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
"Being part of the John X team was a privilege once again. Always having fun and hunting some good animals. Thank you Carl and the John X Team. I will be back!"~ Bjorn Hagman '13 from Sweden
"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
Carl, unbelievable safari! This safari was to introduce my son to hunting Africa and share with my wife Haylee the beauty and splendor that is Africa and you did that in spades as expected. I wasn't sure how you could have topped my previous 2 safaris with you but you did. The 54" Kudu and monster Eland are ones for the ages! I have said it before and I will say it again: my friend you and your team at John X Safaris are simply the best. See you in Tanzania in 2017~ Steve Travis '15 from
"Thomas brought me to South Africa. Juan MacDonald our PH and guide made me a hunter. Thanks to all of you for making my stay in SA an outstanding experience, I have received many wonderful memories from this time."~ Ingalill Haglund '13 from
After listening to my husband rave about Carl and John X Safaris for years, my son and I had the opportunity to join him on a trip to South Africa. I saw first hand the beauty of the country and got to experience the hospitality of Carl, Trish, Lee and their wonderful staff. I am already dreaming of my next visit.~ Haylee Travis '15 from
"South Africa - I came, I saw, I heard, and felt you. You gave me goose bumps. I had the privilege to hunt with two great PH's. You took me out on those great plains and mountain sides. And gave me a hunt to be remembered for life! I really want to thank all I met during this journey - Staff, Trackers, PH's, Family members and friends. Thank You!"~ Thomas Nyden '12 from