Travel Planning

 

This information is believed accurate at the time of this typing.  Regulations and fees change.  This is only a guideline.  Please check the accuracy of this data with the appropriate agency.

 

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GENERAL GUIDELINES AND HELPFUL NOTES
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Thank you for booking your Safari through Koeshall's World Hunting Adventures LLC.

We really appreciate your business.  You can be assured that we have booked you with an excellent Outfitter who will attend to your every hunting need. Our goal is to make your African trip as enjoyable as possible, thus we have prepared the following information to help you achieve this goal.

 

Please allow us to set up your air transportation with Custom Travel.  They specialize in booking flights for African adventures, and are familiar with the tight schedule that must be maintained.  We will reserve your flight through Custom Travel as soon as it becomes available, and notify you of the itinerary and costs, and when it is due.  You can then contact them at your convenience to set up payment information.  We have found them to have the best fares, as well as good seating.  If you wish to make your own air arrangements, please let us know.

 

We hope that this will help answer any questions that you may have about your safari.  Please feel free to call us with ANY questions that you may have.

 

1.      You are allows two bags (50 lb each) plus 1 carry-on. Also check the Internet at www.TSAtravelTips.us for a list on prohibited items in your luggage, or what items must be placed in checked baggage

 

2.      GET YOUR PASSPORT NOW!  Your local post office can assist you with getting the proper forms and etc.  No VISA is needed to enter or leave South Africa or Namibia at this time for U.S. citizens.  Note:  your passport must be valid for six (6) months past the ending date of your safari.

 

3.      After clearing your Customs in South Africa or Namibia,  you may want to exchange your U.S. Dollars for South African Rands/Namib Dollars (approx. 6 Rands per U.S. Dollar).  It is good to have some Rands/Namib Dollars for tipping and buying small items at country stores.  Keep your paperwork so that you can re-exchange them at the end of your Safari. 

 

4.      You will be met at the airport by one of the professional staff from the safari camp.  They will load your luggage and take you on to the lodge.

 

5.      RIFLE CALIBERS AND AMMO:  medium bore rifles are excellent (.270, .280, 30-06, 7mm Mag., .300 Win. Mag.).  About ideal for this plains game hunt is the 7mm Mag.  The heavier rifles are recommended for KUDU/GEMSBUCK and ELAND.  Use a heavier bullet for these animals.  SPECIAL NOTE: We highly suggest the following ammunition:  Winchester Fail Safe ammo, Federal Premium Safari Grade ammo, and Remington Safari Grade Ammo.  For those who handload, we recommend Barnes X, Swift A Frame and Nosler Partition bullets.   Sight your rifle in to shoot dead on at 200 yds.  Shooting will be from 50 to 300 yds.  Also know where your rifle shoots at 25 yards in case you have to quickly re-sight in your rifle.  A shooting stick is very helpful on this hunt, and will be provided by your PH.  You will be asked to check your sights before you start hunting and you should be able to hit an eight (8) inch steel plate off hand at 100 yards.  If you have any questions as to calibers etc., please call us and we will be glad to talk with you on this subject.   Please note that we have been advised that you can not import a semi-automatic or pump rifle or shotgun into RSA, but you can into Namibia.

 

 

1.      CLOTHING:  You will NOT need a lot of clothing as your laundry is done for you each day (except Sundays).  Three (3) sets of clothing are all you will need.  Tan or light green Safari-type clothes, or camo, are generally what is worn.  The pants with the zip off legs are really helpful as morning s and evenings can be cool.  A lightweight and a medium weight jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, lightweight long johns, a cap with ear flaps, regular Safari Hat or baseball cap, one pair of warm socks and a good pair of walking boots is all that you will need.  A packing list is available from us.

 

2.      PERSONAL ITEMS:  A good camera with AT LEAST one roll of 36 prints PER DAY (10 rolls) is suggested.  If you are not taking at least this amount of pictures, you will be disappointed when you get home.  A daypack is excellent for bringing along extra ammo, film, gloves, small flashlight, compass, lighter etc.  Pack all items in Zip-Lock bags to keep the dust off.  Sunscreen and lip balm are also suggested.  Do not put unexposed file in your checked luggage.  Keep it in your carry-on and tell the screener, or the equipment may expose the film.

 

3.      THINGS TO BRING ALONG:    Zip-lock bags are appreciated, and gray or green duct tape is also a welcome gift.  Small skinning knifes and sharpening stones are also appreciated.  We suggest that you purchase one or two cartons of cigarettes on the airplane as you are flying over; your trackers enjoy getting a pack each day as a tip for their hard work.  Cigarettes are the lowest price on the plane because they are duty free.

 

4.      TIPPING:  It is customary to tip your Professional Hunter (10% of the safari) and your trackers and support staff $100, but it is discretionary.

 

5.      SOUVENIRS:  Buy them when you see them, don't expect to go back.  The best place we have found is on the way to the airport.  There are many shops in which you can purchase very interesting items from T-shirts to carved ivory.  Bring along an extra carry-on bag for your souvenirs. 

 

HEALTH

     You can call the "Center for Disease Control" at 404-332-4559 or access their web site at www.cdc.gov and search for the health information and recommendations for the country you are visiting. Discuss the data with your personal physician or your local hospital travel clinic.

SECURITY AND SAFETY

      You can call the U.S. State Department at 202-647-5225 and request travel information for the country you are visiting. You can also access the State Department web site at: http://travel.state.gov/travel warnings.html You can also call the U.S. Embassy in the country you plan to visit and request the latest travel information:

Namibia     011-264-61-22-1601

South Africa           011-27-12-342-1048

WEATHER

Use the Internet and access: www.cnn.com and request weather information for the country you are visiting.

GUN PERMITS

Gun permits for the following countries must be obtained prior to arrival:

Botswana, Central Africa Republic, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Permits for

South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe can be obtained upon arrival.

 

TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS

The following are the general requirements for most airlines;

1) All firearms must be unloaded.

2) Ammunition must be for sporting purposes.

3) Max weight of ammunition can not exceed 5 kgs (11 lbs.) and must be packed in a lockable wooden, plastic or metal box. Ammunition should be transported in your suitcase and not in the same case as your firearms.

4) Rules can change at any time. The best approach is to call the airline involved prior to your trip.

5) Some airlines do not permit more than two (2) guns per case

Rifle Hunting Namibia:  Please note that if you are rifle hunting at out Namibia Camp, you will be checking your firearms all the way through from Atlanta to Windhoek, Namibia.  You will not have to claim them and go through gun control in South Africa.  Be sure and tell the airline at the check-in in Atlanta to check them all the way through to Windhoek, Namibia.

NOTE: Handguns in South Africa must be transported separately once you get into South Africa and they charge a small fee for this while on airlines so be prepared with a small lockable case with luggage tags.  Also, semi auto firearms may not be imported in RSA.  Handguns are not permitted in Namibia. 

ELECTRICAL POWER

The standard voltage for most of Africa is 220 volts and the frequency is 50 cycles. Call Magellan at 800-962-4943 for plugs and converters for the specific country you intend to visit. Review the charging requirements for your video camera, etc.

MISC. TRAVEL TIPS

1) Carry extra photocopies of you passport, and place one in each bag you have.

2) Do not pack medicines, money or other valuables in your suitcase.  Put all camera film in your carry-on as well.

3) Make a photocopy of your credit cards.

4) Always confirm your return flight at least 72 hours before departure.

5) Check luggage tags for proper destination.

6) Obtain foreign exchange currency when you arrive.

7) Do not leave luggage unattended.

 

PAYING WITH CREDIT CARDS

If you plan to use credit cards for paying for goods and services, call the Customer service number on the back of your credit cards and advise them the dates and countries to which you will be traveling.  Otherwise, you may find that for security reasons your cards may not work.

 

ADDITIONAL INFO REGARDING  FEES AND PACKAGES

 

VAT Tax:  A Government tax is added to each hunt, based on the daily rate.   This is not included in the package price.  It ranges from $114-$250. Ask for an exact quote.

 

Deposits and Cancellations:  The policy of Koeshall's World Hunting Adventures LLC is that the deposit required at booking is non-refundable.  You may be able to reschedule your hunt and not loose your deposit.  Special restrictions apply.  Ask for details.

 

Airfare:  This is not included in the package cost, and will generally run $1650-$2200 per person, round trip.  Once you have booked your hunt, we will set up the air transportation, so that all involved can travel together.

 

SHIPPING YOUR TROPHIES HOME

You have to decide whether to ship skins and horns for taxidermy work to be done in the States or ship mounted trophies in South Africa. Below is some information to help you make the decision.

 

First, let us assume you will be mounting your trophies in the U.S. with your favorite taxidermist. In this case the requirements are the following:

 

All capes, skins and horns have to be dipped  in pesticide to comply with the Department of Agriculture. Normally the charge per dipping per animal is about $100 USD.

 

Lets assume you have six trophies. The charge will be about $600 plus about $125 for crating for a total of $725 USD.

 

The trophies have to be transported from the South African taxidermist to the shipping company. This charge could be $100 to $150 USD minimum.

 

The shipping company will prepare the documentation and ship the trophies to a U.S. city lets assume New York. The documentation and other charges will be about $400 and the shipping will be about $800 USD).

 

Therefore, adding all the charges we are looking at $2075 USD.  This is a dramatic increase since 2005.

 

KD Taxidermy Clients:  If you choose KD Taxidermy to provide taxidermy services, a 50% deposit will be due 30 days after you return from your safari. The balance will be due upon completion of the mounts.  KD Taxidermy will also give a 5% discount for clients of Koeshall's World Hunting Adventures LLC.

   

 

Customs Declaration For Importing/Exporting Firearms

 

BEFORE leaving the U.S. you MUST visit the nearest U.S. Customs Office and bring in your firearms/cameras/binoculars and etc. so that you can have them examine the serial numbers and fill out a form so that you can bring these items back into the U.S. without paying duty on them. Your weapons must be checked by US Customs prior to leaving the country, and form 4457 filled out. Please ask us for the location nearest you.

 

It is required by US Customs as well as the South African Police, that you obtain a form #4457 Certificate of Registration For Personal Effects Taken Abroad, prior to leaving the USA.  This form con be obtained and serial# of all firearms verified at a US Customs Office.  THIS IS MANDATORY!!!!

 

Please take any firearms that you might consider taking on your trip, as well as future trips, as it is my understanding that this is good for 10 years.

 

The Customs officer will give you a copy of the form, which you must present to the South Africa Police to obtain your Temporary Firearms Permit in South Africa, and again be presented to US Customs upon your return to show proof that you own it.

Green Bay Customs Office:  2077 Airport Drive

                                                             Green Bay, WI 54313

                                              Phone:    920-496-0606

 

Milwaukee Customs Office: 6269 Ace Industrial Drive

                                                             Cudahy, WI  53110

                                              Phone:    414-571-2860

 

US CUSTOMS ASKS THAT YOU CALL AHEAD FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

 

Good Advice for Traveling

We've all heard horror stories about fraud committed when a wallet or purse had be stolen. Maybe some of the following will help you if you unfortunately are put in that situation.

- Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine and copy both sides of your license, credit cards, etc. You will then know what you had in your wallet, account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. If traveling overseas, you may want to leave a copy at home also. In case of loss, a family member can contact the U.S. numbers below instead of waiting for your return to the states. Fraud can be committed in your name, address, Social Security Number, credit cards, etc.

- Here is some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know. As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately. The key is having the toll free numbers and your account numbers handy so you know whom to call. If you made a copy as urged previously, you will have all this information. Also file a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent and is the first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

- The following is a step that is perhaps most important Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and social security number. If someone tries to apply for credit in your name the company will be alerted that your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. Once this is done, it can stop the thieves in their tracks.

The numbers are:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289

Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

 

 

 

TRANSPORTING FIREARMS IN CHECKED AIRLINE BAGGAGE

To answer questions new airline security procedures have raised for NRA members transporting firearms in their checked baggage, NRA-ILA staff contacted the Office of Security Regulation and Policy at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before preparing the following report. (For further information, log onto www.tsa.dot.gov

You can transport a firearm in your checked baggage subject to state and local restrictions, but you should first check with your airline or travel agent to see if firearms are permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. Ask about limitations or fees that may apply at this time. NRA-ILA is working toward achieving uniformity and fairness in the rules and regulations that law-abiding gun owners face in their travels.

Firearms carried as checked baggage must be unloaded, packed in a locked, hard- sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Only the passenger may have the key or combination. Small-arms ammunition must be declared to the air carrier and placed in an appropriate container: "securely packed in fiber, wood, or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition." Under TSA regulations, ammunition may be packed in the same container as the unloaded firearm, but airline rules may differ.

 

Some airlines, as private businesses, have imposed additional restrictions or requirements, such as limiting the number of guns that can be transported in a single case or providing different standards under which gun cases may or may not be exempt from excess baggage limitations. Especially for international flights, many airlines follow industry guidelines that limit ammunition to 11 pounds per passenger. Again, NRA-ILA is working to secure fair and uniform rules.

 

Following Congress mandate that all checked baggage must be screened for explosives, many travelers have become concerned by announcements that passengers should leave bags unlocked to allow hand inspection. This suggestion, the TSA made clear, does not apply to baggage containing firearms. All gun containers must still be locked after they are declared at the ticket counter.

 

Checked bags, including those containing firearms, will then be screened for explosives by various means. Depending on the airport, methods may include high- tech "sniffers" that analyze chemical vapors, X-ray machines, trained bomb- detection dogs, or a combination of these systems. Not all these methods can differentiate explosives from the gunpowder residues on a fired gun or in loaded ammunition.

 

If the screening detects explosive materials other than those associated with ammunition, or if screeners cant determine the exact nature of the alarm, and if all means available "such as X-rays) cannot rule out the possible presence of explosives, TSA screeners, working with airline representatives, will make every effort to contact the passenger so the passenger can supply the key or combination to open the case, eliminating the need to break locks.

 

Cases will not be labeled as containing firearms. That practice was outlawed almost 10 years ago. Federal law now states: "No common or contract carrier shall require or cause any label, tag, or other written notice to be placed on the outside of any package, luggage, or other container that such package, luggage, or other container contains a firearm" (18 USC Sec. 922(e)}. TSA will warn any airline that is marking cases that it is in violation of the law.

 

As always, since some airline counter clerks may have little training or experience in these procedures, gun owners should contact the airline in advance, obtain a written copy of the airline policy from a reservation clerk or the airlines website, and bring it to the airport in order to answer any questions that arise at check-in.

 

This information is believed accurate at the time of this typing.  Regulations and fees change.  This is only a guideline.  Please check the accuracy of this data with the appropriate agency

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