If you are looking for hints and tips to get you ready for your Safari Trip, you are in the right place. Choosing the right Safari luggage and bags will help you have an enjoyable and stress-free game-viewing trip.
What Is The Difference Between Safari Trips & Other Journeys?
On safari tours, visitors are required to bring along a special type of travel bag – bags that are approved for Safari Trips. Continue to read …… to hear about the type of bags that are suitable and the type of luggage discouraged.
(1) I will shed light on what Safari trips are.
(2) Map out the most popular Safari destinations in the world.
What Is A Safari Trip? It’s journey that includes game viewing including spending time in the wild either in game reserves or national parks. Not all people who go on Safari trips will be aiming to go to see wild animals. Some visit national parks for the sole purpose of taking some photographs. While others go for hiking and sight-seeing adventures.
1. Heart of Southern Africa Zimbabwe is home to a lot of wildlife. There is a wide range of things to see, making it a tricky thing to choose where to visit. The best way is to start off with a rundown of Zimbabwe’s attractions:
Victoria Falls, a spectacular waterfall on its border with Zambia.
Hwange National Park, which offers a variety of scenery and game. It is also great for walking safaris and game drives, to see the full extent of its wildlife including elephant herds.
Lake Kariba, one of the world’s greatest man-made lakes along Zambezi River, offers stunning landscapes and big game viewing canoe trips. Another option is to go for a walking safari.
Mana Pools National Park has a collection of ox-bow lakes surrounded by vegetation, which attracts a substantial amount of wildlife.
Matobo Hills National Park, scattered with huge piles of granite boulders has the most breathtaking scenery.
Other parks: Chizarira National Park, Gonarezhou National Park and the Eastern Highlands, which is full of beautiful scenic drives, walking and hiking trails, good for bird-watching and wildlife experiences.
2. Kenya, famously known as the land of safari, is an adventure holiday destination, with so much to offer. Most visitors to Kenya are so keen to see its Masai Mara National Reserve, to view its wildlife and perhaps get to meet up with its Masai communities.
3. Tanzania is an Eastern African country, renowned for its wilderness areas. These include Kilimanjaro National Park, a home to Africa’s highest mountain. No wonder why these attractions are the largest tourists’ pullers year by year.
4. Botswana’s Lagoon area is known for its big game and large herds of buffaloes plus elephants, which is a major attraction for predators. What tourists absolutely love about the Lagoon, is the rare chance to view the wild dog pack den, close to the camp. As a result, the Lagoon has earned the reputation as ‘the place to see wild dog in Botswana.’
The Okavango Delta, a safari in northern Botswana, is popular for its sprawling grassy plains and animal habitat. Plus, the Moremi Game Reserve, where dugout canoes are used for navigating past hippos, elephants and crocodiles. On dry land, visitors can view wildlife: lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos.
5. Arctic Safaris, are popular for there wildlife including polar bears, narwhal and walrus. The Arctic has breathtaking landscapes and views of the stunning Northern Lights in the fall and winter months.
6. India Safaris: India has an extensive range of national parks namely: the Bandhavgarh National Park, home to India’s elusive white tigers and a wildlife sanctuary with the highest number of tigers. Also, parks: Madhya Pradesh, Pench Tiger Reserve.
7. China safaris are renowned for pandas found in bamboo forests. The top places to visit are Dujiangyan Panda Base, Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, Wolong Panda Center, Beijing Zoo and Ocean Park in Hong Kong.
Light Aircraft for Safaris
One of the most popular safari destinations in Africa is Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania. A 39-minute short film or documentary was released for this park in 1994. People travel into the park by a light aircraft.
Elsewhere, Airplanes and Land Rovers are forms of transport most commonly used for Safari Tours. Planes are convenient for moving people between camps. However, these planes are not only small, but light and have limited space for storing travel luggage. Meaning, visitors are very limited in terms of the luggage they take with them. Only travel luggage which is suitable for small safari planes is recommended.
Pack for Safari
- Duffel Bag
- Red Ox Bags
- Sea To Summit
- Fold away Bags
- Chapman Bags
All these bags are classified as soft-sided luggage. For example, the soft-sided Duffel Bag in the picture with no wheels and frames. Two-wheeled bags are discouraged because wheels naturally add weight to the bag. Although hard-case bags provide better protection for belongings, they are heavier. Therefore, they are not suitable for Safari planes.
The reason why Duffel Bags make good safari luggage is there capable nature of carrying less weight. Carry-on luggage is a type of bag that is endorsed. Tough and versatile Kit Bags, Barrel Bags and Duffels are all good because they allow you to transport large campouts of kit easily and without a hassle. Some safari companies keep luggage for there clients so that the visitors can carry a few items they would need for a particular tour.
Airlines take safety precautions seriously and would expect their passengers to stick to stipulated luggage requirements. Failure to meet them may cause couriers to cancel any booking or deny boarding to prospective passengers.
Luggage for Kenyan Safaris
For touring purposes, visitors may choose to use Safari Vehicles or to go by foot. Those who choose to walk are known as Walking Safaris. The ones who choose to fly during the trip are assigned a light aircraft. Such an aircraft has a weight limit of 15 KG imposed on it.
Also, the number of people to be accommodated in a Safari Vehicle determines how much luggage the tourists can take with them. The fewer people who are travelling, the better since it leaves plenty of room on the plane for carrying more luggage.
What this means are the more tourists they are on the same size vehicle, the less room available to accommodate travel bags. And this is resolved by imposing weight or size limits.
Generally, it is fine to keep a small rucksack. A rucksack is quite handy for carrying items. A tourist would also need a hat, sun cream, bins, cameras, wet wipes and water. Wearing a sun hat protects game viewers from getting burned by direct rays from the sun.
Walking in the game parks is potentially risky business due to the presence of dangerous animals that live there. However, one obvious advantage tourists stand to gain is the ability to see nature and its natural habitat at very proximity. Also, the rare opportunity to view plant life, to spot birds and insects in their natural environment, which are just phenomenal.
The game ranchers usually arrange a half-day walking safari or organize walking safaris that can last for days or even weeks. Sometimes support vehicles take tourists’ luggage ahead, while, occasionally, animals will carry their bags as shown in the picture.
In Kenya, travel luggage is carried on camels’ backs. Kenya’s Camel Safaris’ are not walking safaris as such but a mere name. What happens in the end, is many people choose Camel Safaris and prefer strolling by the camel’s side rather than enjoying an actual ride on the back of the camel.
Please feel free to leave a comment below or to share your own lived experiences. If you have been on a Safari trip before, what travel bag did you use and also if it served its purpose? Your views are much appreciated.