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Ken Moody Safaris 04-Jan-18
Ken Moody Safaris 04-Jan-18
Better to book yourself online or use a travel agent? Cost wise?
Go direct to airline personally
I have always booked myself. Probably because for 20+ yrs I flew almost every week for work and became very adept at making my own arrangements. If you don't feel comfortable searching online and spending some time to dissect each option than maybe using an agent is the better choice. I just hate paying someone to do something for me that I can easily do myself. You would be surprised how much those fares will change with simply moving your flight date from Friday to Tues for example. It takes a little effort and time to run each scenario and figure what an extra day(s)/night(s) might cost but sometimes it is worth the savings in airfare. The closer you wait until departure the less options for lower fares will be available, especially where seating and travel days are concerned.
TXRandy, I agree with Bou'bound that to avoid commissions, the least expensive way to book airfares to Africa is directly with the airline. It is fairly easy as long as you are aware of how to plan your itinerary accounting for layovers, connections, etc,... That said, if you are not comfortable with booking your own itineraries, or if it is more convenient to have another party shop fares, and make these arrangements for you, a travel agent specializing in African travel is not a bad idea. There are definite advantages to having a travel agent, especially for international trips. And, paying the commission they get is worth the peace of mind and convenience for some folks. I can recommend a couple of different travel specialists that have done a great job for our clients in the past, and I'm sure that others here can make other recommendations as well. PM if you want more info.
I have used an agent for all my Africa trips paid a bit more , but everyone I have been in airport taking with hunters that tried to save a few hundred dollars on a 5000 hunt and spent a day or two in airport because they over looked a few things,
I book direct but am very experienced. Ultimately, it comes down to how comfortable you are making your own arrangements.
Thanks for the help guys!
I use a knowledgeable travel agent for all international travel. They seem to possess inside information that has saved me ticket costs and my time (which is also money).
I book all domestic flights myself on line.
Booked myself. I’d look for a direct flight. The 6 hour layover made the trip drag on.
? one person going with me is taking a gun, I know nothing about taking a rifle and ammo any info would be great?
Your hunt provider should provide you with all details regarding the traveling with firearms. I can also send you all pertinent info if you like.
Basically you need a letter of invitation from the outfitter, US Customs form 4457, SAPS form 520, copies of your passport and itinerary. Three copies of each of the above which I suggest you keep in a separate folder. Alternatively, contact Henri at riflepermits.com and he will secure the import permit ahead of time and meet you at arrivals in Johannesburg.
Use Riflepermits.com for firearm import. Best service in my opinion and totally worth the money
Thanks ken , never taking a gun with me I was lost
Good luck. It’s not that big a deal but using riflepermits.com will alleviate some of the hassle. You’ll still have to go to the police station in the airport but all the preliminary paperwork will be done.
I booked mine online, from Boston to SA. Only one stop with only a two hour layover at Heathrow. Just over $1K. Piece of cake. I rented weapon from outfitter so I didn't have to go through all the bs. Worked out great.
FYI...do not fly thru Heathrow with a firearm. It will be confiscated and you’ll end up paying big $$$.
Anytime flying through Europe avoid bringing a firearm. Best flights in my opinion are the direct shots from JFK or Atlanta. No layover or stops. Just 15 hours of fun ;-)