IMA travelkidsAs of 01 October 2014 all parents travelling with children under the age of 18 must have their children's unabridged birth certificate on hand.

For the safety of children, including their protection from child trafficking, abduction and kidnapping this regulation have been passed by the South African Department of Home Affairs. This ruling would have come in effect from 01 July 2014 but the department has extended a grace period for this regulation until the 1st of October 2014.


Lufthansa Transit Fee Changing

Price increase set in stone, no changing it!

We have just been informed by Lufthansa that the transit fee they are charging as from last week is
€ 150
per firearm case.

*It has been increased from € 50 per case.

We have tried to negotiate with them but they tell us it is a head office increment and it is not changeable.

Going home

When you check  in for your return journey from one of the outlying airports like East London or Port Elizabeth you can check your luggage all the way home but you must collect your firearms at the domestic firearms collection point at the departing airport (Johannesburg / Cape Town) and go through the check in procedures and security .

Read more: Going home

Post Office Strike!

Please take note that South Africa’s postal workers are on strike. It is advisable to send your documents by courier to ensure we receive them on time.

South Africa's Post Office strike is partially settled but overseas mail is currently taking about 10 to 25 days to get delivered.

New Airport Act

 There is a new Airport Act that requires all luggage (domestic and international) to be screened.

Various airports in South Africa are finding ammunition in checked bags that are not packed correctly. The owners of these luggage are called back to unlock bags so the ammunition can be taken out and be sent to the next destination in a plastic bag. This is causing delays to the departure of the aircraft and disgruntled passengers.

Read more: New Airport Act

Another Year Ends

ART yearend13It is once again nearly the end of another year. We would like to thank most sincerely each person who has contacted us and used our services this year for their support. We are preparing for another year and will start off in January at the following conventions:

Read more: Another Year Ends

Delta Airlines


IMA elephant2Delta Airlines have started the direct flight from Atlanta. All the passengers are happy but please make sure your declare the right arrival date. All flights departing from US arrive the following day in South Africa.

Read more: Delta Airlines

New Ammunition Rules!



With immediate effect, ALL ammunition you are travelling with, within South Africa and regionally within South Africa on South African Airways, SA Airlink and SA Express must be in a separate locked hard ammunition case.

Read more: New Ammunition Rules!


Here are a few suggestions for hunters coming through London.

If you are spending more than a day in London or travelling from Gatwick to Heathrow you must obtain the services of a Firearm Courier. We have found that without the services of a Courier your firearms can go astray.

We can suggest:

Bunduki Travel and Firearms Courier Service

Tel:      44 (0)1293 871 453
Fax:     44 (0) 1293 781 379
Mobile: 44 783 678 9464

Bunduki will need the following information from you when applying for arrival and departure assistance:

  • Name and address.
  • Make, caliber, serial number of all firearms plus the value of each firearm.
  • The same for the ammunition (caliber and value).

The airline must be informed that you are traveling with firearms when making your reservation.

The restrictions are in force from Heathrow airport as follows:

  • One carry-on bag no bigger than 56cm x 45x25cm.
  • Baggage restrictions for First and Business class passengers to 3 bags of 23 kg's each and Coach class to 2 bags of 23 kg's each.
  • Excess bags charged at 120 UK pounds for longhaul.
  • No oversized bags allowed.


Here are a few suggestions for hunters coming through Amsterdam:

If you are travelling through Amsterdam with either KLM or North West Airlines you are required to obtain permission in advance to transit through the city with firearms from the Douane Noord office in Groningen.

Instructions for filling in the form digitally:

*If you are submitting the form digitally, your representative does not have to sign the form.

Instructions for filling in the form by hand:

  • Download the Application form on your computer
  • Print the form
  • Fill in the form
  • Sign the form
  • Send the form to the address mentioned on the form, or fax to: +31 88 151 31 82
*If you are submitting the form by hand, your representative must sign the form.

*Please follow up with them for confirmation of receipt

Don't forget to apply for permission for your flight over and the flight home.

Send the completed form (above), a copy of your passport and the US Customs form 4457 by fax to the above number.

The consent form will be faxed back to you after a few days so don't forget to give them a return fax number too.We have had many hunters that have not applied and waited for 6 - 10 months for their firearms to be returned to them after their safari.

When you have received your Police clearance from Amsterdam, make a copy of the permit and put it in a plastic sleeve and stick it to your firearm case so when the firearm is offloaded in Amsterdam the authorities can see you have a permit and will automatically send your firearm on.

New Baggage Policy


South African Airways (SAA) is introducing a new check-in baggage policy in response to your customer’s varying requirements in each of its markets.

From 5 September 2012, SAA will move to a checked baggage policy that restricts the number of pieces of baggage a passenger may check in, rather than the total weight of the passenger’s checked baggage.

Read more: New Baggage Policy

Changes at Central Firearms

Changes in Management and Control at Central Firearms in Pretoria

With the severe changes in Management and Control at Central Firearms in Pretoria it has been bought to our attention that from immediate effect Central Firearms will not accept any applications for pre-issued permits without the following provisions being provided...

Read more: Changes at Central Firearms

Firearms Control Act, 2000

South Africa’s Firearms Control Act, 2000 has been in force now for a few years. Certain parts of act have been amended but for the visiting hunter the regulations remain the same. As from the 30th June 2009 the Act will be in place in its entirety and will be enforced completely.

Read more: Firearms Control Act, 2000 

SAA Regulations

Ladies and Gentlemen, South African Airways (SAA) has issued a directive on the transportation of sporting weapons and ammunition.

Read more: SAA Regulations

Relax, Read

IMA ClovenHow about some light reading on the way over?

CLOVEN - by Alistair Fall

Set against the backdrop of Mugabe's land grab in Zimbabwe, 'Cloven' tells the story of a desperate farmer who travels to London to try and force the British Government to intervene in the political madness that is going to bring starvation and misery to his country.

Read more: Relax, Read

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