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ekferszt Jan 9th, 2008 01:25 AM

AVOID LUGGAGE LOCK UP AT JOBURG
 
They took everything out of my bag that they could. I didn't mean to leave anything in it, but some things fell under the bottom and they stole my ipod, my sunglasses, and brand new headphones from BO.
Of course they don't repond to theft - so just do the smart thing and avoid.

kombizz Jan 9th, 2008 04:39 AM

Where is Joburg?

matnikstym Jan 9th, 2008 05:45 AM

Joburg is Johannesburg, South Africa

atravelynn Jan 9th, 2008 07:23 AM

Ekferszt,

Sorry for your loss. I hope your trip was enjoyable if a pleasure trip and successful if a business trip.

matnikstym Jan 9th, 2008 07:37 AM

Sorry you lost stuff but was your bag locked before putting in the lock up? I've used the luggage lock up, my bags were locked and had no problems.

kerikeri Jan 9th, 2008 09:17 AM

i have previously written that i left my "life" for three weeks in that left luggage without incident.

just at the entrance there is a $5 USD wrapping service. did you not avail yourself of this very practical form of insurance?

that plus a combination lock seems like a prudent step.

in general, items of value should always be in your carry on to whatever extent that is possible. sunglasses, ipods are all carry on items.

sorry, but i had a great experience at that airport's left luggage. i even had to go into one of my bags mid trip and they retrieved it speedily.

kerikeri :)


fluke Jan 22nd, 2008 03:59 AM

what is the alternative of leaving your luggage at the Johannesburg airport? I am travelling for 2 wks so even if I pack light i dont think my bag will fit on the charter flights.

napamatt Jan 22nd, 2008 08:08 AM

If you spend a night at the Sun, I believe they will hold luggage - but please check that.

I would have locks on all bags and have them shrink wrapped, we lost a cheap pair of bino's and a couple of sweatshirts when we used the Jo'burg facility.

ekscrunchy Feb 1st, 2008 07:14 AM

Can you explain what you mean when you write that some things fell "under the bottom??"

fluke Feb 1st, 2008 06:39 PM

i confirmed. if you stay one night in the sun hotels at the airport, they will hold your luggage. i assume that is safer than having it at the airport storage? correct?

HariS Feb 1st, 2008 06:52 PM

Fluke,

Storing at hotel is safe..... still keep them locked!

Doogle Feb 4th, 2008 01:49 AM

If you use Wilro Tours, they have a great luggage torage service. They meet you at the airport, take your luggage from you and store it with them and return it to you when you return and the cost is about ZAR500.00 and the length of time they keep it does not matter

TravelinAmy Sep 11th, 2008 07:00 PM

Do you have the link to the Sun Hotel at the airport that allows you to store luggage? Thanks!

ekscrunchy Sep 12th, 2008 04:07 AM

I would shrink-wrap them before leaving them at the hotel...



http://www.southernsun.com/

skibumette Sep 12th, 2008 05:20 AM

It's not easy, but it is possible to pack light enough to meet the charter flight restrictions. I packed for a 3-week trip in a 22x12x10 duffle weighing 22# (plus 7# carryon -- or less if I put heavy stuff like batteries in the pockets of a travel vest)...because we never returned to the same location to pick up any stored luggage.

OK, admittedly this did NOT include camera equipment (DH carried it) but it did include all family supplies (travel documents, first aid kit, insect repellant, sunscreen, books, etc.) Plus DH promised never to comment that I was wearing the same (but clean, courtesy of the bush laundries) outfit again. Start with the great LyndaS packing list....

TravelinAmy Sep 12th, 2008 06:52 AM

We can pack light, but the problem I have heard is with hard luggage on the smaller flights. We love our 4-wheeled luggage, it makes traveling so much easier, so we want to take that. We will be traveling for 3 weeks between Europe and Africa, so the luggage is needed. I just like the idea of leaving the hard luggage somewhere and just take what we need in a duffel bag for our safari. We would actually leave very little in our luggage that would be in storage.

divine54 Sep 12th, 2008 09:40 AM

once we were travelling back and forth between kruger and southern africa and the OR TAMBO interconti was our "base" we left some luggage there, came back and exchanged/repacked, left again and came back again and so forth...

it was fantastic! no hussle and extremly friendly and attentive porters!

of course we stayed there occasionally while cruising.

div

ekscrunchy Sep 12th, 2008 11:46 AM

Do you mean no hassle or no hustle??

divine54 Sep 12th, 2008 01:04 PM

eke
BOTH ;-)

div

Jed Sep 13th, 2008 07:15 AM

<hard luggage on the smaller flights.>

We were told that hard luggage was not accepted on smaller flights. So we got a 27' duffel with wheels. Since it was squash-able, it fitted in all the planes. It also was lighter, which was good. ((*))


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