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Top Ten "Must Have" items to take on safari PDF Print E-mail
  • Binoculars
  • A wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen and lip-salve (total block or high protection)
  • Sunglasses
  • Mozzie ammunition(repellant spray/cream, anti-malarial pills)
  • Sensible clothing - lightweight, cotton tops/shorts in neutral colours; long-sleeved tops/trousers/long skirts for evenings (keeps mozzies out); a tracksuit; a cotton wrap; comfortable, light walking boots or shoes.
  • Basic personal first-aid kit including: aspirin/pain killers, re-hydration (salt) tablets; plasters, scissors, tweezers, a bandage, safety pins, antiseptic cream, eyedrops, antihistamine cream/pills and a broad-spectrum antibiotic (optional).
  • A money-belt or waist pouch (in preference to a shoulder bag)
  • Patience and a sense of humour!
  • Next Five "Essentials"
  • Drinking water/Beer/Wine
  • Ice
  • Matches
  • Loo Paper
  • A guide (professional or paperback)
Health Tips
Nearly all safari lodges will carry a comprehensive medical aid kit. In the unlikely event of serious accidents while on safari you're likely to be treated by MARS (Medical Air Rescue Service), a very professional and experienced company.
Most of your travel service providers will subscribe to MARS and the chances are your own travel insurance taken out in your resident country will be linked with MARS to cover any treatment required
Medical services provided by hospitals and pharmacies in Zimbabwe. Most private and public health facilities are well equiped to cater for your ememgency healthy needs.
Other Health Tips
It is unlikely you will contract any serious disease while in Southern Africa. No compulsory vaccinations are required for Zimbabwe but recommended ones are diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis, polio and meningitis, and typhoid. Yellow fever vacination a must if you coming via East and Central African countries.
Travelers are advised to make use of bottled water to avoid any possible stomach complaints.
Be sensible about exposure to the sun and the heat in general as this may cause heat stroke or exhaustion – eat salt on your food, drink liquids regularly and wear protective sun creams and clothing.
If you suffer from allergies, bring your own prescriptive medicine. Other useful medical aid kit items to bring along are: antihistamine (insect bites, itches, allergies),
Imodium or equivalent (for diarrhoea) and antiseptic cream (for minor injuries). 
 

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Featured Resorts

VICTORIA FALLS & ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site


Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Parks are situated on the western tip of Zimbabwe. The Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- The Smoke that thunders, is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls on earth.

GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the south eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers an area in excess of 5 000 square kilometres. "Gonarezhou" meaning "Place of many Elephants" is an extremely scenic Park full of rugged and beautiful landscapes.

 

MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site

Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile. 
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Mighty Victoria Falls.