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
"A magnificent experience! Stix was an exceptional PH. Amazing diversity and the quality of game was second to none. Carl & John X Safaris provided me an experience of a lifetime!"~ Sam Cunningham '14 from
"I thought I was going on safari to ride an elephant and be able to cross that experience off my bucket list. Indeed, I can successfully cross it off! But with John X Safaris, I experienced so much more that made my African adventure such a memorable one. The hospitality and friendliness of the team, made everyday truly a vacation. The sights and sounds of the wild, the animals, birds and game made the photo opportunities terrific. I came to ride an elephant, I left with memories, my first trophy and an unforgettable experience."~ Mike & Cindi McNair '13 from USA
"Gracias a John X Safaris por hacernos disfrutar de nuestro. Primer safari en familia disfrutondo de un trato familiar. Y de unas preciosas fincas jonto a grandes profesionnces."~ Velasco Family '12 from Spain
"Tres dias inolvidables de caza con unos magnificos cafadores profesionales, Greg y Jose, que dedicaron toda su sabiduria habilidad para couseguir. Tres trofeos extraordinarios, Nyala, Eland aud a warthog. La utancia maravipposa y la atencion exquisita. Mi deseo y vopver de nuevo
Gracias por haberme hecho feliz."
"Now that I am home I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks. I can't begin to tell you what a great time I had. I now fully understand the magic quality and allure of Africa and why so many people make return trips. This was the trip of a lifetime. Everything down to the smallest detail was amazing. The professionalism of the entire staff was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Thanks!"~ Tim Tyner '12 from USA
Attempting to recount a South African safari experience can be a very difficult task. Telling stories and sharing photos can only begin to paint a picture of what one can expect to see when hunting plains game. Being my 2nd trip over to hunt with Carl and the John X crew, I wondered if the experience would be less exciting than my maiden voyage. I could not have been more wrong! Hunting from the mountains in the Karoo, to the dense forests on the coast, this trip could not have been scripted any better. The thrill of chasing a new trophy quality animal every day, the stories told around the dinner table each night, and the friendships made that will last a lifetime are just a few of the reasons that a person needs to visit South Africa once in his or her lifetime!~ Garrett Wall '15 from