Traveling & Visa Requirements
South Africa is one of the most stable countries in Africa and its first world infrastructure of roads and scheduled flights make getting around a pleasure. Your main entry into South Africa will be at our international airports in Johannesburg and Cape Town. From either airport, you can catch connecting flights to your final destination; your final flight destination will depend upon the area in which your safari is set to start.
When booking your safari, it is essential that you arrive one day prior to your first hunting day and leave the day after your last hunting day. Please check that your travel schedule indicates this.
Passports are required for travel to South Africa. Please note that for the most part no Visas are required. American and European Union passports are sufficient for entries into South Africa.
Please Note: If you are going on safari into any of the other Southern African countries with John X Safaris, Visas may be required for those countries. Please double check with your local Embassy about Visas well before your safari. Always keep in mind most Visa payments if any will always be charges in USD$ cash.
For all Children/Minor/s Under the Age of 18
There are new requirements, being introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs, for additional documentation needed by persons under the age of 18 years for travel to and from South Africa as of 1 June 2015.
All under 18 travelers must travel with a full birth certificate with the child's full name as printed on the passport and both parents details need to be displayed on the certificate, passports of both parents and also a valid visa if required.
In case of one parent traveling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged certificate and an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorizing him or her to enter into or depart the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is traveling with, a court order granting full parental responsibility to the parent traveling, with certified copies of both parents passport and a 24 hour telephone number.
Please be aware that all travelers under the age of 18 years and not in possession of the required documentation will not be allowed to travel to and from South Africa. For further comprehensive information on these new Immigration Laws follow this link.
While we at John X Safaris, and 90% of South Africans appose this decision by border control, it is however here to stay for the immediate future. The various organizations, including PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of SA), are in continues discussions with the minister as to try to reverse this decision and law. We ask of you to bear with us as of this stage - We are doing everything possible as to ensure this ruling is reversed and that travelers can once again travel to South Africa with absolute ease and zero hassle.
We hope that you will understand our situation and continue on your plans of joining us on safari with your child/ren under the age of 18.
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What People Are Saying
Memories of crawling through thorn bushes, mud and laying on ant piles waiting for a huge horned animal to step out into the clearing. Taking numerous magnificent trophies and and hanging out with the great members of John X Safaris and Gunwerks team will be memories that last. The nightly stories with the gang were awesome. Keep doing what you do...~ Trevor Kruger '15 from
"Stix and I had a great time chasing trophy kudu throughout the Karoo and coastal range. Thanks so much for the fantastic kudu we finally got at Willow Fountain! I will be back for more spiral horn hunts!"~ Paul Latchford '14 from
"You would think after four exciting hunts with John X, including one to Mozambique, there couldn't be any new experiences. Wrong! Our trip to the Umkomaas Valley, staying in canvas sided, thatch roofed huts, situated along a beautiful waterway was another. Despite a few days of rain putting a damper on hunting, the "big one" being elusive, Ed Wilson, our PH and the superb staff at camp made this hunt a very memorable one. Each of our experiences have been different but exciting - wetting our whistle in anticipation of our next trip with John X."~ John & Lynn Nowlin '13 from USA
"This was an amazing experience, far from what I expected. The staff was great and the food was excellent. Our PH Ty showed us a great time on our
adventures in the bush, they were exciting and unbelievable, we cant wait for our next safari!"
Another dream experience come true. My 2nd trip back to JXS proved to be as sett as the first. Hunting the mighty Cape Buffalo has created a profound and unrivaled respect when speaking of "dangerous game". Each time we entered teh thick dense bush in pursuit of such a trophy there was an unpredictable outcome. In the end, PH Stix helped me to harvest a larger than life trophy. This giant says it all. We the harvested to mature trophy Bushbuck rams. Thanks John X.~ Jarod Wallace '15 from
“Nuestra experiencia con John X Safaris coordinado por el gran Carl fue increíble, disfrutamos de unos días espectaculares de caza, acompañados por los grandes profesionales Greg y Juan. El trato en la Libela es como si estuvieses en tu casa: inmejorable y comodisímo. Volveremos!”~ Solana Family '13 from