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Packing tips for your Botswana safari

Lelobu Safaris has drawn up a packing list for travelling to Botswana. Save it, print it and pack by it for your next Botswana safari!

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Essentials:

– All paperwork: Lodge confirmations, flight information, passport and travel insurance.

– Some local currency. (Botswana Pula)

– Kindle, iPad

– Phone and charger (You can pick up a sim card at the airport in Botswana or from street vendors).

– Camera and charger.

– A couple of re-sealable plastic bags.

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Tips:

– Make copies of all your paperwork. (Lodge confirmations, flight information, passport and travel insurance.) Keep this in a different case than your carry on, you just never know.

– Botswana uses a mix of the British-type plug (Type G – three rectangular pins) and the South African type plug (Type M – three round pins). The best is to get adapters on arrival, so that you don’t waste your money buying something that doesn’t work. Lodges often provide loan adapters.

– Take a good waterproof jacket.

– Loose layers and accessories that protect you from the sun and biting insects are a priority.

– Forget your formal clothes; things are casual out in the bush, even at upscale lodges.

– If you’re planning on doing a mokoro safari, include a waterproof bag to store your electronics.

– In the Okavango Delta, because travel between camps consists of short, charter plane rides, you may wish to include some motion sickness tabs if you’re prone to it.

– Having a day bag is helpful to prevent hats and gloves from blowing away on game drives.

– A headlamp or torch is vital.

– Organic products will be more eco-friendly to the environment.

– Also a pack of wet wipes and some leave in/dry shampoo for those early mornings when you don’t have time for a shower is a good idea.

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Bags:

– Use a duffel bag that is 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long. If you need to fly on a light aircraft these dimensions are based on the door size for a luggage box that is fitted under the plane. Also when you travel on a mobile safari your weight will be limited.

– Don’t pack the bulky things – wear them on the plane. Follow carry-on rules according to Botswana’s airlines (Check Air Botswana and SA Airlink). Be really careful about the weight. Checked on luggage has a weight restriction of 20kg. Carry on needs to be small and soft sided and weigh no more than 7kg.

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Clothing packing list:

– Zip off pants that turn into shorts are good as morning game drives are cold and then it gets warmer. Long pants with a blouse/shirt is common at dinner time.

– Jeans are not a good idea. Denim takes forever to dry as many properties do not have clothes driers.

– Take only two pairs of shoes. Flat shoes are more practical than heels when walking on wooden boardwalks and sandy paths. Pack flip-flops for in the showers and boating trips. You will also need one pair of good walking shoes.

– A track suit works well to sleep in while a sports bra for women can be handy on those rough game drives.

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– Campsites are very sandy so suitable footwear is advised. Only bring shoes that have proven themselves comfortable.

– You will need 3-5 short-sleeved t-shirts and 2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth) plus your waterproof jacket.

– Pack a good pair of polarised sunglasses.

– Don’t forget your sun block, a hat and insect repellent.

– Pack binoculars and a camera. There is often no electricity in the bush so a little solar charger is always a good investment.

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Lelobu Safaris is based in Maun, Botswana's tourism capital. We provide high quality, exciting and affordable camping safaris. Offering great adventures on Okavango Delta boating or fishing safaris. Best Rates and 24/7 in country support.

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