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Zach Waterman  

Last summer, I had the good fortune of going on a leopard hunt in the Limpopo province of South Africa with Hanno van Rensburg  of Authentic African Adventures.  Hanno and his staff worked very hard to make sure every animal we harvested was of exceptional quality and he has access to tens of thousands of acres to hunt on.  Accommodations  were modern and comfortable and I would recommend Hanno and Authentic African Adventures to anyone in pursuit of quality plains game and leopard.

Permits, Rifles and Ammo

Recommended firearms for hunting in South Africa:

    30.06 caliber or larger,
    180 grain bullets or heavier,
    Bolt action or muzzle loader.

The following firearms are NOT allowed to enter South Africa:

    Any fully automatic weapon
    Any semi-automatic weapon
    Handguns (Pre-approved import permits necessary 60 days prior to arrival.)
    Weapons that fall under military categories

    Airlines require a heavy plastic or metal gun case for transportation of firearms.
    Check with your airline for regulations on the amount of ammunition allowed and the packing requirements.
    Per South African regulations, a maximum of 80 rounds of ammunition are allowed to enter the country.
    Ammunition must be transported in your packed luggage.

Paperwork for Rifles: - Very important! - Keep in your hand luggage for easy access.

    Copy of your US4457 form – Customs form
    Copy of your Passport
    Copy of your return ticket
    Invitation letter from Authentic African Adventures
    SAPS520 form can be downloaded off the SAPS Website at

SAPS520 form:

Notes on completing the SAPS520 form:

  • Black ink must be used to fill in the form.
  • The form should be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit.
  • Please note that not all sections of the form apply. Visitors bringing their own firearms in for hunting purposes should concentrate on filling in the following:

    Section D – (temporary import or export permit)
    Section E – 1 – 25.4
    Section G – 1 – 9.2 (G – 1 UP TO 9.2)
    Section I – (Must fill in all details requested)
    Section J – (remember do not sign until in front of police officer at firearm office)