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7 TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

The excitement after booking your safari will be overwhelming, you have committed to experiencing one of the most breathtaking expeditions you could ever imagine. Once the feeling has sunk in and your excitement levels have plateaued slightly, it is time prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.



Fitness

It will be beneficial to get hunt fit prior to your safari. You will walk a minimum of 5km per day in search of the African animals you are after and you won’t like having sore feet, bones, muscles or joints at the end of a hard hunt. The greater your fitness level the more enjoyable your hunting holiday will be. Now that’s not to say that you have to be able to run a marathon, the goal should be to be in the best shape you personally can be. Our outfitters always have your interests at heart and will hunt to your fitness ability.


Gear

There is a tendency to over pack when hunting at home or abroad. Your baggage allowance will quickly run out if you are taking a rifle and ammunition with you so it forces you to ditch the non-essential items. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t need to bring as much gear with you to Africa as you would if you were hunting back home. Remember that it’s the job of the professional hunter to assess the animal’s maturity and they need to determine if the animal is a decent representation for the area you are hunting. He will have a good pair of binoculars, often with a built in range finder, and he will carry the shooting sticks throughout the hunt. If you’re on a trajectory to go over your baggage limit you can ditch bulky items like spotting scopes as there won’t really be a need for them. When it comes to clothes you can pack relatively light because there is a daily laundry service that will have your clothes cleaned and back to you by the time you get back from hunting of an evening. We will supply a minimum list of gear for a safari in Africa with us.


Documentation

The paperwork involved with your adventure is important because without some of these items your safari couldn’t happen. Take your passports for example, most of us have one but a fair few of us wouldn’t know when it expires. There are requirements to have enough time on your passport upon your return to Australia. Things like your flight itinerary, registering with the government website smart traveler, insurances, CITIES & TOPS permits, firearm export and import documentation, money transfers and payment options are all items to consider prior to your safari. We will help you get through all of the documentation required for the expedition.


Practicing marksmanship

It may sound silly but its time to get familiar with the use of your firearm or bow. Shot opportunities are increased when you know your way around your weapon of choice. If you're fumbling around with the safety or adjusting sights in that critical moment you will regret not practicing. Ensure that you are comfortable shooting from any field position imaginable. In Namibia it is common to shoot while resting on a backpack often from a prone position. In South Africa it is common to shoot from a standing position while resting on a set of shooting sticks. In fact the shooting sticks are a staple on all safaris in Africa. If you are hiring a firearm from an outfitter in Africa still practice with your own prior to departure. It is also a preference to field test the bullet/calibre or arrow/broadhead set up you are going to use on safari on game animals in your home country. This will build enormous confidence even before the safari begins.


Shot placement

Once the decision is made to harvest an animal, the next thought must be to dispatch it as humanely as possible. An awareness of the intended targets anatomy and the best place to aim at any particular moment is vitally important to ensure that the animal doesn’t endure any unnecessary suffering. Ultimately, the end goal is a single shot which will render the animal lifeless. With dedication, practice and precision this goal is readily achievable. A copy of The Perfect Shot – Africa edition by Kevin Robertson will help with shot placement and should be referred to during your shooting practice. There is even a DVD version if that is the preference. Should it be required we can provide images of the anatomy of most African species.


Taxidermy

There are different strokes for different folks when it comes to taxidermy. Some prefer European mounts or skull caps others have room in their house for full mounts. There are so many options when it comes to displaying the animals. Whichever way you prefer the animals to be displayed they will look great but it’s important to have a rough idea of what you want before the first cut is made on the cape. It’s very hard to put a cape back together once it’s been cut with a knife. I like to spend some time prior to the hunt looking for inspiration for the taxidermy, it helps to stand where you are going to place the animal and imagine how good it will look in your house. A tip for wall pedestal mounts is to have the animal caped for a half mount, this will give plenty of cape for the taxidermist to work with. There is a taxidermy request form that needs to be completed and given to the taxidermist at your earliest convenience after the hunt. The taxidermist can start your work once you provide the completed request so the sooner you fill it out the quicker the taxidermist can start. Taxidermy tags will be provided to identify your capes and skulls.


Ask Questions

If in doubt ask the question. There is a link to few frequently asked questions below which may help but please remember that there are no silly questions. If your question isn’t on the FAQ’s list or the answer doesn’t clarify the topic please contact me. I will be more than happy to help.


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