Health and Equipment
The hunting areas utilised by PC Safaris are all Malaria-free. However, the Kruger National Park is situated in a Malaria risk area. In addition, our hunting concessions in Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia may all contain a Malaria risk. Should your visit include one of these potential risk areas you should ensure that you take the necessary preventative precautions. Please consult your local doctor regarding preventative Malaria medication.
Although no innoculations are required for travellers visiting Southern Africa it is advised to ensure that client’s tetanus shots are up to date.
If you suffer from any chronic health conditions, we advise you to visit your doctor before leaving on Safari. In this way you can ensure that you bring along extra prescription medication if required. A general antibiotic is also recommended in case of an emergency, as well as basic medication for headaches, nausea, colds, flu and stomach aches. We have first aid kits available for minor field injuries.
An extra pair of prescription glasses can be useful, as well as sufficient contact lenses. Dark glasses are an essential must-have, particularly in early mornings and late afternoons when the sun can be shining right into your eyes. Dark glasses also act as a form of eye protection when travelling in an open vehicle.
A good sun block of at least factor 30 and above is recommended for the harsh African sun. If you have any concerns about medical issues, check with your local doctor or travel clinic.
Liability and Travel Insurance
Although every possible precaution is taken to safeguard you and your property, PC Safaris accepts no liability for any accidental injury or illness that you may incur, or loss of damage to your property during or after your safari.
We recommend that you ensure that you have medical insurance to cover any medical assistance you may require while on Safari with us. Travel insurance can be acquired directly from Global Rescue – a premier provider of medical security and evacuation services worldwide.
See www.globalrescue.com for details.
Firearms and Ammunition
We recommend that you bring your own rifle/s as it is obviously easier to shoot with a weapon with which you are familiar. However, firearms can be hired by prior arrangement with PC Safaris should you not wish to travel with them.
With regard to firearms we recommend 270, 30-06, 7mm, 300 Win Mag, 300 Weatherby and 338 for most larger plains game species. For smaller plains game species we prefer 222, 223 and 243. With regard to dangerous game (for example Buffalo or Lion), a minimum of 375 is recommended. For larger animals such as Hippo or Elephant, a calibre larger than 375 may be considered.
With regards to ammunition (bullets) we recommend a soft nose tough expanding bullet for large plains game species, and solids for smaller plains game species. For all dangerous game we recommend an equal amount of soft noses and solids.
For bird hunting we suggest 1 or 2¾ shot for ducks and geese, and 6 and 7 shot for pigeon or dove. Shot gun shells can be easily acquired in South Africa.
Should you bring your own firearms, be sure to have a strong, protective case (with locks) to travel with internationally, and a separate case for ammunition. An extra soft case per gun will be very useful to protect the rifle from dust, and keep it secure in rifle racks on the backs of vehicles while travelling.
NB: South Africa requires a temporary import/export permit for firearms and ammunition when travelling to South Africa. We strongly recommend using a clearing agent to help you through this process.
A good quality pair of binoculars are an essential hunting tool, particularly with our preferred walk and stalk method where it is essential to be able to search the horizon for animals. A good pair of binoculars unquestionably adds to the thrill of the entire hunting experience.
A camera is another essential piece of equipment for an African Safari. These days cell phone cameras allow considerable quality in the pictures taken, but should you bring a camera ensure the flash is working, and bring extra batteries and a charger. Bring along an extra USB flash drive so that we can also share our photographs with you.
Please note: the standard electricity supply in Southern Africa is 220 V AC. You may need to bring a power and/or plug converter for your trip.
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