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Old 03-18-2018, 03:02 PM   #51
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Do you think Global Entry is worth the money, since I have contracted with Africa Sky to get the gun permit and escort us thru the airport and to the guest house?
Or is that two different items....
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Global entry is not for entering Africa or other foreign destinations... It is for US citizens wanting to expedite their re-entry back into the US from foreign soil....

If you plan on doing at least a few international trips in a 5-year span, I would recommend getting it. Upon your return back into the USA, you proceed to a kiosk instead of the immigration line. You scan your passport, get a ticket and go strait to customs. If you have nothing to claim, you walk out the door. Depending on the airport, you can save minutes to hours of waiting in line. My wife and I have used it on several occasions, and we love it, but the use has to justify the cost.

With Global Entry, you also get TSA Pre-check which allows you access into the "speed lane" of the TSA check points in most US airports. The TSA Pre-check is also very convenient in busy airports. The pre-check line is usually short and they do not make you take off shoes, and empty your carry-ons like in the standard TSA line..

BTW, The meet & greet service from Africa Sky is worth it. It is their version of Global Entry where the rep meets you at the gate and personally escorts you through immigration to the VIP line, and then trough SAPS for your rifle importation. It's a great service.
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Old 03-18-2018, 03:19 PM   #52
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Hi sec,

Global entry is not for entering Africa or other foreign destinations... It is for US citizens wanting to expedite their re-entry back into the US from foreign soil....

If you plan on doing at least a few international trips in a 5-year span, I would recommend getting it. Upon your return back into the USA, you proceed to a kiosk instead of the immigration line. You scan your passport, get a ticket and go strait to customs. If you have nothing to claim, you walk out the door. Depending on the airport, you can save minutes to hours of waiting in line. My wife and I have used it on several occasions, and we love it, but the use has to justify the cost.

With Global Entry, you also get TSA Pre-check which allows you access into the "speed lane" of the TSA check points in most US airports. The TSA Pre-check is also very convenient in busy airports. The pre-check line is usually short and they do not make you take off shoes, and empty your carry-ons like in the standard TSA line..

BTW, The meet & greet service from Africa Sky is worth it. It is their version of Global Entry where the rep meets you at the gate and personally escorts you through immigration to the VIP line, and then trough SAPS for your rifle importation. It's a great service.
Ok I think Iíll skip Global Entry since this may be my only time to go to foreign soil to hunt. Iíve been to Canada hunting twice and it wasnít bad coming back in, and I am TSA Pre check already.
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Old 03-18-2018, 03:44 PM   #53
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What percent of the people On the flight from Atlanta to Jberg are hunters ? How bad s the flight? I may try and make a trip in 2019/2020
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:32 PM   #54
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What percent of the people On the flight from Atlanta to Jberg are hunters ? How bad s the flight? I may try and make a trip in 2019/2020


Dont know but will find out June 6. I couldnt afford Delta One seats but did manage to get Delta Comfort seats. Says its a 14 1/2 hour flight. Hope To meet some other hunters since I am going by myself


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Old 03-18-2018, 10:08 PM   #55
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What percent of the people On the flight from Atlanta to Jberg are hunters ? How bad s the flight? I may try and make a trip in 2019/2020
Idk the percentage, but you can see a lot of obvious hunters (they have hunting packs for their carry on, or wear camo shirts, etc) on the plane. You can also spot a lot of folks that are obviouly not hunters too!

When I went in 2015, the funniest thing happened. Right after we sat down in the plane, a lady in the seat in front of me started telling everyone around her how she was going to Germany. She was obviously excited about her trip. She then started to ask everyone around her where they were going, and for what purpose.

When she got to me, I told her I was going to South Africa. She then asks me what I was going to be doing there. I said "hunting". Her face changed, she gasped, and said "OH,NOOOOOOOOOOO!".

With a big grin on my face, I immediately answered back without missing a beat, "OH, YEEEEEEEEEES!".

Funny thing; she never said another thing to me the rest of the flight!

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Old 03-18-2018, 10:11 PM   #56
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Dont know but will find out June 6. I couldnt afford Delta One seats but did manage to get Delta Comfort seats. Says its a 14 1/2 hour flight. Hope To meet some other hunters since I am going by myself


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Sounds good. Hope you do a live hunt
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Old 03-18-2018, 10:11 PM   #57
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Dont know but will find out June 6. I couldnt afford Delta One seats but did manage to get Delta Comfort seats. Says its a 14 1/2 hour flight. Hope To meet some other hunters since I am going by myself


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Chances are that you will be able to meet a few hunters while waiting to board the plane. It is luck of the draw as to whether you will be seated next to a hunter or not.

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Old 03-19-2018, 08:07 AM   #58
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If you fly during the peak of season from June-August there will be lots of hunters on the Delta and SAA flights to Jo'burg. The flight sucks, but the experience that awaits you in Africa is worth every uncomfortable minute...!

As of right now, only Delta and SAA offer direct flights from the USA to Jo'burg. There are other carriers that will get you there via stops in Europe or the UAE, but that will add many more hours of layovers and travel time to your journey. There are ways to deal with the flight... I personally recommend a few Rum & Cokes and an Ambien!
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:18 AM   #59
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Will do. I fly out on June 6. Leave Joburg June 15.


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I think we are on the same flight on the way back...7:55pm?

We leave San Antonio on June 5.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:20 AM   #60
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Also, i'm looking at travel insurance from AIG travel guard. Its about $900 each for my wife and I but includes emergency evac.

I won't need Global Rescue on top of this right?

How much did you pay for travel insurance?
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:32 AM   #61
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What percent of the people On the flight from Atlanta to Jberg are hunters ? How bad s the flight? I may try and make a trip in 2019/2020
every time I've gone (3x's) there have been many other hunters. As mentioned they all have some sort of hunting shirt and generally a camo back pack as their carry on. I've never sat next to another hunter, but there are plenty of them. On the way back everyone is sharing stories. Lots of strangers coming together to talk hunting. Pretty cool experience

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I think we are on the same flight on the way back...7:55pm?

We leave San Antonio on June 5.
There's only 1 flight per day so yes, you will be on the same flight.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:36 AM   #62
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Also, i'm looking at travel insurance from AIG travel guard. Its about $900 each for my wife and I but includes emergency evac.

I won't need Global Rescue on top of this right?

How much did you pay for travel insurance?
I've never had Global Rescue. I can see the value in it, especially if you aren't in the best health. But, if you are going with a good outfitter it will be less likely you will need it. They will take good care of you. My outfitter has access to a helicopter and if any accident happens they will fly you to the hospital. I realize the comfort of knowing you will get back to your home country if the worst happens, but chances are the worst is not going to happen. It is a good peace of mind and I don't discourage it if you want it, just that it is not necessary. Accidents do happen so only you can decide if it is worth it to you.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:47 AM   #63
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would this be the right converter?

https://www.amazon.com/Converter-BES...oltage+adapter
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Old 03-19-2018, 01:40 PM   #64
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That looks like the one I have. Another trick, take a 3ft extension cord. You can turn one plug into 3 that way. Depends on how much stuff you have to run/charge. Cell phone, tablet, video camera, go pro, laptop, toothbrush, second video camera, digital camera, etc....

Also, though that converter works in SA with their plugs, you may also still need a plug adapter. Its weird but sometimes the outlets are different. I'll see if I can find what I'm talking about. Here's what I found:



Which power plugs and sockets in South Africa?
In South Africa the power sockets are of type D, M and N. Check out the following pictures.

Type D: mainly used in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and some African countries. This socket only works with plug D.
Type M: looks like plug D, but with larger pins. This socket only works with plug M.
Type N: used in Brazil and South Africa. This socket also works with plug C.

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You may need to get an adapter from plug type M to N

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Old 03-19-2018, 01:56 PM   #65
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So I'm curious, with the thread the other day about the government taking over the ranches how does this effect the hunting over there? I was thinking the other thread said the hunting would probably be shut down for a while until everything settles down.
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:08 PM   #66
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So I'm curious, with the thread the other day about the government taking over the ranches how does this effect the hunting over there? I was thinking the other thread said the hunting would probably be shut down for a while until everything settles down.
nope, nothing is shutting down. I don't have a hunt planned for this summer, but am booked for July 2019. I plan on being there and have a great time as usual. There might be some good deals to be had if the hunting slows. If it slows it will be because fear has kept people away. I don't believe we will see the violence that is being discussed by some. Just a bunch of politics in my opinion. Hope I'm right
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:28 PM   #67
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I hope you are correct too! I really want to go back at least one more time!!

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Old 04-16-2018, 10:15 AM   #68
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Do I need a broker to get my trophies from customs in Dallas??
Do I need to have my Taxidermy chosen before I get my animals shipped?
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:23 AM   #69
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Do I need a broker to get my trophies from customs in Dallas??
Do I need to have my Taxidermy chosen before I get my animals shipped?
You can do it yourself and save money, but I found it easier to let Coppersmith's do it in Dallas and I did have a taxi picked out before I left.
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You can do it yourself and save money, but I found it easier to let Coppersmith's do it in Dallas and I did have a taxi picked out before I left.
Do you know what their service totaled?
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Old 06-08-2018, 01:29 PM   #71
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Should I have Taxidermy done at home or in Africa, thoughts????
I've heard both are the best......
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Old 06-08-2018, 06:28 PM   #72
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Should I have Taxidermy done at home or in Africa, thoughts????
I've heard both are the best......
Do the dip and ship over there and have them mounted here. Shipping is done by VOLUME, not weight and volume on mounted critters can be expensive. Besides if something is wrong when you get the mount back over here, what are you going to do sent it back over to have it fixed or pay someone here to do it? The last time I flew over I had a gentleman tell me he had a shoulder mount done on an Eland and the shipping was $3000!
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:02 PM   #73
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Thanks MUDSLINGER, all good points.
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:49 PM   #74
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I always prefer to have mine done here. On backskins and rugs, I have them done over there because its so much cheaper and its hard to mess up tanning. Everything else I have done in the us for the very reasons Mudslinger mentioned

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Old 06-09-2018, 09:33 AM   #75
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I always prefer to have mine done here. On backskins and rugs, I have them done over there because its so much cheaper and its hard to mess up tanning. Everything else I have done in the us for the very reasons Mudslinger mentioned

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I agree with Mudslinger & rlandner, and I would also add that I would not hesitate to have any skulls done as Euro mounts in Africa as well. It's difficult to mess up a Euro, and a few African taxidermists are now offering some really cool and unique mounting options for Euros such as having them done on war shields, or other unique African themes... In general, Euros will also be much cheaper than having them done here. But, I do agree that if you have a good taxidermist here at home that has experience with African game, it's a better option to have shoulder or full mounts done here in the USA.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:07 AM   #76
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I agree with Mudslinger & rlandner, and I would also add that I would not hesitate to have any skulls done as Euro mounts in Africa as well. It's difficult to mess up a Euro, and a few African taxidermists are now offering some really cool and unique mounting options for Euros such as having them done on war shields, or other unique African themes... In general, Euros will also be much cheaper than having them done here. But, I do agree that if you have a good taxidermist here at home that has experience with African game, it's a better option to have shoulder or full mounts done here in the USA.
Those are some beautiful Euro's!
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