Can I take reloaded ammo to South Africa?

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  1. hunting4sanity

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    Can I take reloaded ammo into South Africa? I thought it was okay, but did read one travel document that said ammo needed to be in its original box. I already have a lockable case that I plan on putting 3 - 20 round reloading boxes in or one of the 50 round boxes, just want to make sure that will clear customs without any problems. Also, what's a good power converter/adapter for my camera battery charger and laptop? One more question, do you guys rent a cell phone in SA or just use email from the lodge to check in with the wife back home? Thanks for any guidance you can offer this newbie.
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    I was concerned before the first trip. Not an issue.

    This works for me.
    Get the proper plug adapter for the country you are hunting in.
    RSA and Namibia are different.

    VoltageConverters.com - Travel kit voltage converter 50-1600W

    I rent a sim from Voadacom in RSA, at the airport in Joburg.
    MTC in Namibia,
    Orange in Botswana.

    Using email from the lodge is cheaper and less of a pain if you are only staying a short time. 7 days.
    You decide how much you want to be in contact.
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    Your camera and laptop should already have a black box on the cords that is the transformer that automaticly adapts to the voltage available. You just need the plug in adapter that the country uses.
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    All the MACS do, other computers, you had best make sure. If not....:throw:
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    Just make sure the reloaded ammo are headstamped for the same calibre as you are importing.They ussually do not check this,but if they do you will be with a rifle and no ammo.
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    1. I have never used anything but reloads in South Africa; all with appropriate head stamps of course though no one ever check them.

    2. What most airlines require, and it has nothing to do with customs, is that cartridges are packaged in containers meant for their storage. That could include plastic cartridge boxes. Some airlines are a bit more picky (i.e., Air France), so to be safe you're best off with factory packageing of your reloads. This has never been an issue with Delta Airlines or South African Airways but rules can change.

    3. The lockable ammo case is good. For some strange reason, on my last trip, on the leg with South African Airways from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, my ammo was OK in my suitcase but on the return they made me send the ammo separately. Once I got back to Joberg, I put it back in my suitcase again.

    4. Preapproved firearms permits and a meet and greet service will facilate your transit through Joberg.

    5. You can get power adapters and plug adapters for South Africa's plugs in various places. I forget where I got mine but I believe AAA sells them.

    6. I had an old Blackberry cell phone I had unlocked and it worked very well from Paris and South Africa. I called my wife daily and the charges were very reasonable. I got the sim card from Telestial. It gave me 2 phone numbers; one U.S.A. number with a CA area code and another international number that's routed through the British Isles. For the outrageous fee of 50 cents (yes, you read that right, fifty cents) a month (yes, really, a month or $6 a year), you can keep your numbers. I still have mine; I checked and a few days ago it still worked and that's over a year since my last trip.

    7. I would recommend you use a travel agent knowledgeable about foreign travel with firearms. Kathi Klimes of Wild Travel is who I used.

    8. On my last trip, there were many officials wanting "tips," less charitably known as bribes. They will try to separate you from your meet and greeter or PH on some pretense like trying to find your firearms, counting your ammunition or who knows what else. I paid them no tips; doing so is like feeding the bears and you make it harder on other travelers.
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    I have had no problems and I place my handloads into factory boxes of the same caliber as mentioned.

    If using a plug adapter just be sure that your charger is rated for 220 volt input. It will be on a spec sticker. If it is rated for only 120 volt you can get a cigarette lighter style inverter that will charge anything you have right in the PHs truck, also there are travel style inverters that convert to any plug in the world and output 120 volt. I have one of each (or used to as I just realized I have given them both away as tips) both work well. I guess I will be doing some shopping while it is fresh in my mind.
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    Good info right here!

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