Safari Planning Resource Guide

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Safari Planning Resource Guide

We have compiled a list of many great website links to very useful resources to help you prepare and plan for your safari.


Weather Underground provides a very detailed look at current weather conditions, weather forecasts, a history and almanac for predicting average weather conditions during the time while you will be traveling in that part of the world


World Atlas of maps, flags and geography facts is the source for custom printed topographic maps or aerial photos

Google Earth

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others

Note: If you know the Latitude and Longitude of the camp where you are considering hunting you may be able to check out the camp and the surrounding territory.

World Time

Time zone conversions between two cities. This time zone calculator also takes into account daylight saving time (DST), local time zones and adjusts for dates in past or future Time Zone Converter ? Time Difference Calculator.

Sunrise & Sunset Calculator

Sun rising and setting times anywhere in the world Sunrise and Sunset Calculator.

Moon Phases

Phases of the moon anywhere in the world Moon phases for Lansing, U.S.A. - Michigan in year 2014.

Currency Converter

This site provides currency and foreign exchange rates for travelers


To view images and other info on banknotes of a
certain country in Africa Banknote - African Image Gallery - Banknotes of AFRICA.

International Dialing Codes

If you need to make a phone call to someone in another country and you are not sure how to dial the number, this site should be helpful to you International Dialing/Area codes calculator.

Distance Calculator

On this site you can calculate distance between two locations Distance Calculator ? How far is it?.

World Electric Voltage Guide

Make sure to ask your outfitter the power and outlet type that they use as it might be different than the country standard, as their electricity might be supplied by generators and their outlets might differ Voltage Converters - Worlwide / International Voltage Guide.

Online Conversion Tool

Convert just about any measurement unit to another. Over 5,000 units and 50,000 conversions available

All Embassies & Consulates Internationally

A complete searchable database of all embassies and consulates from every country in the world

Travel Agent Specializing in Hunting

I highly recommend TRAVEL EXPRESS, hunting travel specialists, they are the company that I personally use. Jennifer Ginn can help you, she is very knowledgeable and a hunter herself. She can assist you with all aspects of your hunting travel planning from airfare, lodging and car rentals to entry visa's, firearm permits, etc... Click here to visit TRAVEL EXPRESS website


Shipping & Importing Your Hunting Trophies Back
I highly recommend that when it come to the intricacies of importing your hunting trophies do yourself a favor and hire experts to facilitate the process. Allan Zarach from TROPHY SHIPPERS ( offers an incredible service at a great price.

TROPHY SHIPPERS is a family owned company and have been in business since 1981. They are a customs brokerage and freight forwarding company that is dedicated to helping hunters quickly and efficiently get their hunting trophies home. They know what your hunting trophies mean to you, because they are a family of hunters themselves. If you have trophies that you need brought back to the United States or are planning a trip to Africa to hunt or anywhere in the world, let TROPHY SHIPPERS handle all of the paperwork, clearances, and shipments for you!

They truly provide an invaluable full service for managing an increasingly more detailed and complex process for the importation of your trophies from start to finish. If you would like to contact them, TROPHY SHIPPERS can be reached at Cell/WhatsApp +1 (847) 927-0101 / Office +1 (630) 595-7300, or via their website, click here.


Need help traveling to or through South Africa with your guns?
South Africa is the number one hunting destination in Africa and most safari hunters will at least transit through South Africa even if they are not staying in the country to hunt. That's why the services of are so valuable. They can help you navigate the stressful and cumbersome process of transiting or importing your guns into South Africa making it easy and less time consuming. work hand in hand-in-hand with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to provide import/export or in-transit permits for your firearms before you even arrive in South Africa. They will hand deliver your pre-authorized permit to you on arrival and also guide you through the procedure at the SAPS Permit Office making it as hassle free as possible.

They also have rifle storage facilities for those who just want to do a bit of traveling or sight seeing in South Africa as well. They can help make your hunting safari a great experience from start to finish!

For more information visit their website!

Henry Durrheim
- QUICK & EASY arrival with your firearm in South Africa! We'll meet you and escort you through it...

Emergency Evacuation and Field Rescue Membership

No matter if it's your first or fifth time hunting in Africa, unavoidable accidents do happen. Whether a medical or security emergency, an evacuation from a remote part of Africa could cost well over $100,000. I strongly recommend that anyone traveling to hunt purchase a membership with Global Rescue, the only crisis response company that provides hunters with medical and security evacuation and consultation services anywhere in the world, even the most remote areas. Their deployable teams of paramedics and special operations veterans, backed by on-staff physicians and the specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will get to you wherever you are, by any means necessary, and evacuate you all the way to your home country hospital of choice.
Member benefits include:
- 24hr medical advisory services from critical care paramedics and in-house physicians
- Specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine available in real-time
- Field Rescue from the point of illness or injury
- Evacuation back to the member's home hospital of choice
- Global network of medical Centers Of Excellence
- Deployable medical and security teams
- Evacuation services provided up to $500,000

Memberships start at $119

Click here to visit Global Rescue website

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Helpful information for the traveler. Specific guidelines for transporting special items, please visit the TSA web site at or visit their home page directly at and simply do a search for "traveling with special items".

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

You will find a variety of information concerning airports and airlines. You can check on the safety records of obscure African airlines from the home page at and clicking on "safety" in the menu bar.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs

U.S. citizens may apply for a passport through The Bureau of Consular Affairs web site and also obtain international travel information by country, travel warnings and public announcements about travel abroad in addition to other valuable information

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The online resource for credible and up to date health information. There is a section dedicated to Traveler's Health where you will find information for specific destinations, vaccinations, diseases, prevention, tips and much more Please be sure to consult with your personal physician and/or county health department to ensure your personal health needs are addressed.

It is important to go to your doctor several months prior to your trip as some vaccinations take several weeks before immunity is developed and antimalaria medication needs to be commenced a few weeks before entering a malaria area. It is a good idea to make a copy of the vaccination recommendations from the CDC and bring it along with you to your doctor's visit, you may even need to let them know what vaccination you will require prior to your appointment so that they may order it and have it available for you at the time of your visit. You may also want to consider having your doctor give you a prescription for antibiotics that you can take with you in case you get sick during your safari.

Here is another good resource for traveler's health issues which is quite easy to navigate

Worldwide Hospital Finder

It is a common question posed to hunting outfitters from hunters and it is always a good idea to know, where the closest hospitals or clinics are. Here is a great tool that will help you find hospitals and clinics in Africa and around the world. You can access this directory from Allianz web site homepage at and click on the link "Hospital Finder" to search hospitals by country. does not recommend, endorse, sponsor or approve any hospital, institution or other agency listed on this hospital directory or otherwise or any medical practitioner or other medical staff who provide services in or through any such hospital, institution or other agency. The inclusion of any specific hospital does not guarantee a particular standard of service.

Animals of Africa
A great resource about individual species is the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Just go to the homepage of their web site at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and simply type the name of the species into the search box. Here is an example of a search for Leopard Leopard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Another resource for the species of Africa is the African Wildlife Guide at

Shot Placement Guide for the Perfect Shot - Firearm & Bow
Click here to visit our shot placement guide, the most comprehensive shot placement guide of African game online.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

You will find travel alerts, customs information and forms for importing your hunting trophies back into the U.S.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service & CITIES Permits for Sport Hunted Trophies
The import, export, or re-export of a number of sport hunted trophies may be regulated by a conservation law or treaty, which is implemented by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and requires a permit. This regulation is part of domestic and international conservation efforts to protect wildlife subject to international trade. You can find up to date information on the importation of sport hunted trophies, how to obtain a permit, as well as instruction on how to fill out the application by going directly to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Permits.

The importation of particular sport hunted trophies requires a CITES permit (i.e. African Elephant, White Rhinoceros, Leopard, etc.), you will need to submit an application to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. You can download the CITIES permit application forms at CITES stands for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, visit their web site at

Should either of the above links be broken visit the home page of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at and just simply browse through their web site to find the link to the "Permit" page, once there for CITIES forms, click on "Application Forms".

Here are a few resources from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which you might find interesting:
- Importing Personal Sport Hunted Trophies from Africa, Guidelines for U.S. Hunters
- Importing Your Leopard or African Elephant Trophy

Here are a few resources from CITES which you might find interesting:
- How CITES works (the species covered by CITES are listed in three Appendices according to the degree of protection they need)
- The CITES Appendices
- Appendices I, II & III
- CITES Species Database (search species by country)

Residents of other countries should consult their local CITES Permit agency.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Etiologic Agent Import Permit Program for Baboon Trophies
For hunters wishing to import or transport non-human primate trophies such as Baboon, skin or skull that has not been fully taxidermied or treated so that it is non-infectious, you will need to get a permit to import or transport etiologic agents hosts or vectors of human disease from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Etiologic Agent Import Permit Program. Fully taxidermied or treated Baboon trophies will not require such permit for importation into the United States.

You can find up to date information on the import or transport of etiologic agents hosts or vectors of human disease, how to obtain a permit, as well as instruction on how to fill out the application by going directly to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Etiologic Agent Import Permit Program at CDC - IPP - Introduction or visiting the links below.

- CDC Permit to Import or Transport Etiologic Agents Hosts or Vectors of Human Disease
- CDC Import Permit Applications Forms
- CDC Guidance for importation of Non-Human Primate Trophies
- CDC Frequently Asked Questions about Etiological Agent Import Permits

Residents of other countries should consult their local CITES Permit agency.

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
APHIS serves to facilitate safe international trade by regulating the import and export of animal products presented at the border,

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. IUCN demonstrates how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world's greatest challenges; tackling climate change, achieving sustainable energy, improving human well-being and building a green economy. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Specie is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The World Factbook

These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The World Factbook is a great resource which is continuously revised; the information is nicely laid out for each specific country

Should the link to the CIA World Factbook pages no longer exist please visit the home page of CIA at and just simply browse through their web site to find the link to the page on "World Factbook".

South African Department of Home Affairs
Valuable information for hunters traveling through or visiting South Africa, Visas, passports and travel documents,

Visa, Travel Document System (TDS)

A great resource with free information to check if you are in need of a visa is Travel Document System (TDS) at TDS is a nationally recognized leading authority in the field of international travel documents, they help international travelers easily understand what is specifically required of them in order to gain passage into another country and provides visa services for U.S. citizens to most countries for which an entry visa is required.

Satellite & Cell Phone Rental & Purchase

If you are in need of cell phone that works overseas or a satellite phone that allows you to stay connected no matter where you are, click here to read this article first.

Hunter information Sheet
A contact sheet, here called Hunter Information Sheet which lists all of the information for the hunting outfitters, PH's and agents, including company names, contact person, country, phone numbers, email addresses and cell phone numbers if they have one. Cell phones are now more common than land lines in Africa, so find out if your outfitter and/or PH has one since they are very often not listed in their marketing material.

I suggest that you make a copy of this contact sheet for each piece of your luggage along with a copy of your flight itinerary in addition to carrying this list on your person while traveling.

You may also wish to give a copy to family members and/or a friend along with your itinerary so they can reach you if they need to. To make it easier for everyone, include the international dialing code (011 for the U.S.) and the country codes of the countries you will be visiting to the phone numbers on your list.

Get Adobe Reader
This free software lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files which many documents and forms come in this format. Please Download the free software at Adobe - Adobe Reader download - All versions or visit their home page at
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