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This is a list that we think you should have when you come to hunt with us. It contains most of the stuff you should know. I hope this will help each and everyone that hunts with us and that it will make things a lot easier.
Rifle: A 270 or bigger calibre, 300 Winchester Magnum are very popular on a good all round calibre. The type of game you will be hunting can be taken with most deer rifles however if Eland is on your list you definitely want something with some punch. Use heavy bullets (180 grain) of premium construction for your animals.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE WITH YOU A PROOF OF OWNERSHIP FOR THE RIFLES THAT YOU ARE BRINGING FOR CUSTOM CLEARANCE.
Scope needs to provide adequate magnification for 200 yard shots. A 2.5-8X scope is recommended. Quick detachable mounts are good for ease of replacement of scope if problem arise.
Carrying sling – wide, for long hikes.
Lens Pen for cleaning optics (scope, camera, binoculars).
Ammunition – 60 rounds minimum per calibre.
You won’t shoot that much but if your scope is knocked out of alignment and you have to re-sight-in, you cannot have too many rounds. The cost of ammo in South Africa is very high and not always available. You can and should always leave excess ammo with your PH.
Airline have an 11 pound maximum per person for ammo.
Solids are good for small antelope like steenbok and duiker as well as for jackals. In a pinch they work okay on most animals.
Gun case: Steel Hard Case to deter airline damages.
Our gun laws has changed so you will have to do necessary documentation for firearms and ammo. All necessary documentation will be provided by us. Keep the forms with you at all times. You will not be harassed. You can also contact Henry Durrheim from Riflepermits ( e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ). For a fee of $90 he will apply for your rifle permit, meet you at Johannesburg airport, take you thru customs and get you onto the connecting flight to Kimberley. Just contact him about a month before your hunt starts.
South Africa welcomes hunters.
Shoes: Two pairs of well broken-in boots/shoes. Ankle height is fine. Non-insulated. Desert boots without socks are fine, if you are used to them
Clothes: Our morning temperature in winter ( June – August) is about 17 C. 3 pair long pants; 3 pair short pants; 4 T-shirts; 3 short sleeve cotton shirts; 2 sweater; 1 light windbreaker jacket; 4 pairs if socks; cap or hat; 4 changes of underwear; belt; light rain poncho (just in case); gloves (for early mornings) toilet kit (toothbrush, razor, shampoo and any personal medication. Carry a good suntan lotion or sunscreen, shapstick for your lips, eye drops and a pair of tweezers to remove thorns). Clothes are washed regularly, so no need to bring a lot.
For our Bow hunters: Cammo clothing are legal in our country. It is also recommended for bow hunting. Bring dark cammo clothing, facemask and gloves.
Cameras and gear: Zippered camera bag. Ziplock bag – keep film and lenses in bags to protect from dust.
Rangefinder – fun – but only marginally useful
BINOCULARS – quality pair, you will use it a lot. Please make sure that they are of good quality and strong.
Money: Use credit cards for souvenirs because of the card companies ability to get great conversion rates. Payments for your safari and packing and dipping or taxidermy can be done with travellers checks or cash.
You must please keep in mind packing and dipping and shipping costs are not included in your hunt. After the hunt there are a few options you can keep in mind regarding your trophies.
You can have the raw trophies packed, dipped and shipped to yourself or your own taxidermist in the USA/Europe.
You can have the trophies mounted by the taxidermist Wiets Safaris use, and thereafter be shipped to you in the USA/Europe.
Shipping cost are however not included.
You can also have your trophies mounted by any taxidermist in South Africa or be shipped by any Shipping Company in South Africa. But please make sure that the relevant company signs the undertaking that they will comply with the local law and regulations regarding shipping.
If you are using your own taxidermist you can have your taxidermist’s card laminated, with your address and phone number written on the back, these can be attached to the unmounted skins and horns. So this means to prepare 3 per animal that you shoot..
Food and Beverages
We only provide Coke and Diet Coke free of charge. Any thing else you would like can be ordered for you and your account will be charged accordingly. We provide traditional South African meals and prepare a number of venison dishes. Any other alcoholic drinks will be for your own account.
Tips / Gratuities
If you have been satisfied with the service of your outfitter, you may wish to express this satisfaction with a gratuity, as is customary on Safaris through out Africa. Many hunters ask us for guidance in this area. We would advise that an average gratuity would be between 5% and 10% of your account. All tips must please be paid to either Mrs Marita du Plessis or Mr Wiets Botes. We distribute the tips evenly at the end of the year towards all employees involved with your hunt. Please do not tip a person as this tends to create unhappiness amongst the others.
Observation on the Wiets Safaris ranch
Large, 25 square miles
Fenced perimeter, but not a hindrance to animal movement, keeps white rhinos inside.
Relatively level with some broken country. Easy walking on sand, a couple of Kopies (old volcanic vents which have crumbled to big piles of rock)
Vegetation – edge of Kalahari Desert, enough vegetation to have fun stalking.
Waterholes – several bore holes are the entirety of the available water.
Temperature in June – August – lows in the upper 30’s, highs around 60 in early afternoon. Very nice.
All the species have been reintroduced, like your western plains, the region was shot out by meat hunters during period of exploration and colonization.
We now have 27 animal species on the ranch of which the white rhino, the rare white lion and giraffe are part of.
Expect approximately to take one animal/specie per day – opportunities for 8-14 good animals on a 10 day hunt depending on what you are after.
Other things to do
There is not much to do in Kimberley. But you can visit the Big Hole museum and if you like war history, you can visit the Magersfontein Battlefield museum, but that will take up a whole morning or day, depending on how fast you go through stuff. You can also go down a working Diamond Mine, that will definitely take up your morning – it is much more fun staying on the ranch.
For a large packet of information on South Africa, call 1 800 822-5368 and tell the South African Tourism Bureau the kinds of places and activities that interest you.
You will need a passport. Get well ahead of time.
You may also visit the Wiets website at: www.wiets.com for further information on us.
And the last thing to do is : ENJOY YOUR HUNT !!!