It can be a really exciting experience going on an African hunting safari and learning to play the great white hunter. Even if you would just like to sweep in like you own the land and cut a fine figure, you have to realize that that kind of thing only happens to people who’ve been there many times and who have adopted hunting in Africa as a way of life. For first (or even second time) visitors on the other hand, being careful, being alert and going in prepared is the only way to create a safe and enjoyable holiday of a lifetime. I will now tell you how you should plan and ac during your African Hunting Safari.
There are many kinds of African hunting safari packages. You could even go to Africa on your own and simply hire someone out of a brochure or via a local agent. You have to understand,though, that since safari trips are a profitable business, and since this is not a very well-regulated part of the world, that there are likely to be shady operations all over the place – just as there are shady cruise operations. You need to make sure that you go to an actual firm and not just a lone “guide”. And you want to look for credentials. In most cases, you don’t really need any more tips other than this one. If you have a good agent who’s actually been to the place many times and knows everything backwards and forwards, he’s going to tell you everything you need to know. But just in case, let’s look a little further.
When you actually find a booking agent, tell him what kind of game you are hoping to hunt. Be aware that not every place is good for every kind of animal. And even if you do find the kind of animal that you’re looking for, it may be a small creature – not a grand one like you imagine. If it is a professional booking agent that you are talking to, he will take the time to explain everything that you need to know in great detail. The less reputable operators will not bring up how, for example, there is an element of luck involved. They’ll make it sound like every animal you could have dreamed of is right there waiting for you.
You also need to realize that, if you’re bringing in your hunting weapons to Africa from another country, it can be very difficult to get them in past customs. If you plan to do this, it would be an great idea to arrange a booking agent immediately before leaving home and get them to arrange all of the necessary paperwork in advance. There is a considerable amount of complex paperwork involved in taking a gun into an African country. If you don’t want to do this and you are set on taking your own weapons, then you should probably take your African hunting safari to the country of Namibia. They are far more easy-going about guns over there. Otherwse simply use the guns supplied by the travel company.