Safari Expedition Tested:
Okavango By Rufiji™

This is a list of all the products which we expedition tested on the Okavango Expedition. The main aim of the expedition was to comprehensively test our MaraTech™ Ripstop fabric which has now been used in all the clothing products we have included below. The same applies for the Rufiji™ Essential fleece fabric which we tested. All products listed were tested and checked over the 160km trial by water and dugout canoe in one of Africa's wildest areas.
Read the expedition story  |   Find out about expedition testing  |   See our travel tips for Botswana.

Safari Holdalls & Duffels Read our Safari Holdalls & Duffels Packing Advice

  • For your main large safari duffel or safari holdall, choose safari luggage which is soft and squashable and which has no frame. This is especially true for safari travel to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya and the reason for this is rather a practical one: The majority of safari lodges and camps within these countries are accessible only by light aircraft. As a result, in order for your pilot to fit your luggage into the small, cramped hold, your luggage must not have hard sides, nor rigid frames or structure, and should rather be soft-sided so that the pilot is able to fit (squash) your bag into the plane. The same is true for some overland and expedition-style safaris where there will be limited space for luggage in the safari 4x4.
  • Please check with the safari company you have booked with about luggage limitations for the internal flights on your safari, as the requirements may vary from safari to safari. Where luggage weight limitations are specified please note that - as the maximum take-off weight in any aircraft has to be strictly adhered to by pilots to maximise your safety on each flight - you may find that your pilot will not be able to take any luggage over the maximum allowed weight per passenger. In this instance, you may have to pay for your luggage to be flown separately.
  • Use a travel trolley to carry your main safari duffel or safari holdall as you are not meant to take safari luggage with a frame. Simply remove the travel trolley from your safari luggage when you do not need to wheel your safari luggage, collapse and either stow it in the hold, or take it with you into the cabin. Your safari pilot will be able to advise which option he or she prefers.

Number of large, soft-sided safari bags to pack for your safari:
1 x large safari duffel or holdall bag per person.

The Rufiji™ Safari Explorer

The Rufiji™ Safari Explorer

$196.00 Was: $245.00

Safari Satchels & Smaller Safari Bags Read our Safari Satchels & Smaller Safari Bags Packing Advice

  • You will need a smaller safari bag to take with you on all safari activities - whether a few hours or a few days - to include: game drive safaris, walking safaris, horse riding safaris, mountain biking safaris, boating safaris, fishing safaris, canoeing safaris, and mekoro (dugout) safaris.
  • Into this smaller safari bag will go any number of safari essentials such as: sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, binoculars, waterproof jacket (assuming you are wearing your warm-layer safari jacket or fleece), a safari beanie, any books you want to take on safari with you, water bottle, perhaps your passport if you prefer to keep it with you - and any other personal effects you want to take with you on safari.
  • The nature of your safari will determine which bag, or bags you decide to take with you on your safari. For example if you are only planning on going on game drives then you will be fine to take any safari satchel, safari backpack, safari tote or over-the-shoulder safari bag as you will just be walking with it from your room to the safari 4x4 and then placing it on the seat next to you. If you want to also do walks from the lodge (recommended) then you would need a safari satchel or safari backpack, and if you are on a proper walking safari then you would need a safari satchel or safari backpack which you are happy to have over the shoulder or on your back for many kilometers or miles of walking.
  • Your choice of smaller safari bag (or bags) could and should also double as your safari carry-on bag for flights to and from Africa. If you prefer a larger carry-on to carry some clothes, then your take this bag in addition to your carry-on. Some brands of holdall/duffel luggage - such as the Mara&Meru Voyager range - also allow you to zip and lock the ideal safari satchel-backpack combination bag as an end pocket onto your main safari bag which means that you simply unzip it when you get to your safari to use it as your smaller safari bag. That way you are able to check it into the aircraft hold for your international flight to Africa.

Number of smaller safari bags to pack for your safari:
1 x smaller safari bag per person.

The Rufiji™ Safari Explorer Satchel

The Rufiji™ Safari Explorer Satchel

$129.17
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