What to Bring on a Safari in Botswana

Dress is casual in Botswana. Shorts and pants are permissible for women. Most hotels have swimming pools, so remember to bring a bathing suit. In summer, lightweight, light-colored cottons or materials that wick away moisture are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort.  In winter, bring a pair of pants, long-sleeved shirts or blouses, and pullovers. Make sure you have a very warm jacket for early mornings and evenings—it does get surprisingly cold at night but warms up during the day. Particularly on safaris, wear neutral colors that allow you to blend in with the landscape and make you less visible to the wildlife. It is always a good idea to bring a lightweight jacket and/or sweater for unexpected temperature changes. A lightweight packable rain poncho or umbrella is handy in the summer rainy season.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must; supplement with sandals or flip-flops.

Sun protection
Special attention should be given to protecting yourself from the sun, particularly in the summer when the sun can be scorching. Bring sunhat, sunscreen, after-sun lotion, and sunglasses.

Binoculars, camera, flashlight (with plenty of spare batteries and bulbs), water bottle, insect repellent, lip salve, sewing kit, safety-pins, and tweezers are all very useful. A basic first-aid kit is a must, as in many instances you will be traveling to areas far from health facilities. Camera film is available at most shops and petrol stations. Cosmetics, medications, cigarettes, and imported liquors are all available in the major towns.

Content provided by Botswana Tourism Board – North America

Published: 4 Sep 2009 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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