The below packing list will help prepare you. Please remember the luggage restrictions of 20kg (44lbs) (in a soft bag with no wheels or frame) on your light aircraft transfers within Botswana and usually 20kg (44lbs) on most scheduled airline flights.

Southern Africa is generally pleasant throughout the year – warm to hot days and cool to warm nights. Summer (September to April) is the hottest time of year; while winter (May to August) can be far cooler than most people realise especially in evenings and early morning. Therefore, we suggest you pack accordingly and this list will help:

  • Sun hat/bush hat.
  • Headscarf/bandana – particularly for dusty dry regions.
  • Golf-shirts and/or T-shirts – preferably with a sleeve to protect your shoulders from the sun.
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts.
  • Shorts and/or skirts – short skirts are not practical for getting in and out of game drive vehicles though.
  • Long trousers/slacks.
  • Track suit.
  • Pyjamas – lightweight for summer and warm/thermal for winter.
  • Undergarments – some game drives can be bumpy so we recommend sports bras for women.
  • Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months.
  • Good closed walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine).
  • Sandals – preferably low heeled or flat.
  • Swimming costume.
  • Lightweight jersey or fleece in summer.
  • Light rain gear or jacket for summer months.
  • Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka in winter.
  • Additionally, a scarf, gloves and beanies/woolen hats for winter.


  • Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in Africa’s strong light.
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust.
  • A good quality torch.
  • Southern African bird guide if you are a keen birder, e.g. Newman’s or Sasol.
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities are supplied by most establishments).
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable).
  • Antihistamine tablets if you suffer from any allergies.
  • Anti nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness.
  • Moisturising cream and suntan lotion – SPF 30 or higher recommended.
  • Insect repellent for body application e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc.
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream & antihistamine cream etc)
  • Tissues/Wet Wipes.
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details etc.
  • Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks etc.
  • Waterproof/dustproof bag or cover for your camera.
  • Binoculars – we highly recommended that you bring your own pair for viewing both wildlife and birds. 8×40 and 10×42 are the recommended general-purpose binocular specifications.