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What To Pack For Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is an easy attraction for anyone interested in the world's most magnificent natural features. For many visitors to Southern Africa, Victoria Falls is a stop in a multi-destination Southern African safari adventure. This means you need to pack for a visit to one of the world's largest waterfalls, but you'll also need to factor in weight and suitability of clothing for many different kinds of activities.

Waterfalls need waterproofs. However, clever packing for Victoria Falls includes a few other considerations. Make sure you're geared up with the essentials for every leg of your adventures. Use our Victoria Falls packing guidelines to get started and use our comprehensive, intuitive safari packing list tool for a comprehensive checklist.

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What To Wear For Exploring The Falls
If you're worried about the luggage limitations of fly-in safaris or are questioning the suitability of your clothing for Victoria Falls, this advice is for you. Follow our step-by-step recommendations and shop our selection of top essentials for a trip to Victoria Falls.

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What To Pack For Victoria Falls

  • Layer Up: Dressing success in Africa (as for most outdoor adventures) is to layer up. It is always a good idea to take a warm layer for the nip in the air in early mornings and evenings. This is unquestionably an essential if you are going on safari. For the Falls, add a waterproof layer to your outfits. The spray and mist from the waterfall makes for almost rainforest conditions at and around the falls. We've gone without and ended up drenched, so waterproof jackets or ponchos and waterproof overtrousers are a good way to keep dry.

  • Pack For Activities: There is so much to do at Victoria Falls - from walks into the gorge to flights over the heights of the Falls. At a minimum, you will be walking from viewpoint to viewpoint, so have comfortable clothes, shoes, and socks for walking.

  • Choose High-Performance Fabrics: Pick fabrics that work hard for your African holiday. Quick-drying, moisture wicking technical fabrics are best for both the spray of the Falls and the sometimes muggy, sweaty conditions on hot days. BUGTech™ clothing features these properties, as well as built-in UPF50+ sun protection and insect defence for added peace of mind.

  • Pack For Every Leg of the Adventure: Pack versatile clothing. If Victoria Falls is part of an itinerary that takes you on safari, the trick is to pack ultra-lightweight crossover items that are practical and stylish across all destinations. The weight factor is especially important for fly-in safaris with luggage restrictions, which makes certain key items and features important.

  • Sun and Insect Protection: Nothing ruins a good time quite like a bad sunburn or itchy, red (potentially disease-carrying) insect bites. Packing the right products can remove the worry. With a malaria risk at Victoria Falls, a tried, tested, trusted insect repellent is a top essential. The top way to prevent sunburn is to cover up. Long sleeves and trousers in the heat of the African sun doesn't need to be torture. Our technical fabric is lightweight, cool, and wicking and offers built-in UPF50+ sun protection. SAFARITech sun shirts and BUGTech™ clothing offer protection in clothing with versatile design features and feather-light construction for warm-weather travel. Don't forget to pack a reliable sunscreen and a trusty hat to bolster sun protection in as many ways as possible.

  • It Starts With the Right Bag: If you are flying by light charter between destinations, luggage restrictions make the size and kind of bag you use important. Our luxurious cotton canvas and leather duffel bags are made for this kind of travel.

  • Binoculars Are the Number 1 Essential: If you love bird-watching or wildlife, high-quality binoculars are always our top recommendation. There is nothing worse than missing out on a sighting because you don't have the right gear. If there is a safari element to your trip or you want to look for birds in the exquisite forest around Vic Falls, make sure you tuck your binos into your bag.

Victoria Falls Packing Guide

The Safari Store's selection of clothing, luggage, and apparel has been designed for African and outdoor adventures. From visiting one of the world's most outstanding waterfalls to taking in the beauty of African wildlife on safari, pack your bags with the essentials for the best African travel experiences.

A Waterproof Layer
The spray at Victoria Falls can rise up to float 400 metres above the Falls themselves. Depending on where you're going and the time of year, it's fair to expect to get drenched. To stay dry and comfortable, a waterproof layer is a top essential. The challenge of packing light for Southern African and safari adventures makes a heavy raincoat impractical. We recommend compact, packable waterproof ponchos, jackets, and overtrousers
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Quick-Drying Shirts in Technical Fabrics
Choose long-sleeved shirts with built-in sun and insect defence, so you can cover up for protection throughout your trip. The heat makes technical fabric like BUGTech™ and SAFARITech a top choice for its lightweight construction and moisture wicking properties. Whether you're working up a sweat on a walk into the gorge or get wet from the amazing spray of the Falls, these fabrics are effectively quick-drying so you look and feel cool and comfortable.
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Quick-Drying Trousers in Technical Fabrics
The advice around shirts applies to trousers too. Quick-drying and lightweight BUGTech™ and SAFARITech trousers allow you to cover up for protection without the weight. Zip-off designs also give the flexibility of switching from longs to shorts without a wardrobe change. With two garments in one, this is a great way to keep packing to the minimum.
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Sun Protection
Protecting your skin from the harsh effects of the African sun is an investment in your comfort as you travel and for long-term health. You can expect to be out in the sun as you explore Victoria Falls and enjoy the amazing activities on offer. Covering up in sun protective clothing should be your first priority for sun protection. Our BUGTech™ and SAFARITech clothing have built-in UPF50+ sun protection in lightweight fabric, which is perfect for warm weather conditions. Bolster your efforts by applying (and re-applying) an effective high-SPF sunscreen that is water resistant. Finally, don't forget a wide-brimmed hat for extra protection for your face and neck.
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Insect Protection
There is a risk of malaria at Victoria Falls. The best way to avoid getting malaria is to prevent getting bitten in the first place. Talk to your doctor about prophylactic medications before you travel - and stock up on top anti-insect clothing and repellents.
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Jackets and Fleeces
Contrary to popular belief, if you are headed to Africa, you need to pack a warm layer. This is especially the case if you have a safari planned. It can get quite chilly in the early mornings and evenings - and the proximity to water is an additional consideration when packing for conditions. Add Thusk knitwear for extra warmth.
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Anti-Blister Socks
Packing for walking-based activities is a top tip for a trip to Victoria Falls. Whether you're walking from viewpoint to viewpoint, exploring the towns, or take a hike into the gorge, being on your feet is all part of the adventure. Anti-blister socks reduce the friction that cause blisters - especially in wet and damp conditions. Our Mara&Meru™ socks are also moisture wicking and breathable for ultimate comfort.
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Comfortable Boots and Shoes
With walking in mind, make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes or boots for the days' activities - and a pair of sandals to give your feet a breather back at the lodge.
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Non-Technical Clothing
When it comes to picking the right clothing, the top choice is technical. The more versatile the better. Our non-technical Savute range for men and Serengeti range for women are safari-friendly and super-comfy for every leg of your travels.
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Safari Bags
If flying by small charter forms part of your itinerary, the type of luggage you take along is especially important. Soft-sided duffel bags in the right dimensions are required for these types of flights - and this is something you will want to get right to avoid luggage-related stress. Our safari-styled duffels and satchels are made from luxurious materials that look the part and are practical for every kind of travel.
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