What should I pack? 

What should I pack?  

  • Pack light, as you will have to carry your own luggage and load it on and off the vehicle.
  • Please bring soft luggage like a duffel bag, compact suitcase or a backpack, hard-top cases are not recommended.
  • Personal and valuable items should be carried in a daypack. 
  • When packing, please keep in mind that areas further south from the equator can be extremely cold in winter and extremely hot in summer. (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland).
  • For certain itineraries, such as the Serengeti and Zanzibar you will need an extra small daypack to pack clothes for two or three nights.

Spring:           September to November 

Summer:        December to February 

Autumn:         March to May 

Winter:           June to August 

Suggested checklist: 

  • Fleece top
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket  
  • Small beach towel or sarong and swimwear
  • Bath towel (Both accommodated and camping tours. There are a limited number of places that do not provide towels) 
  • At least one long-sleeved shirt to protect against sun and mosquitos. 
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat or cap  
  • Shorts
  • At least one pair of long trousers to protect against sun and mosquitos. 
  • Hiking pants/track pants  
  • Sport sandals
  • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes 
  • A set of smart casual clothes for restaurant evenings is also advisable
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping sheet for summer. (A single bed duvet cover works excellent)
  • A light single bed sheet to cover your mattress (This is optional but recommended for your own comfort as the bare skin on mattresses might be warm and uncomfortable in high summer)  
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable is best) and sanitary products.
  • The climate in Africa might be harsher to your skin than what you are used to, so plenty of your favourite brand of moisturizer.
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Money belt
  • Personal entertainment
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and enough memory cards and batteries – you will have access to a USB charging socket and 220/240Volt AC plugs at night.  
  • First-aid kit: Lip balm/salve, pain killers, adhesive bandages and gauze for small cuts, anti-histamine, anti-diarrheal products for mild cases of diarrhoea, eye drops, rehydration powder, insect repellent, anti-bacterial cream, disinfectant, extra prescription drugs you may need. We have a first aid kit on board but by law, we cannot provide any medication, unfortunately.  

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