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What to Pack

Travel Documents

Passport, Airline Tickets, Credit Cards, Insurance Info, Emergency Info, Photocopies of Important Documents, Cash for Tips & Miscellaneous Purchases

Safari Gear & Travel Accessories

Binoculars // (7x40 or similar) and a binoculars strap for comfort

Plug adapters and electric converters // our lodge has electricity so you can charge video camera batteries etc, however, please bring a voltage converter if necessary as the current is 220 Volts at 50 HZ

Small waterproof bag or backpack // for carrying personal items

Flashight or headlamp // with spare batteries and bulbs

Video camera and memory cards // don't forget the lenses (and lens cleaning kit), film, flash, charger, batteries and cables


When packing remember that Gwango Elephant Lodge provides same day laundry service, which means that you don’t need too many changes of clothes.  Try to avoid anything white or bright, these colors will warn animals of your presence. Daytime temperatures are warm throughout the year so we recommend light tan clothing.  However, during the winter months (May to mid August), nights and early mornings can get chilly, so a warm jacket is essential. You may be going on bush walks, so please make sure you have comfortable walking shoes.  Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing in Zimbabwe.  Here is a basic packing list that will be a useful starting point:

3 long sleeved cotton shirts (sleeves can be rolled up and down)

2 pairs of shorts

2 pairs of trousers, consider zip-off trousers that convert to shorts

2 tee shirts to wear under your shirt on a cold morning or evening

3 pairs of socks

2 good pairs of walking shoes (hiking boots are not necessary, most of our walks are over fairly easy terrain and hard rugged soled hiking boots are very noisy)

A good wide brimmed hat or baseball cap (good for when there is wind and on game drives)

A jacket for the mornings and evenings (one that makes no noise)

Ziploc bags to protect valuable equipment, like your binoculars or camera, from dust sand and water, make sure the bags are big enough to hold items in their original cases to offer added protection

Medications, contact lenses, sun block, lip balm, a shaving kit, skin cream, a toothbrush, toothpaste, fingernail clippers and insect repellent (to put on your hands and feet in the evenings)

A spare pair of any prescription glasses

Bring your own small medical kit, including band aids, malaria pills, some disinfectant spray or gel and aspirin, or your own preference in pain killers, as well as antacids, and doses of antibiotics

Please take soft bags as these are easier for packing in the safari vehicles

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