Wanted: Air flights to S.A.

deerwarden

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Looking to book a Hunt with my P.H. in S.A., the cost of flights with SAA are around £900+, used them B4 and they were great, used Air France and two of our gun cases were badly damaged and took ages to get compensation, so won't use them, any idea's on sites for reasonable flights to East London for around the 5th May 2012 who are firearm friendly. deerwarden :doh:
 

Eric the Red

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Last time I went, I flew KLM and that was pretty good and were the cheapest of the direct flights. I think Emirates do the most cost effective flights, but you go a long way out of your way as they fly err, via the Emirates.....
 

danpd

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We have always used BA and it's normally around £6/700, phone dial a flight and ask for Johnathan. He sorts out all the flights for BBC crews and is very very good
 

slack chamber

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Sa flights

Hi just got back from SA and flew with BA it was a farce from leaving to coming back even though rifle and ammo pre booked they had no records when I arrived at the airport I only managed to catch my flight as it was delayed which gave the security guys time to check my firearms, when I arrived in SA I contacted BA and complained and asked if they would make sure that they were aware that I would be returning with firearms so there would be no problems, but guess what at arriving at joburg to check in they had booked my firearms under the name of my friend so another long delay and loads of paperwork and waiting, in my opinion if you want a smooth journey steer clear of BA
 

devon deer stalker

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I chose BA because it was
a) The cheapest
b) The shortest flight.
There was no problem with my firearm as i didn't take one, i used the PH gun which made things a whole lot easier.
But if i get to go to Montana next year i will be taking my 30-06 so i can see problems ahead looking at the above post and other threads on this subject.
Cheers
Richard
 

Adamant

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We flew with Virgin to RSA last year to hunt plains game and take part in a 6- day competitive Sport Jag hunt - five hunters with enough rifles, shotguns and ammunition to stage a small coup d'etat. Virgin were superb, with no drama whatsoever at either end, particularly at Heathrow where our rifles were checked in swiftly on both out and inbound flights.
 

deerwarden

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O.K. guys, looking on sites and leaning to Virgin or SAA, both firearms friendly, but one stop is £950, Virgin seem slightly less exspensive, deerwarden.
 

DavieH

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Totally agree with Adamant Virgin all the time for me,totally hassle free going and coming back,but can't say the same for BA or BMI going or coming back to either Glasgow or Edinburgh.
That said I am travelling on to Bloemfontein and had bother with SAA as they said my Firearms was excess baggage and it cost me R300 going but nothing coming back,then BA charged me £50 each way Glasgow to Heathrow.
At the end of the day if your hunt has been a success and you have lasting memories it is sometimes putting up with the hassle.
Who are you hunting with?
All the best for a good hunt.

DavieH
 

deerwarden

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Just booking with dial a flight for SAA, 300 rand is about £30, I can live with that and the fact that their away its a firearm their holding, never take baggage just three extra sets of daily wear and all in a day bag. deerwarden
 

musgrave dave

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Looking to book a Hunt with my P.H. in S.A., the cost of flights with SAA are around £900+, used them B4 and they were great, used Air France and two of our gun cases were badly damaged and took ages to get compensation, so won't use them, any idea's on sites for reasonable flights to East London for around the 5th May 2012 who are firearm friendly. deerwarden :doh:
Been twice, once with BA - hidden costs, second time with SAA, booked again for next year and will travel SAA, no fuss and an easy company to deal with. However would advise don't keep looking for flights from the same computer as the price will keep going up. Use a different computer to book! A lesson learned!
 

countrysports5

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There are now so many excess charges, more and more people are using the PH's rifle. Because you will be taking an internal flight to East London, I think the only airline who will carry firearms on that internal flight is SAA (and they will make and extra charge for that rifle!) . I've used a South Africa based travel agent for the internal flights - just as well, because she was able to sort out a majot problem we had when arriving in Jo'berg. There's a bit of extra info on my web site http://www.countrysports.co.uk/sheets/South_Africa_reference.htm . I can pm you the name and contact details of the South Africa travel agent if you want (just for booking the internal flights - OK, she is going to be about £30 more expensive than booking online - but it means you have someone based in SA and not the UK if you encounter problems when in SA so it's going to cheaper and quicker if you do have a problem.
 

stag1933

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Looking to book a Hunt with my P.H. in S.A., the cost of flights with SAA are around £900+, used them B4 and they were great, used Air France and two of our gun cases were badly damaged and took ages to get compensation, so won't use them, any idea's on sites for reasonable flights to East London for around the 5th May 2012 who are firearm friendly. deerwarden :doh:
I once went with scum-bag Air France via Charles De Gaulle airport from Manchester.
We had loads of hassle with them there and nearly missed our flight to Jo`berg. When we got there our rifles were missing.
We were put into accommodation for the night and our rifles arrived the next morning.
Our internal flight of the previous day was lost and we had to pay again for another flight to our destination.
Through this debacle we lost one days hunting time and incurred more expenditure.

HWH.
 

deerwarden

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Booked with Virgin Atlantic £860, including internal flight to East London. Very painless so far, have booked very competitive cull hunt with a PH who has spoken to me twice so far and is guiding me through the process, check out www.wildhorizons.co.za I have a very competitive rate that I can upgrade to trophy animals etc, this guy is the best PH I've dealt with, really wants to make my hunt an experience, came from referrals form guys on this site. deerwarden.
 

deerwarden

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Davie H, going with www.wildhorizons.co.za, others off here have been with him ,so well recomended. Get a quote for a cull hunt and mention John F from Norfolk, he hunts in a huge area, some of which is VERY remote and will tailor a trip to what you want to do, hunt trophies or cull animals, or fish as well. deerwarden.
 

deerpath

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It is a fairly easy choice. In direct flights via other european capitals involve alot of extra time, unsocial hours and hassle but is upto £200 cheaper. BA now charges £100 extra for 'sports equipment' (guns upto 23Kgs extra). Virgin and South African are about the same price . just down £100 since new year to £690 Jo'burg, but up from £650 last year. Both now have 23 kgs baggage allowance plus free 'sports equipment' (guns upto 23Kgs). If connecting to internal flights SAA may be best. Service and food are all rubbish in cattle class but you save ££££'s and get there ten minutes later than 1st class !
 

deerpath

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I cannot see anything in south africa on wildhorizons web site. You said E.Cape. Hope it does not involve Kubusi or Glen Boyd !
 

deerwarden

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Booked with Virgin Atlantic £860, including internal flight to East London. Very painless so far, have booked very competitive cull hunt with a PH who has spoken to me twice so far and is guiding me through the process, check out www.wildhorizon.co.za I have a very competitive rate that I can upgrade to trophy animals etc, this guy is the best PH I've dealt with, really wants to make my hunt an experience, came from referrals form guys on this site. deerwarden. its www.wildhorizon.co.za
 

deerwarden

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Davie H, going with www.wildhorizon.co.za, others off here have been with him ,so well recomended. Get a quote for a cull hunt and mention John F from Norfolk, he hunts in a huge area, some of which is VERY remote and will tailor a trip to what you want to do, hunt trophies or cull animals, or fish as well. deerwarden.
corrected web site address
 

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