Firearms Info

TDK Safaris will need the details of each firearm that you are bringing at least two months before you arrive for your hunt.  The required information is the:  type, caliber, make, model, serial numbers, and amount of ammunition per firearm that you are bringing into South Africa.  Moreover, we will need a copy of your passport as well as your flight itinerary to arrange the temporary import permits. You need to submit this information to us by using the firearm importation permit application (SAP520);  (download link located below in the Temporary Import Permit section). You will also need to fill out the 4457 form and have it stamped by a customs agent.

The hunter should select the correct calibers for the safari to cover the range of game the hunter wishes to take. We recommend .3o caliber rifle with a variable powered scope for Plains game. For dangerous game the .375 caliber is the required minimum but we prefer bigger if possible.

Temporary Import Permit

Complete the temporary firearm import permit application SAP520 – (download SAP520 here) – in advance, if possible and bring it with you.  It is important to note, that the form must be completed in black ink.   Please double check that all serial numbers MATCH on all forms.

Instructions for form SAP520

  • Complete the form in BLACK ink.
  • Complete Page 2: Section E 2.1 to E 25.4 – Natural person’s details – (If married, please complete section 25)
  • Complete Page 4: Section G 1 to G 5 & G 8 to G 9.2 – Import/Export details
  • Complete Page 5: Section I 1.1 to I 5 – Details of firearms & ammo
  • Page 6: Section J: Sign and date

You will also need:

  • Notarized/Certified Copy of Passport (photo and passport details)
  • Notarized/Certified Copy of Proof of Ownership of firearm(s) (depending Hunter(s) country
           USA: Complete Form CBP 4457 (download CBP 4457 here)
  • UK: Copy of your firearm license or certificate.
  • Europe: Firearms Possession License (Waffenbesitzkarte), or
  • European Firearms Pass (Europaeischer Feuerwaffenpass)
  • Other: A letter from your local sheriff or constable in the form of an affidavit confirming ownership, or
  • Invoice from a gun shop where you have purchased the firearm(s)
  • Copy of itinerary or airline ticket
  • Signed Mandate which we will send you

Invitation Letter from your Outfitter – on official letterhead complete with the following information (we will provide this to you)

  • Name of the invited person(s)
  • Duration of the hunter’s stay
  • Registered Outfitter Number
  • Registered PH Number
  • The physical address(s) and telephone number(s) of the farm(s) where the hunt(s) will take place
  • Species you are hunting e.g. big game, bird shooting etc.
  • The recommended calibers required for hunt(s)
  • State that the firearms use is only for hunting purposes on mentioned properties
  • Date and signature of Outfitter

Important Information:

South Africa allows only bolt and lever action firearms into the country and prohibits the possession of 200 rounds of ammunition per person.

South Africa does allow handguns into the country but only for hunting or sport-shooting purposes. To accomplish this you will need the following:

  • A letter of invitation from the outfitter stating the handgun is for hunting purposes only.
  • A motivational letter from you stating that the handgun is for hunting purposes and any other relevant motivation.

South Africa allows a maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns per personnot more than one of the same caliber or gauge.

South Africa prohibits bringing ammunition for firearms that are not on your permit.

Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number or any other marks of identification. Make sure the identification number is on the barrel, the frame or the receiver of the firearm in the prescribed manner.

Possible reasons why your application will not be approved:

  • The applicant has any of the above mentioned prohibited firearms and/or ammunition
  • If any of the supporting documents as required cannot be produced
  • The applicant is less than 21 years of age

If your application for a temporary import permit is refused, your firearms in addition to your ammunition will be confiscated and will only be given back to you when you depart to your country of residence.

Any person under the age of 21 that wishes to apply for a temporary import permit, has to include a special motivational letter with the application proving that he/she is a capable hunter. Any additional motivational letters from 3rd parties will help with the application.

Please take note that only the Central Firearm Registrar in Pretoria, South Africa can authorize special applications for the above restrictions. The applications must be made well in advance. Furthermore, they must reach them no later than 30 days before your arrival.

While you are in South Africa your permit should on your person until you leave the country as well as when your firearms are in your possession.  Remember the issuing of the Temporary Import Permits at the port of entry is FREE OF CHARGE. Do not tip or pay any SAPS Officer for this service.