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Bags for Maun to Lodge flight

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Bags for Maun to Lodge flight

We are flying from Johannesburg to Maun in SA flight & from Maun to our lodge in a small aircraft. Since we are on a 10 day vacation, we have medium size bags. Since the small aircraft flight they are insisiting to carry only very small bags, what is the best option available to us.

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Take a soft sided bag. You will find that just about every lodge will do laundry for you ( often included in the price) and get it back within a day. Nobody dresses up on a safari holiday so smart clothes aren't needed.

I have travelled in Africa for 3 weeks with 12kg and that included books and snorkel. What weight limit have they given you?

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My concern is where can I leave my other luggage ?

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Quite often the Lodge you are staying at will have availability for you to leave unwanted baggage in Maun either at their offices or with the charter company. ESSENTIAL to confirm this with them first

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I wanna disagree with no one dresses smart on safari. In Africa, the way you dress is very important. It shows respect for others to dress well. While I agree that you should not bring many clothes, also dont rush to bring your most beat up clothes.

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Nobody said anything about 'beat up' clothes . However lightweight fabrics, sensible colours and not too many changes are the order of the day. Occasionally you will see someone dressed as though they are in a city or conversely have spent a lot of money on specialist safari clothes and they just look a bit odd .

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Just got back from 2 weeks at 4 game camps. Comfy clothes in safari colors are best. No hair dryers available, so your hair will look bad, makeup is hard to put on at 5:45 am when they get you up to go out on safari, you will wear the same clothes over and over and absolutely no one dresses up. But no one cares, it is such a wonderful experience. We all freaked out about only being able to take 20 kilos, so we loaded up jacket pockets with stuff and took 2 carryon bags apiece. They didn't even weigh it at Maun. Between-camp planes are small, and they shove bags underneath, so soft-sided duffle is best. Eagle Creek has a great one w/ wheels-get the largest. If going now (winter) be sure & pack layers--40 in morning, 80 by noon. Hat & gloves worthwhile. Have a blast!

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Most of the charter airlines in Maun have a weight limit of 20kgs per person for all your luggage- that includes checked in luggage, hand luggage and stuff like camera equipment. Also they say that bags should be within the following size limits: 25cm wide by 30cm high by 62cm long.

Please note that if you are flying with Wilderness Air at all then these restrictions are being very strictly enforced and they are weighing all clients luggage at Maun Airport. I have seen them trying to charge clients who are over this weight limit for excess luggage.

For all the airlines it is very important that you use soft bags or backpacks- no rigid suitcases or even fabric suitcases with rigid frames. They are very hard to fit in the small luggage compartments and the airlines may refuse to accept them.

If you are just going to Botswana then I assume that all the luggage you are bringing is things you will want to have at the camps. So you will just have to try and keep within these limits.

If you are going elsewhere and are bringing stuff for that part of the trip then as long as you are returning to Maun it should not a problem leaving excess luggage in Maun. The major charter airlines here like Mack Air, Moremi Air and Wilderness Air are able to store luggage for you in locked cupboards. They will say that they accept no liability for loss though so best not to leave anything really valuable in there. If you are not returning to Maun then it is more of a problem. Often the airlines can arrange for extra luggage to be transported to your final destination but they will charge for this. If you think you may need to do this then it would be best to ask your agent to arrange this in advance and give the airlines prior notice.

Mark - Gondwana Tours & Safaris, Maun

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8. Re: Bags for Maun to Lodge flight

Hi,

I'm juggling with the same problem. We fly into Kasane (from Jo'burg) and fly out of Maun so the former option about leaving bags at Maun/Kasane airport is not on. However i've checked that Jo'burg has left luggage facility. But my fear is if our flight into Jo'burg from Mumbai is delayed, we'd be rushing to check-in for the Air Botswana flight, & we'd have a major problem on our hands. From Botswana we are flying to Port Elizabeth for a 5 day Garden Route vacation so we would need extra clothes.

Any ideas???

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I understand that your travel agent for Botswana would have a local office in Maun, they should help you out to keep the luggage in their office or the charter company also can help.

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10. Re: Bags for Maun to Lodge flight

ok Atul thanks. I see that you are based in India. When is your plan?