I checked out and cross-reference a number of Namibian Outfitters. I was on my first African Safari and wanted to be in Northern Namibia so I could hunt Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, and a Mountain Zebra. Also if the hunting safari went well I wanted to take a tourist trip to Skeleton Coast for sight-seeing and surf fishing in the Southern Atlantic. I picked a winner in Orpa Hunting Safari with Dirk and Thea Smit and their free range hunting farm. Dirk's main hunting farm has 15,000 acres and he has access to other concessions totaling 101,000 acres. Dirk is an excellent PH and does everything to make you happy during your hunt. I flew out of Minneapolis, Minnesota with Jet Blue on September 28, 2018 and the TSA agent was very helpful and pleasant with my safari rifle paperwork and inspection. She told me I was now checked through to Windhoek, Namibia with the other airline as well. My flight to Boston was 1 hour late and I only had a 2 hour layover to begin with. I had to run through the airport with my carry-on bag. I made it to my gate in time and then the ticket agent called several names including mine. Basically I still only had an e-ticket for Qatar Airlines and needed a boarding pass. The agent asked if I had anything to declare and I said I had an unloaded safari rifle and that I had already been checked by the Minneapolis TSA people. She immediately called her supervisor and then he called his supervisor to get the two forms needed for me to fill out so I could travel with my rifle. I took a few minutes as they did not have the forms I needed at this particular gate. They needed my homeland security form 4457 and my passport. They eventually got them to my gate but before I was done filling them out the person at the tunnel to the plane was calling my name and final call. I hollered, "Don't leave yet I'm right here!" They waited and I finished filling out Qatar's weapon forms and I was the last one on this 787 Dreamliner. The Qatar supervisor told me if I had NOT filled out these two forms and DECLARED my firearm, that in Doha, Qatar the officials would have confiscated my rifle. So the TSA agent, although helpful, was totally WRONG about traveling internationally with a safari rifle. Also at Qatar Airlines in Boston, the supervisor had to tell the pilot that there was a safari rifle with ammunition on his plane. The supervisor personally put my rifle on the plane in a special spot for checked baggage. I am so glad I declared my rifle for Qatar Airlines flight to Doha. While this seems like a pain, the people involved were pleasant and helpful. I have a feeling though that I was a rare case as Massachusetts is not hunter or gun friendly state. I did check with the Massachusetts state police months before my flight and they said as long as your firearm stays in checked baggage and you don't have any physical contact with it you there is no issue. The flight to Doha, Qatar was uneventful except for the good in flight food, drinks, and the top of the line service and personal attention the flight crew gives everyone. I had an 8 hour layover in Doha and as it got closer to my flight to Namibia, I was concerned about any further issues with my rifle. If the TSA person was wrong then maybe the Qatar supervisor was wrong about me being good to Windhoek seeing I was just changing from one Qatar Air to another. I checked with the personnel at my gate two hours before my flight just in case there was more paperwork. The person in charge asked me if I filled out the two required forms with Qatar Air in Boston. I told him I did declare my safari rifle and completed the forms they need completed. He then told me I was good to Windhoek just like the Boston Qatar supervisor said. The flight to Windhoek, Namibia was uneventful as well but the airline food was very good and again the service was excellent. Upon arriving in Windhoek, Namibia you must check in through immigration like any foreign country requires. Because three planes landed in a very short time the line to the immigration people was very long. Once I got up to the desk the lady asked a couple of questions, looked at my form 4457, my PH invitation letter, and my passport. This process took about a minute or so and I was off to get my suitcase and my rifle. When I got to the baggage claim my suitcase was coming to me. I waited but no rifle showed up. After a couple of minutes I asked a security guy where do safari rifles get picked up. He directed me to the Namibian Police check in room. As I got to the lady police officer's entryway I could see my rifle coming down the conveyor belt. I told her I was here to pickup my safari rifle and that it was arriving behind her right now. She looked at my paperwork and then told me to come inside and open my rifle case. She glanced at it and proceeded to stamp my already prepared Namibian rifle import permit. She then told me to lock it back up and go on my way. This took about one minute and she was smiley and happy to see another hunter in her country. I was then guided by a airport service person to where the people, including my outfitter wait for the passengers getting off the plane. Dirk and Thea were there and I was off to there hunting farm.