What To Pack For A Safari To Gonarezhou National Park

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Safari Packing Essentials For Gonarezhou National Park In Zimbabwe

Find Out What To Pack For A Zimbabwe Safari to Gonarezhou National Park

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What to pack for a Zimbabwe safari to Gonarezhou National Park

What To Pack For A Safari To Zimbabwe: Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou National Park is Zimbabwe's second largest national park. The remoteness of this destination means it is generally quiet. The iconic Chilojo Cliffs are one of the main attractions, but this park forms part of a transfrontier wilderness that extends into Mozambique and Kruger in South Africa. While there may be (relatively) limited accommodation options, there is plenty on offer for anyone in search of an off-the-beaten track experience.

Whether you're rustic camping or on a luxury safari, pack the essentials for the best experiences. Use our Gonarezhou safari packing tips to get started and use our comprehensive, intuitive safari packing list tool for a comprehensive checklist.

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What to wear on safari to Gonarezhou.
Layering up for changing conditions is the starting point for safari packing. Prepare for cold starts and evenings - and sometimes hot midday temperatures. Sun protection and insect defence should be the top priority when packing safari clothing for Gonarezhou, with clothing that's offers performance features for every activity.

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What To Pack For a Zimbabwe Safari To Gonarezhou National Park

  • Binoculars are the number one safari essential: You need binoculars for big landscapes like those at Gonarezhou. Improve the quality of your sightings by packing one pair of high-quality binoculars per person for watching wildlife, birding, or scanning the cliffs and river valleys.

  • Insect protection is a priority: The malaria risk in Gonarezhou National Park makes insect protection a key packing consideration. Make sure to pack a reliable insect repellent. Remember it's better to have too much than to run out, so pack more than you think you'll need to apply and re-apply as needed. Your next layer of defence is to cover up in anti-insect BUGTech™ safari clothing - especially at night. It is lightweight and wicks moisture to keep you cool, with flexible designs that give you the coverage you need as you need it through the day.

  • Protect your skin from the sun: Depending on the time of year you travel, it can get very hot in Gonarezhou. That said, sun protection is essential all year round. As with insect repellent, stock up on enough sunscreen to apply and re-apply throughout the day as needed. Choose a high SPF - especially in the summer months. The best way to avoid sunburn is to cover up. Pack a wide-brimmed hat to stylishly protect your face and neck. BUGTech™ and SAFARITech both feature built-in UPF50+ sun protection in feather-light technical fabric so you can cover up and stay cool for sun care.

  • Pack a warm layer: Visitors to many African destinations often underestimate how cold it can get. Early morning starts and chilly evenings make a warm layer a must-have safari essential. Add the draught on the back of open game viewers and it can get uncomfortably cold. Pack jackets and fleeces in safari-friendly colours. If you are travelling over the rainy season, tuck a packable waterproof layer into your luggage.

  • The best safari clothing: Safari clothing in technical fabrics is our top recommendation. This includes BUGTech™ and SAFARITech in neutral, safari-friendly colours. Mix and match with super-comfy non-technical safari clothing like our Savute range for men and Serengeti range for women, with soft tees and easy-wearing trousers for travel and activities.

  • Best foot forward: If you have the opportunity to walk on safari, take it! This is one of the best ways to experience the bush. Packing reliable walking shoes and boots, as well as anti-blister socks ensures your footwear won't let you down on walks.

  • Take a flashlight: A compact torch is a useful accessory for nighttime on safari. Whether for safety in wildlife areas, keeping an eye out for insects and snakes, or scratching around in your luggage after dark, a torch always comes in handy.

  • The right bag for Africa: If a transfer by small charter is part of your itinerary, a soft-sided bag that meets strict luggage dimensions is essential. Also take a tough and reliable satchel or day pack for carrying your essentials as you travel and during activities.

Gonarezhou Safari Packing Guide

The reliability of your clothing and gear plays an important role in the success of your safari. You shouldn't have to think about it, so you can focus on your experiences. Our clothing, luggage, and gear has been developed for and extensively expedition tested™ to ensure it performs wherever your travels take you. Pack your bags with the best safari clothing and gear for your safari to Gonarezhou.

Wildlife sightings are such a big part of any safari. Enjoy exquisite sightings no matter the distance by investing in high-quality binoculars from the best brands. Beyond birdwatching and wildlife sightings, add another dimension to Gonarezhou's vast landscapes and views by using high-quality optics.
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Safari Hats
Keep the sun off of your face and neck by wearing a wide brimmed hat. Our range offers a variety of styles, with convenient packable options for men, women, and children.
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Reliable Sun Protection
The sun can be fierce in this part of the world. No matter what time of year you travel, make sure you have made provision for adequate sun protection to avoid painful, red sunburn. Covering up is the best way to prevent sunburn - and applying sunscreen is an important additional barrier. Our BUGTech™ and SAFARITech clothing, as well as our Vintage Print Head&Neck Scarves, have built-in UPF50+. Make sure you apply and re-apply high-SPF, effective sunscreen.
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Insect Repellent
The best way to avoid malaria is to avoid being bitten in the first place. Apart from the real health worry, bites can be itchy, uncomfortable, and unsightly - and the presence of insects can be a pest. Apply and re-apply insect repellent and cover up in anti-insect clothing - especially in the evenings.
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Safari Clothing
Pick safari clothing in neutral colours for a safari to Gonarezhou. Make sure your safari outfit includes a mixture of technical fabrics like BUGTech™ clothing and SAFARITech for sun and insect defence, but also for their quick-drying, moisture wicking features. Pack these together with a variety of non-technical comfy T-shirts and trousers like our Savute range for men and Serengeti range for women.
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Warm Layer
Pack a warm layer all year round, but especially in the winter months. It can get surprisingly chilly on open game viewers and during the evenings - it's always better to be prepared! A packable waterproof layer is also a good idea during the summer months - and our options pack right down to be compact for day trips and activities.
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Head&Neck Scarf
The Vintage Print Head&Neck Scarf is a top accessory for any safari. This tubular scarf is made from lightweight fabric with nanoweave technology. This is windproof and provides UPF50+ sun protection, which is very practical on game viewers or walks. It can also be worn in 8 different ways, which makes it a versatile accessory for travel.
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Anti-Blister Socks and Gaiters
Anti-blister socks are especially important if you are planning to go on a guided walk or full walking safari. Don't let a blister detract from the beauty of your experiences. Our double-layered anti-blister socks have wicking fibres and design features for support - keeping your feet comfortable on every kind of safari. If you are going on a walking safari, ankle gaiters are a simple accessory to keep thorns and debris off your ankles and out of your shoes.
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Safari Shoes and Boots
Pack comfortable, closed walking shoes or boots to be prepared for short bush walks or walking safaris. If you are camping, wear closed shoes at night. Our handmade boots and veldskoen desert boots are made in Africa for Africa and are great options for walking. Just remember to wear them in before your safari. Pack a pair of sandals to give your toes a break between activities and as you relax around camp or at the lodge.
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Duffels and Satchels
If your itinerary includes charter by light aircraft, strict luggage restrictions will apply. This will make packing into a soft and squashable bag a must. Our luggage range is made from tough and stylish cotton canvas and leather - a match for every safari. On game drives and for activities, pack your binoculars and accessories into a daypack or satchel. Our range includes safari-styled canvas and leather options that convert from shoulder bags to backpacks for flexibility.
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