FAQ

How do I get to Imbasa? Kimberley is located in the Northern Cape approximately 470 kilometres from Johannesburg.

Flying: There are daily flights to Kimberley airport from Johannesburg and Cape Town with South African Airways. For more information, contact your travel agent our visit www.flysaa.com

Imbasa is located approximately 45 minutes from Kimberley airport where we pick you up by car.
Another option is to fly with the low cost airline Mango to Bloemfontein. The drive to Imbasa is about 2,5 hours For more information about Mango, visit www.flymango.com

Driving: Please see distances in kilometres in the chart below. We can arrange for a driver should you not whish to drive yourself.

From Kimberly to; Distances in kilometers
Johannesburg 470
Cape Town 975
Sun City 380
Durban 825
George 760

Train: For a great way to see more of the country, we can recommend going by train. The Premier Classe train, please visit their website for more information www.premierclasse.co.za

Where will I be picked up? You will be picked up at Kimberley airport, from which there is a 45 minute drive to Imbasa.

What is included in the Daily Rate? Accommodation, all meals, local drinks, daily laundry service, service of a professional hunter or safari guide and a 4×4 vehicle, all transportation to and from hunting / safari areas, fully serviced hunting facility incl all staff, trackers etc., field preparation of trophies and delivery to taxidermist, transport from/to Kimberly airport. Government licences/fees, assistance with preparation of firearms import permits, VAT (14% on daily rate)

What is not included in the Daily Rate? Trophy fees, hire of rifle and ammunition, pre- or post safari tours or other excursions, meals and drinks during excursions (unless otherwise specified), packaging and shipping of trophies to final destination, taxidermist fees, gratuities, telephone or internet charges, insurance

Do I need a visa? From most countries you do not need a visa to South Africa, but please consult with your local travel agent for further information. All visitors require a passport, valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of the intended visit. Travellers must ensure passports contain at least one unused page.

What is the weather like in Kimberley? The Northern Cape weather is typical of savannah and semi desert areas. This is a large dry region of fluctuating temperatures, with sparse rainfall. Summer temperatures range from about 30C to 35C in the afternoon (please note that the summer period in South Africa is during the European winter period and vice versa). Winter days are warm but the nights are chilly with temperatures that can sometimes drop below freezing.

Monthly average temperatures
Northern Cape

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp 25,3 24,1 22,0 17,9 13,9 10,7 10,6 13,1 17,2 19,9 22,4 24,3
Sunshine hrs 307 261 266 262 281 264 287 299 288 305 311 331
Rain mm 57 76 65 49 16 7 7 7 12 30 42 46

What clothes etc should I bring? We recommend that you use lightweight khaki or camo clothes and good shoes with thick socks for walking. It is important to have comfortable shoes as you will at times be required to walk fair distances in order to make a good clean shot. Please also bring a fleece or a jacket for the cold mornings and evenings. We provide blankets in the vehicle. Should you whish to, we can stop in Kimberley where you can buy good equipment. Laundry is done daily at the camp, please keep that in mind when you pack. Do not forget to bring good quality binoculars and a camera, sunscreen, a hat and cleaning equipment for your rifle.

What if I get sick? First aid kits are kept at the lodge and in the 4×4 vehicles. We are within easy reach to medical doctors and a very good hospital in Kimberley. There is no malaria in the Kimberley area. Please do not forget to pack any personal medication.

What type of rifle do you recommend me to bring? This is of course dependant upon which trophies you are hunting. But as a general rule, bring a rifle that you are familiar and comfortable with. The .375 is the minimum calibre if you are hunting dangerous game, but for the average plains game trophies lesser calibres will suffice. Recommended calibres are .30-06, .308 and .270.  The most common rifle our clients bring is the bolt action which is a very good choice. According to South African law you may not bring a semi-automatic fire arms into the country or more than 200 rounds of ammunition per calibre.  Please bear in mind that the shooting distances in Africa are usually longer than what you might be used to. Fit your rifle with a good quality scope like a 3x-9. You will always sight in your rifle and practice at our shooting range before the hunt. Please contact us and discuss your specific prerequisites. Please also read up on the anatomy of African game as shot placement is everything. Often the heart-lung area is situated much lower and farther forward than in game animals of other parts of the world.

Can I hire rifles at Imbasa? Yes you can hire a rifle and buy ammunition at Imbasa. Please contact us for further information.

What about bow hunting? We offer bow hunting safaris for all of the plains game species on our price list. A minimum draw weight of 50lbs is required for plains game hunting. It is however recommended to use a bow of 60lbs to 80lbs. The compound bow is by far the most widely used and is the most practical weapon for hunting in South Africa. Before coming to Africa, archers must know their capabilities and should at least be able to shoot from either the sitting or standing positions. It is essential that archers should also practice shooting through a relatively small hole from inside a blind as shooting through such as small hole in an enclosure can be distracting. Furthermore, archers should know the anatomy of African game as shot placement is everything. Often the heart-lung area is situated much lower and farther forward than in game animals of other parts of the world. As it is often very dark inside blinds you may have difficulty in seeing your sight pins. Lighted sight pins are therefore a must when hunting from inside a blind. A laser rangefinder like Nikon or Bushnell is also recommended.

And bird shooting? We recommend 12-bore or 20-bore. However, we can provide 12-bore shotguns for a nominal hire cost. In South Africa 12-bore shells are available in lengths of 2 3/4 and 3 inches and 20-bore only in 2 3/4” shells. Shot is made of lead, and a profusion of loads and shot sizes is readily available. When shooting with 2 3/4 and 3” shot shells the conservative range is 45m. When using 3 1/2″ shot sells the range is 55m. One should always remember that the risk of wounding a bird increases exponentially with longer range. The hunting methods employed obviously vary according to the species and the area in which the birds are being hunted. Methods involve the use of hides, driven hunts and walked-up shooting, using pointers and retrievers.

Which permits do I need to bring my rifle to South Africa? Complete the temporary firearm import permit application (SAP520) in advance and bring it with you. NB!  It is important to note that the form must be completed in black ink and must remain unsigned (only if you are going to obtain the permit at the airport yourself!) until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport. We will assist you with the permit application. Please contact us for more details.

We can also recommend to use the services of Hunter’s Support by Air2000, which offers a range of services to ensure a smooth arrival in South Africa, including arrangement of Firearm Import Permits, meet and greet services at Johannesburg OR Tambo airport, transfers and air charter services. Please visit their website for more information: www.hunterssupport.com

What you must present upon arrival in Johannesburg at the SAPS Firearmsoffice:

a. A SAP520 form – completed in black ink
b. Passport
c. Copy of airline tickets or itinerary

d. Notarized copy of proof of export

This is proof that your firearms have been legally exported from your country of residence. If your country does not have an official export permit the SAPS require a letter from a government agency of your country of residence stating this.
e. Notarized copy of firearm licences
.
f. Original Invitation letter of Hunting Outfitter

Important information:
The following firearms and ammunition will not be allowed to enter South Africa:
• Any automatic or semi-automatic firearms,
• More than one firearm per calibre per person,
• More than 200 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm,
• Any pistol or revolver.

Reasons why your application will not be approved:
• If you have any of the abovementioned firearms and/or ammunition,
• If any of the supporting documents as required in # 3 (a) – (f)   cannot be produced,
• If you are less than 21 years of age,

Your application for a temporary import permit will be refused and your firearms and ammunition will be confiscated and will only be handed back to you when you depart back to your country of residence.

Please take note that only the Central Firearm Registrar in Pretoria, South Africa can authorize special applications for the above restrictions. These applications have to be made in advance and must reach them not later than 3 (three) weeks before arrival. You will need a special motivation letter for this. Please contact the PHASA office for more info and assistance.

Do you have internet? Yes internet is available in the office.

Hunting Areas

At Imbasa Lodge, situated close to Kimberley in the Northern Cape, we offer rifle hunting and bow hunting, with experienced professional hunters and the best local trackers. On our 2000 hectares of savannah bushveld grounds you will find plenty of plains game. We also offer 30000 hectares of hunting concessions in the immediate surrounding areas. We have over 20 different antilope species, including Kudu, Gemsbuck, Lechwe, Impala, Red Hartebeest ,Springbuck, Blesbuck, as well as Zebra Giraffe and Buffalo. and all the other common plains game species, and offers some unique hunting experiences.

Our concessions in the Eastern Cape, consisting of 30 000 hectares, includes Eerenkroontz and Brentwood. This is the ideal habitat for Bush buck, Klipspringer, Mountain Rheebuck, Vaal Rheebuck as well as Duiker, Steenbuck etc.

We also offer bird shooting at Imbasa and our concessions approx 2 hours drive from Johannesburg. The grounds are around 5000 hectares with wild birds including species such as partridges, francolins, guinea fowls and geese.

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