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#6401864 - 08/10/16 09:48 AM Travel agent for South Africa
Txhunter65 Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/13/15
Posts: 490
Heading over in May of next year. Anyone recommend a good travel agent?

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#6401938 - 08/10/16 10:34 AM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
ramslam Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 53
Lori Ginn at Travel Express. She is the owner. Both her and her daughter are on top of things.
Gracey Travel is also good. Bigger outfit than Travel Express.

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#6401947 - 08/10/16 10:39 AM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 7170
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Steve Turner - Travel With Guns
Very well known.

If you have to overnight in Johannesburg, Africa Sky Guesthouse.
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#6402051 - 08/10/16 11:37 AM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
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Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Falcon Travel- Stacey Gibson in San Antonio
http://www.fivestarexpeditions.com/travel.html
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#6402056 - 08/10/16 11:39 AM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
okierifleman Offline
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Registered: 04/14/12
Posts: 386
Loc: Houston
Gracy is who I use, totally painless and will have someone in JoBerg meet you off the plane and get you through the whole process

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#6402109 - 08/10/16 12:06 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
Kingsview Safaris Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 02/01/16
Posts: 106
Loc: Eastern Cape, South Africa
I would second Lori Ginn at Travel Express and also Gracey Travel. We had different clients that each used boht mentioned travel agents and they were very happy with the service they received. I would also highly recommend a rifle permit company if you were bringing your own weapon.

All the best and look forward to seeing the photos some time. If you don't mind me asking, which part of South Africa will you be hunting?
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#6402194 - 08/10/16 12:54 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
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We'll be with Limcroma in the Limpopo Province.

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#6402244 - 08/10/16 01:27 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Creekrunner]
Jgraider Offline
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Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 263
Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Steve Turner - Travel With Guns
Very well known.

If you have to overnight in Johannesburg, Africa Sky Guesthouse.



I'll 2nd this recommendation. I've used Gracy and TWG a couple of times, and I'll take TWG every time.

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#6402255 - 08/10/16 01:37 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
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So additional question: What is the benefit of a travel agent? From what I can see they're quoting rates straight off the airlines websites and charging $200 for booking the flights....I know some have said they'll have someone meet you there and walk you through when coming into the country but if we stay at Africa Sky they will meet you there handle getting your guns and transport you to their guesthouse for less than $200.

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#6402343 - 08/10/16 02:19 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
Creekrunner Online   happy
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
When the SHTF, and it happens much more often in Africa, you need to be able to contact someone that will handle re-arranging your flights. You don't want to try to be figuring out how to get on the internet while a scetchy dude is pestering you to "help" you with your luggage at the Johannesburg airport.
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#6402625 - 08/10/16 04:59 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
Jgraider Offline
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Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 263
Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: Txhunter65
So additional question: What is the benefit of a travel agent? From what I can see they're quoting rates straight off the airlines websites and charging $200 for booking the flights....I know some have said they'll have someone meet you there and walk you through when coming into the country but if we stay at Africa Sky they will meet you there handle getting your guns and transport you to their guesthouse for less than $200.


In my experience a travel agent won't save you any money, but they may save your [censored] if something goes wrong. Steve Truner @ TWG did that for us last year when a flight was cancelled at the last minute. He was on top of it and got me out of a jam.

I've stayed at Africa Sky, and will be there again this Friday night, Aug12th. It is a fantastic place. I had them handle my SAPS gun permits, VIP meet and greet, etc and it's well worth the very reasonable cost.

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#6414271 - 08/18/16 12:05 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Creekrunner]
Kingsview Safaris Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 02/01/16
Posts: 106
Loc: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
You don't want to try to be figuring out how to get on the internet while a scetchy dude is pestering you to "help" you with your luggage at the Johannesburg airport.


Someone with first hand experience I see. roflmao


Edited by Kingsview Safaris (08/18/16 12:06 PM)
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#6414416 - 08/18/16 01:36 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
Blank Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 76
Loc: Idaho
Definitely Steve Turner with TWG, every time for me for the above reasons. I also stay with Deidre at African Sky of our overnight.

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#6414867 - 08/18/16 07:04 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
Stykes Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 02/06/08
Posts: 165
Loc: Texas
Gracey Travel is who I used in '13. They are very very good. I will use again.

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#6415070 - 08/18/16 09:05 PM Re: Travel agent for South Africa [Re: Txhunter65]
Hoosier Hunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 06/06/16
Posts: 10
Try not to overnight in Jo'burg if at all possible but if you do I would recommend Afton House. Bea Hewer was my travel agent that did save my @#$$ in 2011 when my local bank credit card wouldn't work in SA.

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