Please find herewith a list of suggested items which should be used as a guideline when packing for your safari in Botswana.
Please bear in mind that there are luggage restrictions of between 15kg (33lbs) and 20kg (44lbs) (in a soft bag with no wheel or frame) on some light aircraft transfers (inside Botswana) and 20kg (44lbs) on most scheduled airline flights.Clothing
The weather in Southern Africa is generally pleasant throughout the year – warm to hot days, and cool to warm nights – with summer (September to April) being the hotter months. During the winter months, however (May to August), it can get really cold at night and in the early morning, particularly when on safari, so we suggest that you pack accordingly.
1. Sun hat/bush hat.
2. Headscarf/bandana – particularly for dusty dry regions.
3. Golf-shirts and/or T-shirts – preferably with a sleeve to protect your shoulders from the sun.
4. Long-sleeved cotton shirts.
5. Shorts and/or skirts – really short skirts are not practical for getting in and out of game drive vehicles.
6. Long trousers/slacks.
7. Track suit.
8. Pyjamas – lightweight for summer and warm/thermal for winter.
9. Underwear – on game drives the roads can be bumpy and uneven so a suitable bra may be required.
10. Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months.
11. Good closed walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine).
12. Sandals – preferably low heeled or flat if you are going on safari.
13. Swimming costume.
14. Lightweight jersey or fleece in summer.
15. Light rain gear or jacket for summer months.
16. Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka in winter.
17. Additionally, a scarf, gloves and beanies/woollen hats for the cold winter months.
18. More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury trains.Equipment/Other
1. Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light.
2. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust.
4. Southern African bird guide if you are a keen birder, e.g., Newman’s or Sasol.
5. Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments).
6. Malaria tablets (if applicable).
7. Antihistamine tablets if you suffer from any allergies.
8. Anti nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness.
9. Moisturising cream and suntan lotion – SPF 30 or higher recommended.
10. Insect repellent for body application e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc.
11. Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream etc)
12. Tissues/Wet Wipes.
13. Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details etc.
14. Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks etc.
15. Waterproof/dustproof bag or cover for your camera.
16. BINOCULARS – we highly recommended that you bring your own pair for viewing both wildlife and birds. 8x40 and 10x42 are the recommended general purpose binocular specifications.Please note
- Bright colours and white are not advised whilst on safari.
- Camouflage clothing is not recommended for travel in southern African countries (camouflage or military-inspired clothing is prohibited when travelling in Zimbabwe).
- There may be a restriction on luggage limits on your safari – please ensure that you have the details and ask ahead of time if you would like details on the feasibility and costs of taking excess luggage with you on any of these restricted luggage safaris.