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
"Carl and Staff,
Thank you for the amazing African Safari. Your accommodations and meals are first class. I look forward to a return trip in the near future."
"The food was excellent and trophies were great. Hunting with Mike was absolutely excellent."~ Lewis '13 from
"Words cannot express the amazing, incredible, awesome experience I've had. My PH, Greg, and tracker, Bless, were brilliant. I learned so much from both of them. I thank them for sharing their knowledge. The animals were vast and stunning. So many! I almost learned how to spot them and know what they were! John X Safaris does such an excellent job with all aspects of the trip - From the hunting, the service, the accommodations, the food, and the game drives. I did not have one bad day or even one bad minute.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
We had an amazing experience taking 20 trophies over 12 days, despite some rain and cold weather. Ty and Patrick did an awesome job putting us on opportunities and Ozzy did an excellent job capturing all of the adventures. The accommodations and service were A1. We had epic stalks on the wildebeest and Eland that I will remember forever. I bet we may have the record for the fastest Klippspringer hunt. An all round excellent experience. I will plan to visit with John X Safaris again.~ Matthew Taylor '15 from
Thank you to Carl and the entire staff at John X Safaris. The accommodations and overall experience in the camps were exceptional. A special thanks to my friend and PH Rusty. The trophy quality and fun we had hunting together in the coastal areas and the Karoo was second to none.
Thanks for a truly unforgettable safari. See you in the future.
"We had a great time. Enjoyed Greg, Carl and their teams.
Thanks again to our African family!"