Travel Advice, Travel Africa, Luxury African Safaris

Baggage

  • 1 suitcase (not large) with lock. This suitcase can be left at luggage storage facilities while visiting wilderness/safari areas.
  • Soft bag for 10 kg (22 lbs) luggage for light plane transfers into safari areas.
  • Small carry on bag for aircraft.
  • Small soft khaki to bag/beach bag/tote bag which will fold into your luggage for books, binoculars, cameras, lip balm and sunscreen whilst on safari vehicles.

Clothing

Avoid dark blue, black or white colors which are easily visible to animals. Most safari lodges will offer laundry facilities at minimal charge and often it is complimentary The below clothing lists are probably adequate for Victoria Falls Hotel and at hotels and restaurants in the large cities, but you may want to take an additional pair of slacks, and shirt (smart casual).

Winter

Winter months

May to September.
Basic list for safari areas to fit into 10kg soft bag:

  • 2 pairs jeans (or 1 pair jeans and 1 khaki cotton slacks)
  • 1 khaki cotton slacks
  • 3 long sleeve cotton shirts khaki or green/beige
  • 1 or 2 cotton shorts khaki or green/beige color
  • 2 cotton short sleeve shirts khaki or green/beige
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 4 underpants/panties
  • 1 sun hat– wide brimmed with under chin strap that will fold into your luggage
  • 1 peak cap (khaki preferable)
  • 1 beanie for night drives and early morning drives
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 leather comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 flat easy-to-pack canvas shoes. Alternatively sneakers.
  • 1 thongs/flip-flops
  • 1 light sweater
  • 1 long warm windbreaker/jacket
  • 1 belt
Summer

Summer Months

October to April.
Basic list for safari areas to fit into 10kg soft bag:

  • 1 pairs jeans (or khaki cotton slacks)
  • 1 khaki cotton slacks
  • 2 long sleeve cotton shirts khaki or green/beige color
  • 3 or 4 cotton shorts khaki or green/beige color
  • 3 cotton short sleeve shirts khaki or green/beige color
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 4 underpants/panties
  • 1 sun hat – wide brimmed with under chin strap that will fold into your luggage
  • 1 peak cap (khaki preferable)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 leather comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 flat easy-to-pack canvas shoes. Alternatively sneakers.
  • 1 thongs/flip-flops
  • 1 light sweater
  • 1 long windbreaker/jacket
  • 1 belt

Equipment / Toiletries

Electrical

Medical

Travel Documents

Tipping

Tipping is normally from 10-15% depending on the service level received. Tipping as you would in North America would be well received.

The guidelines that are provided below are based on normal gratuities expected from American travelers. If you receive exceptional service and care, you may want to increase your gratuities just as you would decrease the gratuities if your service was inadequate.

All African countries included on this site accept US dollars for gratuities. Travelers are advised to take an adequate supply of US money in small denominations ($20-$1 bills). You may take some larger bills which can be useful for large purchases. However, remote game lodges will often not have enough US dollars to make change for $100 or even $50 bills.

Private Transfers

This applies to city transfers to and from airport and hotels, transfers to restaurants, rail or ship stations. Transfer gratuities should be given at the time service is provided.

Hotel Stay

Normally your hotel stays will be in cities and include breakfast with your rate. With the exception of the housekeeper, all tips should be left at the end of the meal/or as service is rendered. As a general rule, 10% of the meal price is appropriate.

Game Lodge or Camp Stay

As a general rule, you tip all game lodge and personnel on the last day of your stay. Some logdes will provide a tipping box in the lobby or an envelope in your room for gratuities to general staff. If not, you can hand this tip to the lodge manager.

Purchases

You can find many great purchases as you travel. A Value Added Tax (VAT) will be added to purchases in certain African countries. Save your receipts and present them at the airport prior to departure to claim back this tax

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