this info to us using the firearm importation form attached at the bottom of this page.  Correct rifles and calibers for the safari should be selected to cover the range of game the hunter wishes to take.

We recommend a scope-sighted rifle of around .30 caliber and for dangerous game a minimum of .375, but preferably bigger. Shooting ranges are provided for the sighting of rifles.

Essentials:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Torch
  • Batteries for all your equipment that needs it
  • Plug adaptors, we use 220 volt, 3 pin
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and or Video camera, chargers
  • Flashlight
  • Your Invitation Letter (we provide this for you)

It is very important that you do not forget your invitation letter.  Without it the police will not allow you to leave the airport with your firearms!

South Africa generally has a hot climate, and everyone should drink water or mineral drinks to suit his or her own needs. As a rule, tap water in South Africa is safe to drink as it is treated and is free of harmful micro-organisms. As for most places in the South Africa, water is supplied via a borehole and/or pipeline and is purified and safe to drink as is. For those visitors who wish to have bottled water, this is freely available. The standards of hygiene and food preparation at our concession, is top-notch; it is safe to eat fresh fruit and salads and to put as much ice as you like in your drinks.

Zimbabwe is a different issue, only bottled water should be drunk.  Water from a tap can be used to bath/shower and brush your teeth.

What type of food is served?

Traditional South African cuisine.

For dietary requirements such as diabetes and high cholesterol, please make arrangements when booking the safaris

Food Precautions (Zimbabwe)

Avoid un-peeled fruit, badly cooked meat, ice cubes, untreated milk, and ice cream if made from untreated milk.

Take extra salt if in hot climates

Your accommodations are comprised of comfortable thatched roof chalets, with separate dining and campfire areas. The campfire is where many hunting stories will be told and experiences exchanged. Where the day's hunting will be discussed and the following day's strategy planned.

Normally a three coarse meal will be served, consisting of typical South African cuisine.

Read more to view an image gallery of the accommodations.  

We do not have any financial interests either directly or indirectly in Taxidermy either in South Africa or Internationally. We are however tasked with the permits and documentation for the exportation of your trophies. Trophies can be shipped from Southern Africa either raw or mounted.

In the case of a raw shipment it will be sent to a taxidermist of your choice in your country of origin, after being thoroughly prepared for shipping by a South African taxidermist. The regulations and procedures for exporting varies depending on the species hunted.

Medical facilities in South Africa are of a high standard, particularly in private hospitals and clinics, as well as some of the large state hospitals in urban areas. There are many private hospitals and clinics around the country mainly in the urban centers.

There are a number of privately-operated emergency medical services with highly trained staff, who supplement the Provincial emergency services. These private emergency services attend to roadside and other emergencies, transporting patients in well-equipped ambulances and emergency vehicles to the nearest appropriate hospital.

Even though every possible care is taken to safeguard our clients and their property, we cannot accept any responsibility for any accidents, injuries, illnesses or losses contracted or arising from any safari outfitted by TDK Safaris.

We reserve the right to alter, cancel or withdraw any safari or any part of it; to refuse to accept or retain as a member of any safari or part of it, any person at any time; and to pass on to safari clients any expenditure occasioned by delayed events or occurrences beyond our control. In case of appreciable variation in cost the right is reserved to make adjustments to rates.

Clients will be required to sign an indemnity form before departure on safari. No responsibility can be taken for any arbitrary changes the Government of the country we are hunting in may impose on licenses, quota, areas, fees, duties or taxes.

Tipping is something that I get asked about quite regularly, I believe this is because there is a lot of conflicting advice and confusion surrounding this topic. I have heard complaints, usually from hunters who are very satisfied with their hunt, but then have felt pressured to leave more of a tip than they were comfortable with or even told what they should leave. I will let you know what I think the beneficial or normal practices are and expose some of the less ethical ones. I will try to clarify a rather ambiguous subject so that you can make an educated choice as to how much of a tip you wish to leave, because after all it is a choice.

What is tipping for?

Tipping is a good thing, it is a straight forward way to encourage great service. However tipping looses it's most important purpose when others start deciding or dictating who should get tips, how much you should give or pooling tips and redistributing them however they see fit. These practices do not allow workers to make that connection between their effort and their compensation, after all what is a tip for?