The trophy hunting season stretches from 1st February to 30th November. During December and January the hunting season is closed to trophy hunting. February may still fall within the rainy season and November may still be too hot.
Hunting shall be conducted exclusively in the company of a registered hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter.
Hunting guides (HG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s), duly registered as a hunting farm(s).
Master hunting guides (MHG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s) duly registered, plus two additional duly registered hunting farms.
Professional hunters (PH) may conduct hunts on all farms, provided they have written permission from the owner of the property independent of whether the farm is registered or not.
P H with big-game licence - only these PH's may conduct hunts with guests for elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and lion.
Bow hunting - only hunting guides/ master hunting guides/ professional hunters in possession of a valid bow hunting licence may conduct bow hunting and guide bow hunters.
A hunt shall only commence if the HG / MHG / PH has obtained a valid hunting permit (trophy hunting permit) from Nature Conservation prior to the start of the hunt. For cheetah and leopard an additional hunting permit has to be obtained prior to the start of the hunt.
A hunter may take no more than two members of the permitted bird species during the hunt, which will be listed in the trophy permit. During the official "wing shooting season" more of each species is allowed.
A hunting guide, master hunting guide or professional hunter shall accompany only two hunters to hunt simultaneously.
Smallest calibre 7 mm. Minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity): 1350 Joule for springbuck, duiker etc. 2700 Joule for hartebeest, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbuck, eland etc. 5400 Joule for buffalo, elephant, rhino etc. No solid point cartridge is allowed to be used on antelope or any other species. Fully automatic weapons (e.g. AK 47 and other military hardware) are PROHIBITED. Other self-loading, considered semi-automatic weapons are NOT PROHIBITED, but you can expect questions at the Airport of importation. Handguns and automatic weapons are prohibited!
A Hunting Guide, Master Hunting Guide or Professional Hunter with additional qualifications for bow hunting must guide trophy hunters. Bow-hunting for trophies may only take place on game farms and areas which are registered for this purpose with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Hunting permits for various game species must be organized by the outfitter.
Bow energy is specified as follows:
Small Game -25 ft/lb Medium Game -40 ft/lb Large Game -65 ft/lb.
A hunting guest may only take two animals of a kind each year, irrespective if the trophies are exported or not. All Trophies must attain the minimum points of trophy quality. (Exceptions are allowed only with old, setback or very abnormal trophies.)
Minimum scoring total
Export of trophies
All trophies which are exported to the EU must be cleaned according to EU regulations. Hides need 14 days to dry .