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Wondering what to bring on your safari?

A practical guide of what to bring on safari

At a glance

  • Travel insurance
  • Simple first aid kit and any medication
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Binoculars (essential)
  • Toiletries (we don’t provide them)
  • A good torch—preferably a head torch
  • Warm jacket and long trousers for cold or rain
  • Gloves, hat and scarf (in winter)
  • Sun cream/block – and rain jacket (in summer)
  • Closed shoes (especially if doing a walking safari)
  • Sun hat
  • Swimming costume (just in case)
  • A towel
  • US dollars (cash) is recommended for carry-around money
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (Budget safari option only)
  • Your sense of adventure


Baggage and insurance
First things first, you’ll need travel insurance and without it we can’t take you anywhere. Bring it with you, keep it with you at all times.
If we’re flying, light aircraft operators restrict each passenger to 20kg luggage. (and will require you to book an extra seat to take more). This is inclusive of all your luggage and camera equipment! Our vehicles are a little roomier, but to help us pack we need your bags to be soft.

Weather and clothing
Summers are hot and wet (October to April). You’ll need a rain jacket as well as sun block. It can get very hot in the day.
Winter months (May to September) can be pleasant in the day but get cold at night. Having several layers of clothing will help when the temperature drops from 25 degrees Celsius in the day to single figures at night.

If your itinerary includes a bush walk, then your clothing must be of neutral colours – nothing pure white, nothing pure black. Finally, long trousers and long sleeved shirts for the evenings help avoid mosquito bites - closed shoes are also recommended

Food and Drink
All meals are provided and tea, coffee and water are always available. Depending on your booking, other drinks may also be supplied. Don’t forget to tell us of any dietary requirements well before you arrive.

Customs and Immigration
Some nationalities require a visa to enter Botswana so consult with authorities in your own country. Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months after entering the country and must have a full page for border stamps. Visa requirements for the countries you are visiting are your own responsibility. Some border posts (Zambia and Zimbabwe) will allow you to by your visa when entering the country – the best currency for this is USD. The visa fees change regularly so please check visas requirements before travelling.

Health
Consult your local doctor about inoculations for Botswana. These are not required by law to enter the country unless travelling from a yellow fever zone. Botswana is in a malaria area so consult your doctor about suitable prophylactics. Ensure that you bring a good supply of insect repellent. We do carry a comprehensive first aid kit on each safari but we do advise you to bring any medication with you that you think you may need. Be aware that HIV/Aids is common in Botswana so standard precautions should be followed.

Please be aware that your safari might bring you into close contact with wild animals. For this reason it is essential that you follow the advice of your guides (and camp managers). You should understand the risks involved and take responsibility for your own safety. Some lodges or operators will require that you sign an indemnity form on your arrival.

Once again we strongly advise that all travellers to Botswana have comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Although medical facilities are good in most major urban areas, you may have to be evacuated to South Africa for any serious medical conditions / treatment. If you do not have adequate cover you risk being turned away from the hospital.

Good to know
Electricity is 230V AC 50 Hz. Bring a 2-pin adaptor if needed, both square and round pin plugs are used in Botswana.
The Botswana currency is called "Pula" and most major currencies can be changed locally as well as used in shops in major tourist areas. Most prices are quoted in US dollars, and it’s the easiest currency to exchange, so we suggest bringing US dollars if you can.

All major credit cards are widely used, although Visa seems to be the most reliable in our experience.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email us at info@wildlandsafaris.com and we’ll try and help.

If you need to call us, our details are:
00267 7230 2489 (mobile/cell phone)
00267 7230 3055 (mobile/cell phone)

Finally, please click the link below to view our booking terms and conditions.

We have just spent 12 days on a mobile safari in Botswana guided by James Haskins of Wildland Safaris. Travelling as a family with children aged 13,12 and 8, I wondered how we would go with camping, interspersed with a few nights at lodges, combining boat, and road safari as well as one short flight. It was brilliant!
Paula Kelly
Children are welcome at Wildland Safaris
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Cheetah cubs crossing the water at Xini