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FAQ

NRA Freedom Package

WHAT YOUR NRA FREEDOM PACKAGE INCLUDES

Your package includes the trophy fees for the animal of your choice from the fNRA Fundraising Special Offer list, as well as transportation to and from the airport, board and lodging.

Each hunter is also awarded a $500 credit to put towards another animal.

You will also have access to our Safari Concierge Team. Your Safari Concierge will be in charge of making sure you have a tree-free IN TO Africa experience. The concierge will be available to assist you with any questions you may have, help fill out your paperwork and be there to make your trip as stress-free as possible.

Please note that all packages are valid for 18 months from the date of purchase.

WHAT YOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Airfare: You will be responsible for providing your airfare for this trip. We recommend you fly to Johannesburg (JNB) - fly Delta through Atlanta to Johannesburg.

Booking Deposit: a $750 deposit, per hunter, is required to lock in your dates. (Please note that Bayete books on a first come first serve basis. Our camps fill up quickly, and we suggest booking your hunt as soon as possible to ensure availability.) Your deposit is a fully refundable 60 days before your hunt begins.

RIFLE IMPORTATION

If you choose to bring your rifle to Africa, there will be a $150 Rifle importation fee per person. Your Safari Concierge will help you with this documentation. However, you may use one of Bayete's camp Rifles. Please see the Rifle section in commonly asked questions for more information.

GRATUITIES

Bayete does not include tips in the package. Please see our Tipping Section for more information on standard tipping practices.

TAXIDERMY, SHIPPING, CUSTOMS BROKERAGE FEES

Before you leave for Africa, Bayete will provide you with quotes for all of the above costs.

OBSERVER RATES

If you choose to bring an observer (spouse, friend or child), they will have to pay a $150 per night, a total of $1,050, observer rate. This fee covers their food, beverages and lodging in camp.

ADD ON EXCURSIONS

Many of our clients choose to add days onto their trip to explore some of the other things the area has to offer. There are a variety of excursions available - they differ from camp to camp. Kruger National Park offers a unique chance to visit the largest national game reserve in the world. Please contact your Safari Concierge for questions about excursions available.

Commonly Asked Questions

WHY DO WE HAVE A DEPOSIT?

The question that we get the most from our clients who have won one of our hunts is, "I have already paid for my hunt, why do we need to put a deposit down? 

The answer is simple, the proceeds that you pay for your hunt go to the Friends of the NRA and cover your lodging and accommodations. We are a small family owned and operated, safari company. The refundable deposits that we collect are a small insurance policy that prevents us from losing hunting days due to last minute cancellations and apply to any trophy animals that you elect to hunt.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DEPOSIT IF I CANCEL MY HUNT WITHIN 60 DAYS OF MY ARRIVAL?

Depending on the circumstances, Bayete will work with you to find an agreeable solution. Deposit refunds are at our discretion within that 60 day period.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DEPOSIT IF I CANCEL MY HUNT WITHIN 90 DAYS OF MY ARRIVAL?

Depending on the circumstances, Bayete will work with you to find an agreeable solution. Deposit refunds are at our discretion within that 90 day period.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO HUNT IN SOUTH AFRICA?

The Hunting is Fantastic all year round! The question then becomes, "What sort of weather would you like to hunt in?"

December - February

December to February is the peak of the South African summer. It is hot - upwards of 90°F during the middle of the day and can be humid. The trees are in full bloom and animals are not concentrated around the water holes. Rainfall is heaviest at this time of the year.
 
March - Early April
South Africa's fall is from March to early April. The cover is thick and lush with temperatures ranging from 50°-80°F. Fall is a great time to come if you want to see the native plants in bloom and some action-paced close range stalking. The thick cover makes it more difficult to see and find the game, but it also allows you to get in close.
 
Mid-April to September
Mid-April to September is South Africa's winter. The vegetation is sparse, and the temperatures range from 30-75°F. It is cold and frosty in the morning and warms up towards midday. You will come to relish the fire pit in camp as you sip on a drink. Another perk is that there is very little hunting available in the United States at the time. The South African winter is a great time to relieve that hunting itch during the US mid-summer lull. This is an excellent time for archery blind hunting.

October-November
October to November is South Africa's spring and the beginning of the rainy season - you will get the benefit of hunting in the colder weather. Temperatures range from 40-80°F. The hunting is good, and you will see some of the newborn animals as the herd animals start to group up and rear their young - a delightful sight if this is your first trip.
SOUTHERN AFRICA POISONOUS SNAKES ETC.

South Africa has some poisonous snakes. We see snakes very infrequently in and around our camps, but it advisable to be cautious as this is the African bush.

Firearms

RIFLES AND IMPORTATION

Bayete has camp rifles, bows and crossbows available for use on your trip if you choose not to bring your own. These are available at no cost to you, all you need to pay for is ammunition.

CALIBER SELECTION

Many people who hunt in Africa think you need a big gun; this is not true. The reality for plains game is that anything that you use for whitetail is suitable in Africa. However, we do strongly recommend that you only use quality bullets. Your concierge can provide recommendations and resources upon request.

Small Game and Cats:

.22 - .243 calibers are acceptable. You can also use solids from the larger rifles so as not to damage their pelts.

Small-Medium antelopes: 50-150lbs:

.243's caliber rifles are suitable. Please note if you are planning on bringing a 6.5 Creedmoor/Weatherby/Nosler etc. to camp you can use it on all antelope species, but the shot placement is critical. If you can't keep five shots in a 3 in plate at 100 yards off of shooting sticks, please consider using a higher caliber, especially when it comes to Zebra or Wildebeest.

Medium to Large Antelope: 150lbs+

Any of the popular deep and elk rifles will work for these antelope specials. .270 Win, 7mm mags, .308 win, .30-06, and any of the .30 caliber or .338 caliber Magnums will work. The most important thing is going to be your shot placement. Bullet construction, bullet weight and kinetic energy don't do any good if you put a shot through a non-vital area. Don't bring an unnecessarily large Magnum rifle if you are not comfortable shooting it.

Dangerous Game:

.375+ caliber. For dangerous game, the legal minimum in South Africa is a .375 H&H; however, you can shoot anything larger all the way up to a .700 Nitro Express. We suggest you bring the largest caliber that you feel comfortable shooting. A well placed .375 round will be much more effective than a poorly placed .500 round.

BRINGING YOUR RIFLES

You may bring your own rifles and ammunition. They need to be a break action, bolt action, pump action or lever action rifle. You are not allowed to bring semi-automatic rifles into the country. 

There is a little bit of paperwork involved, but we will walk you through every step of the process. You are only allowed to bring two firearms per person into the country. Keep your ammunition in the original containers (If you reload just put them into an original box), and that box will need to be in a hard locking case that is separate from your firearm.

You are not allowed to bring ammo into South Africa if the gun accompanying you is not of the same caliber. Please make sure that your ammunition and caliber of rifle are a match. You are allowed 11 lbs of ammunition including the weight of the lockable ammunition container per person.

Please note that the fee for importing a single firearm is $175.

AT WHAT DISTANCE SHOULD MY GUN BE ZEROED?

Bayete recommends zeroing your rifle at 200 yards for plains game. Most calibers will only be an inch or two high at 100 yards. For dangerous game, it will depend on what you hunt and what caliber rifle you intend to shoot. .375's and .416's can be zeroed at 200 yards. Anything higher than a .416 caliber should probably be zeroed at 100 yards.

WHAT KIND OF OPTICS DO YOU NEED FOR A SAFARI?

You need to have a good pair of binoculars with you. 8x42 or 10x42's work best. For rifle scopes, anything that you would use to hunt deer with will work in Africa. 1-6x, 2-10x, 3-9x, 4-12x are all ideal.

You do want to stay away from scopes where the lowest magnification is 6 or above.

You will also want to bring a range finder if you have one but your PH will be able to assist if you don't have one.

Bring a good camera. Your PH will have one, but most people prefer to take pictures themselves.

CHECKING YOUR FIREARM

At the check-in counter at your point of departure, insist that the agent check your firearm through to your destination airport. Your bag tag issued by the airline should read, for example, Indianapolis - Johannesburg, Physically check the baggage tag issued to ensure that it has been correctly printed and attached. Inquire if a colorful 'in transit tag' is necessary when traveling through another country.

CAN YOU BRING MUZZLE LOADERS?

You may bring Muzzle-loaders to South Africa as well as balls/bullets/sabot's, but, you are not allowed to bring black powder or black powder substitutes on the plane with you - we will need to pick that up in country. If you plan on bringing a muzzle-loader please coordinate with us to figure out what kind of powder is available. We need to do this to ensure you zero your gun in the US with the same powder that you will be using on your safari.

CAN YOU BRING A PISTOL?

yes, you may, but we don't recommend it. Pistols require a significant amount of paperwork, and there are additional fees to import them into the country. Pistols have to be single shot or a revolver with a barrel that is at least 4 inches long and have to be in a hunting caliber. You cannot bring a pistol into South Africa for self-defense.

CAN YOU BRING YOUR CROSSBOW?

Absolutely. We have a practice range to make sure everything is still sighted-in. There are no importation fees for crossbows. You will need to declare them, but, they are treated as a standard checked bag.

DO I NEED A SOFT CASE AS WELL AS A HARD CASE?

We suggest your bring both. Soft cases make transporting your firearm more comfortable and safe while carrying it to and from the hunting area. A soft case takes up much less room than a hard case; however, a hard case is essential during international air travel.

WHAT HUNTING STYLES ARE PRACTICED?

At Bayete, we practice all forms of hunting: spot and stalk, blind hunting, still hanging and hunting over water and bait stations. Your PH will assist in matching your animal wish list and preferred hunting style.

Africa is a unique place where you are often receiving years' worth of hunting experience in a single week. We ask that you keep an open mind to hunting style and allow your PH to decide which method is going to be the most productive. Shooting off of the safari truck is legal. If you have never tried truck hunting, it can be quite exciting.

WHAT SHOOTING POSITIONS WILL I ENCOUNTER?

Most of your shots are off shooting sticks, off your PH's shoulder or the safari vehicle.

Most of your shot opportunities will come and pass quickly. The ability to get a good shot off quickly will be an essential skill to master before your trip. If you are shooting with an optic, you will need to be able to swiftly find the game in your scope.

Please see our shooting tips section for some basic drills.

WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL FITNESS IS REQUIRED?

Safari hunting can be very physically demanding. If you have mobility issues or physical concerns, please don't worry. Bayete will cater for your hunt according to your needs.

We have worked with hunters with a wide range of disabilities. Our team will ensure you have a great hunting experience no matter the challenge.