A : If you have signed up for a photography tour you will be bringing equipment above and beyond what a normal game viewing safari would require. A detailed list and more information can be found here.
A : For international travel, most airlines allow checked luggage with a maximum length of 62 inches weight of 50 pounds per bag. Check your carriers website for more information. For smaller internal flights, there is a baggage restriction of 33 pounds per person. Excess luggage is charged at $2 per pound if it can be accommodated on the flight. On most tours we WILL be taking an internal flight at the end of the tour. We recommend packing light and to keep in mind this 33 pound limit. No formal clothes are needed and laundry services are available at most lodges and camps either free of charge or for a small fee ($2 – $3 per item).
Please read below an excerpt from KLM Airlines regarding carry –on luggage.
“When luggage is carried on-board the aircraft, it must be of a size and shape to allow for storage in aircraft overhead compartments, or underneath the seat in front of the passenger. Each person is allowed to carry on-board the aircraft one piece of luggage. This piece of luggage must not exceed 45 linear inches (9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches) and also must not exceed 40 pounds. In addition to this one piece of carry-on luggage, customers may also carry on-board a purse or briefcase or laptop computer. In addition, each passenger may carry a coat, umbrella or other “special” items.”KLM Airlines
Please keep all critical items and valuables in your carry-on shoulder bag or on you including passport, tickets, wallet, medications, toiletries, camera, glasses, etc…
Avoid packing camera equipment or CF Cards in your checked luggage. If you do have to check your camera equipment be sure to have airline approved cases for protection such as Pelican Cases.
If you decide to check your luggage, please protect yourself from the consequences of the airline losing your luggage by packing critical items and also two changes of clothes in a carry-on bag.
A : You are flying to a remote location where it may be impossible to purchase items in the event you forget something or your luggage is lost or delayed. Make yourself a checklist and pack with care.
IMPORTANT: Delayed or lost checked luggage is possible on international air carriers (i.e. KLM and British Airways) arriving into Kilimanjaro, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. We recommend that you carry – on as much as possible. We recommend one 22 inch suitcase (normal carry – on size which fits in typical overhead bins) and one separate camera bag and/or shoulder bag per person.
If you choose to check in your luggage, it is essential that you carry – on ALL important items, including but not limited to: prescription medicine , camera equipment, essential toiletries, and at least two separate changes of clothing.
You are allowed to carry – on 3 oz containers of any toiletries you may need such as sunscreen or contact lens solution in a single, quart – size, zip- top, clear plastic bag.
As you pack, ask yourself… “would my trip be ruined if I did not have this item?” If the answer is yes, pack it in your carry – on bag!!
A : Here is a packing list we suggest for other items:
A : Tours filled with wildlife viewing are extremely informal and the main goal is to pack lightly and smartly. Loose fitting, casual and comfortable clothing is recommended. There is little or no opportunity for fashion while on a tour, though you may wish to bring a nice outfit for a special dinner. All the lodges allow casual clothing and traditional safari wear while dining.
Some lodges and camps will launder your clothes for free or a small fee ($ 2 – $3 per item) within 24 –hours.
Clothing for Safari
Clothing Specific for Gorilla Trekking (rain is common and can be unexpected):
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