WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR MY SAFARI?
- comfortable clothes, Khaki colours are better for walking in the bush. No camouflage clothing
- long trousers and long-sleeved shirts are recommended for protecting you against the long grass and the sun
- comfortable walking shoes. Hiking boots not necessary
- plastic slippers/flip flops for around the camp and in the shower
- light fleece jacket (from April to November), or a light warm jacket in winter (from June to August)
- a hat, preferably with a wide brim that will protect you from the African sun
- toiletries for personal hygiene
- personal medicine
- prophylaxis for malaria
- anti-itch cream
- anti-bug spray
- binoculars are a must
- camera (don’t forget the spare batteries)
- headlamp (this is crucial for around the camp). An additional flashlight is useful
- batteries and battery charger for your devices (there is the opportunity to charge your equipment)
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?
- Multi-generational families are welcome, although we prefer family units with children under 16 on their own exclusive trip
- Young children can get bored on a long safari day, so we recommend not younger than 6 years old for game driving safaris and not younger than 12 for walking safaris
WHAT TROPICAL DISEASES MUST I BE AWARE OF?
- the Zambezi valley is a malaria area. However if you take prophylaxis and the proper precautions to protect yourself in the camp (long sleeves, anti-bug spray) the risk of contracting malaria is greatly reduced
- waterborne diseases are not a risk as there is always safe drinking water available on your safari
- if you have any other queries we recommend you contact the tropical institute near you
WHERE WILL I GET PICKED UP AND DROPPED OFF?
- Refer to the SAFARIS page for the best airports to fly to, depending on your choice of safari
- For tailor-made safaris individual transfer and pickup solutions are discussed at a later stage
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
- healthy, freshly prepared camp meals
- most dietary requirements can be catered for
- remember to state your requests, preferences, or dislikes when making your booking
WHERE WILL I BE SLEEPING?
- Khangela uses mobile camping systems in order to leave the smallest ecological footprint
- the small tents can fit two rigid camp cots (all bedding supplied), and bags can be stored underneath the beds
- the large tents can fit two single beds (all bedding supplied), ensuite toilet and shower
- when correctly used the tents are insect and bug proof
WHERE WILL I SHOWER?
- an environmentally-friendly camp shower will be set up in the camp
- it is safe and private
- water will be heated up to your desired temperature on the campfire
- large tents come equipped with ensuite shower
- the shower will be prepared for you on request. Best shower times are mid day and early evening
WHERE WILL I GO TO THE TOILET?
- just like the shower the toilet is set up in a safe and private cubicle
- large tents come equipped with ensuite toliet
- we use a hygienic, short-drop toilet system to maintain the smallest ecological footprint possible
WHAT CAR WILL WE BE DRIVING IN?
- the safari car is a 4x4 open game-viewing vehicle
- it provides excellent visibility and lets you get close to animals whilst remaining safe
- game drives and bush walks are both equally important and the combination of the two makes your day complete
HOW FIT MUST I BE FOR WALKING?
- duration of the walks is flexible and suited to the group (from a few minutes up to 4 hours)
- the walking pace is generally slow as you will have a lot to discover
- early morning is best for walks because it is cooler
IS WALKING IN THE BUSH SAFE?
- Yes, it is safe to walk in the bush
- Mike respects nature and the animals' privacy. He always maintains a safe and respectful distance
- Mike will give a safety talk and these rules make the walks enjoyable experiences
- as per National Parks law the guide carries a firearm for your safety
TO BE CONNECTED OR NOT TO BE CONNECTED?
- Some of you want a digital detox, while others can’t leave their workplace. We discreetly cater for both extremes
WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE?
Green season (mid-November to end-April)
It is not raining all the time but short rain showers can occur, so make sure you have a light raincoat or umbrella.
The green season is ideal for:
- birding, as all migrant birds are in Africa calling, breeding and nesting
- sightings of reptiles and amphibians is good
- viewing the many flowering-plant species
- the bush is thick and water spread out through the park, so large animal viewing may not be as good as in the dry season
Golden season (mid-May to mid-December)
With the drier weather there is less free-standing water available and mammal concentrations at water points improves.
Due to less vegetation a visit in the dry season is ideal for:
- seeing large mammals
- sitting by waterholes and observing the animals
- predator viewing at waterholes is rewarding
- June to August are cooler months (daytime temperature up to 25°C, nighttime temperature down to 3°C)
- September to November is hot (daytime temperature in the 30°C range, nighttime temperature between 10°C - 15°C)