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Sport equipment

Sport equipment information

Special Baggage Charges - (for International and Domestic Journeys valid to both the Weight and Piece Concept)

Special Baggage Regulations are applicable on SA operating flights only. (SA 1000; 2000; 7000; 8000 series excluded)

  • Sporting equipment is not applicable on the DXB flight code share.
  • Sporting equipment is not applicable on the EY code-share flights.
  • At no time may Sporting equipment be though checked / interlining with other carriers is not permitted.

The following Sporting equipment as described below (ONE additional Piece weighing not more than 23kg per passenger & maximum dimension of 158 cm unless specified) is free of charge and must be requested with a SSR SPEQ in the booking:

  • Angling (fishing rods not exceeds 200cm)
  • Archery
  • Athletic (track and field)
  • Baseball/ Softball
  • Basketball
  • Bowls
  • Cricket
  • Cycling: 200cm – 100cm – 75cm
  • Diving (Scuba Equipment)
    • Please note that the tank must be empty
  • Fencing
    • Bag not exceeding 200cm
  • Football (soccer)
  • Golf
  • Hockey (field/ice)
  • Horse ridingequipment
    • Saddle must be wrapped & stirrups must be tied & riding helmet
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Motor - sport (protective riding gear & helmet)
  • Motor-cycle gear
    • Protective riding gear and helmet; motor-cycle to be sent as cargo
  • Parachute Equipment (including helmet)
  • Polo Cross (riding helmet, stick and balls)
  • Rock Climbing (including helmets, rope bags, climbing harnesses  and crash pads / bouldering mats if not exceeding 200 cm  in length)
  • Rugby
  • Sailing equipment (including – wet/dry sailing suits, life jackets, water boots, ropes, blocks, pulleys, selected tools, water bottle (empty), sails (folded or rolled - tube must not be longer than 200cm) Paddles - which may not be longer than 200cm
  • Shooting/hunting
    • Firearms and ammunition – subject to correct transportation/ safety procedures being followed
    • Ammunition – up to 5kg when packed separately due to regulations will be accepted free of charge.
  • Snow/water ski equipment
  • Surfboards/kite surfing/paragliding: smaller than 200cm
  • Swimming
  • Tennis/squash
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Volleyball

Sporting equipment – wheelchairs permitted as long as it is part of one of the sporting types as listed above: additional piece to a maximum of 32kg.

N.B For Sporting Equipment NOT specified above this must be included in free baggage allowance; if exceeding, normal XBAG rate applies.

Surfboards / Kite surfing / Paragliding - bigger than 200 cm

To be accepted strictly as cargo, relevant Cargo rates will apply.

Canoes / Kayaks / Windsurfer and Hang-glider

To be accepted strictly as cargo, relevant Cargo rates will apply.

Paddle Ski Equipment

Included in free baggage allowance; if exceeding, normal XBAG rate applies.

Hunting/ Golfing Equipment (max weight 23kg)

From Scandinavia & Finland to South Africa / Africa: (where SA is the MSC carrier)
Hunting equipment - 1 Rifle bag will be transported free of charge
Golfing equipment – max weight of 23kg will be transported free of charge
Diving Equipment – max weight of 23kg will be transported free of charge.


Vaulting Poles

Vaulting poles are not included in the free baggage allowance.

ZAM ZAM water or Sea Water

SAA will accept ZAMZAM water as checked baggage only and will only allow one jerry can per passenger (5 Litres). The free baggage allowance must be used or the applicable excess baggage fee will be charged. The jerry can must be properly packed in a plastic covering to avoid leakage and damage to others )

Following items may not be accepted as part of the passenger free baggage allowance:

To be accepted strictly as Cargo:

  • Car parts
  • TV
  • Toy guns
  • Or any other item as dictated by the airport authority   


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