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Welcome to your dream Safari!

Safari Planning



At Apex Gold we try and make everything as easy as possible for you to enjoy your trip with us, this
planning guide will help you to get this done and experience your dream safari. This will help you as
much out of your trip as you would expect and more

Apex Gold’s Professional Hunters (also called PH’s) are experienced, highly qualified and more than
competent with expert advice to offer during your safari with us like equipment limitations that have
been tested and proven in the field, as well as legislation introduced by the government ensuring the
ethics of the sport is upheld.

Apex Gold is proud that they have carefully selected exclusive areas to ensure maximum success and
quality of trophies on their hunts. We strive to keep our rifle hunting and bow hunting areas separate to maximize bow hunting success. This has also proved to be a great success when we have new hunters with close to zero experience, to be able to help them break the ice and enjoy it as
much as is expected

A combination of the above factors and the expertise of renowned Professional Hunters will ensure the hunter an unforgettable safari of a lifetime


Index


• Safari Planning
Costs
Travel
Fire Arms
Safari Gear
Personal Gear
Health Hints

Other information
• Rifle, Handgun & Black Powder Hunting
• Bow Hunting
• Game Identification and Shot Placement
• Some thoughts on African hunt expectations
• Getting your trophies home


Please feel free to ask us anything else you don’t have clarity on.


Cost: General;

Budget Planning - General Costs of a Safari

Hunting: Day Fees and Trophy costs, tips, additional hunting permits.

Non-Hunting: Side trips, curios & gifts.

Travel: Air travel to and from South Africa.

Taxidermy and Shipping: Dip and Pack of trophies/Taxidermy work done in SA or US, Shipping of trophies to your destination, clearance fees in US, Delivery Fees in US.


As you plan your safari, keep in mind that with Apex Gold, your cost of your safari is spread out over
time, sometimes several years. For example, when you book your safari, you pay a deposit to hold
your dates. You pay nothing else to Apex Gold until the last day of your safari when you settle and
pay your bill.
In the meantime, you book your airfare and pay for it. Then, after you hunt, your hunting invoice.
When your trophies are done and have gone through the process (Dip & Pack or Taxidermy) then
you pay your dip & pack or taxidermy Invoice (turnaround time 6 months for dip & pack and 12-15
months for taxidermy after your safari ended).
After that your trophies are moved to the Shipping Company and you will receive an invoice from
them to pay.
So you will agree that hunting in the hunting paradise of the world is much more affordable than you
thought


Cost: Hunting
You can choose between the following:
Hunting Packages: Special packages are a great way to get started, we have years of experience of
what the average hunter enjoys and that is what we tend to put in special packages. So you will have
the choice of different packages and a choice of animals to hunt, (some animals can be substituted
by prior arrangement), as well as all permit fees and taxes. There are a variety of packages that fit all
needs. If you would like to hunt additional animals, you can just add the trophy fee to your hunting
package from the price list.

Animals from price list:
This is usually for returning safaris. You already shot most of the animals on the packages and would
like to shoot specific animals when you return. Here you need to decide how long you would like to
hunt and then decide on your animals you would like to hunt.
For example: Choose the number of days of your trip @ daily rate plus the different animals you
want to hunt from the price list. Depending on what you choose to hunt, you may have to travel to
different areas, which takes extra time. Keep this in mind during your planning. There is Value added
tax to be paid on day fees.
Big Game: Big game packages usually include the trophy fee and a minimum amount of hunting
days. Adding additional animals needs to be discussed with us during your planning. You may need
to add extra days to your hunt to harvest extra animals.
For example: Buffalo hunting requires a minimum of 6days hunting. If you finish early you might
have time to take more animals, but to be guaranteed time to hunt other animals, you should add
extra days to your safari.


Cost: Non –Hunting Activities
Why not plan excursions for the non-hunters in your group or for yourself after or during the hunt?
Sightseeing
You may want to add on days to travel to other areas of South Africa, such as Kruger National Park,
Cape Town. This can easily be arranged and should be discussed when planning and booking your
safari. There are multiple options to consider and should you wish to do something like this, we can
give you more information
Shopping
You will have an opportunity to go curio shopping, probably on the way to the airport at the end of
your safari. If you have specific interests, please discuss these when planning your hunt.


Other costs - Tips
This is asked by every client, so this is explained as well as we could

Tipping Guide;
What is tipping for?
Tipping is a good thing; it is a straight forward way to encourage great service. It’s an important part
allowing workers to make the connection between their effort and their compensation.
Tipping is customary but it's also discretionary
In the hunting industry a tip is customary and should always be figured into your budget during the
planning stages of your hunt. That being said, a tip is also always a reflection of the level and quality
of service that you have received during the entirety of your hunt and should not be considered
mandatory. It should however be a VERY rare occasion and a completely bungled hunt, due to
human error, not nature or weather, when skimping on a tip should be considered acceptable. You
should absolutely inform the owner or person in charge if you are dissatisfied to the extent that you
do not feel that a tip is deserved by anyone involved in your hunting safari.
Why is tipping so important?
The reason is simple, P.H.'s, trackers and camp staff derive much of their income from the tips they
receive which creates the incentive for them to perform at their highest level for each and every
client. After all we must remember that hunting is a service industry and when you go to bed late at
night there is still work to be done and again there is work to be done before you arrive in the
morning. The custom of tipping has evolved over a long period of time and is responsible for creating
an environment of ever evolving higher standards and better quality of service, leaving behind those
who are less than hard working. I would like to point out however that if your P.H. is also the owner
of the hunting outfit, you still need to give him a tip as you would with any other P.H., based upon
your overall satisfaction no more, no less.
When to tip
Most people give their tip at the end of the hunt, which makes sense because it should be based
upon overall satisfaction. There are some hunters who swear they get better service by offering a
portion of the tip at the beginning of the hunt to the trackers and skinner, as an incentive. They
explain to the hunting team that they will be well compensated at the end of the hunt in addition to
what they have already received if they work hard and do their very best. Even if they spend no
more than they had planned to originally, they believe this method to be an effective stimulus that
makes the team want to work harder. This may be of particular importance with the skinner who
often gets little attention, even though the fate of your trophies rests in their hands. My thought is
that this theory is hard to prove as you will never know how hard the hunting team would have
worked for you otherwise but perhaps that is not a concern if you spent no more on your tip by
doing it this way. But there are definitely risks, such as a member of your hunting team, with cash in
hand, may decide to take an impromptu vacation which has been known to happen.

This tip has nothing to do with tipping;
Here is my tip to you which has nothing to do with tipping! Your behaviour has more to do with the
outcome of your hunt than your tip. You should know that the outcome of your hunt is highly
dependent upon the performance of your entire hunting team and that the effort they put forth
from one hunt to another can be drastically different depending on how they "feel" about the
hunter as a person. It's not always about money, just being nice goes a long way too. How important
it is that the P.H. and hunting team perceive you positively, for whatever reason, is not something
that you will ever hear discussed, but it is really a factor that can play a huge role in how hard the
hunting team works for you and how successful your hunt is.
From the moment you arrive it is important to go out of your way to have warm and friendly
interactions with the staff... and I mean all of them. Remember they work together, live together
and are often related to each other, if you are disrespectful to one person they will all know about it
in short order. Not to say that you shouldn't complain if there is something that youre unhappy
about, but I suggest you take it to the P.H. or lodge manager and let them deal with it.
Preferred form of payment for tipping
A tip should be given in cash or by card with your bill and get cash back from the “office”. $ or € is
the most common currencies we work with.
When it is okay to give an item as your tip instead of cash?
It is always very generous for hunters to bring extras (such as clothes, knives, cigarettes, candy,
even perfume or chocolates for the lady of the house), however these items should not be
considered a tip even though it is deeply appreciated by the ones receiving it.
How to make sure your tip gets where you intend it to?
The best way that we have been able to make it work in Apex Gold is if it’s given to the person in
charge, this will then be divided between the staff as is arranged in the company between staff and
owner to make sure the ones working the hardest get their fair share. Should you wish to leave a
specific amount to any one person, you are welcome to do so. Having a system in place helps us to
keep everyone happy and dedicated
Factors to consider when tipping
- Satisfaction with hunting safari
- Success of hunting safari
- Country where hunt takes place
- Price of hunt
- Number of days of hunt
- Type of hunting safari (plains game, dangerous game or combination of both)

- Number of hunters with PH (1x1, 2x1, etc.)
- Number of non-hunting observers
You may not have as much contact with the lodge/camp personnel as you do with your hunting
team but they are still an important component of your whole hunting safari experience. These
people should also be taken into consideration when tipping as they care for your day to day needs
behind the scenes. The hunting and camp staff are a complete team, each doing their part to make
you hunt great and stay enjoyable, however some hunters may be inclined only to tip those who
they have had the most contact with (i.e.. PH, trackers, driver) but it is really a team effort in every
way.
Typical personnel to tip
- Professional Hunter
- Tracker(s)
- Driver
- Skinner
- Cook
- Maids
- Tour guide

Always remember that any suggestion is merely a point of reference and not what you should tip,
ultimately the decision is yours.

What tipping guidelines are normal and why
Most guidelines concerning tipping have arisen out of necessity and are in place to help the hunting
outfitter avoid known problems. These problems can range from workers accumulating too much
cash through a long hunting season in the bush and the risks associated with having that cash lost or
stolen from them. Some workers, with cash in hand, have been known to disappear half way
through the hunting season on an unplanned vacation for a few weeks, not so good for the next
guy who comes to hunt. Another issue is that alcohol problems are rampant in Africans and it is not
uncommon for a worker to binge drink given a pocket full of cash.

How much to tip on a plains game hunt
There is a lot of advice and theories out there regarding how much to tip, which often creates more
confusion than actually helping you get a better grasp on a fuzzy subject. This method really works
for all hunting safaris from a bargain plains game hunting package all the way up to a big five hunting
safari.

Tips for the Professional Hunter are based on the total cost of the hunt, daily rate and trophy fees
combined, excluding tax. Using that figure, multiplying it by:
For professional hunter:
5% for an average tip
6% for a better than average tip
7% for a very good tip
8% plus for a very generous tip
I believe that this method works well because it figures in the cost level of the hunt, the number of
species you take and allows for you to express your appreciation by giving you the ability to choose
the percentage based upon your overall satisfaction.

As for the rest of the hunting team and lodge/camp staff I break it down as follows:
For a typical hunting safari:
Tracker: from $5 (average) to $10 (generous) per person/day
Skinner: from $5 (average) to $10 (generous) per person/day
Lodge/camp staff: $3 (average) to $5 (generous) per person/day
Tour guide: $30 (average) per day $60 (generous) per day. Remember whilst on tour he/she is taking
care of all your needs alone.

Typical personnel for a basic hunting safari:
Hunting team will usually consist of one to two trackers, one driver who may also double as a
tracker, one skinner.
Lodge staff will usually consist of one cook, one server, one to two maids, one laundress. The more
high end the lodge the more personnel you can expect.

For a big hunting safari:
Tracker: from $8 (average) to $13 (generous) per person/day
Skinner: from $5 (average) to $10 (generous) per person/day
Lodge/camp staff: $3 (average) to $7 (generous) per person/day
Tour guide: $30 (average) per day $60 (generous) per day. Remember whilst on tour he/she is taking
care of all your needs alone.

Typical personnel for a big five or concession camp hunting safari:
Hunting team will usually consist of two trackers, one driver who may also work as a third tracker,
one porter who may also work as a third tracker, one skinner.
Camp staff will usually consist of one to two cooks, two servers, two maids, two laundress. The more
high end the lodge the more personnel you can expect.

Travel

VISAS US citizens do not need a VISA for SA. Your Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended
stay, and contain two blank visa pages. Visas to Vic Falls can be obtained at the border post upon
entry. Check details if you are traveling to other countries.
There are 54 international airlines serving South Africa. Many of these provide service to and from
North America and South Africa.
Those that have direct flights from the US to South Africa are the best to use if you are bringing
firearms. They include Delta (from Atlanta) and South African Airways (from Washington Dulles and
New York). They may run on a code share basis with other airlines. We do NOT recommend
transporting firearms through any other country on your way to South Africa.
South Africa is also considered the gateway to Africa, with flights between here and ports of call
throughout the rest of the continent on a daily basis, with several African airlines, including South
African Airways.
Check directly with the airlines of your choice or a travel website to determine your best way to
travel and the best price.
Prices of airline tickets vary depending on the season you are traveling.
NOTE: Customs allowances can change at any time, so check with customs or your airlines for
current information.

Fire Arms and Bows

Rifle and ammunition:
• A .30 caliber is a good all-rounder for plains game but for women and children you can bring lighter
caliber's and the minimum for hunting the big 5 is a .375 and bigger
• Bring enough ammunition with; especially if you have a caliber for which ammo isn’t readily
available. Bring at least 5 rounds per animal that you intend to hunt + 1 box extra, your rifle might
need to be sighted in.
• Due to the toughness of African animals only the best premium bullets must be used such as
Barnes TSX, this is a bullet used widely

Bow and Cross bow:
• Depending on the size of the animal but 50 - 70 pond bows will normally be adequate with enough
heavy arrows with at least 100grain or heavier broad heads with 2 to 4 fixed blades. Remember your
release, a spare string & release and judo heads or similar for bird hunting.
• According to Nature Conservation the following is recommended kinetic energy:
- Impala 45 ft / lb energy
- Kudu 60 ft / lb energy
- Blue wildebeest 70 ft /lb energy.
(If you are close to this you will be fine)
• The formula to calculate Kinetic energy is: ft / lb energy =
(Arrow speed)² X Total arrow weight / 450240 .
• Crossbows are allowed and very popular we have some to rent as well.
• No permits required to travel with bow or cross bow.

Fire Arms
Importation of Firearms
- Temporary Firearm Import Application – SAP 520 is REQUIRED
You have 2 options:
• One: Do all the paperwork yourself, and hand it in upon arrival
• Two: Strongly Recommended: Have us assist you in getting a pre-approved import permit
at a minimal fee.
Privileges of doing so:
1. No long lines at the airport which could be up to 3 hours.
2. You know beforehand that your importation permit is issued.
3. If your Rifle does not arrive on the same flight with you; you do not need to drive back from the
hunting area and loose a day or 2 of hunting to sign for it upon its arrival. It will be delivered free of
charge to you where ever you are within SA

Allowances and Specifications
• Maximum of 4 firearms, but no more than one firearm per caliber and no more than 200 rounds of
ammunition per caliber will be allowed into the country per client. The only exception to this is for
shotguns, where more than one shotgun of the same caliber may be allowed for bird hunting
purposes if the client produces on arrival at the South African Police Gun Office an acceptable
written motivation as to why he/she requires more than one shotgun of the same caliber.
• Permits will only be issued for ammunition which is accompanied by a firearm of the same caliber.
• Check with your airline carrier as to how ammunition should be packed. Ammunition must be in a
hard box (preferably that can be locked). Declare it when you check in for your departure.
• Temporary Import Permits will not be issued for anyone under the age of 21.
• Firearms that may NOT be imported are: (Section 32 of the Arms and
Ammunition Act, 1969) (Act NO. 75 of 1969)
Automatic Rifles
Semi-automatic rifles
Automatic or Semi-automatic Shotguns

Handguns for self-defense
Weapons that fall under military categories
• Strict controls on automatic and semi-automatic firearms are enforced. This will affect clients
wanting to bring in semi-automatic shotguns on temporary import permits. The latest requirement
which is in effect that no temporary import permit will be issued for a semi-automatic shotgun
unless an application is made in 30days in advance together with a motivational letter as to why the
shotgun is needed. The application must be made through the Central Firearms Registry.
• Handguns will only be allowed for hunting purposes and must be accompanied by a letter from an
association/club in the country of origin, stating that the handgun will be used for hunting purposes
as well as from us, your outfitter.

What to do at Johannesburg International Airport:
• Clear passport control in the arriving terminal.
• Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel.
• If you have a bow case, it may it may be at oversized luggage or with the firearms.
• Ask an airline representative where to find firearms they will direct you to a small office where you
will identify your rifle case and sign for it, if required. You will not receive it yet, unless it is a bow
case.
• Proceed to the arriving terminal from where you go to the South African Police Firearms Office
(SAP), where one of Apex Gold’s representatives will meet you. For passengers arriving in Terminal
A1 or A2 turn right upon entering the arrival hall and keep on walking, look out for the SAP office.
• Here you will receive your Importation Permit. If you applied for a Pre-approved Permit, a
representative will meet you with all your documentation that you need to clear your rifle.
• Your firearm(s) and ammo will be checked against your temporary import permit after which you
will be free to leave.

Safari Gear

Laundry is done on a daily basis, so there is no need to over pack clothes.
The following is just an indication and not a complete list:
• Warm jacket
• 3 sets of hunting clothes, zip off pants in case it’s hot. Bring COMFORTABLE clothes that you can
layer since it can be cold in the mornings and evenings while quite warm during the day.

• Quality socks that have been worn with your boots.
• Boots that have been broken in and are comfortable. Boots must have quiet flexible soles.
• Gaiters to keep grass and seeds out of shoes when wearing shorts (optional also available at Apex
Gold’s Curio Shop arrange with us beforehand please)
• Long underwear (or silks) if you are coming in mid-winter.
• Relaxing clothes and shoes for the evening. Casual clothes for possible sightseeing.
• Swimsuit – for certain times of the year.
• Something to read or to do during the day or when sitting in a blind.

Hunting Colors Muted colors like khaki, olive, green and brown work great, as well as camouflage
in the same tones. No light khaki or beige for the bush. No ‘hunter orange’ or luminous warning
badges or stripes are required.
Natural Fiber vs. synthetic Safari clothes made of natural fibers like cotton are far more comfortable
and quiet when you are walking. There is the trend now to wear synthetic clothing. Synthetic
clothing does not hold up in the thorny bush and can be noisy to walk in. In addition, your clothing
may return from the laundry with a melted hole in them if you had not warned the ironing person.
Wear and Tear on clothing Don’t bring clothing that is too good to get torn by thorns, get
permanently stained with mud, blood and other natural bush ‘ stains’ or undergoes subtle and not
so subtle colour changes due to the sun.
Permethrin If you are susceptible to insect bites, consider treating your clothes with Permethrin to
reduce insect bites. You can do this yourself with the many Permethrin products available or buy
ready-impregnated clothes from manufacturers like ‘Buzz Off’.

NOTE: Winter months have hardly any insects.

Personal Gear

Suggested items to bring:
- Personal medicine - Bring extra prescription medicine that may be needed. Be sure to place it in
your carry on.
- Extra glasses. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, be sure to bring an extra pair.
- Toiletries
- Sunglasses
- Sunscreen
- Camera with extra memory sticks and extra batteries
- Binoculars
- Range finder (Not a necessity)
- Flashlight
- Insect Repellent
- Other hunting accessories you feel you will need
- Hair dryers are supplied in rooms as well as soap, shampoo and lotion. Towels are supplied and
washed daily.

Health Hints
Get fit! Get your body in condition for the rigors of an African buffalo and elephant hunt.
Pay attention to small details like getting the correctly fitting socks and boots.
Vaccinations or inoculations No special vaccinations are required coming into South Africa. Check
with your physician, they may suggest a tetanus shot. However, if you plan to travel to other
African countries check requirements before leaving home.

-Malaria
Apex Gold’s main hunting areas are in a Malaria Free zone. However, if you expect to travel in a
malaria prevalent area, such as Kruger and Vic Falls precautions are advised. Malarone is a good
choice but consult with your physician.

-Drinking Water
Tap water is safe at the lodge and we use in daily, but Apex Gold always offers bottled water to
clients.

Very important
***Illness or Injury Check with your health insurance before you travel. You will be hunting in
remote areas. We will strongly recommend you subscribing to Global Rescue. They will evacuate you
from where you are and take you to the nearest medical facility to stabilize before taking you back
to the states. Some of these areas we hunt can take 2 hours just to get to a tar road (black top road).
For more info on this plan visit www.globalrescue.com.***

-Other information
Electricity
The current is 220/240 volts. Check if your appliances are compliant with 220V, most are except
those with heating elements such as curling irons. An adapter plug will be provided to fit US plugs.
-Currency
The South African currency is the Rand. It is divided into cents. It is advisable not to carry too large
amounts of cash. Unless you are travelling on your own, you will only need Rand for curios or gifts.
You can exchange your Euros for SA Rand at the airport in South Africa or at the lodge. Major credit
cards are accepted at most larger shops or establishments. ATMs (Automatic Teller machines) are
virtually everywhere for credit card use. Remember that the South African Rand is a fairly volatile
currency and the exchange rate tends to change on a daily basis.
Apex Gold Wildlife Safaris does not accept personal checks from clients from the USA but it has to be
signed and give to the office before leaving the camp, we also accept cash, bank wires and credit
cards as payment (4% transaction fee added). Please confirm type of payment prior to trip and
confirm with your bank that your credit cards are approved for international transaction for the
period you plan to be here, don’t just take this for granted.

-Safety
Crime and security in South Africa are much debated both locally and by the international media.
Apex Gold will not take you to any hot spots and out in the bush there is virtually no crime at all.

-Insurance
Travel insurance is always a good idea, for yourself and your belongings, as well as for delays and
cancellations and other unexpected situations. Medical insurance is also a good idea, particularly if
you are going to be in remote bush areas.

-Communicating with family and friends across the world
Cellular telephones may be rented/purchased at major airports and at other outlets. We do
recommend you rather take out an international calling plan on your phone to use when you are in
South Africa. South Africa’s international code is 01127 and for mobile phones just +27.
Apex Gold’s lodges do have Wi-Fi and you will be able to communicate without problems in camp. If
you are travelling in Kruger you might have limited internet. Please contact Apex Gold if you have
any other questions regarding this.

-Climate
Africa has a wide range of climate zones, although generally it may be considered to have a
moderate climate. Chilly mornings, warm/sunny days and cool evenings are normal with a possibility
of rain but very unlikely. Hunting is mostly done during the winter months from April to
October, you´ll be dealing with temperatures between 6°C and 32°C. Temperatures after October
gets in to the mid 30’s and become nice warm winter days with some rain from time to time

-Food and Drink
Your safari is designed with you in mind! When signing up for the safari, you will be asked to provide
your food and drink likes, dislikes, allergies, and special requests. Catering can be done for specific
dietary requirements.
The mornings are greeted with a traditional African brunch whilst the long, hot days are ended with
a delicious three course African feast. Evenings are spent around a large log fire, with the roar of the
wild in the distance many memories of a good day’s hunt are both shared and enjoyed by all.

-Rifle , Handgun or Black Powder
-Hunting
Assume you have skills in the fundamentals of shooting – distance, aiming, trigger squeeze, breath
control and follow through. So what is going to be different for a hunt in Africa?

-Your new rifle
Lots of hunters buy a new rifle for hunting in Africa, often a larger calibre rifle specifically for
dangerous game. For some hunting clients, the first time they shoot that rifle is at the sighting-in
range in the hunt area – in Africa. Time and opportunity are pressing factors for everyone, but a
hunter intent on having a successful African hunt must get really familiar with the rifle(s) he is going
to use. Try to go to a range to get a feel for your firearm. Get to know your rifle like a woman knows
her handbag. If it is a new high calibre rifle learn not to be afraid of it and the recoil.
-Shooting Positions
Include lots of different positions in your shooting practise, like sitting and kneeling, making use of
trees or sticks, anything else you can find for a rest – just get away from the bench. Practice shooting
offhand too, though this can sometimes be difficult to master. Most shots will be of tri-pod hunting
sticks.
-Practise at Home
If you don’t get the time or opportunity to go to the range then practise at home. Try dry firing
getting into various positions, using sticks, using the sling etc.

-Do your Homework
There is a lot to be said for getting your mind “in practice” for the hunt – start studying the animals
you want, visualising shot placement and believing you will be successful.

-Shooting Sticks
Shooting sticks are commonly used in Africa and you would not believe how these can baffle a
hunter who is not used to them. Sticks are mainly tripods but can also be a bipod on your hunt.

-Make Shooting Automatic
Practise shooting quickly. Try to train yourself to make quick and sure shooting decisions, judging
angles through sometimes thick cover.

-Hunting with a Professional Hunter(PH)
Most important.... Trust your PH! Hunting in Africa is different than going off on your own anywhere
else. Your PH will guide you in positioning and shot placement. Listen and learn, he normally does

this for 200+ days per year, so he knows what he is talking about. Second guessing him might cost
you priceless opportunities.

-Bow Hunting
The best months to bow hunt are the dry winter months July to Oct. They are usually conducted in
three ways:
-Blinds
Most hunting will be conducted from permanently constructed blinds. These are situated
approximately 20 yards from waterholes and salt licks. Some blinds are elevated from the ground,
and others are ground blinds, depending on the terrain, sun and wind direction. These blinds are
spacious and have roofs overhead. Shooting ports are adjustable to suit both standing and sitting
archers.

-Stalking
This method is used for the “more difficult” species or those that do not frequent waterholes. Some
concessions offer the ideal terrain for this method. In April, May and June, thick vegetation makes it
possible to get within bow range. You have to be an exceptional ”stalker” to be successful.

-Opportunity
This includes a variety of hunting methods. The most used is locating animals while cruising in a 4x4
vehicle. A large area can be covered using this method without losing valuable time walking through
dead terrain. Once game has been sighted the stalk is planned and the vehicle drives off leaving the
hunter and his PH in a suitable position. A PH can also select an active game trail used by a specific
trophy and erect a tree stand or temporary blind.

-Game Identification and Shot Placement
Shot placement is a key element in hunting African animals. It is different than most North American
animals and European animals. Study shot placement for the animals you want to hunt. If you miss
the vitals (heart/lung), you are standing the risk of losing your animal.

-African Hunt Expectations
As with any hunting experience, you need to have realistic expectations. Be sure you communicate
your expectations to us during the planning stage of your safari and to your PH. You will get out of
the experience what you put into it.

-Shot Opportunity
Apex Gold will provide an opportunity to shoot specified species for a client who is assumed to be a
reasonable shot and reasonably capable of getting themselves around. The hunter must be fully
prepared for the hunt (physically fit, proficient with your weapon, comfortable boots, etc.). If a
hunter does not meet these factors it is important to make this known beforehand so preparation
can be made for this as this is seen as a specialized hunt.
-Missing or Wounding an Animal
You pay for every animal dead or wounded, even though you might not recover it. Please keep this
in mind and discuss it with your PH before you keep shooting at animals.

-Viewing Game Animals
If you want to have a game viewing trip, we will help you plan a trip to one of the many game parks.
When hunting, remember you are hunting in the wilderness, and may not see animals around every
corner. Animals are free to move around in hunting concessions and may require you to work hard
for quality and success.

-Unforeseen Circumstances
Be Flexible. A hunter in Africa should understand from the outset that there are events that are
genuinely beyond an outfitter’s control. Apex Gold strives to provide you with the best experience
possible.
For example, if it rains during a bow hunt, animals will no longer need to come to a waterhole. It is
possible that your PH will move you to another location, or offer rifle hunting. But be sure that we
will do everything possible to ensure your success and satisfaction.

-What makes a Memorable Hunt?
It is more than shooting animals, it is the entire experience. It is the sights, sounds, and smells of the
African Bush, the camaraderie around the campfire, the hard hunts, and the successes. It is the little
things like seeing a dung beetle, watching a giraffe drink water, or watching a brilliant sunset.
You are creating memories of a life time. You are building friendships like never before and
friendships that will last a lifetime, that is even more important than the great trophies taken on the
hunt

Getting your Trophies home
Your trophies will be fully skinned and salted after every hunt. You need to decide if you would like
your trophies done in South Africa by a South African Taxidermist or if you would like them to be
shipped to the States and be done there. Who you would like to use is entirely your decision. We
work closely with the following companies:
Europrep- for all our exports of dip and pack. They will prepare your raw but dried trophies for
export and will send it to you within 6 months from your departure.

In the USA we don’t work with any one specific taxidermist, the States is simply too big a country

In Denmark we work with Wild Trophy
Your trophies will be dip and packed in SA and then send to the Europe for mounting.
Shipping Companies – We use different companies. They will ship out your trophies mainly by air or
sometimes by boat to a destination of your choice. Please let us know if you need more info
regarding this.

With the current conditions with less people flying, air freight has become more expensive. We are
able to legally put multiple people’s trophies together in one crate saving costs this way. It would in
general work out cheaper currently to dip and pack from South Africa than to mount here and then
export because of the weight difference.

-What to bring on your Safari:
Rifle and ammunition:
A .30 calibre is normally a good all-rounder for plains game and the minimum for hunting the big 5 is
a .375. Bring enough ammunition with; especially if you have a calibre for which ammo isn’t readily
available. Bring at least 5 rounds per animal that you intend to hunt + 1 box extra, your rifle might
need to be sighted in.

Bow and arrows:
Depending on the size of the animal but 50 - 70 pond bows will normally be adequate with enough
heavy arrows with at least 100grain or heavier broad heads with 2 to 4 fixed blades. Remember your
release, a spare string & release and judo heads or similar for bird hunting.
According to Nature Conservation the following is recommended kinetic energy if you are
close to this you will be fine: - Impala 45 ft / lb energy
- Kudu 60 ft / lb energy
- Blue wildebeest 70 ft /lb energy.
The formula to calculate Kinetic energy is:
(Arrow speed)² X Total arrow weight / 450240 = ft / lb energy.

-Clothing:
As comfortable as possible. For hunting hardwearing, light and soft non-reflective dun colors like a
dark khaki, light brown, grey and green. Camouflage clothing is always a winner and remember a
warm jacket for the early mornings and late afternoons. One pair of warm under wear will be handy
if we have really bad weather.
Probably the most important is comfortable, well-broken-in hunting shoes/boots for walk and stalk
and descent socks.
Remember a hat to keep the sun off your head and out of your face.
Casual clothes for sightseeing if hunting clothes will not do.
A daily laundry service is available so 3 to 4 sets of clothes will be sufficient.
Gators, to keep the thorns and grass seeds out of your socks.

-Personal items:
Sunscreen
Personal medicine
Toiletries
Sunglasses

General: -
- Camera with extra memory sticks and extra batteries.
- Binoculars
- Range finder (Not a necessity)

Documentation:- Passport
- Airplane ticket
- Necessary documentation for firearm/s import permit.
This is only an indication of what to bring along!

Please email copies of these documents to us at apexgoldwildlife@gmail.com so we have it on file if
something happens. The same with your travel insurance and medical insurance if you decide to
take global rescue plan. For more info on this plan visit www.globalrescue.com.

We have the following available to our guests:
- Towels
- Basic toiletries: Shampoo, Soap & Toothpaste
- Hairdryer
- Adapter plugs to 220V (Make sure your appliances are adaptable)
- Bug spray (If needed)

- Mosquito repellent (If needed)
- Well stocked first aid kit

Shot placement
Study these and even print some out and use for targets
Courtesy of huntingafrica.com

Buffalo
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-buffalo.215

Lion
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-lion.228/

Impala
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/bowhunting-impala.308/

Kudu
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-kudu.226/

Crocodile
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-crocodile.218/

Giraffe
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-giraffe.222/

Eland
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-eland.219/

Zebra
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-zebra.239/

Ostrich
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-ostrich.231/

Leopard
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-leopard.227/

Multiple
file:///C:/Users/User1/Downloads/AH%20Shot%20Placement%20Guide.pdf

Hippo
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-hippopotamus.224/

Bluewildebeest
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-wildebeest.238/

Warthog
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-warthog.236/

Waterbuck
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-waterbuck.237/

Sable
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-sable-antelope.233/

Hyena
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-hyena.1082/

Elephant
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-elephant.220/

Redhartebeest
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/bowhunting-hartebeest.307/

Rhino
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-rhinoceros.232/

Nyala
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/bowhunting-nyala.1083/

Lion
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/bowhunting-lion.323/

Springbuck
https://www.africahunting.com/threads/hunting-springbok.234/

I hope that this information can help you to plan your trip a bit more in detail