What to pack for your winter and summer African Safari
As a general guide, comfortable and casual clothing that you can wash and wear is recommended while on safari. Muted colours are best for game viewing. Game drives are generally conducted in the early morning and the late afternoon, which can be cold, especially in winter. The temperature often warms up during the day, so it is best to dress in layers.
The luggage allowance on small flights is usually limited to a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs), which includes hand luggage, so please bear this in mind when packing. Most lodges and camps provide a same-day laundry service for your clothes.
The most practical items to pack for your Zimbabwe summer and winter safari are:
Clothes in khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
Long-sleeved shirts that offer protection from the sun and mosquitoes
Shorts or a light skirt
Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
Jackets and sweaters for early morning and late afternoon game drives
A lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain
Swim and beachwear
Comfortable walking shoes
Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent, moisturiser and lip salve
Head torch or hand torch
A good book for those long relaxing afternoon siestas
Camera, extra memory cards, charging equipment
A good pair of binoculars
Sarong and bathing suit
Camouflage-patterned clothing is not permitted in Zimbabwe. This applies to any clothing that can be construed as mimicking military-wear. Travellers are urged not to wear, or even carry, any military-inspired clothing while travelling in Zimbabwe.