Safari Clothes

In the summer months, between October and April, it is very hot, with temperatures regularly reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). The recommended clothing items during the day are shorts and a T-shirt. If you sunburn easily consider taking long-sleeved T-shirts for day wear. Choose clothes of dull and/or neutral colors. In the evenings, when mosquitoes are likely to be looking for blood, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.

Bear in mind that packing space is limited on all modes of safari transport so you will need to restrict your baggage to 12-15 kg (preferably packed in a soft bag) plus a reasonable amount of camera equipment. You will be allowed two separate pieces of luggage on safari; one duffel bag and one carry-on. There will be opportunities to do laundry along the way, so:

  • 2 pairs of khaki cotton pants
  • 2 pairs of sturdy shorts
  • 1 skirt or dress slacks for hotel evenings (optional)
  • 3-5 short-sleeved t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth)
  • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 lightweight raincoat/windbreaker or a waterproof poncho
  • 1 pair of worn-in walking shoes or trainers/sneakers
  • 1 pair of sandals or rubber thongs (for showers and boating)
  • underwear
  • swimming suit
  • 2-4 bandannas or handkerchiefs (many uses!)
  • 1 hat with a broad brim (a baseball cap does not cover your neck and ears!)

Between May and September the weather is dry and relatively cool. The daytime temperatures range from 23 – 28 degrees Celsius (73-83 Fahrenheit). While you will be comfortable wearing T-shirts and short sleeves for most of the day, early mornings and evenings can be very cold. We include early morning game drives and boat trips which come back after sunset in our safari itineraries, so it is important to dress suitably. Layers are the most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of Botswana.

In addition to the list of clothing above, in the cooler months you should also carry:

  • 1 track suit (comfortable enough to sleep in)
  • Extra sweater or fleece