Ken Moody Safaris

                                    
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Frequently Asked Questions
1.  How much is airfare? Airfare rates vary depending on when you go and how you fly.  Low season is anytime before July 1st and anytime after August 31st.  On average a ticket will cost right around $2000 per person.  If you fly direct from July 1st up till the end of August expect to pay around $2300-2500. If you fly before July 1st or after August 31st expect to pay around $1700-2000.  These prices reflect domestic flights as well.  Originating airport and route will also determine your final pricing.  Flying direct will generally cost more while flying through Europe is cheaper but potentially more of a hassle due to some European restricitions on flying with guns.  We can sort all of this out for you.

2.    Is tax included on the hunts?  South Africa has a 14% Value Added Tax which is applied to goods and services.  Some companies do not include this in their pricing but with us, all prices are reflected in total.  What you see on our price lists is what you pay, no more no less. 

3.  Are there any hidden charges? No! We do not have any hidden charges.  All pricing will be discussed, agreed upon and contracted to prior to your departure.  You will have the option of staying overnight when you arrive at a local guest house.  We recommend you do so to shower, eat, and rest prior to arriving in camp the next day.  These guest house rates will be charged to you if you choose to overnight.  We will provide you with these costs in your contract.  Side trips you may want to take during your hunt with us for you or your companion are available at extra fees.  Again, these will be discussed and agreed to and reflected in your contract should you want to partake in any side adventures.  You will know about everything cost wise in advance.  

4.  What does it cost to get my trophies home?   If you choose to have your trophies dipped, packed, and shipped then you will be charged by the South African taxidermist doing the work.  USDA requires that any raw animal parts being imported into the US be chemically dipped to kill any foreign bacteria found thereon and prevent that bacteria from being brought into the US.  This process is applicable to capes and horns/skulls or any other part of the animal you wish to bring home.  Once your trophies have been dipped, they will be dried and crated for shipment to the US taxidermist doing your work.  Once inspected and released, your shipment will be picked up by the shipping agent and transported to the airport for transit.  When your shipment arrives in the US it must be cleared through US Customs.  You may opt to do this yourself or have an agent handle it for you.  The agent will clear the shipment through customs and have it shipped to your receiving taxidermist.  The SA taxidermist doing the dip and pack will invoice you for the dipping and packing and also the shipping to the airport.  The agent on the US side will invoice you for clearing your trophies and shipping to your taxidermist.  Depending on what you are having shipped, expect to pay $200-400 per animal for the entire process. We are highly experienced with this and can advise and handle most every aspect of the process.

5.  Is it safe in South Africa? South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia are the safest most stable countries in southern Africa.  While every country has areas that tourists should not venture into, you will be picked up by us at the airport and accompanied your entire stay.  While in the bush you will only encounter nature.  Yes, South Africa is safe.

6.  What's are the tipping procedures? Gratuities are always optional but tipping of the staff is a cultural and historical part of hunting in Africa.  While always discretionary, we advise you tip a minimum of $50 per day for your PH and $50 per day to be divided amongst the staff (cook, trackers, maids, etc.)  If it's a dangerous game hunt, tips of $100 per day to the PH are standard but again, all tipping is optional. 

7.  What procedures are required for bringing a firearm into South Africa? Currently, bringing a firearm into South Africa requires that the possessor of the gun obtain a US Customs Form 4457 from their local customs office and also complete a South African Police Services (SAPS) form 520 prior to entering the country.  Once you arrive, your gun case will be removed to the airport Police office where you will be required to enter and collect it.  The gun will be inspected to ensure that the serial number matches the one depicted on your 4457.  You will then receive a temporary import permit for the gun which must remain with you at all times.  Upon departure from South Africa, the gun and case will be taken from check in to a small police annex where it again will be inspected to ensure that it is the same gun you entered the country with and your import permit will then be collected.  We will provide you with the SAPS 520 which is included in our welcome package which all clients receive. As an option, services for hire are available which will secure your temporary import permit before you arrive in country.  They will meet you at the airport and process you through the police station.  These services are well worth the fee.

8.  What about bows? Bow cases will be removed to the police station just as rifle cases are.  You will just need to collect them at the police station.  No paperwork is involved.

9.  What is there to do for my non-hunting companion? Ken Moody Safaris/Fritz Rabe Adventures hunts in a very remote, natural area.  If your non-hunting companion loves the bush they will be in heaven with us.  Otherwise, we have side trips available to occupy their time productively.  Mapungabwe National Park is just down the road and day trips there to see elephant and other wildlife is easily arranged.  It is a beautiful park and worth the outing time.  Day trips into Kruger Park are also available as are casino and shopping trips to Polokwane.  Additionally, we own and operate a separate touring company, Bush To Beach African Adventures which specializes in eco/photo safari vacations in and around Kruger Park as well as trips to Salt Rock Beach on the Indian Ocean.  You may use our travel company to book follow on trips or separate vacations as needed.  We can take care of all of your vacation needs.

10.  On Package Hunts are the species interchangeable? Yes.  Unlike other companies we do allow clients to swap game from their packages pending quota availability.  If the trophy fees are the same you may swap at no additional fee.  If you wish to swap out a species for a more expensive one, then you will just be charged the difference in trophy fees.  We are very accommodating and do not practice "bait and switch" tactics all too prevalent in the safari business.  You will leave us happy.

11.  What are the pros/cons to booking a daily rate/trophy fee hunt over a package? A daily rate/trophy fee hunt means that you will be charged a day fee per day for the number of days you are with us.  This fee includes your professional hunter (guide), trackers, camp accommodations, food, drinks, laundry service, and trophy prep on all animals taken.  You will then be charged a trophy fee for every animal shot on the hunt.  This type of hunt allows you the freedom to take what you like and pay as you go.  We recommend this type of hunt for clients wanting to hunt a particular species or animals of higher trophy quality.  Package Hunts are all inclusive of daily rates and trophy fees for particular species.  The package price is paid in full regardless of outcome.  While we can present opportunity we cannot guarantee you will shoot.  Package Hunts are less expensive in the long run than the daily rate/trophy fee hunt and best suited for the first timer who wishes to experience a safari and take a variety of good representative species.  You would not pay for a package with a kudu on it and try and hold out for a 60" or better Kudu.  Remember, the package is paid in full regardless of outcome.  Be prepared to shoot good, representative trophies or take the chance of not bagging something on your package.

12.  Are the areas hunted fenced? Yes, for the most part all hunting in South Africa is privatized and thus most private land is high fenced.  Hunting on private lands means the game found there belongs to the landowner.  He determines the quota of animals to be taken and the pricing on each.  Fencing ensures that game stays on the property, deters poaching, and allows the landowner to control and manage the trophy quality and quantity of animals he wishes to maintain. It does NOT mean that the animals are tame or domesticated.  These animals live and propagate in the wild and are considered wild game.  Additionally, they exist on thousands of acres.  Normally the areas we hunt are 10,000 acres or larger.  All game existing on these properties were born there and range freely on the entirety of the property.  We do not offer "put and take" hunting.  Hunting areas in South Africa that are not high fenced require the client to obtain a provincial hunting license with state mandated quotas.  If you are hunting an area that your PH tells you is open but you did not obtain a government hunting license then you are either hunting illegally or you are, in fact, hunting under high fence conditions and being misled.

13.  What rifle calibers are recommended for plains game? Any whitetail deer hunting caliber will work in Africa. Some of the best are .270, .308, .30/06, .300 WM, .338 WM, 7mm.  You do not need a cannon for plains game.  For dangerous game a .375 H&H Mag is the minimul legal caliber allowed.  A good fixed 4 power or 3x9 variable scope is recommended.

14.  How far is the average shot? Average rifle shots in bushveldt conditions are 80 yards. 

15.  Are there any requirements for bowhunting? SA law has a kinetic energy (KE) requirement for hunting with a bow but practically any bow you utilize for hunting North American species will be fine for plains game.  Don't worry about the KE requirement. We recommend compound bows of 60 pounds or better combined with arrows weighing 450 grains or better.  Any good quality broadhead will work provided they are sharp and placed properly.  Fixed blades, multiple blades, mechanical heads are all welcomed for compound bow hunters. As a traditional bow hunter I have found that a 50 pound or better longbow/recurve with 650 gr arrows topped with two blade, cut on contact broadheads to be capable of taking any sized plains game.  We provide shots of generally 20 yards or less.  Shot placement is the key to success!  If you opt to not bring a backup bow we can have a replacement bow on site for you in the event your primary bow goes down and while there are no pro shops in the bush, we will have equipment and items on site to repair your bow if it is a minor issue.   Additionally, a dozen or so arrows and broadheads should be sufficient.

16.  What's the weather like? The seasons are reversed from North America to southern Africa so the winter months in South Africa fall between May and September.  June is the coldest month with temps sometimes reaching freezing at night but quickly getting up to the mid 60s to 70s F during the day.  Expect temps from the 40s to 80s degrees F  during the hunting season. 

17.  What type and how much clothing should I bring?  Given the temps described above we suggest clients bring a warm jacket, gloves, knit/warm cap, two sets of hunting attire, comfortable boots, two to three pairs of underwear, socks, and T shirts, camp lounging attire (track suit, flip flops, sneakers), shower shoes, etc.  We will do laundry each day so do not overpack as you'll have fresh clothing daily. 

18.  How much cash should I bring and do I need to exchange money? As stated earlier, your payments with us will go thru our US bank account so you needn't bring money to pay for the hunt.  We will have that settled prior to your arrival.  Cash for tips and casual shopping is suggested.  $1000 to $2000 will be adequate.  You will not need to exchange dollars for rand as everyone in SA takes US dollars.  Additionally, credit cards are taken most places. 

19.  How much ammo do I need to bring? Two to three boxes is adequate. 

20.  Are rifles available for hire? Yes, we have rifles available for hire at very inexpensive rates, usually no charge.  You will be required to pay for all ammo expended. 

21.  Is there anything out of the ordinary I am missing? Well, you should know that you are required to have at least four blank pages left in your passport before departing.  This rule is enforced so make sure you comply and renew your passport if necessary.  Also, the police station can be a hassle when you're retrieving your firearms.  Don't despair and remain patient.  We will be there with you to expedite the process as best we can.  Please note as well that you cannot bring two rifles of the same caliber in the same gun case.  Don't ask me why but it's the law....and, ammo must be packed separately in a check in bag.  It cannot be placed with the rifles in the gun case.  Once you book your safari with us, we will provide you with a complete information packet including a packing list, SAPS 520, map of the airport, emergency contact numbers, etc.  We've been doing this nearly three decades so we have the process down.  Trust your hunt with us!