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As a rule try and travel as lightly as possible.

During your hunt we recommend:

  • Well worn, comfortable and strong walking boots (spare socks are essential). If you feel comfortable with soft soled trainers then bring them - we generally hunt in thin soled boots.
  • In all cases neutral coloured clothing is preferred (khaki, jungle green, brown, no camouflage) - white or light clothing is not recommended for any safari activities. Trousers and long sleeved shirts are recommended to minimise scratches and offer protection against biting insects and the sun.
  • Sunglasses and a suitable cap or wide brimmed hat are recommended.
  • Temperatures at dawn and after nightfall can drop quite dramatically between May and August and a suitable jacket and pair of gloves is strongly recommended. Temperatures often drop below freezing at night in certain areas.
  • Personal toiletries and medication. Anti-malarial prophylaxis. Deet-based insect repellent. Suntan lotion/barrier cream is recommended.
  • A good torch, spare batteries, binoculars, fully charged video recorder, camera and spare film. Video battery chargers should have a UK standard 13 amp square pinned plug adapter - 220-240vAC is standard in Zimbabwe. An option is to bring a 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter.
  • Rain gear is advisable from November to April.
  • Rifles, ammunition and strong rifle cases for the airlines.

Some general notes:

  • "Soft bags" are preferable to suitcases especially where private air charters are included in your travel plans. Make sure your luggage is clearly labelled. In the case of air travel, remove old destination labels and paste your name and address in a prominent place on the outside and inside of each piece of luggage. The outside tag should only show your name. Enclose a copy of your itinerary in each bag. A bright piece of coloured tape near the handle of your luggage will help you pick out your bag from others.
  • It is a good idea to bring a change of clothing and a few other essentials (toothbrush, medicine, camera, and film) in your carry bag in the unlikely event that your checked baggage is delayed or misplaced.
  • If you plan on touring in Zimbabwe before or after your hunt, "smart casual" attire is quite acceptable for night wear with casual wear (shorts) the natural daytime choice.

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