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Important

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF BOOKING / PRE-TRIP INFORMATION

Below you will find all the information you need when booking your African Adventure with Umdende Hunting Safaris.

1) Trophy Hunting, Bushpigs and Dangerous Game Hunting with Umdende Hunting Safaris

Umdende Hunting Safaris operates primarily out of KwaZulu-Natal being home of the sought after Trophy Nyala, Kudu, Reedbuck and shy Red Duiker. Waiting in anticipation of a Bushpig, following the hounds for Serval and Caracal- these are opportunities that even the most experienced hunter will enjoy. Or why not experience the ultimate Dangerous Game Safari…. the adrenalin-rush of close encounters where safety is of utmost importance.

We recommended 7-14 days for Plains Game hunting and 10-21 days for Dangerous Game hunting. Bookings in advance and prior notification of the species required is essential to prepare the Safari to your specifications. Umdende Hunting Safaris has several different hunting areas and lodges based mainly in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, as well as other areas in South Africa. Your location depends on which species you are hunting and your level of preferred luxury. We cater to your dream species and take you to your Trophy! Visit www.umdende.com for details and photos.

Wild Bird Hunting / Wing Shooting

Wild Bird-Hunting with Clayton Comins is rated as having the best diversity in the world. The high volume shooting offers over 10 species of wild birds with exceptional waterfowl. Bird hunting between 31 May and 31 August is normally 4-6 days encountering 4 species of Ducks, 2 species of Geese, 2 species of Doves, Rock Pigeons, driven Guinea fowl and Francolin. A typical Bird Hunting Safari consists of 2 days shooting, 1 rest day (clients can relax at the lodge or book from a variety of tours) followed by another 2 days of shooting. With more than 30 years of experience in the bird hunting field, one will experience a bird shoot like never before!

High volume decoyed Duck shooting is done in dry blinds near water (no waders). Experience flight after flight of Yellow-billed Ducks and Red-Billed Teal coming in to roosting ponds in the early afternoon. Expect 10-20 per gun per shoot.

Goose shooting is done in screen blinds on reaped corn fields with more than 100 decoys. The Spurwing Goose is one of the biggest in the world weighing close to 20 pounds. The hard beating sound from the wings of these huge geese is deafening when 100 or more put their landing gear out to land amongst the decoys. Expect 10 per gun per shoot.

Hot-barreled Dove shooting is done in sunflower or sorghum fields or on a tree line or in a draw. The African Turtle Dove has been written up as being “…the most challenging Game Bird in the World…” It will test the most accomplished wing shooter and leave many humbled by their all-angled approach and sudden direction change. From March to end May we offer several affordable high volume Dove Packages in the Free State, near Johannesburg. Expect to shoot 500 to 1500 shells per day. March to end of May being the best time.

Rock Pigeons are decoyed into the open corn field. It is not unusual to have 20 to 30 pigeons fluttering over your decoys as you take a left and a right on these beautiful terracotta and white-speckled birds. 200 – 500 shells per gun per shoot can be expected.

Guinea Fowl and Francolin are driven over hunters with more than 20 chanting Zulu’s in a similar way to the bull horn formation tactic invented and used in battle by the infamous Shaka Zulu himself. Experience a victory dance by the Zulu beaters after your successful hunt. 10-50 birds in a morning.

Kwa-Zulu Natal does not impose bird limits, numbers taken are at the Outfitters discretion.

Bird Hunting Lodges in Zululand and the Freestate can be seen on www.umdende.com

Fishing, Tours and Photographic Safaris

Combine your Hunting Safari with Fresh or Saltwater Fishing and Tours between hunting days or after your Safari. South Africa boasts the best Game viewing and Photographic opportunities in the world! A photographer’s paradise and a lifetime of memories to capture and share with your family.

2) Bookings

Bookings can be made directly or through our booking agents. Umdende Hunting Safaris requires a 50% deposit of the total daily rate to confirm your booking and an elicited deposit on Dangerous Game. The balance of your safari is payable 45 days prior to arrival and any extras incurred prior to departure. All Rates and Packages are available on email.

Umdende Hunting Safaris accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Direct wire deposits
  • Cash in U.S. Dollars $, Euros €, Pounds £ and Canadian Dollars CND$
  • Credit card (VISA, MasterCard- 4%, AMEX- 5% service charge is applicable)
  • USD Cheques (4% service charge)
  • PayPal (to be set up before arrival)
  • Safari Forex

3) Safari Contract Agreement, Deed Of Indemnity And Client Information Form

Safari Contract Agreement is drawn up between Umdende Lifestyle Safaris Pty Ltd T/A Umdende Hunting Safaris and the client, on conclusion of agreed Safari details, Terms and Conditions here-in listed, risks involved with Hunting and charges, and submitted prior to arrival. Deed of Indemnity is signed in original on arrival prior to the Safari proceeding. Completing your Client Information Form prior to arrival ensures that your individual safari requirements e.g. diet /lodging can be met where possible.

4) Arrival And Departure

Our main base in Vryheid KZN, is 4.5 hrs drive and a 1hr: 30 min plane charter from Johannesburg OR Tambo and 3 hrs drive and 45mins plane charter from Durban International Airport. We recommend morning arrivals in JHB, so we have most of the day to reach our base. You will be advised of your travel time should hunting be away from our main base. If late arrival in Johannesburg or Durban, we recommend spending the night in to avoid night time travel, unless prior arranged with the Outfitter. There is good, safe accommodation available at or near the airport www.africasky.co.za. Please note that 3-4 hours are required for booking in prior to international flights leaving South Africa.

5) Road / Private Air Transfers

OR Tambo Johannesburg International airport – road transfer 4.5 hrs and private air charter 1h.30min. King Shaka Durban International airport – road transfer 3hrs and private air charter 45mins to Umdende Hunting Safaris main base in KZN. Our Office will advise transfer times should you hunt other areas. We suggest 3 passengers maximum per 4×4 transfer vehicle. Driver accommodation surcharge applies for early morning pick-up or late evening drop-off. Air Charters are quoted on request.

6) Currency

South Africa’s official currency is the Rand (ZAR). Foreign currencies cannot always be exchanged in the smaller towns therefore we highly recommend exchanging a small amount of your currency into Rands (R) on arrival at the airport. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Diners are widely accepted in larger cities and certain towns. 15 % VAT current (South African TAX) is applicable on certain items purchased, daily rates, and non-exported trophies taken / wounded.

7) Electric Current

220 volts therefore a European adapter and standard converter for two-pronged USA type plugs is IMPORTANT to bring with. Most lodges have cell phone reception. Wi-Fi is limited to certain lodges.

8) Language

South Africa (S.A.) has 11 official languages. English is spoken at Umdende Hunting Safaris and throughout S.A.

9) Visas And Inoculations

Please confirm with your Country if a Visa is required to enter South Africa. Remember to get a multiple-entry Visa should you be entering South Africa en-route to South Africa’s bordering countries. No inoculations are required for South Africa,

10) Gratuities

All gratuities are not included in the prices quoted. A guideline at 10% of your total fee is suggested and highly appreciated.

11) Cancellations And Itinerary Changes (Based On Outfitters Decision Of Circumstance)

Deposits will be forfeited for cancellations made less than 6 months prior to your safari.

Deposits (less costs incurred) will be transferred for 1 year for safaris with Umdende Hunting Safaris, or forfeited for cancellations made more than 6 months prior to your safari. No refunds or transfers for any change in the agreed itinerary, Packages/Specials or circumstances beyond Umdende Hunting Safaris control.

12) Hunters Clothing And Packing Suggestions

  • Dark khaki or hunter’s green/camouflage coloured clothing is recommended for all hunters, including hat.
  • Two good pairs of hunting boots (preferably waterproof).
  • We suggest including a rain jacket and peel-off layers of clothing due to varying temperatures.
  • Temperatures range from 0º to 30º Celsius.
  • Protective eye and ear wear are recommended for shooting and a good sunscreen while in the fields.
  • Binoculars.
  • Soft gun bag.
  • Thin shooting gloves to protect hands while loading and firing.
  • A good shooting vest or belt-attachable shell bag – optional.
  • Gun cleaning equipment (barrel brush & lubricant) to clean guns daily. Available at UHS.
  • An alarm for early morning shoots and a small flashlight is suggested.
  • No waders or knee-boots are required for Bird Hunting.
  • Umdende Hunting Safaris has no dress code; casual, comfortable clothing is recommended.
  • IMPORTANT – Converter plug for 220 Volts, mobile device chargers.
  • Camera to capture Africa’s brilliant colour.
  • Personal medications and the relevant prescriptions for Chronic medication and glasses.
  • Please weigh your baggage according to your airlines requirements.

13) Gun Permits For South Africa

Upon your arrival in South Africa proceed to the gun clearance area with your firearm license paperwork and fill out your temporary import permit form (preferably done prior to arrival). This form is needed on departure. According to South African hunting regulations, Umdende Hunting Safaris will require a copy of your firearm license while on safari. Only two firearms per person are allowed in the country and no more than one firearm per calibre for each hunter. Extra firearms are left with airport security to be collected on departure. All firearm paperwork needed prior to your arrival will be sent to you via fax or e-mail on your request, including your Invitation Letter. Hunters Permits Africa www.hunterspermitsafrica.co.za offers a service for pre-issued permits including a ‘meet at greet’ at the airport, highly recommended. We have firearms available to rent- see below. Prior notice is essential.

14) Customs

Should your country’s custom authorities require proof of firearm ownership on returning home, a copy of the purchase receipt should suffice. However if required, we do recommend registering your firearms with your country’s customs officials prior to departure for South Africa. Some countries also require paperwork to take firearms out of your country. Curios bought require a receipt and tanned skins a Taxidermy stamp and certificate/letter.

15) Guns / Chokes

Firearms should be transported in a lockable gun-case and bring a soft gun-bag for use in the fields. Either 12ga or 20ga are suitable for wing-shooting (We also recommend you bring two guns if possible.) For chokes, improved/modified for double guns and modified for single barrels are recommended with screw-in chokes providing flexibility. In a country away from gunsmiths it is important to insure your guns are in good working order for high-volume shooting. Bring extra parts for repair if you have them. For any of the “Big Five” the law requires a minimum calibre of .375 Win. Mag. For plains game any calibre from 270 upwards. A good variable scope is recommended as shots range from close quarters in thick bushy conditions, to fairly long shots up to 300 yards in open plains.

16) Ammunition

All shotgun ammunition is excluded and is quoted per box 25 (lead). (Please request rates for current year). Excellent, imported 12 and limited 20 gauge is available. We supply imported shotgun shells from Italy, Spain and Czechoslovakia (e.g. Fiocchi, Nobel Sport, Clever) between 7 ½ – 3’s depending on the species. You are allowed to import no more than 200 rounds of ammunition per calibre, for each hunter. Ammunition must be transported in a lockable box/hard case separately from your firearms and placed in your hand luggage, weighing not more than 5kg in total. Please confirm these rules with your specific airline. Hired rifles include ammunition, specialised ammo is charged extra. If you are temporarily importing your rifles please bring ammo or purchase from Umdende Hunting Safaris on arrival – Prior notice of at least 60 days.

Clayton Comins uses the following imported shells for Bird Hunting:

  • Doves and Pigeons – No. 7 and 7 ½, 24 gram or 28gram
  • Partridge – No. 7, 28 gram
  • Guinea Fowl & duck – No. 5 and 6, 34 gram
  • Geese – No.3, 34 gram

17) Firearms Available To Rent

Please see our Firearms page for more information.

18) Liability

While Umdende Hunting Safaris exercises the utmost care to ensure your/ your group / guest’s safety at all times, we cannot be held responsible for any loss, acts of God, illness or accidents whatsoever. Your Professional Hunter will outline the Safety Procedures and Risks involved with your hunt, please respect them. Each guest is required to sign an Indemnity Form on arrival. Global Rescue membership is highly recommended as medical travel insurance. In booking with Umdende Hunting Safaris you warrant and represent to us that you are medically fit and able to undergo a potentially rigorous and especially in the case of Big Game, also dangerous activity with obvious risks, which you accept and have taken all reasonable steps to insure against the risks, damages, costs and expenses. Hunters are not covered by Umdende’s Insurance for any Travel Cancellation, Loss of goods, Medical related procedures etc.

19) Safety Rules

You will be briefed by your Professional Hunter on an ethical code of conduct whilst hunting, please respect this.

  • Do not shoot unless you have communicated with your Professional Hunter (PH), and you have a clear view, i.e. dogs, other hunters, trackers, helper’s etc.
  • Ensure that your weapon is unloaded or open (shotgun) before placing it on a vehicle or climbing over a fence, unless otherwise stipulated by your Professional Hunter.
  • Every effort will be made to find wounded game, please respect this. The PH will make the final decision whether an animal has been shot or wounded and this is binding to final payment whether the animal is found or not.
  • Shoot birds at the correct distance. Do not shoot ground or very low birds.
  • Your Professional Hunter will advise you on the correct shot size for specific bird species.
  • When carrying your shotgun keep it broken or pointing skywards and never point your firearm at anyone.
  • When shooting birds don’t poach someone else’s bird or shoot down the line.
  • When you expect to shoot keep your barrel pointing skyward and your safety on.
  • When shooting, ensure that you know the species that are to be hunted.
  • Do not fire through the shotgun if the barrel has become blocked during the shoot
  • Every effort must be made to find wounded birds.

Should the PH feel at any stage the client, staff or members of the hunting group are at risk at any stage during the Safari or hunt, the PH will make the final decision. This includes, but is not limited to, taking the decision to shoot an animal that is wounded or endangering anyone’s lives. This will be at the clients cost if the landowner charges accordingly. Respect this rule as the PH has the experience and your safety as priority at all times!

Any complaints while on Safari must immediately be advised to Umdende Hunting Safaris representative or agent to resolve the issues where possible.

20) Taxidermy

Trophies for export will be delivered to Umdende’s Taxidermist once the salting process is complete and full payment has been received for the invoice and any extras incurred. Trophies will not be shipped and forfeited for non-payment in full. Interest will be charged on late payments. Delivery to a Taxidermist not used by Umdende is at the clients cost. Your Taxidermist will contact you directly and Umdende Hunting Safari’s office will stay updated with the progress of your Trophies. Please expect minimum 6-12 months before delivery, dependant on the processing required. Our Taxidermist’s Rates for each year are available via e-mail.

Please see our Taxidermy page for more information.

21) Accommodation Options And Hunting Areas

Please visit www.umdende.com for information and photos on accommodation options and our hunting areas. Based on your species request Umdende Hunting Safaris will advise you of the accommodation options available. Please note Wi Fi and mobile reception ranges from excellent to poor depending on the lodge.

22) Social Media And Promotional Material

Umdende Hunting Safaris can be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog and sign up to our monthly Newsletter on www.umdende.com

Unless otherwise stated in writing to Umdende Hunting Safaris, you agree that you have no objection to the use of video and/or photo material taken during your Safari for Umdende Hunting Safaris promotional purposes.

23) Fishing, Tours And Photographic Safaris

Umdende Hunting Safaris offers a variety of Fishing/Tours from our main base Vryheid, KZN. If you are hunting in other areas we will advise of Tours available. Certain Tours require bookings in advance while most Tours can be booked on arrival based on availability. Below are some of the options available from Vryheid KZN as base.

Tours taken with hunting days are charged at full hunting days and the balance of the tour, no half day hunting rates apply. All Tours include a private driver, one meal per person at designated restaurant and touring vehicle.

Post or Pre-Hunting Photographic Safaris can be arranged as South Africa offers world class photo opportunities

Please confirm rates prior to safari – Tour rates increase 1 March annually. Drinks and gratuities excluded on all Tours.

Fishing (°+- 30min – *2hrs from main base camp)
We offer both °Freshwater and *Deep Sea (*min two days) fishing, conventional and fly-fishing. RATE: $ P.O.R

Shakaland (*+- 2hrs drive from main base)
Tour giving in-depth knowledge of the traditional Zulu Cultures, including Zulu dancing, entering a traditional Zulu village and feasting on a buffet of South African cuisine.

Battlefields (*+- 45min drive from main base)
Some of the 63 battle sites and places of historical interest which attract visitors from all over the world. Come and re-discover the dramatic events and 3 major wars that shaped the destiny of South Africa.

Advance bookings essential and non-refundable.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve (*+- 1.5hrs drive from main base)
The oldest Game Reserve in South Africa boasting all the BIG 5.

Cheetah Project (*+- 2hr drive from main base)
An educational breeding project for small cats – Serval, Cheetah, African Wild cat and Caracal.

Elephant Project (*+- 2hr drive from main base)
A visit where we get close and personal to African Elephants like very few places.

Package if combined with Cheetah Project RATE: P.O.R

Other activities available from main base
Spa, Golf, Squash, Tennis, Shopping, Bird Watching, Advice for beginner shooters, Natal Spa Hot springs, Indian Ocean trips.

Please see our Tours page for more information.

Affiliates And Reviews

24) Umdende Hunting Safaris is proud to be associated with the following organisations

  • Safari Club International
  • PHASA
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • Hunters Care
  • Global Rescue

25) Reviews / References

Please see our Reviews page for references and more information.

26) Umdende Hunting Safaris Client Information Form

Download the Client Information Form form which we require to inform the lodges of any dietary requirements and allergies.

27) Umdende Hunting Safaris Safari Contract

Please download the UHS Safari Contract which we require to be signed and sent to us.