Why is safari luggage limited to 33 lbs. in East Africa?

by | Questions & answers, Safari Life

This question is common amongst travelers after they read their personalized Pre-Departure Safari Guide. Luggage weight limits for most international flights are higher and travelers are often surprised to learn this smaller weight limit applies to East African Safaris. Photographers are often most concerned as they calculate the total weight of the various cameras and lenses that they plan on taking on their safari.


The 33 lb limit is set by the various air carriers which fly between the African destinations. Unlike international flights, the weight limits for these internal flights generally applies to the total weight of all your luggage – including your carry-on.
The majority of the aircraft used for these flights are classified as “light aircraft” – small aircraft that carry 4 to 12 passengers. Each of these aircraft have a designed weight limit and, in order to insure everyone’s safety, the weight of the luggage is limited.

Over the 27 years that Safari Professionals has been designing and conducting safaris, they’ve learned a few “techniques” that may help if you have any concerns about the weight of your luggage.
So, if you have questions about your luggage and its weight, give them a call at 800-779-2146.