What to Bring:
Packing is often the worst thing about going on safari to heres what to bring. To help you reduce the load, sort out eveything you want to bring in piles of similar items then reduce each by one third. While we are in remote areas there are laundry services every few days for you to use where your clothes will be handwashed for you. You can buy simple toiletries and basic clothing in major towns. There are some things that are scarce though for example sunscreen, mosi spray and really good quality batteries are often hard to find. There are charging facilities in the majority of lodges so bring a English three pin adaptor. If your not sure about an item call, skype or email us we will be happy to advise you.
Please understand your bags are your responsibility and it is up to you to collect your belongings and carry them to and from the tour vehicle. Our staff are available to assist, and on lodge tours you will be assisted by hotel staff but on camping tours our staff will be busy setting up camp and will apreciate your participation. We would always stress that most people tend to bring along too much clothing. Remember you will need a certain amount of space when leaving Africa for souvenirs purchased along the way.
The best rule for packing is to limit your luggage to a weight limit of 15-20 Kgs. It will inconvenience you and your fellow passengers if you bring more. Please note that we do not recommend that clients bring suitcases they are extremely difficult to pack into the vehicles luggage area; a soft sided backpack or bag is best. If you have too much luggage we should be able to make an arrangement to leave the excess luggage in a secure location at the departure point.
- Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen, water bottle
- Toiletries + contraceptives, spare glasses or contact lenses and solutions, basic first aid kit, prescription meds
- Documents – Passport/photocopy of Passport/Travel Insurance/Travellers cheque advice form and copy, Yellow Fever certificate.
- Personal music centre (with necessary charger) and a book to read.
- Camera with spare batteries and spare or large memory cards, downloading and the burning of disks are not always available.
- Charging facilities are available at most campsites. Please bring your own English three pin adaptors.
- Waterproof jacket, trousers or jeans or track pants
- T-shirts/shirts, underwear, shorts/skirt/dress
- 1 pair sandshoes/trainers
- 1 pair thongs/flip flops/jandals + socks
- 1 towel/sarong, a swimsuit, cap for walking
- A warm jacket, fleece or jersey, beanie if you have one. It does get very cold in Africa particularly in May-September. Many clients underestimate how cold it can get.
- Early morning game drives can be very cold in open game viewers, you are often more comfortable in a fleece and beanie sitting in your duvet.
- A small daypack is practical for keeping general items (e.g. camera, books, wallets etc.) at hand when your main pack is out of reach. This can also be used for carrying two days of clothing so it is not always necessary to unload the large backpacks every night.
For the gorilla/chimpanzee/game and forest walks please bring walking boots and long thick socks. You need long pants whilst walking due to stinging nettle on the trails. You are in thick rainforest so a rain jacket and a warm fleece is a must. During walks our guides request you wear khaki or muted colours to allow you to get closer to wildlife. Bright colours advertise your presence and make it more difficult to track game. Some people find a pair of gardening gloves helpful on the trek so they can grasp vines and rocks to get through the forest while others may be happy to get dirty on the way.