What should I pack for a Safari in Botswana?

What to Pack for a Botswana Safari (or not)  – Rule of Thumb – Don’t Pack too Much!

The other most frequently asked question. What do I need to pack if I am going on a Botswana Safari?

As a general guideline, comfortable casual wash and wear clothes are recommended.

Muted colors such as stone, khaki, beige or brown are recommended when you are on safari.
Game drives in the early morning and evenings can BE VERY COLD especially in winter so you must pack accordingly.

“BUT WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA- WHY WOULD IT BE COLD?” Trust us, we know!

The key is to dress in layers in the early morning and strip down layer by layer as it gets warmer as the sun rises. Vice versa for evening game drives.

Clothing

Light weight shirts/blouses with long sleeves as protection from the sun and mosquitos
T-shirts
Shorts
Jeans or safari trousers
Pajamas
Socks
Underwear
A light weight water-proof jacket
Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
Comfortable walking sandals or flip flops for warmer days
A wide brimmed hat with an under-chin tie to prevent it from flying away
A warm windproof jacket (winter)
A fleece jacket that will go under the warm jacket (winter)
A warm polo neck shirt (winter)
A beanie (winter)
Gloves (winter)
A warm scarf (winter)

Equipment & Other

Sunglasses
Spare prescription eye glasses/contact lenses
Binoculars
Cameras and related paraphernalia like lenses etc and plenty of memory cards and spare batteries
A small powerful flashlight and extra batteries
A light packable backpack or tote to carry equipment and stuff on game vehicles
A supply of Ziploc bags in different sizes may come in handy for dust or waterproofing cameras, etc.
Chargers for cell phones, iPads, cameras, computers and you may want to invest in  a mini travel charger surge protector with dual USB ports and five charging outlets.