Luggage should be kept to a minimum. With a few exceptions the luggage limit on light aircraft flights throughout southern Africa is a total of 20 kgs / 44 lbs per person for check-in and carry-on luggage combined. For East Africa the luggage limit is a total of 15 kgs / 33 lbs per person. Bags should be soft-sided. We are regularly asked by the airline companies to remind our clients to ensure their luggage does not have hard sides and has no built-in frame or wheels. Some airlines are particularly strict about this. The dimensions of the door of the luggage compartment on some light aircraft are restricted is size and soft-sided bags will allow the pilot to more easily load and manipulate your luggage into the confined area of the luggage hold.
These luggage restrictions sound very little but bear in mind the following:
- All safari camps and lodges and hotels provide fresh towels and basic toilet amenities.
- Laundry can be done on a daily basis (and for many camps this service is included in the tariff, although hotels do charge a nominal fee).
- Mainly casual clothing is required.
As no formal clothes are needed on safari we recommend that you limit your luggage to the basics. More formal attire is usually required only when staying in the more prestigious city hotel establishments or on any of the luxury trains. On a wildlife safari, casual clothing is the order of the day.