Transport & Travel

accommodation and more



  • On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you are personally welcomed and transported to your lodge. During your stay in the bush, modern, well equipped 4 wheel-drive vehicles are used to negotiate any type of managed harvest area. When you leave us, your Professional woodsman / outdoors man will accompany you to your point of departure.


  • AWS offers special facilities with thatched-roof chalets. All modern conveniences, including electricity, air-conditioning and a pool. Our lodges are designed to accommodate families, friends and managed harvest parties. It is well equipped and adequately staffed to cater for the needs of the most discerning woodsman / outdoors man and observer.


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  • For those in your party who do not hunt, there are game drives and mountain climbing, historical sites, fishing and swimming and endangered species rehabilitation centres to entertain them.

Documentation Required:

Additional Requirements along with the SAP520 are the following:

  1. Passport
  2. Airline Ticket
  3. Proof of Ownership Firearm licenses, documentary proof (for USA Citizens, Custom Declaration Form 4457 (officially stamped) is acceptable
  4. Letter of Invitation from African Wilderness Safaris.
  5. Click here to download the SAPS520 – Completed in BLACK INK.

Field Preparation Facilities

  • AWS have fully equipped handling and processing facilities onsite where safaris are conducted.

  • The discerning woodsman can rest assured that their Safari mementos will be processed by our experienced skinners to their exact specifications.

  • Meticulous care and control of each animal is ensured through a colour coded tagging system.


Safari Checklist



  • If this is your first time on Safari, remember that in Africa laundry is done daily.  3 sets of clothes will be enough. Additional clothes for travelling is up to you. Africa can be cold during winter (May – August), days are in the mid 60’s and evenings average in the 40’s.  During spring and fall day temperatures reach mid 80’s and the evenings mid 60’s.  You will need a warm jacket, a sweater, and a pair of gloves, ski mask and a warm hat.  Pocketed vests are especially handy.
  • For your clothes, camouflage is legal in South Africa.  In every other African country outside of South Africa camouflage is ILLEGAL.  Camouflage is associated with rebel armies and mercenaries, so do not take it.
  • 3 shirts, long or short sleeved (take cotton or a blend with a large % of cotton, it breathes and dries quickly).  Long sleeves are not a bad idea, even in warm weather.  Sleeves help to cut down on thorn scratches and can easily be rolled up when it is too hot. 3 pairs of shorts or long pants.  Shorts are quieter for stalking and cooler in the heat, but long pants protect your legs.  It’s your call. 3 or 4 pairs underwear. 3 or 4 pairs of socks. 1  Pair of shoes or boots.  Sneakers work well.  Whatever you take, make sure they’re light, easy to dry and well worn.  The bushveld is no place to break in new boots! 1 pair of slip slops to use to and from the shower. 1 Light rainproof windbreaker. During the season there is rarely rain in the areas, but you never know and this jacket will also be good for riding in the open or game viewing vehicle. 1 Light to medium weight sweater. A good hat or cap.


  • Use lockable duffel bags and stick to the following weight guidelines. Airlines charge for additional bags and / or excess weight and remember that chartered flights during your safari allow 33lbs of baggage per person.  Your baggage will be your responsibility, so baggage insurance is highly recommended.
  • First Class and Business Class: 2 checked bags can not exceed 62″ or 70 lbs.  1 carry-on bag must be able to fit under your seat and it’s dimensions cannot exceed a total of 45″.
  • Economy Class: 2 checked bags can not exceed 62″ or 70 lbs.  The total dimensions of the second bag cannot exceed 55″ or 70 lbs.  1 carry-on bag must be able to fit under your seat and its dimensions cannot exceed a total of 45″.
  • Remember: Your gun case counts as 1 piece of luggage and is calculated against the total allowance.  Anything over the total allowance is subject to weight charges, which are set by the airline and are subject to change.  International Airline regulations strictly limit the weight of ammunition to about 11 lbs. per person.


  • Get receipts from curio shops for declaring duty.
  • When sending items back to USA, ship as unsolicited gifts.  Do not send all to only one address.
  • Do not joke with Customs Agents – they have the power to detain you.
  • DOCUMENTS:  Valid Passport, Visa – where required, Travellers Cheques, Credit Cards (American Express & Visa are best).  Try to memorize or keep a backup copy of your passport number in case of  loss or theft.
  • The U.S. forbids the import of products made from endangered species.  DO NOT purchase ivory, tortoise shell or elephant skin products.
  • We want you to have a memorable, trouble free safari and following these guidelines will make your trip a little easier.  If you have any trouble understanding any of these guidelines, please don’t hesitate to call our offices.


  • The Centre for Disease Control has reported that there is no risk of Yellow Fever in Southern Africa.  Risk levels fluctuate from region to region with regard to Malaria, however, and it is strongly recommended that you take a Malaria prophylactic drug at least 1 week prior to departure.  Speak to your physician about which drug is best for you.  Smallpox and tetanus vaccinations are not required to Southern Africa, but again it is recommended that you get these too.
  • Eye drops (tears naturale) (please do not use steroids)
  • Sunscreen lotion and moisturizer
  • Chap stick or Lip Balm
  • Personal prescription drugs (Be sure to have enough of your medicine so you don’t run out of it!)
  • Lomotil  for possible diarrhoea
  • Insect repellent loaded with DEET
  • Antihistamines for possible allergies to indigenous pollens or furs.


  • 2 or 3 bandanas or handkerchiefs.
  • 1 Pocketknife or Leatherman (These items also make great tips for the guide or staff).
  • Camera, extra batteries, zip lock plastic bags to keep everything dust free.
  • An adapter with 3 prongs will keep the 220-volt electricity from frying your razor or hair dryer.
  • A spare pair of eye glasses / spectacles if you wear them.
  • Sunglasses, with a strap to let them hang around your neck.
  • 2 ammunition holders that fit on your belt, the simpler and tougher the better, NO VELCRO, please!
  • 1 Pair of good, medium-sized binoculars, 7 to 10 power.  You won’t need big, heavy field glasses.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Toilet kit.
  • Sturdy shoulder strap for your rifle, preferably a strong durable leather-type.
  • You will need an excellent, lockable hard gun case.  A company called Americase (1-800-972-2737) makes them as good or better as any.  They also make a great little case for carrying ammunition which must be packed separately from your gun.

EXTRAS / gratuities

  • These often come in handy to share with guides, trackers, camp staff, etc.
  • Small inexpensive pocket knives.
  • Cigarettes and lighters. A pack of smokes can go a long way in terms of help from locals.
  • Small inexpensive toys like balloons, rubber band airplanes, matchbox cars for the staff’s children.
  • Pens and pencils.

Head Office

17 Longclaw, Meyersdal, Eco Estate
Alberton, Gauteng

Call Us

060 359 0644