Hunting, Firearms & Ammunition
Most hunting in South Africa will be on plains game species. We recommend you bring along your own rifle/s, as you are more familiar with them. Firearms can be hired by prior arrangement for those hunters wishing to travel without firearms.
For larger plains game species we recommend; 270, 30-06, 7 mm, 300 Win Mag, 300 Weatherby and 338. For smaller plains game species we prefer; 222, 223 and 243. Most Southern African countries by law require a minimum of 375 for all dangerous game. We recommend at least a 375 on Buffalo or Lion. If you are hunting Hippo, Elephant or White Rhino you may want to consider a caliber larger than 375.
Select a good multi-purpose expanding bullet. Barnes X, Trophy Bonded or Hornedy all have proved to work very well in the past. We prefer soft nose tough expanding bullets for large plains game species and solids for smaller plains game species. For all dangerous game calibers we recommend a 50/50 split in soft noses and solids.
For bird hunting, we suggest #6 or #7 shot for pigeons and doves. For ducks and geese, #1 or 2 ¾ shot. When using a 12 gauge shot gun on some of our smaller game such as Caracal or Blue Duiker, we suggest AAA or #2 ¾. Acquiring shot gun shells in South Africa is not a problem and at your request John X Safaris can arrange for shells to be in camp before your arrival.
Always ensure you have a strong protective rifle case to travel with internationally, with a separate case for ammunition. Having good locks on these cases are essential. We advise you bring along an extra soft case per gun, the soft case not only protects the rifle from dust, but also ensures the rifles are secure in rifle racks on the back of vehicles when traveling.
Zero all rifles with scopes before leaving home. Scopes will be checked again before hunting starts as they might have shifted during transit. Where possible go for a scope with variable power and try and find scope covers, as dust and moisture can affect ones chances of success.
Please note - South Africa requires a temporary import/export permit for firearms and ammunition when traveling to South Africa. We strongly recommend using a clearing agent to assist you through this process. For further detailed information with regards to Traveling with Rifles, please visit the relevant section for the country you'll be hunting from.
Bring along a good quality pair of binoculars as hunting is more than just the final shot. The more you can see what your PH is spotting, the more enjoyable your hunting experience will be.
A camera is one of the most important pieces of equipment to bring along. Ensure that your flash is working and if possible check that the setting is on the highest possible resolution with digital cameras. Bring extra batteries and charges.
From past experience we have found that most hunters would like a copy of their PHs’ pictures at the end of their safari. Bring along an extra USB Flash drive or SD card to copy pictures onto.
Note: The standard electricity supply in Southern Africa is 220 V AC. You may need to bring a power and / or plug converter for your trip.
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What People Are Saying
"We had a great time hunting with John X Safaris. Very well run with excellent PH’s and trackers. We would recommend John X Safaris to anyone. Enjoyed fantastic scenery. Thank You."~ Kevin & Laurel Ward '13 from
"Carl another excellent Safari my friend! I had a wonderful time and can't wait to get back. Everything was done very professisonally, and I would like to thank you very much."~ Jeff Edland '12 from USA
"I wanted to express my deep appreciation to you and your staff for making my first African Safari a HUGE success! Your staff, the accommodations, food and hunts were first class! My PH, Louwrens Lombard, was fantastic and I enjoyed our time together. His experience and skill allowed me to take the trophies I desired. This was my first trip to South Africa, it will not be my last and I will one day soon visit old friends at John X again."~ Jay Pippin '14 from
"I had a great time hunting with John X Safaris. Carl who was my PH made this experience one that I will never forget. Prior to this I had only hunted big game a couple of times so I was new to the game. He patiently explained everything to me in detail and made me feel comfortable with all of my hunts.
All of the accommodations were first class along with the staff, which made me feel very welcome. I would recommend John X Safaris to anyone who wants to have a great hunting experience in South Africa."
"Had a Great Time! Hope to return soon"~ Tom Lincoln '14 from
"Unbelievable! Another trip that Carl and the entire John X Safaris team made more special than the previous. I've been over hunting with my father, alone, and now with my son. Carl has gone above and beyond to make each trip more exciting than the previous. The people, lodging, food, and staff are second to none in the world. John X Safaris truly helps you find The Spirit of Africa! It goes beyond the hunt. It's a culture, a lifestyle, a way of life. John X Safaris helps find that special spot for me, each time being different, and does nothing but guarantees a return trip from this hunter. Each time I leave, I cannot wait to return to Lalibela. This trip was no different. My hats off to Carl and the entire John X Safaris team. I am truly honoured to belong to the John X Safaris family, and to be able to call so many of you my friends. Thank you!"~ Luther Dietrich '14 from