Tips & Planning
What to pack?
It’s mostly warm and dry so loose, lightweight cotton and cotton blend clothing is most comfortable. Essential packing items are a sunhat, sun block, battery chargers and your personal medication kit. A torch and spare camera batteries are also recommended.
From May to August it can be very cold; temperatures in July often dip below freezing. Pack a warm hat and top for your early morning and evening activities. Guides will supply extra blankets on game drives. During the November to April summer months it’s recommended that you bring a lightweight rain jacket. Long-sleeved tops and trousers are also a good idea as protection from mosquitoes in the evenings and early mornings.
Laundry is done daily at some lodges. Note that due to cultural sensitivities, underwear is not included in the laundry service.
Travel into the Kalahari is usually by light aircraft and luggage restrictions are vital. Each passenger is limited to one soft-sided bag of up to 20kg/44lbs plus a camera bag or similar. Excess baggage may be subject to additional baggage or charter charges.
Do I need to take Malaria precautions?
Although the Kalahari lies in a malarial region, the chance of contracting the disease is extremely low as the region is barely inhabited. The risk is lowest during the dry winter and highest during the late summer period. Travellers to the Kalahari are however advised to consult a medical practitioner before they leave.