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Pack Light: Keep luggage within the 15kg limit for internal flights, especially when heading into parks.
The Essentials: Prioritize necessities. Pack some layers, considering the varied climate and activities.
Game Drives: Opt for muted clothing colours. Avoid white (dust visibility), dark blues, purples, and blacks (attract tsetse flies). But don't overthink it. Wear what you are comfortable in, and bring a couple of layers for when it gets chilly.
Beachwear: Bikinis, sarongs, speedos, shorts....all fine at the beach. In villages or towns, especially in conservative areas like Zanzibar and Stonetown, cover up with knee-length or longer skirts, trousers, shorts, and shoulder-covering tops.
Gorilla Trekking: Wear long trousers, good walking boots, long socks, and gloves for protection against undergrowth and insects. Tucking socks into trousers can prevent bites from fire ants.
Relaxing: Bring nice attire for evenings, like sundresses, shirts, and slacks, you're on holiday after all!
There will be more information on our website about what to bring. This video will just give us a starting point for what to expect.
Number one is to pack light. If you haven't watched our luggage video, it's a good place to review bag requirements and weight limits. For internal flights, 15kgs is the norm, especially into the parks. Please keep this in mind.
So we have our essentials here. These are what I expect to bring on safari. Have these and you will get by. Maybe pack some clothing as well but we'll talk about that in the next section! Do note also that most lodges will offer laundry services.
So here we go. We're going out on a game drive. You don't need to dress like David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, or Diane Fossey. They are amazing at what they do, but you don't have to come in the standard uniform of the beige/khaki!
As long as your clothing colour is muted then go with that. Steer away from white because it will get dusty and dirty. Also, if you're heading to the Serengeti, don't wear dark blues, purples, or blacks. The tsetse flies might mistake you for a wildebeest and give you a bit of a nibble and they can be a little bit painful. Do note during the dry season (June to September) it can be a little cold first thing in the morning. Also as the sun sets in the evening, it can get a little chilly.
You should pack layers, such as t-shirts and long-sleeved t-shirts. Also bring a jacket, a fleece/warm jumper, and a light windbreaker jacket. It is also advisable to pack a hat or beanie, and scarf. The scarf is not only to keep your neck warm but at times it can get a little dusty this time of year, so keep that in mind.
Remember, you don't have to buy all the gear. Wear comfy clothes that will keep you cool that you can also layer in case you need to keep warm.
At the beach, feel free to wear bikinis, sarongs, speedos, or whatever you like! if you head away from the beaches and resorts and into the villages or towns, then you'll need to cover up. They're a little more conservative, especially so in Zanzibar. If you take a visit to Stone Town, ladies make sure your shoulders are covered. Also, wear skirts, trousers or shorts that are knee-length. Gentlemen, make sure your shoulders are covered too.
For gorilla trekking, make sure you have long trousers, good walking boots, walking shoes, long socks, and gloves. You need these items, especially the gloves, because you can be trekking through deep undergrowth. So, it's good protection. Also, tuck long socks into your trousers. Sometimes, nasty fire ants will give you a nibble. Keep this in mind when you're heading out on your amazing gorilla trekking.
Finally, remember you're on holiday! Bring something nice, like a sundress, a nice shirt, and slacks for the evening as you enjoy a sundowner or two.
For more information please look out for our packing list and feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
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