Luggage weights on flights in Kenya

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Jun 11th, 2005, 07:08 PM
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Luggage weights on flights in Kenya

I have read most of the posts on luggage weight limits on intra-Kenya flights, but find it hard to believe that only 33lb/person is allowed, as some posters say. Is this so?

Is this both checked and carry-on?

Has anyone recent experience with this?
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Jun 11th, 2005, 09:10 PM
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Hi,
I just had the same question myself, and a call to Kenya Airways showed that a flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro would allow 20 kg, 44 pounds. That's so much better than the 33 that we, also, had thought that we'd be working with. The contact person's email address is [email protected]. Phone number (212-279--5394).
I do hope I've received the correct info on this because my duffle weighs around 9 pounds....
If anyone else can contribute to this thread, I also, along with Jed, would be truly appreciative.
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Jun 12th, 2005, 06:12 AM
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I have read the Kenya Airways site, and it is impossible to figure out from that site what the weight limits are for intra-Kenya flights.

From the Airkenya site, it says that 15 kg (33lb) is allowed. For someone coming from the US, for a 2-3 week visit, that seems impossible.
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Jun 12th, 2005, 06:28 AM
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Hi, Jed--
Barbara here again. Just a correction to the email address I gave you for the Kenya Airways contact. It's [email protected]. Let her know what internal flights you'll be making. She will probably give the baggage allowance in kg, but there are plenty of conversion tables on line. It would be helpful if you would post what the response is--just so we might compare. I'd hate to count on 44 pounds and then be charged for extra weight. We leave on June 27 for Kenya and Tanzania. When is your trip?


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Jun 12th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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Jun 12th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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Just returned and the weight limit for internal flights (we had 7, plus 2 pvt. charter) is 15-Kgs/33-lbs. And for 2-to-3 week trips, it can be done. If I can pack a duffle and come in at 30-lbs, anyone can do it; admittedly on the return I was a tad over 35-lbs. with no question.

The 15-Kgs is for checked baggage. They weren't weighing carryon bags, but that's not to say they won't or can't. And remember - you can have your laundry done at camps and lodges, preferrably at any where your stay is two or more days. At most high-end camps/lodges laundry is included in price paid; at others a small fee is charged for laundry.
 
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Jun 12th, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Jed:

Sandi is correct for flying within Kenya.

Sandi - I'd love to have a copy of your packing list! Do you not take flashlight, binoculars, hair dryer or anything heavy? I am always way overweight because of these things. How do you do it gal?

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Jan -

I should be doing "work" but a quick response. Nothing unusual in the packing and I do pack a few so-called "heavy" items.

Yes, a hairblower, but small and practically weightless. Surprisingly, for this trip there were few places I could use it; needless to say I am not a happy camper if the hair isn't washed daily and blown regularly. Even some of the high-end camps didn't have sufficient power for a hairblower, though at Cottars they set up a generator so I could use mine. Short hair or not, I'm a slave to the "hair thing."

My flashlight is a "Mark Furman special" (for those not in the know, one of the O.J.Simpson police detectives who found "the glove") - read a small MagLite. However, every camp provided flashlights (torch) or had someone escort us once dark settled in.

On check-in when I saw the scale at only 30-lbs. I was very surprised. And needless to say, yes, there were a few items I didn't even wear. Will try to remember to provide details when I get to the trip report.

Oh, and I do recall when we checked in for our first Kenyan internal flight, ALL our bags were weighed including the carryons. Sure enough we were way over and they wanted to charge us extra at 4,000 Ksh (over $50). Whoooops, no way - and to get hit with $50 for each leg? I didn't think so. But a smile and a compliment seemed to work. Hey, you do what you've gotta do!
 
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Jun 13th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Thanks, Sandi, but I sam still not clear about it.

Is the 15 kg limit for all baggage, or just checked, with more permitted as carry-on? Did you fly Airkenya?

From the Airkenya site, it says that they charge 200 Ksh per kg excess over 15 kg. By that calculation, you (singular or plural) were carrying 20 kg, or 44 lb, over the permitted amount.
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Jed -

We flew both Air Kenya and Safari Link, as well private charters. The weight limit is 15-Kg/33-lbs. and should (technically) be for everything. But from what I surmised, regardless the fact that they weighed all of our luggage, it appears that a small carryon with your camera equipment, meds and usual personal items, if it doesn't weigh much, won't be an issue. The luggage compartments on these planes are really small and tight... and few planes had "overhead" bins.

The smallest of our planes was a 4-seater (not much room at all, lots went with us inside, not below); others were 16-19 seaters. Only our last flight from the Mara, taking a large group from Micato, was a 30+ seater. The planes are scheduled based on the number of passengers for any leg - can be small, can be large.

You have to remember that this is Africa - not in the negative, please - but sometimes it depends on who checks you in, the weather, the mood of the day - whatever! And yes, they were asking me for overweight charges. However, I can't guarantee that your smile will get you a free ride. In fact, I'm surprised mine did.

To be safe, stay within the guidelines for checked bags and don't overdo it with the carryon. Depending on your flights, who knows what capacity plane you will be scheduled on.
 
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