Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa ( Promotes tourism in the region.

Zambezi Traveller ( Travel info for destinations along the Zambezi River.

Safari Bookings ( Fantastic resource for booking your safari, with expert and traveller reviews.

Expert Africa ( A tour operator with extensive online coverage of the region.

Top Tips

  • Book your luxury lodge or tented camp, or your self-drive campsite, many months in advance for June or July to October.
  • Book months ahead also for your 4WD rental vehicle.
  • Consider taking an off-road introductory driving course before setting out.
  • If driving, fill up with fuel at every available opportunity – you never quite know when supplies will run out, and off-road driving uses up much more fuel than you might think.
  • At many luxury lodges or tented camps, laundry is usually included, so no need for a really full suitcase.
  • Distances can be long – plan your trip to see a few places well instead of trying to see everything and ending up spending all your trip driving.

What to Take

  • Binoculars and a field guide
  • Mosquito repellent, net and malaria medicine
  • Neutral-coloured clothing for safari
  • Small beanbag for steadying camera while in vehicles
  • Sunscreen
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Wind- and waterproof jacket
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • Zoom lens, spare camera batteries and memory cards
  • Swiss Army knife

What to Wear

Loose-fitting, light casual wear is recommended. If you're self-driving and camping, dress codes don't really apply. For luxury lodges and tented camps, a nice set of clothes (eg a button-up shirt for men) or two is a good idea for dinner. Out on safari, light neutral tones are recommended.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions (most charter flights to luxury lodges have strict limits, usually around 15kg)
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company that you’re heading away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Book your accommodation as early as you can