EMBARK ON YOUR
ADVENTURE

What to bring

Click on the quick links below or scroll down to view some important information before embarking on your African Safari.

Paperwork

Money

Insurance

Medication & Prescriptions

Permits & Licences

Firearms, Ammunition & Calibers

Paperwork

Money

Insurance

Medication & Prescriptions

Permits & Licences

Firearms

PAPERWORK

Make sure you have what you need to enter the country and, equally important, all the documentation for your rifle. Also, remember a copy of your letter of invitation and Lalingwe Safaris' contact details. The letter of invitation and application form for importing your rifle can be downloaded below.

MONEY

Inform your bank that you are abroad and also increase your daily limit on your credit card.

INSURANCE

Remember to take out medical insurance, cancellation insurance and insurance for personal belongings.

MEDICATION & PRESCRIPTIONS

Don’t get caught without or run out of prescribed medicine while on safari.

PERMITS & LICENCES

CITES permits are required for leopard, elephant, crocodile, lion, rhino and hippo.
All additional plains game permits will be arranged by Lalingwe Safaris.

FIREARMS, AMMUNITION
& CALIBERS

Please take note that rifles are available for rent at Lalingwe Safaris. Pack in a hard case, but bring a soft case and ammo belt to use during the hunt.

Pack ammo separately from the rifle (in a box that you can lock) but easily accessible as you have to present it to the police when clearing your rifle. Please confirm the requirements of your chosen airline.

We recommend that you use a rifle import agent such as www.riflepermits.com

Caliber

  • Big 5 animals - A legal minimum of .375 caliber.

  • Plains game - A minimum of .270, but a .30 to .375 is a good choice. A good quality telescope is recommended.

Ammunition

  • Plains game - 60 to 80 premium grade soft-nosed bullets are required.

  • Elephant, buffalo and rhino - 40 to 60 solid and 20 premium soft-nosed bullets are required.

  • Lion and leopard - Soft-nosed bullets are required.

Recommended Ammunition

The quality of the ammunition is important. Use only the best premium ammunition your rifle shoots accurately. We suggest:

  • Nosler Partition

  • Barnes TTSX and TSX

  • Federal Premium

Please note that these recommendations are just what we prefer using given our experience. There are several other manufacturers of premium grade ammunition.