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  • Writer's pictureJill Timberlake

Rifle Imports

Updated: Apr 23

There are stringent regulations regarding the import and export of firearms into South Africa and as a result strict documentation is required from hunters entering the country. This documentation can at times be rather complicated and involved and there is no room for error. We therefore highly recommend the services of a rifle clearing agent. They specialize in assisting foreign hunters with the registration of their firearms prior to their arrival in the country. Pre-issued gun permits can be arranged in advance at a cost of approximately $200 per person, irrespective of the number of firearms. They will ensure that you have a hassle-free ride through customs, thereby alleviating you of any unforeseen mishaps. For those that choose not to make use of the services these services, you will need to contact the relevant officials in your country to have the necessary documentation processed. We strongly advise all clients to make use of the services of a rifle clearing agent. Those clients that have, we can assure you, will not hesitate in recommending their services. Upon request, we will put you in touch with the agent, as dealing directly with them eliminates unnecessary duplication and confusion.

South African law stipulates that foreign hunters are allowed to bring into the country:

  • A maximum of 4 firearms (no more than 1 of the same caliber) per person.

  • A maximum of 200 rounds of ammunition per caliber.

  • No ammunition may be packed with a firearm. It must be packed separately and needs to be included in checked luggage.

For hunters wishing to travel hassle-free, Mafigeni has a number of rifles for hire. All our rifles are scoped with good quality variable scopes and the cost for rental runs $45 per rifle per day on plains game hunts and $65 per day on Dangerous game hunts and includes ammunition. To ensure availability, please let us know in advance should you wish to hire one of the Mafigeni rifles.

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