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What to Pack

For a comfortable, carefree safari, CW Safaris offers these packing recommendations.

Luggage Requirements & Suggestions

Luggage Requirements & Suggestions

For your main bag, we suggest a soft duffle-type bag, not a hard suitcase. Duffles are easier to fit into small aircraft and safari vehicles.

If your itinerary includes internal flights, luggage weight is limited—depending on destination—to 33 to 44 pounds including checked and carry-on bags. Excess luggage will only be allowed on the flight if there is space—if too heavy, it may be left behind or cause delays!

For your day pack or carry-on, we suggest including your essential items: valuables, documents, prescription medication, and a change of clothes. We also suggest that you keep cash in more than one place.

Color on Safari

Color on Safari

Acceptable bush colors for game activities are khaki, green, brown, or grey. We do not recommend you wear blue or black during the day—this may attract tsetse flies. Bright colors, especially white, stand out to animals and may be dangerous; however, they are fine at your lodgings, in towns, and on village visits.



Many lodges and camps have laundry service—so there is no need to bring too much clothing.

Day Wear

  • 1 pair of light walking boots/closed shoes/sneakers
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 wide-brimmed hat and/or baseball cap for shade
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts or capris
  • 2-3 T-shirts
  • 2-3 long-sleeve shirts

Evening Wear

  • 1-2 sets of casual evening clothes (long trousers & long sleeves to reduce insect bites—any color)
  • 1 medium-weight sweater or fleece
  • 1 pair of jeans (optional)
  • 1 pair of casual shoes

For Winter (June, July & Early August)

  • 1 warm/windproof jacket
  • 1 warm hat (invaluable on a cold morning’s drive)
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (warm on a cold morning’s drive)
  • 1 scarf/wrap

Other clothes you may want to consider taking would include additional pairs of lightweight socks, additional pairs of underwear, and a swimsuit for when swimming is available at your camp or lodge.

Cosmetics & Medicine

Cosmetics & Medicine

  • High-SP-factor suntan lotion, moisturizer, and lip balm
  • Antihistamine cream, antidiarrheal drugs, and pain relievers
  • Eyedrops
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Razor (not electric) and shaving foam/gel
  • Own personal toiletries and medication; any personal medication should be carried with you at all times
Optional (but Recommended) Items

Optional (but Recommended) Items

  • A pair of binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • If you wear prescription glasses, bring a spare pair
  • Contact lenses and spares (bring glasses too—dust can be a problem)
  • Ladies: a sports bra—for the bumpy roads
  • Reading matter and guide/identification books
  • Ziplock bags—always useful
  • Adapter plug
  • Sewing kit
  • Earplugs—for hippo grunting at night!
Camera Equipment

Camera Equipment

A small camera will suffice for most, but if you are an avid photographer, we suggest bringing the following equipment:

  • 1 camera body—make sure you know how to use it before you leave home
  • 1 wide-angle lens
  • 1 regular lens (with or without zoom; 50mm fixed, or 24-80mm or similar)
  • 1 telephoto lens (zoom) (80mm up to 500mm, but 200/300mm will suffice)
  • Lots of spare memory cards (1 to 4 GBs) for digital; or, if still on film, lots of film (from 50-800 ASA)
  • Spare batteries
  • Camera cleaning equipment
  • Beanbag/monopod/small tripod (your travel pillow can also substitute)
  • Dust-proof, padded camera bag
  • Video camera—with lots of film/memory plus spare batteries (optional)
  • Laptop for burning CDs/DVDs—image storage/backup (optional)
  • All accommodations have recharging facilities—for cameras, iPods, laptops, and other small electronics
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