To help make your trip more successful, please read carefully through the information below.
Passport / Visas
You will need a passport that is valid for more than three months to visit South Africa or Zimbabwe.
South Africa requires no Visa and Zimbabwe a Visa can be obtained on arrival.
Transfer to and from the Airport is done directly by Mattanja Hunting Safaris.
The following Airports apply when hunting with us:
South Africa - OR Tambo International Airport
South Africa - Polokwane Airport (Limpopo Valley)
South Africa - Eastgate Airport (South African Lowveld)
Zimbabwe - Vic Falls International Airport (Matetsi)
Zimbabwe - Bulawayo International Airport (Zimbabwe Lowveld / Gona Re Zhou)
We highly recommend you use a travel agent that specialize in African travel.
We recommend Jennifer Ginn at Travel Express for your flight bookings
+1 406 381 6582
Meet & Greet
Every client will be personally welcomed by myself or one of my Professional Hunters at the destined Airport.
Firearms & Ammunition
You can either bring a bolt action rifle or double rifle on your Safari. Please note no automatic or semi-auto rifles are allowed into South Africa/Zimbabwe and no 2 rifles of the same caliber!
Any of the .30 calibers or higher will be sufficient for Plains Game and .375 H&H Mag or bigger for Dangerous Game.
Select a good quality multi purpose expanding bullet, Swift A-Frame, Barnes TSX & Trophy Bonded have all proved well in the past. We recommend a good quality expanding bullet for Plains Game, a Solid for Tiny 1o species and a 50/50 split in expanding bullets & solids for Dangerous Game. Fit your rifle with a good quality variable scope.
Gun Fees & Bow Hunting
The import of firearms into South Africa & Zimbabwe is free.
If you plan on hunting with a bow, let us know in advance. For hunting with a bow in Zimbabwe a special Permits is required.
Your trophies will be field prepared, salted and marked before being sent to the taxidermy.
All taxidermy documentation and arrangements will be prepared by Mattanja Hunting Safaris
In South Africa, Field & Stream Taxidermy will handle your trophies and shipping.
Field & Stream Taxidermy
Tel: +27 15 516 1081
Permits & Government Documents
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Mattanja Hunting Safaris make use of RiflePermits.com to apply and assist with Temporary Rifle Import/Export Permits
Clothing & Personal Requirements
Hunting or hiking boots - already broken in, NOT NEW!
Fanny pack or backpack to carry cameras, daily items you will use out in the field.
Comfortable camp or tennis shoes
Socks - 4 pair
Underwear - 4 pair
Hunting shorts - 3 pair - we have daily laundry service - camo is okay for South Africa ONLY, as are dull colors such as khaki or olive. No bright colors or white for hunting!
Long trouser - 3 pair - we have daily laundry service - camo is okay for South Africa ONLY, as are dull colors such as khaki or olive. No bright colors or white for hunting!
Medium weight hunting jacket
Long sleeve hunting shirts - 3 each
Short sleeve hunting shirts - 3 each
Hunting hat - I prefer baseball style but, whatever is comfortable. No bright colours or white for hunting!
Traveling clothes - 1 pair
Leather gloves - 1 pair - Take at least 1 pair of working gloves
Personal toiletries / shaving kit
Tweezers - lots of thorns in Africa!
Insect repellent – bugs are not a problem but, a small can is good insurance.
Lip balm - very important!
Visine eye drops
Dramamine - This is suggested if you are prone to car or air sickness.
Small talcum powder
Malaria medication - Please visit your local Doctor for the best advice