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Do you really need these things while on safari?...& other misc packing questions...

Do you really need these things while on safari?...& other misc packing questions...

Aug 9th, 2007, 06:04 PM
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In three weeks of camping in Tanzania, I only ever used a hat (baseball cap) to keep the rain out of my eyes. Gortex jacket (which saved my skin from acacia thorns more than once) had a hood which I used in conjunction with the cap. I wasn't anywhere that I could use a hair dryer and any showers we ever got to use had cold water. I wonder if that's still the case in Tanzania.

I always like to have a small knife and a bit of tape along. I was glad I'd taken a lot of my own toilet paper but wished I'd taken warmer clothing.
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Aug 9th, 2007, 09:41 PM
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I wouldn't think of going on safari without my Tilley hat.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 05:26 AM
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what about your stapler?
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Aug 10th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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Who me? Take a stapler? Never have and never will.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 08:51 AM
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I am just beginning to think about packing for my trip to Southern Africa in September. I am sure I will have many questions, but one that occurs to me now is the question of a torch/flashlight. Is this necessary at the luxury camps? What would be the reason?
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Aug 10th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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ekscrunchy-a torch/flashlight comes in handy in the middle of the night when you need to use the loo, to find your way and look for bugs/snakes that may have entered your room. even luxury lodges have bugs and snakes.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 10:34 AM
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Can anyone elaborate on the reference to using tape to keeping the bugs out of your pants?

This is the second time I've heard mention of the bugs that will crawl into your pants while out in the wilderness. I am having a hard time imagining what types of bugs and how they are going to be getting into my pants. Any thoughts or solutions are appreciated.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 10:48 AM
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The only way I can think that tape would keep bugs out of your pants is if you use it to tape your trouser leg openings close. Of course, you can accomplish the same thing by stuffing your pants legs into your socks.

In terms of what would crawl up your pants legs, I had a tse-tse fly enter through there while I was in Tanzania. Damn things are very persistent. Made me dance a jig for a bit. Mosquitos will also go for any entry point to exposed skin, though I didn't get many bites around my sock tops.

The thing is that you'll be sitting in a safari vehicle most of the day and not moving around, so the insects have more time to explore.

It's not something I worried about.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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M: Thanks for the response. Do the lodges cut the electricity at night? If that is the case, I need to think about a reading lamp, too. I should add that I will be in SA, Botswana and Zambia on this trip....
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Aug 10th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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Though most camps/lodges provide a torch/flashlight, I always pack a small MagLite which stays in my daypack and then on the nightstand once back in my tent/room. It can also be used as a nightlight or for reading.

However, most of my reading gets done during downtime during the day; just too exhausted when it's time for bed... certainly after that last nightcap at midnight! If you retire earlier, you can certainly read till the eyelids close.

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Aug 10th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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So do they cut the electric at night? I agree that I will likely be too tired to read at night but who knows for certain...if electric is NOT normally cut at night not sure if I need to bring a flashlight or not...
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Aug 10th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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It depends where you are staying. If you list the camps, some posters can probably tell you.

Alternately, the information is often included on the camp's website.

We had 24 hr. electricity in SA.

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Aug 10th, 2007, 01:02 PM
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Of course..I should have listed them before. Here is the list:

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Islands of Siankaba
Stanley's Camp
King's Pool

Many thanks.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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Wow, those are nice camps. A quick look shows that the tents have plenty of lighting and that electricity is available 24 hours. Lodges like that likely provide flashlights in your room in case you want to see what's rustling outside your window at night.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 03:44 PM
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Thanks!! I am very excited..
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Aug 10th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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With all of the things I took what I used the most were:
Sports Bra

Golf Wind Shirt, although it may not be cold while you are there.

Reading light that hangs around your neck on a rope and has two led lights. I stumbeled upon it at Walmart. I like to read a little before I go to sleep. I also used it if need to use the bathroom

Really small LED light I attached to the strap on my camera so that on night drives I could see if I wanted to change the setting or view the picture.

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Aug 11th, 2007, 12:29 AM
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Heh... I think it depends on *how* you're going to do your safari, but if you're going to do real camping (i.e. not in some "luxury" tent) and spend more time hiking than sitting in a vehicle, having a good utility knife and some tape is a very good idea.

As for the hat, wear whatever is adequate for you to protect your head, face and eyes from the sun.
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Aug 11th, 2007, 01:51 AM
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hi, imavolio,

not sure why you are worried about only bringing travel-size bottles, unless you are planning on not checking your cases at all. the 100ml rules only apply to carry-on.

and if you are doing carry-on only, you do not want a knife, as they will just confiscate it.

a small torch might be useful, though on our recent SA trip, they were supplied by all the lodges; at one place it was attached to the key, so no chance of walking off with it.

Scarf and gloves might be more useful for early morning game drives, or even those hand-warmer things you can put in your pocket or boots.

have a great time,

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Aug 11th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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You'll need the hat, and khaki colored clothes for the game drives. A bandana will come in handy for the drives on dusty roads.

I don't know if this is PC, but when I went to Kenya (way back in '88), we brought along some things to trade for tribal jewelry, etc. I'm not sure what's popular now, but I'm sure you could find out.

About the hairdryer, I always find I'm glad I brought the stuff I need to look good, even when it's casual. You may not bother with it early in the a.m., but you might enjoy feeling like you look nice for the evening socialization, at dinner, around the campfire, whatever. Of course, that's a personal thing. I bet you could find out whether the camps have toiletries and hairdryers by either going online and looking at the amenities, calling the tour operator, or emailing the various camps and hotels.

You didn't mention cameras, if you're using digital, bring lots of memory and think about a lens with image stablization for the telephoto shots, which you'll use a lot. Hope I'm not being presumptuous adding in unsolicited advice, but photography tends to be a priority for lots of safari-goers. Oh, and binoculars. Probably at the top of your list, but just in case...sometimes I forget the most obvious things...

Have fun!
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Aug 11th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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Broad rimmed hat - definitely
Duct tape - good idea - rips in mosquito nets, split luggage etc
knife - maybe not but good to cut apples etc for picnics
Keep airline flight socks and fill with beans or rice for bean bags for stabilising cameras
Bandanas - dust etc.
Lots & lots of wipes - dust.
I brought very ugly sun glass shields that fitted over my eyes - worked like a charm & fitted over my eye glasses.
Cheap blow up neck cushions to help soften some of the bumps.

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