Due to COVID-19, South Africa entered a total lock-down on Thursday, 26 March 2020.
During the following months, the lock-down was eased to different “levels” as government tried to contain the spread of the virus.
On 21 September 2020, South Africa entered Lock-Down Level 1, with most of the Covid-19 Regulations relaxed.
On 1 October 2020, travel restrictions were partially lifted. See the following requirements / conditions:
- Eligible travelers must present a paper copy of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 that is less than 72 hours old at the time of departure
- Everyone must install a government contact tracing app and show proof of a confirmed accommodation booking
- On arrival, everyone will undergo a health screening, and people showing COVID-19 symptoms will be tested. If the test result is positive, they will be quarantined in government facilities
- International travelers are required to have mandatory travel insurance* that covers the cost of a COVID-19 test (for those showing symptoms) and quarantine costs
- South African missions abroad will open for visa applications, and all long-term visas will be reinstated. Contact your local South African High Commission for more information.
Passengers can only land at three international airports: Cape Town (CPT), Durban (DUR) or Johannesburg (JNB).
May the safari campfires be lit soon…
For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit the South African Department of Health’s website at www.SAcoronavirus.co.za
Trophy Solutions Africa (TSA) is in operation since early 2003 and is owned by Johan and Estie van der Merwe.
We run our business from Polokwane, previously known as Pietersburg, capital of Limpopo Province. We dedicate all our time, attention and energy to our business. As the hunting season does not have weeks or weekends, we are available seven days a week, during the hunting season!
With the naked eye any two processed trophy parts might look alike, but it is your taxidermist that must bring your trophy back to “life” again. References and “thank-yous” received from numerous taxidermists and clients are the final proof that our product is by far superior. Our processes have been physically inspected and approved by several Master Taxidermists from the United States of America and United Kingdom.
Estie has been involved with “Dipping & Packing” of hunting trophies since 2001 and has set up all the different processes for a failure-proof process. Johan was a Professional Hunter / Big Game Guide for several years. We noticed the urgent need for a specialized and dedicated company who can see to it that clients, not only receive their trophies in real good time, but also in perfect condition.
* * * It is NOT necessary to wait 8 – 10 months on your trophies * * *
We therefore guarantee a client that his / her trophies (normal plains game – no thick-skinned animals) will be ready for hand-over to the shipping company within 99 days, pending that all documentation was received from the Hunting Outfitter on the day of collection of the trophies and that we have received confirmation from the client to proceed with processing. The countdown will only start once confirmation was received from the client. Please note that December month will not count towards the 99 days countdown, as the entire South Africa “shuts down” for our annual Christmas Holidays.
If the Hunting Outfitter fails to provide us with ALL necessary documentation on the day of collection, we will not be bound by the mentioned guarantee. The reason behind this decision is that Outfitters might tell their clients that “everything” is with us, failing to inform the client of outstanding documentation. The client is then under the impression that all is in order… So, if you get a confirmation email from us with indications of outstanding documentation, please be aware that there are still some documentation outstanding…
Please take note: We sometimes battle to get export permits back from our provincial issuing authorities in time to make our deadline. This is completely beyond our control. The biggest problem occurs when all relevant documentation is not received with collection of the trophies or that the incorrect information was captured on the hunting permits… names or addresses that differ from the hunting register… or even hunting permits that are not signed by the bunter…
New legislation has just (March 2014) been put in place to simplify the application process whereby all applications will be handled and overseen by our local issuing authority. During the implementation phase it has caused severe delays with the issuing of export permits, but this seems to be sorted. As from 2015 we believe all will go much better!
We do not have any hidden costs like collection of trophies, packing and crating, administration fees, transportation, storage fees, permitting fees, etc….
During June 2014 we have moved into our new purpose built facility, with almost 20,000 square feet under roof. Our facility is approved by the South African Veterinary Services (Department of Agriculture) as a Trophy Import and Export Processing Facility. Our facility is inspected on a yearly basis to ensure we comply to local and international regulations.
Our company (and facility) is also registered with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as set out in new legislation, Act No. 10 of 2004: National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004. All “Trophy Handling Facilities” have to be registered with the Department with effect from March 1, 2008.
Please make sure the facility of the company you plan on using is registered….if not, your trophy will die again, soon…..
Our dedicated team that will handle your consignment from start to finish
* * * We provide the Ultimate Solution to the Dipping and Packing of your Hunting Trophies * * *