When travelling with a rifle

From Europe to Zimbabwe
On a recent hunting trip from Denmark to Zimbabwe, I had decided to bring my own rifle, despite the hassle that it is. The European Union holds a weapon embargo against the country where I was headed, it was thus necessary to declare the weapon at Johannesburg, the first port of arrival on the African continent from Europe.
This means that your bags, rifle case and suitcase (where your ammo must be locked away), is only checked in to this destination, where after, upon arrival at Johannesburg, you declare the lot with SAPS (South African Police Services) and there after check in again for the final destination, in my case Harare.
For this you need a Temporary Firearm Import Permit, a 10 page or longer document which you must fill out in a very meticulous manner. Even for the brightest of us, it can be very confusing and time consuming, and something you will want to avoid doing on the spot, in particular during the very popular hunting months in Africa, June, July and August, where a lot of hunters line up to gain their permit.
Instead I highly recommend that you engage the services of a company geared to handle this, who will arrange for a pre-approved Temporary Firearms Import Permit, besides which they will assist you with the clearing of firearms at SAPS offices and cover you until you’re re checked in and on your way.  The services are equally of great value even if Johannesburg is your final destination.
I highly recommend riflepermits.com, the company that helped me through both coming and going; the process was completely hassle free and took less than half an hour.     
Do check out their website at: www.riflepermits.com
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