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New baggage restrictions at OR Tambo International Airport
Please be advised there are new baggage restrictions that have been implemented as of 25 March 2019.
This is to prevent blockages and breakdowns in the baggage-handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips – as per IATA guidelines. These are the largest source of jams and can shut down sections of the baggage-handling system, delaying baggage delivery to aircraft, and inconveniencing passengers and airlines.
The new rules are:
- Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed to be checked in. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted
- Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed
- Bags with longs straps will not be allowed
Passengers who try to check in bags that don’t conform to these rules will have the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport-approved baggage wrapping stations.
AKP Update: Chipego Bike Shop
In 2015, Akorn and Sanctuary Retreats donated hundreds of bicycles which along with their shipping containers, were used to establish a village bike shop and a bike tour enterprise, called the Chipego Bike Shop, run by five local woman. Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy assisted with the delivery of the bikes and the construction of the shop, as well as the training of its new employees. In addition to providing the community with access to mobility, the bike shop provides an income opportunity for these woman who have previously never had a form of employment. The woman also set aside a portion of their profits to fund projects in the local community including the sponsorship of school fees for selected students and a contribution to the new maternity ward.
Rather than touring the community on foot – we recommend guests take a leisurely guided bike ride through the streets. By doing a bike tour of the community, guests are contributing towards the bike initiative. A portion of the funds will be put towards maintenance of the bikes as well as a service fee to the community guide. Bike rides available at USD10 per person.
Return to the wild
Sleep out under the stars –the wildest experience the South Luangwa has to offer. Sleep out under the stars in the spectacular and extremely remote Luwi dry river bed with just a bed roll and a mossie net, not even a tent! Experience the thrill of the first safari pioneers, including Norman Carr himself, as they discovered the wonders of the South Luangwa. Guests venture out from the remotest bush camp on foot in the mid-afternoon, find a spot to camp and make the camp fire for a game ranger's dinner which they help to cook themselves. Then, having shared adventure stories around the fire, sleep out under the magnificent African sky whilst the guide and scout keep a watch until morning.
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Proflight baggage policy update
Please take note of the following baggage allowances
- Flexible fares (B class) - baggage allowance of 30 kg
- Classic fares (Y class) - baggage allowance of 23 kg
- The piece concept has been removed allowing you to carry as many pieces as you would like as long as your total checked weight is within the weight allowance.
- No change to hand baggage and infant baggage.
- Excess weight above the allowed checked weight will be charged at a set Kwacha rate of K20 per kg excess.
- This is also payable in USD but will be converted at the current Rate of Exchange.
- Extra bag purchase at airport are no longer an option: any weight above the allowance will be charged on a per kg basis only.
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