Safari first-timers are often surprised to find that most bush flights have strict weight limits on luggage and require soft-sided bags to fit into the small storage compartments. You don't want to be forced to leave your luggage behind on the runway, so a good-quality duffle bag is a must-have. You needn't worry about having to pack lighter, as the safari experience is generally quite casual, and most luxury safari camps offer laundry service.
Here are some of our favorite duffle bags to take on safari:
Filson Medium Duffle
Filson is known for its quality work products, and this tan twill and bridle leather duffle bag is no exception. It is made in America, has an understated style and will last for years.
Buy the Filson Medium Duffle - $425
North Face Base Camp Duffel
The Base Camp Duffel has been the go-to bag for trekkers for decades and is a common sight at Everest base camp. It's perfectly sized, waterproof and doubles as a backpack. It may not be as formal as some other options, but the bright colors definitely stand out from the crowd at an airport.
Buy the North Face Base Camp Duffel - $135
Ghurka Unisex Cavalier III
This Ghurka bag is the most expensive on our list but for good reason. With such exquisite leather and fine brass shackles, it will be the source of serious bag-envy among other travelers.
Buy the Ghurka Unisex Cavalier III - $1,995
Best Made Company Bonded Duffle
Jack Spade makes sleek bags for hip professionals. A more modern take on a duffle bag, this is suitable for safari but will also work on business trips. It's on the smaller side, so you may need to pair it with a good backpack to fit everything.
Buy the Jack Spade Tech Oxford Duffle - $548
Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender
This canvas weekender may be small, but it has plenty of room. A unique pass-through side sleeve lets you slide it over your suitcase handles, and a smart shoe compartment on the bottom will quarantine those muddy boots!
Buy the Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe - $128
L.L. Bean Heritage Waxed Canvas Duffle