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Rifle Information

As from 11 January 2021, Fly Safair in South Africa will be transporting rifles domestically in South Africa, be sure to book with Safair if you are flying from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth. 

The most popular rifle calibers being: .270, .308. 7mm, .30-06, .300 win. Mags and wetherby's .338 and .375. Rifles can be hired from Blaauwkrantz at a nominal rate. If you will be hiring, practice shooting with a friend's rifle to get the feel of handling and shooting an unfamiliar rifle from long bipod or tripod shooting sticks. Average distance for shots is 100-300 yards. 

If you will be bringing your own rifle, download the SAP 520 temporary rifle import permit and the trophy requirements document here.

Please note to accompany your SAP520 form, you require:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your itinerary
  • Proof of ownership of your rifle; form 4457 from your local customs office
  • Proof of export (obtained at the airport upon departure of US)
  • Letter of invitation from us, your hunting outfitter

If clients would like assistance through customs, we recommend using one of the following:

  1. Air 2000, website
  2. Rifle Permits, website
  3. PHASA, website,

Firearm importation procedures:
Updated August 2004

Requirements from 1 July 2004

Temporary Importation of Firearms into South Africa

Visitors bringing firearms into South Africa for hunting purposes, will be asked to fill in a SAP 520 - Temporary Import Application which is available from your outfitter, or which can be downloaded off the SAPS Website at, or which can be filled out on arrival. We would suggest filling in the form beforehand to save the processing time at the Police Office.