Hunting in the Central African Republic

Marula Lodge Safaris, offers plainsgame and big five trophy hunting expeditions in the Central African Republic.

General Information:

Health:
You are required to obtain a Yellow Fever inoculation for entry into Central African Republic. Malaria prophylactics should be taken two to three weeks before and after your safari. Although there is a comprehensive medical box in the camps, it is suggested you bring any special medicine your may require.

Travel and Health:
Citizens of all countries will require a Visa to visit the Central African Republic. Immigration formalities further require valid vaccination certificates for yellow fever. Malaria prophylactics should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. We also suggest that your Tetanus and TAB inoculations are up-to-date. Your PH will have a comprehensive medical first aid kit in camp, but you should plan to bring any personal medication you may need. You will be met in Bangui by a company representative who will escort you to your hotel, if required, onto your charter flight and assist you again on your departure.

Firearms:
Central African law allows the temporary importation of any number of rifles with a calibre larger than 6 mm, one rifle of a calibre smaller than 6 mm and one shotgun. There is no limit to the amount of ammunition brought in. Recommended calibre is 375 or 416. A fixed 4-power scope is most suitable. Excellent fishing for Nile Perch is available and a light rod with spinning reel is a welcome diversion.

Hunting Licences:
In Central African Republic your hunting license must be obtained before your arrival into the country, but you only pay for the game you collect (killed or wounded) at the end of your safari. In order to have all documents ready before the commencement of your safari, please supply all the information concerning yourself, your firearm / ammunition, four passport photographs at least two months in advance.

Charter Flights:
All commercial airline flights to the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, start in Paris, Charles De Gaulle airport, either by Air France or Air Afrique. Please do not over pack - a maximum of 30 kgs (guns included) is allowed. Charters are included in the daily rate on the following conditions.

All charters are shared between incoming/outgoing clients, (i.e. The Hunting Days will be co-ordinated to facilitate this). Hunters sharing camps (2x2) are booked on the corresponding number of days. In other words, 2 x 21 days safari is not in effect a 1 x 21 and a 1 x 14-day safari.

Schedules:
Safaris begin and end on pre-determined dates, according to available flights between Paris and Bangui. A separate recommendation for your arrival/departure schedule will be supplied at the time of booking.

Currency:
The local currency is the CFA franc which has a fixed exchange rate of 100 C.F.A. : 1 French Franc. There is no limit as to the amount of foreign currency brought into the country. Personal cheques are not accepted and payment to be made by US Dollars, travellers cheques or cash for hunting fees, tips etc.

Clothing and Footwear:
In Central African Republic, where most of your hunting will be conducted on foot, what you wear is of fundamental importance to your comfort and success. Dark colours are essential to avoid premature detection while stalking game, and three changes of dark green shirts and trousers are recommended. At least two pairs of basketball type hunting shoes and one pair of sneakers for camp use. Make sure your hunting shoes are broken in before coming on Safari. Warm clothes are recommended for the evenings from December to February. Sunglasses are a must and we strongly recommend that each hunting client has a good light-weight pair of binoculars ( Leitz or Zeiss 8x32 or 10x40 are ideal)

Safari Rates Include:

  • The services of professional hunters as specified trackers, skinners, cooks and general camp personnel.
  • A four-wheel drive hunting vehicle per Professional Hunter team.
  • Airport reception, assistance and transfers in Bangui Airport.
  • Traditional Safari cuisine, fresh supplies, and normal consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Field preparation for trophies
  • Cost of processing, dipping and packing orf trophies
  • Fully equipped camp with daily laundry service.
  • Charter cost from Bangui to the hunting area and return if scheduled to coincide with other hunters and the Air France or Air Afrique commercial flights to/from Paris

Safari Rates Do Not Include:

  • Trophy fees.
  • Commercial air travel from your home town to Bangui and return.
  • Visa fees.
  • Insurance for civil responsibility and medical expenses if repatriation is required.
  • Airport tax in Bangui.
  • Tax per round of ammunition used during the safari and not re-exported from the CAR is 17 French Francs. (US $3,00) per round. This is paid on departure.
  • Charters, other flights or road transfer if not a "scheduled Safari client" or if clients decide to depart earlier than scheduled to coincide with other hunters and the Air France or Air Afrique commercial flights to/from Paris as per point 8 above.

Insurance And Liability:
It is advisable to insure yourself and your property for the duration of the safari in CAR You should also arrange cover for any air travel or ground transportation, accidental death and disability, emergency evacuation, loss of personal effects and cancellation of the trip. Every possible care is taken to safe-guard you and your property, but we accept no liability or responsibility to clients for any loss or damage to property, accidents, injury or illness incurred during or arising from any safari outfitted by ourselves. By booking a safari and paying a deposit to confirm the arrangements you are deemed to have accepted these liability and insurance clauses.