- Planned your African safari. Check.
- Chosen your safari camp. Check.
- Booked your stay. Check.
Then you waited, the adrenaline rising as the trip got closer and closer. Finally, the day has come and you must pack. What to bring? What to bring? An African safari is different from any trip you may have to take. What you pack is definitely important. The following are some items that will need space in your bag.
1. Travelling documents
Especially, if you’re going on safari in another country, don’t leave your passport behind. Bring any other identification documents, in case you lose your passport. And we hope you don’t. Some essential documents to also bring include:
- Tickets for flights (if applicable)
- A passport that is valid for at least 6 months
- The visa for the country/s you are visiting (if applicable)
- Foreign currency (if applicable) and credit cards
- Travel insurance
2. Camera and phone
“Africa is a magnificent gallery, a perfect setting for nature photography”.
The wildlife, enthralling landscapes, vibrant people and so on. There is so much about the continent that’s worth capturing.
This is why a good quality phone or camera will come in handy when you are on safari. Of course, make sure to turn the shutter off so as not to make any distracting noise for others or any animals. Startling animals with your noise is only the least dangerous thing that can happen. So, play it safe when on their turf.
Having a phone will also ensure that should you need to make important calls, you’re able to.
Of course, we both know you’re not going to forget clothes! And your toiletries. But, are you packing the right clothes for an African safari?
Firstly, if you’re travelling from another country, take care not to go over the weight limits. Find out the size and weight limits for bags beforehand.
Secondly, always opt for comfortable, neutral and non-brightly coloured clothes which help you blend with nature. This means any leopard spandex you may have get to stay at home. Fabrics that dry quickly, trousers that can be turned into shorts, shirts with long sleeves to protect you from the sun’s rays and any mosquitoes are good options too.
Since temperatures may change while you’re out in the bush, it helps to bring clothes you’ll be able to wear in layers. As the day warms up you can remove one layer of clothing and put it back on once it gets chilly.
Other items to pack include:
- Warm jacket
- Comfortable shoes and socks. If you’ll be hiking, you’ll need a good paid of hiking shoes or sneakers.
- Swimsuit – depending on the season
- A raincoat, if you’re travelling during the rainy season
“Please note that wearing camouflage is illegal in some African countries.”
If you’re not entirely sure about this, it’s probably best for you to leave any regalia resembling military uniforms at home. You don’t want a piece of fabric to be the reason why your African safari experience is ruined.
If you’re taking any medication, make sure to pack it. It’s always wise to place it in the bag you’ll have close to you especially when boarding planes or buses.
Africa has some areas that are prone to malaria outbreaks. It’s important for you to find out which areas are malaria infested. Still, bringing anti-malarial tablets or mosquito repellents will not hurt you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, anyway.
“Unforeseen ailments may happen during your African safari.”
You may get stomach aches or be stung by an insect. Or, you could get a sore throat. So, make sure to throw in pain tablets, antihistamines, throat lozenges, or antiseptic cream into your bag.
Most camps are likely to have toiletries. Still, it’s always a good idea to pack your own hygiene products.
- Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc
- Sunscreen (especially when you’re spending a lot of time in the sun)
- Hand sanitiser (this will come in handy when you need to wash your hands when there’s no water around)
- Sanitary products for those who use them
TIP: Place your most important items in your hand bag just to be safe in case any of your luggage is lost. And we hope it doesn’t.
If you’re planning a safari at Matobo National Park, here are some & activities you can expect to take part in.
Is it Matobo National Park or Matopos National Park?
You have heard about Matobo National Park. Or is it Matopos National Park?
We have shared so many pictures of this enchanting gallery of rocks and wildlife. In fact, we – and many others – have written several articles on it. We inform and remind you of all that awaits you when you visit the Park.
Maybe, you have been to the nature reserve. Maybe you have not. Maybe you wish to visit it soon or later. And, we hope you do.
The park is home to massive “whale backed” domes or “dwalas”. These awesome rocks are a result of years and years of erosion due to weather changes.
This erosion is a very gradual process and it is ongoing. Yes – mother nature is not done showing us her erosive power.
This weathering process will continue to act upon the incredible landscape.
Luckily for us, we can still continue to enjoy this amazingly unique Park in all its complexity.
After all –
We have several more millions of years before erosion finally reduces it to a flat and unflattering plain.
In the meantime – We carpe diem indeed!
Still, you may have also wondered – Is it Matobo or Matopos National Park?
Some folks call it Matobo National Park. Maybe you are on of them. Others call it Matopos National Park.
Still, some use the two names interchangeably.
So – which is it? Gather around folks, it is time for a story.
Once upon a time…
Haha – just kidding. But, yes, we are travelling back into time now.
Where does the term, “Matobo” originate from?
It has been said that the Karanga people referred to the Matobo region as “madombo” meaning stones.
The distinct appearance of the rolling Matobo Hills was the reason behind the area’s name.
The founder and leader of the Ndebele nation, King Mzilikazi, is said to have named the balancing rocks “matobo”.
Matobo is a Ndebele term meaning “bald heads”.
Thus, the name of the area, Matobo, was born.
And how did the word, “Matopos” come about?
Again, history has it that White settlers are the ones who used this term.
They may have had trouble pronouncing the word, Matobo. Thus, they resorted to using Matopos instead of Matobo.
This word caught on so much that its increased usage led many to using the two words interchangeably.
So, which is it? Is it Matobo? Is it Matopos? Is it Matobo or Matopos?
The correct name is Matobo and not Matopos.
That means it’s Matobo Hills and not Matopos Hills.
It’s Matobo Hills Lodge and not Matopos Hills Lodge.
It’s Matobo National Park and not Matopos National Park.
While we are on the subject of Matobo, be sure to read our blog on all the fun facts about Matobo National Park.
PRESS RELEASE: Matobo Hills Lodge wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
We have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
For the 4th time in a row!
Matobo Hills Lodge couldn’t be more delighted.
Our Lodge continues to establish itself as a first-rate Zimbabwean tourist destination.
We strive to ensure that Guest Happiness is central to our business operation.
We owe our gratitude to our valued guests for the positive reviews on TripAdvisor.
It is these reviews which helped us scoop the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
We are saying thank you to all the guests who have been happy with our services.
It is our hope that these positive reviews will attract more guests to our Lodge.
We encourage everyone to leave honest reviews of our services.
Yes – we said it. HONEST reviews.
Such reviews will help other travelers get a clear picture of what they can expect.
What Management Has to Say About The News
Joshua Elliott, the Managing Director of Matobo Hills Lodge says,
“Management and our dedicated staff are very happy to be receiving this award.
It is our intention to continue offering our guests value for their money.
We want to ensure that their stay at our Lodge is beyond their expectations.
We intend to keep pushing the boundaries of guest service and value.
Matobo Hills Lodge hopes to win this award again next year.
We will do our very best to ensure that happens.
Should that happen, we will be inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.
This would be a great incentive for us.”
What You Need to Know About the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Firstly – did you know that TripAdvisor the world’s largest hospitality review site?
Its Certificate of Excellence initiative has been running for seven years now.
Who is eligible to receive to the award?
The award is designed to acknowledge businesses which always receive great reviews.
These business are in the hospitality industry.
They include hotels, restaurants, safari lodges and so on.
What is the criteria for selection?
- The Certificate of Excellence considers the recency, number and quality of reviews. These reviews must have been submitted over a year.
- To qualify for the award, organisations need to have the minimum number of reviews.
- Organisations need to be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. These 12 months begin on 1 April and end on 31 March.
- The businesses also need to have a rating of at least four out of five.
When are winners announced, you might ask?
Winners of the award are announced annually.
And, this is usually done towards the end of May.
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