On scheduled International, Regional and Domestic flights, passengers are permitted 20 kg on baggage in economy class and 30 kg in Business and First Classes. There are a few flights to smaller airports where the limit is 12kg - check with your agent first.
However, it is most important to note that on charter aircraft, allowances do vary. While most charter flights now permit 20 kg, others still limit passengers to 12kg allowance per passenger, which is strictly enforced due to safety factors and the limited space available on these aircraft. In either instance, the weight allowance includes hand luggage and camera equipment.
Charter companies insist on a soft carry-all (instead of a suitcase) with the following maximum dimensions: 80 cm long by 30 cm wide. Please keep in mind that the baggage compartments on some of the light aircraft are only 25 cm high, so the pilots must have the ability to manipulate the bag into the compartment.
NB. PASSENGERS WHO BRING MORE THAN THE ALLOWED WEIGHT MAY NECESSITATE THE USE OF AN EXTRA CHARTER AIRCRAFT, IN WHICH CASE THEY WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE CONSIDERABLE EXTRA CHARTER COSTS (UP TO US$600) IF THEY WANT THE EXCESS BAGGAGE TO TRAVEL WITH THEM.
Guests in Botswana will also have the option on arrival, in either Maun or Kasane, to send their excess baggage ahead for an additional cost of US$80 per person. If the safari begins in Maun, the excess baggage will be forwarded to Kasane and stored. If starting in Kasane, the excess baggage will be forwarded to Maun for storage. Guests can then collect this excess baggage at the end of the Botswana portion of their safari. We would prefer to know in advance if this service will be needed so that arrangements can be made and the transfer can be handled smoothly.
Additionally, a guest travelling alone who weighs 100 kgs or more, or two guests travelling together whose combined weight is 180 kgs or more, must advise us as an extra seat will then have to be costed into the package for safety purposes on the light aircraft transfers.
On all international flights to and from the region, there are departure taxes to pay. These can be included in your airfare and should be reflected on the ticket for scheduled flights. If this is not reflected on the air ticket, then the airline will collect the taxes from you directly. All domestic departure taxes on charter flights are included in the price of your safari.
We offer two types of air transfer: either a private charter where you have sole use of the aircraft, or a scheduled air transfer based on a "seat-in-plane" basis where you share the aircraft with other guests (and thereby benefit from the lower cost). Unless specifically requested to do otherwise, we will automatically book you onto the scheduled air transfer with other guests, as this is the more cost-effective option.
When we package an itinerary using scheduled air transfers, we book the aircraft and pilot through licensed charter companies. All the flight times between lodges are arranged a few days before the flights take place so that there are not endless schedule changes. The lodge or camp where you are staying will be advised of your departure time the day before and will have you at the airstrip on time.
We cannot be more firm on timings as the charter companies are compelled to service their aircraft every 100 hours, which could mean all air movements have to be rescheduled at the last moment. At certain times of the year it may be necessary, for safety reasons, to transfer you from camp to camp during the cooler times of the day, in early morning or late afternoon only. Once the departure times have been set they cannot be changed unless substantial additional costs are paid.
Therefore, regard chartered flights as you would a flight on a scheduled carrier - arrive on time for check-in!