What to Bring
You should always travel with soft bags, not hard suitcases (not only for the smaller aircraft but also to fit into vehicles).
If you are using a small plane at ANY point of the safari then DO NOT exceed 12kg (this is relevant for all internal flights other than Lusaka/Mfuwe/Livingstone, where the limit is 15kg). Long haul checked in luggage is regularly delayed (especially if going through Johannesburg) and so pack all essentials in hand luggage, including medication.
- A hat, sunglasses, high strength sun screen, moisturiser, lip salve, strong insect repellent, anti-histamine cream and tablets should always be carried. All camps now have shampoo and body lotion.
- Clothes: all camps have a daily laundry service, so do not bring too many.
- 3 sets bush coloured safari outfits (long/shorts/shirts) ie green/brown/dark khaki (not pale fashion khaki/cream/white)
- 2 sets casual evening clothes (long trousers to reduce insect bites)
- 1 medium weight sweater (or 2 light). Plus a warm jacket in winter (June/July/early Aug).
- Ladies - I highly recommend a sports bra for the bumpy roads!
- A good pair of covered shoes for walking (thick soled trainers for camp walks are adequate but light walking boots for dedicated walking safaris).
Don't forget your swimming costume:Binoculars - One pair PER PERSON is a must
Nkwali, Robin’s House, Luangwa House
all have access to swimming/dip pools.
- Torch - One PER PERSON is a must (with spare batteries)
if you wear prescription glasses bring a spare pair.
If you wear contact lenses bring a pair of glasses as well since dust can be a problem.
- Camera equipment: for recharging, Zambia works on 3 square pin plugs, and camps should have an adapter. But suggest you bring one – there may be others wanting to use them.
- a telephoto lens (minimum 200/300mm).
- Flash for night photography.
- Camera cleaning equipment and a good dust proof bag.
- Videos - bring spare batteries.
- Spare batteries, camera battery and storage cards - you will be taking lots of photos.
- You will need money for the tourist visa (if not pre arranged), airport taxes and tips. The standard currency is US Dollars. Be sure to bring notes with "large heads" - small heads are not accepted anywhere in Zambia. [more ]
- Gifts for the children at Kawaza School - [more ]
Essential: Each person should have their own pair of binoculars and a torch - sharing binoculars does not work.