What To Pack

Please note! Unfortunately, camouflage clothing is banned in Zimbabwe. To avoid what could be an embarrassing incident, please do not bring any with you.

Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. The most practical items to pack for safari are:

  • Blouses / shirts with long sleeves (they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
  • T-shirts
  • Towels for swimming
  • Shorts or a light skirt
  • Jeans or trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat.
  • Binoculars and a camera are a must
  • Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer, particularly for Victoria Falls.
  • Swimsuit
  • Elegant casual outfit for dinner and/or cocktails at the hotel - men are generally expected to don collar, jacket (sometimes even a tie) in cocktail bars and restaurants after 18:30, except in the warmer parts of the country and at the game lodges
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera and phone charger
  • Any prescription medicines you may take (plus a copy of your prescription)
  • Medicine for diarrhoea (over the counter)
  • First aid kit including latex gloves.
  • Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Mosquito repellent. Should contain pyrethroid.
  • Bed net( if camping or back packing)
  • Driving license.

Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of Zimbabwe. See our Weather and Climate section for more information.

Dull and/or neutral colours are more suitable for safari - white is not practical.

It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing.

If you taking charter flights it is important to check your weight limit. Generally you will need to restrict your luggage to between 10 and 12 kg (packed in a soft bag) plus a reasonable amount of camera equipment.