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Requirements for your visit

All you need to hunt in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa with ECBHunting are a passport, clothing, and debit card(s). You do not need cash for traveling to SA, nor while here. Debit/Credit cards are accepted everywhere, as well as, cash machines. Exchange rates are much better with a card and occur instantly at cash machines. Banks take time to exchange money and are expensive. Do not change money at a Bureau de Change in airport!!! Be sure your daily withdrawal/charge limit meets your needs - at least $1,000USD/day.

ECBHunting recommends you bring the following gear:

Binoculars

Binoculars like most of your gear, cost much more in South Africa (SA) because of customs duties. These duties are not charged for your personal gear being brought to South Africa. Invest in a good pair. We recommend binoculars of at least as high a quality as the Nikon Monarch in 10 power (preferred) or 8 power. EVERY pair should have a connected bino harness (we call them bino bras in SA), that not only stabilizes the image, but allow you to successfully use a higher power (10 in place of 7 or 8) A neck strap is a nuisance, tiring, and will bounce around when running or crawling. Binoculars are sold as follows: 8 (magnify by 8 power) x (by) 36 (36 mm of objective - front lens). We recommend a minimum size of 10x36. Hunters in SA will use binoculars for hours on a typical safari. Don’t buy any that are tiring to the eyes. Buy your binos from a professional optics establishment after careful evaluation (not a time to save at WalMart!).

Camera

larger more sophisticated camera (digital or 35mm) are common for experienced safari hunters. Your professional hunter will also have a camera but it is for trophy pictures. You will want your own pix of animals, views, and other object of interest both while traveling to SA and while here. Be sure to bring it in 'carry on' luggage

Clothing

  • • One pair of good quality boots for the veld (already worn in)
  • • Some shorts for those warm days
  • • Good long trousers
  • • Dark shirts for the hunt
  • • Good socks for those long walks
  • • Some warm jackets and sweaters
  • • A hat and some sunblock 30SPF
  • • Casual cloting for the evenings and some other trips.

Medications

Bring enough for your entire trip (with a surplus - say 30 days’ supply for a two week hunt). Be sure to bring them in your carry-on luggage. Carry them it their original prescription bottles with your name, pharmacy, and doctors information. And if there are several - a weekly planner container to simplify dosing.

Travelling

When traveling to South Africa we recommend flying to Johannesburg or Cape Town (where you will go through Immigration and Customs) via a half way point in Europe (like Amsterdam) to break the long air hours at half way. Example: Seattle to Amsterdam is about ten hours and Amsterdam to Johannesburg is ten more. The final flight to Port Elizabeth (where we meet your plane) is less than two hours. Immigration and customs take place in the first airport where you arrive in SA. Immigration is an inspection of your passport with visa stamp, then on to a separate area for Customs that is a mere formality, if you do not bring firearms, and most tourists pass through without inspection. WARNING! Baggage will be x-rayed in SA and ammunition, brass, bullets will not be allowed (unless legally imported with a firearm). You should plan on a two hour layover at each stop with at least four hours at landing point in SA if you are bringing firearms. Firearms require advance permitting to import to SA and to legally export form USA. This is becoming a headache as well as more expensive as renting from your Outfitter

Visitors should book their flight at least six weeks prior to save big money. Make sure you pay for your baggage all way through to Port Elizabeth AND make sure the tickets/printout STATES this to avoid sleazy extra charges in transit. Direct flight from USA to SA take at least 24 hours straight and clients are usually too exhausted to enjoy their first day's visit.

Notify us before you book your hunt with ECBHunting if you plan to hunt the following animals:

- Blue duiker- Common Reedbuck
- Oribi- Red Lechwe
- Baboon- Lynx
- Black Wildebeest- Bontebok

These animals fall under the Cites and Tops regulations. We need to plan in advance in order to secure permits prior to the hunt

Your Professional Hunter will carry all other items you normally carry and use when hunting in your own area. Things like laser rangefinder, skinning knifes, first aid kit, water, food, spare ammo, etc.