Stanley Peterise Safaris
Africa had always been such a distant dream, so distant in fact that I didn't actually know if that dream would ever become a reality. Life and work commitments that hinder “extended vacations”, not to mention the logistics involved with such a journey! When an African safari DOES become your reality, I’ll be the first to tell you that at first it is very hard to grasp or even believe your dreams are happening right before your eyes! Try not to let the planning and preparation part of the process cloud your excitement. In fact, many of your initial “woes” can be eliminated by choosing the right outfitter! After making the commitment to hunt “The Dark Continent”, pay attention to the following items to make your life little less hectic before stepping off the plane and into your dreams to hunt in a strange land.
Choosing an Outfitter
Without a doubt, the most important aspect of successfully living out your dream, the way you envisioned it, is choosing the right outfitter! Due diligence is key here! Don’t be afraid to ask potential outfitters for references, and follow up by actually calling them! Past clients are essentially your eyes into the future. Take what they say and use your newfound information to help narrow down the potential list of candidate outfitters.
As with any profession, there are outfitters that care only about the money. These guys will sell you the moon before your trip and deliver sub-par animals on a relatively small ranch upon arrival. The food will suck and the customer service will leave you dreaming of a return trip back to the states! Operations like the aforementioned give African outfitters a bad name and give potential hunters apprehension in regards to actually booking a hunt! The potentiality of a horrible hunt can be nearly eliminated by simply doing your research before committing to an outfitter.
Passport and Vaccinations
This should go without saying, but make sure you have your passport, and that it does not expire within 6 month of your trip. There are also certain diseases that you will need to be immunized for before taking the plunge into a malaria infested jungle!
Will this be an archery hunt or will you be bringing a rifle? Needless to say the “red tape” involved with getting firearms on a plane, through customs, and into the field are far greater than if you choose to hunt with a bow. If electing to take only your bow, the restrictions are almost non-existent. On the other hand, if taking firearms ensure your serial numbers are confirmed with a customs agent BEFORE your trip. Also, each airline had different guidelines about the transport of your firearm, please contact them directly to ensure you are following all of the rules. The process really isn’t that difficult as long as you fill out the required forms and give yourself ample time before the flight to get signed off on your cargo.
When you book your flights, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Delta has a direct flight everyday from Atlanta to Johannesburg, and consequently this was one of the better priced flights we could find. Also, if traveling with rifles, you may want to avoid flights that travel through Europe. We personally did not have any issue, but we have certainly heard some horror stories!