Are you flying in Africa in light aircraft? Then make sure you are suitably packed and ready for the adventure. Failure to comply to luggage restrictions in Africa may result in denial to board planes which wouldn’t be fun!
So are you soon heading on safari to Africa? Crucial to ensure an effortless experience is the right luggage. I know you may have read this message before… but due to the frequency of recent incidents of passengers turning up with excess baggage and claiming they were not advised of airline restrictions, we’d like to ask you to spare a moment to view some gentle reminders below for your benefit, safety and comfort.
Baggage allowance on the majority of light aircraft is strictly 15kgs per person in East Africa and 20kgs per person in Southern Africa, inclusive of hand luggage, in soft sided bags. Certain airlines, routes or private charters may have different restrictions so please ask your journey specialist what is applicable to your itinerary. If you think you will have excess baggage, please call us immediately so we can book you an additional seat or, as some airlines offer, a freight seat – charged at a extra adult seat or child rate – which allows you additional 70kgs baggage.
Excess baggage will be charged for and the fee varies anywhere from $2 – $10 per kilo and will only be carried subject to space availability on the same aircraft otherwise it will be carried on the next available aircraft, which could be on a different day.
Passengers with excess baggage or using large hard case suitcases will be asked to re-pack into soft bags which you will be responsible for sourcing. Some airlines, SafariLink in particular have bags available for purchase at check-in for US$10 or equivalent of Kshs 1000/- a piece. Then at Wilson Airport, SafariLink has a very secure ‘left baggage’ storage area available at no cost for passengers who wish to leave baggage behind. Similar options are available throughout the countries we operate in.
Please note in all instances, it is the pilots who have the authority to and discretion to deny loading baggage that appears to be in excess of the allowance.
Please alert us if you have not already should you weigh over 100kgs, because for your own comfort and safety of the aircraft, you will be required to book an extra seat. Again, this is either adult rate or in SafariLink planes, payable at a child rate.
We take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for ensuring your baggage is appropriate to the aircraft and other modes of travel in your itinerary. This will ensure your comfort and safety after all!
If you are unsure, please call and chat with one of our friendly staff who can assist with your luggage requirements!
1300 988 378