It actually took us a while to figure out luggage restrictions! I thought this would be really simple to figure out, but for two reasons, it wasn't.
First, we had a short flight between Rwanda and Tanzania. And, for some reason, this was really confusing to me!
Second, I couldn't figure out the ideal luggage size restrictions for the jeep! Our tour operator kept saying that there was no restriction, and not to worry about how much luggage we had. But, knowing how some of our friends pack (and how many souvenirs they buy), if we just ignored luggage restrictions, there was a real concern we'd get all scrunched up and uncomfortable in the jeep.
We settled on the following:
- No more than 23 kg (50 lb) checked baggage.
- No more than 10 kg (~23 lbs) of carry-on baggage.
How does all this luggage fit in the jeep?
- Each of us (there were six) packed approximately one piece of luggage that was carry-on size, and one baggage. During the trip, we were able to fit the carry-on luggage in the back of the jeep, and we kept the backpacks up front with us in the jeep. This fit pretty nicely in the jeep.
- Note that we didn't actually get all the space in the jeep. The driver/guide obviously need to have his own luggage. Also, each day, we brought out a box of packed lunches. We also carried a case of water, and inside the jeep, we had a small cooler.
- In addition to the space in the far back of the jeep (behind the seats), there are actually eight seats in the jeep - six in the back, and one passenger seat up front with the driver/guide. So with six of us, there was actually an extra seat that we could put stuff on...and most of the time, we did make use of it.
- Baggage Allowance: Each group member is allowed 30Kg of check-in baggage and 10Kg of Carry on bag in Economy class and 40Kg of check-in baggage and 10Kg of Carry on bag in Business class. Excess baggage charges will apply as appropriate.
- I've copied this info from their site because, for some reason, it was incredibly hard for me to track down when I was looking for it!
There were some other luggage "tips" we learned, but none of these applied to us:
- Bring old luggage, and cover up your luggage while you're traveling. Some travelers warned that the roads get really dusty, so if you brought brand new luggage, it gets dusty/old fast. If you do bring nice new luggage, ask your driver to cover it up with a tarp (or something) so the dust doesn't settle all over everything. We were there in November, so it wasn't that dusty.
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