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Heading To Africa For A Safari Tour?

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Going on a safari tour in Africa is an adventure of a lifetime. However, before embarking on your journey, it's important to know what kind of luggage you're allowed to bring. The baggage restrictions for air travel in Africa are very different from those for standard domestic and international flights.

Most safari tours take place in remote locations that can only be reached by small, lightweight aircraft, such as a Cessna. These aircraft have limited space for luggage, so all bags must be soft-sided and "squish-able" to fit into small spaces or even on your lap. Your luggage weight allowance is also much less than what you would be allowed on standard flights, ranging from 23 to 44 pounds, depending on your destination and aircraft.

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Furthermore, the maximum baggage size also varies depending on your destination and aircraft, typically ranging from 22" x 13" x 10" to 24" x 12" x 10". Due to these restrictions, it's crucial to choose lightweight, durable bags that are easy to carry and can withstand dusty and dirty conditions.

When packing for your safari tour, keep in mind that you only need casual clothing. Laundry services are usually available, so you don't need to pack too many clothes. However, African cultural standards may require you to wash your undergarments yourself.

If you're bringing a camera, be sure to pack only the essentials as these are

typically the only items that are not "squish-able". Store your camera in the middle of your bag, surrounded by clothing, to protect it from damage. If you're a professional photographer, you may have the option to purchase a second seat on the aircraft for your camera equipment baggage.

It's always a good idea to check with your travel agent or tour company to confirm the exact baggage restrictions for your trip. Remember to choose your baggage wisely, ensure that all your batteries are charged, and pack extra film and memory cards.

Here at, we are proud to carry the #1 recommended brand for African Safari Tours: A.Saks Luggage. Made of 420 denier nylon, or

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In conclusion, when preparing for your African safari tour, keep in mind the baggage restrictions for air travel. Choose lightweight, durable bags that are soft-sided and "squish-able". Pack only the essentials and be sure to check with your tour company to confirm the exact baggage restrictions for your trip. And, of course, have an amazing adventure!

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