South African Hunting Safari Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions applicable to South African hunting safaris with Richard Holmes Safaris. 

General Conditions

  • All animals are subject to availability - e.g. the effect of drought etc.
  • All prices are subject to the year in which the safari takes place and possible changes in price.
  • The day you are picked up in Port Elizabeth ( PE ) and the day you are returned to Port Elizabeth are counted as safari days and full daily rates are payable.
  • Small game for mounting purposes must be shot with LOW VELOCITY small calibre or PREFERABLY with low velocity LARGER calibre firearms, eg. heavy .30 calibre rifle bullets work best.
  • Skinning of certain species for mounting will cost extra, for example small mammals and birds, eg. monkey $ 30 skinning fee for a full body mount skin.
  • Quills, feathers, artifacts, rocks, twigs, seeds etc. are biologically, historically and ecologically important to the environment and some are protected under South African heritage laws. There is a charge for any items which are allowed to be taken. Fossils, etchings and some other items are by law not allowed to be taken. Remember that ALL items are subject to export permits. 
  • Minimum safari is usually 5 days, which will be 3 hunting days & 4 nights with Richard Holmes Safaris. Most hunts only require 4 - 6 hunting days to fill an average safari bag. Shorter hunts may be considered.
  • All dipping, packing, transportation and shipping costs of trophies are the client’s responsibility after the safari
  • No refunds are made for late arrivals or early departures.
  • Trophy fees are payable at completion of safari. Wounded and/or lost animals and any animal shot, whether incidental or accidental must be paid for in full. Penalties on top of the animals fees may apply if a wrong animal is shot eg. a female instead of a male, so we ask hunters to be very careful.
  • Daily rates include:
    • PE ( Port Elizabeth ) pick and return, transportation while hunting, services of a Professional Hunter, trackers, skinners, ranch safari staff, accommodation, laundry, meals, alcohol and beverages in moderation (Some alcohol and specialty foods are subject to availability. Please inquire with special requests). Specialty foods and drinks are not included in the daily rates. ( but we will get items for you - so if you want such we need these specifics well in advance of your arrival due to our remote locaton )
  • Payment ONLY with VISA or MASTERCARD credit cards. No other credits card are accepted.
    • Not Accepted : US $, EURO or GBP Stirling or any other foreign currency ( Forex ) traveler’s checks or forex Cash.
    • Foreign bank transfer fees, fees to use you credit card overseas and currency conversion fees are the client’s responsibility.
  • Any animal or bird wounded and lost at the time your safari ends or shot and NOT exported from South Africa is subject to VAT , Value Added Tax of 15 % added onto the trophy/cull fee. (This is South African law). Any animal not exported out of South Africa 14 % VAT tax must be charged onto the animals fees, and onto any Trophy's fees. Exporting even just one part or some of the animals you hunt will mean no VAT tax needs to be charged.
  • Meat is not included in the game animal’s price. Meat belongs to Richard Holmes Safaris or the landowner/concession. Meat may not be exported from the country of South Africa.
  • Special conditions apply in respect of children, please enquire.
  • Dumarage, storage and any other costs once your Trophies have left Richard Holmes Safaris or the Taxidermsit are for clients account.


Please email RHS all airtickets and full itinery as soon as possible. 

Please Note these links on this RHS website: 

Process to book

  • A contract will be emailed for all on the safari to complete and sign, this contract must be emailed back to RHS with your payment asap, we cannot hold bookings unless both of this happens. Airtickets should also be booked as soon as possible so you get the best Airline rates as booking flights close to your safari usually costs more.
  • Air Tickets should be booked at least 6 months before your safari date and sent to RICHARD HOLMES SAFARIS, BUT If you have booked your safari within only a few months of your safari date you may still get your flights booked and come on your safari's booked dates. 
  • All package and custom hunts require HALF DOWN when booking dates and the contract is signed, and the remaining balance is payable when it suits you but must be before your safari. If you have booked your safari within a few months of your safari date the full package price is usually payable on receipt of your signed contract.  No moneys are refundable, but all moneys paid remain a credit on a safari for a limited period of about 1 year only after the original booked dates. After this approximately 1 year period all deposit money paid will be forfeited. The prices of the year in which the safari takes place are payable, credits are transferable to other hunters who take over a cancelled hunt.

Donated Hunts

Once a hunt is booked and a payment is made the hunt can be transferred to other hunters with prior approval of the outfitter RHS. All donated hunts require a $1,000 booking fee, which will be used towards trophy fees on the safari. The booking fee is only due if specified on the donation form, to hold a date, or some firm commitment to the booked date (like paid for air tickets well in advance ) is required.


In the case of a safari member’s death prior to the booked safari date, where payment has been paid to Richard Holmes Safaris, the full amount (other than a $1000 ) will be refunded.


In the case of members of the safari having serious illness, hospitalization of a serious nature, or a death in the safari member’s immediate family there will be a $1000 booking fee to change the safari date or the full amount paid, less $ 1000 will be refunded. Proof of the circumstances must be submitted to Richard Holmes Safaris before refunds are paid.
For any other cancellation reason other than death or serious illness no monies will be refunded.

Date Changes & Cancellations

No monies paid are refundable, except under the following conditions:

  • In the case of date changes for reasons other than death or serious illness above, $ 1000 will be added to change a booked date.
  • In the case of a donated hunt a $1,000 booking fee is required to book a new date. The initial booking fee will be forfeited.
  • Richard Holmes Safaris and their representatives are not responsible for finding alternative hunters for cancelled hunts.

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