What Else? – What to Bring?
FOR ALL FLATDOGS SAFARIS AT ANY TIME OF YEAR:
We recommend that you bring a hat with good brim, UV Sunglasses, high SPF Sun-cream, mosquito repellent, binoculars, camera, camera battery charger (we use UK 3-pin plugs), any medicines you may need including anti-malarial prophylaxis, all favourite toiletries as there’s not much available here, comfortable walking shoes or trainers, swimming costume, shorts, T shirts in bush colours – greens and browns are best (royal blues, black and white are the worst for attracting attention both from tsetse flies and from animals!) No need for dressing up out here, comfortable is the way to be! If you have a kikoi or sarong-type wrap, these are ideal for relaxing in at the pool or during the heat of the day. Bring a good book to read or a diary to write during the middle of the days, or else you can sit by the pool and look out for animals and birds to while away the time between drives…
GREEN SEASON (Nov – Mar):
From around the middle of November until the end of March, there is the chance that it will rain here. Rainfall has been recorded in every single month of the year, however these “summer months” (as they are known here) are when the most rain falls. Temperatures range from 31-35 max, down to around 20-23 min at night.
This can be a buggie time of year so repellent is definitely recommended and for the evenings, you might want a pair of long trousers as added protection against insects. Perhaps bring a lightweight waterproof jacket like a kagoule. Even though we provide waterproof ponchos on our game drives, you might like a fitted jacket to keep you dry, and then you can lay the poncho over your legs/binos/cameras etc. Ziplock plastic bags are useful as they are both dust- and waterproof so you can store items like bird books or cameras if it rains while you’re on a drive.
WINTER MONTHS (Apr – Aug):
The winter months start sometime in April and it typically stays pretty (relatively!) cool until around the middle of September. Temperatures during the heat of the day reach around 25 or 26 degrees, falling to around 11 or 12 degrees at night. You’ll want long trousers/jeans for the evenings, a warm jumper (jersey or sweater) or fleece jacket, socks, even gloves and a woolly hat if you feel the cold. We provide blankets on the game viewing vehicles, but it’s a good idea to carry layers of clothes with you that you can add on or take off as the sun sets/rises! There aren’t many bugs at this time of year, but bring repellant anyway to be safe.
HOT SEASON (Sep – Oct):
From the end of August until the first rains come in around the middle of November, you’ll find it’s warming up in the Luangwa! By the end of September, temperatures reach around 37 degrees in the middle of the day and fall to around 21 at night. After this time until the rains come, then temperatures can rise to a maximum of around 42 degrees, only falling to around 26 degrees at night. It’s quite hot at night so if you have a kikoi or wrap, bring it with you as you can wet it and lay it over you to keep you cool.