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The Rufiji™ Safari Explorer

$245.00

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Designed to withstand the rigors of African travel, this bestselling soft and squashy bag combines ruggedness and practicality with luxury and style to set the benchmark in safari and travel luggage.


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Product Information

Elements and Activities - the Rufiji™ Safari Explorer :

Quick Facts: ⊙ Size 29 x 12.5 x 12 inches; 75 x 32 x 30 cm (72 litres); ⊙ Weight 2.25 kg

Features: ⊙ Made from 100% safari canvas and cowhide; ⊙ Uninterrupted cavernous interior accessible via the horseshoe-shaped zip; ⊙ Four zipped outer compartments for smaller items; ⊙ Soft sides of the bag enable it to adjust to the amount of gear and clothing packed ⊙ Carrying handles and adjustable/removable shoulder strap; ⊙ Unique lockable zips on end pockets and main compartment; ⊙ Fully lined interior; ⊙ Curved leather at each end of the bag to complement its curved lines and for added durability

Activities: ⊙ Safari ⊙ Travel ⊙ Multi-day adventures and expeditions ⊙ Weekend trips ⊙ Everyday use (such as going to the gym) ⊙ Business trips ⊙ Short-haul and hand luggage-only flights ⊙ Charter flights and overlanding ⊙ Perfect to put in your car for daily use

Introduction:
Designed to withstand the rigors of African travel, this bestselling soft and squashy bag combines ruggedness and practicality with luxury and style to set the benchmark in safari and travel luggage. With the strict luggage limitations of African travel our foremost concern, we decided to design our own luggage range. Being sticklers for quality, it wasn’t enough for our luggage range to meet the 'soft and squashy' requirement alone. We also made sure we designed a range made from incredibly strong canvas and cowhide that looks incredibly good too.

The NEW Rufiji™ Safari Explorer sets a new standard in safari and travel luggage. Superbly made, this is the bag to take to Africa and is the perfect mix of luxury styling and rock-solid construction. The soft sides of the bag allow it to adjust to the amount of clothing and gear you want to pack for your safari. You will be impressed by just how much safari clothing and gear you can fit into the bag, which almost seems to increase in size the more clothing you add.

While the bag still has the horseshoe-shaped zip to allow for ease of packing and unpacking from the cavernous interior of the bag, we have remodelled the side of the bag to include a second zipped side pocket, curved the leather at each end of the bag to match the smooth curved lines of the bag itself, and we have included unique lockable zips on the end pockets and on the main compartment rather than D-rings. The bag is fully lined and now has four zipped outer pockets (perfect for keeping smaller items separate), carrying handles, and an adjustable/removable shoulder strap. Soft, squashy, strong, and stylish too - this bag is the perfect partner for your adventure.

Why do you need a 'Soft and Squashy' Bag for Africa? We probably don’t need to give you another reason to want The NEW Rufiji™ Safari Explorer, but we thought we would give you some more information on why this bag is ideal for Africa. The main catch phrase you will hear your tour operator use when you ask the question, "What type of bag should I take?" will always be, "Soft and squashy." While we would change this to, "Soft, strong, and squashy" the reason why taking a bag with soft sides is so important comes down to the strict luggage limitations of African travel.

Many tailormade safaris include, at some stage, a scheduled charter or fully chartered flight. The aircraft used for these charters will usually be (and we include this for the plane fundis): Cessna 206, Cessna 210, Cessna Caravans, and Twin Otters. On these planes, the luggage hold is cramped and small, so your pilot will need to be able to 'squash' your 'soft' bag into the tight corners and confines of the hold. Keep in mind that you will often be sharing these flights with others and so the pilot is tasked with fitting everyone's luggage into the hold.

The weight is also important. The bush landing strips which serve the lodges are typically short, so overloading the plane with luggage is not an option as this would affect take-off and the handling of the aircraft. The NEW Rufiji™ Safari Explorer weighs just over 2kgs. Should you arrive at the airfield with a monstrous, hard-sided suitcase, the pilot may find a place for your bag on the plane if you’re lucky, but he or she is more likely to tell you that you will either not be able to fly or that you need to charter a separate plane for your luggage.

The hardy construction of The NEW Rufiji™ Safari Explorer is also important. We have had clients lose their luggage off the back of a Land Rover in transit to or from an airfield. We took these kinds of experiences into account during the design process. Our bags are made to take a beating.




Cleaning Instructions

* Do not machine wash
* Do not soak leather
* Do not use abrasive detergents or hard brushes / sponges / cloths
* Spot clean with a soft cloth and warm water


How many to pack

1 Rufiji™ Safari Explorer per person

Further Information

⊙ MATERIAL: These bags are beautifully made from 100% safari canvas and cowhide, making them tough enough to endure the rough handling and unique challenges of African travel.

⊙ DETAIL: The new Rufiji™ Safari Explorer is fully lined and now has curved leather at each end of the bag which complement the curved lines of the bag itself and for added durability. Four zipped outer pockets are perfect for keeping smaller items separate.

⊙ STRAPS: The handles are made from thick woven canvas with padded leather tabs and the bag comes with an adjustable/removeable shoulder strap for comfortable carrying.

⊙ ZIPS: The large horseshoe-shaped zip makes for easy access of the main compartment. The durable zips have leather tags to make zipping and unzipping easy on the hands. Rather than D-rings, the bag features unique lockable zips on the end pockets and main compartment, which can be easily secured.


Customer Reviews

3rd February 2017 by Geoff Amondsen

I had to get asquashy bag due to interconnecting flights on small aircraft. This bag fitted the bill admirably carried all my clothing and some extra photographic gear safely and securely. There was plenty of room with end pockets very convenient for all those electrical bits and all those other bits you need in a hurry. Highly recommended.


6th March 2016 by Dave Lee

An excellent bag more than enough room for all my clothing for a four week overland trip to morroco via spain


Product Review

*In our quest to continually improve on our products, we have made the following design updates to The NEW Rufiji™ Safari Explorer (these are not shown on the image above):
1) Our new, unique, lockable zips make it very easy to secure the main compartment and end pockets. The lock we stock fits the new zips perfectly (click here). Our new, unique, lockable zips make it very easy to secure the main compartment and end pockets. The lock we stock fits the new zips perfectly.
2) We have replaced the open side pocket on the bag with a second zipped side pocket. We have replaced the open pocket on the bag with a second side zipped pocket.
3) The leather finish to the end pockets has been simplified and styled to follow the curves of the bag. The leather finish to the end pockets has been simplified and styled to follow the curves of the bag.

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