What to Take on a Camping Safari in Africa

Packing Guide and camping gear list for a guided Camping Safari Holiday in Southern Africa

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Personal Equipment

• Passport and valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
• Warm sleeping bag. A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired
• Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
• Hat/cap and gloves in winter months (May – Sept)
• Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May - Sept),
waterproof in summer months (Nov - Mar)
• Swimming costume
• Towel
• Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of light weight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long
sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)
• Please note that camouflage printed clothing is okay for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders
• Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops/sandals
• Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare batteries and spare memory cards are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
• Water bottle and a small day pack for walks


• One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides)
• One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack)
• Main luggage: max. weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
• Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take
as part of your safari
• If you are travelling with us to the Delta we request that you take only what you need for the 2/3 nights in a smaller pack. You can leave the large bag with the vehicle which will be locked and secure

Travel Documentation

• Valid passport – it must have at least 6 months validity before your passport expires and at least 6 blank visa pages

• Citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Botswana. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking

• For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy

Safari Vehicle

* The safari vehicle utilised is a custom fitted 4 x 4 vehicle that seats eight guests in individual seats

Meals and Drinks

* Three substantial meals per day are served, between planned safari activities
* Breakfast may be a full English breakfast or a quick cereal and coffee breakfast to fit in with game drives and early departures
* Brunch or lunch will consist of a main course, two salads, fresh fruit.
* Cake or biscuits are served at tea
* Dinners consists of three courses served with house wine
* Menus change daily and fresh produce is used
* Inclusive in the safari cost is house wine at dinner, bottled water, beer and soft drinks /cordials
* All other drinks (Spirits etc) are for the guest’s own account. These can be pre–ordered - the cost of which must be settled directly with the guide at the beginning of the safari. If you don’t want to pre-order we can stop at a bottle store on the first day of safari in order for you to purchase what you require

Toiletries and First Aid

• Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
• Sunscreen lotion and block out for the face
• Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
• Malaria prophylaxis
• Mosquito repellents / lotion / spray
• Toilet paper (this is only necessary if you prefer 2 or 3 ply toilet paper)
• Water proof/zip lock bags for storing personal items and camera film to keep dust free and/or dry.
• Personal First Aid Kit

Please note:

A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal
medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari camping safari chobe national park

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