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    RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

    by DAO Updated Oct 5, 2011

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    Photo Equipment:
    We are now in the digital camera age and they absolutely eat batteries. Rechargeables will save you a lot of money and aggravation. I always keep a full set charged and just swap them when they run out. Rechargeables also have a much higher capacity than the batteries you can buy in shops here and you know they are charged. Batteries are also expensive in many areas and are often of poor quality. That’s if they even sell batteries where you are going!

    PLEASE NOTE: I have found Energizers to be the worst quality and most unreliable of any brand!

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    GPS

    by Wafro Written Sep 18, 2011

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A Global Positioning System:
    Almost everybody knows what a GPS is, extra information is not needed I expect.
    You have devices for the outdoor use and they’re the most suitable for a hike in the open.
    Be sure you have enough batteries for the time you’re on the terrain.

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    Chainsaw

    by Wafro Written Sep 5, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: I know it’s difficult to bring a chainsaw along. But when you’re driving in forested areas fallen trees are very common and when you want to pass, you or a companion need to clear the road before continuing.

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    Insect repellent isn't a luxe

    by Wafro Written Sep 5, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Many bugs are attracted by the smell of you body, the sweat on you skin or the sounds and movements that you make. Use insect repellent with a very high DEET percentage on your skin and your insect problem is largely solved.
    Avoid eyes and open wounds!!!

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    Play it safe with a good guide book

    by angiebabe Written Jul 17, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: There are some excellent guide books around written by companies specialising in providing information for the independent traveller - even if you are with a tour its a brilliant way to get prepared and also have info while you are travelling such as the history of where you are - the best series I believe are the Lonely Planet guide books - you can get a complete book on Africa or you can get them compartmentalised into areas such as West Africa, Morocco, East Africa, South Africa etc....but they have pretty much everything you need to know beforehand and while you are out and about - what to take, when to go, what to see ie how to plan your route and itinerary, what to beware of, maps and transportation, where to eat, where to stay - at varying ranges of comfort ie budget, midrange, classy etc - just brilliant!
    other companies such as Rough Guide, DK Eyewitness, Frommers, Bradt, Insight

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    Hand luggage

    by muguruki Updated Feb 1, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: If you are leaving the UK and not sure what you are allowed to take on board the aircraft this should help.

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    SURVIVAL KNIFE !

    by DAO Updated Nov 4, 2010

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear:
    Travel in Africa can be highly dangerous, even fatal. You could be attacked by some wild animals or starve to death. Therefore it is essential that you carry the original Swiss Army knife manufactured by Victorinox. Just look at my pictures when I had to utilise my knife in order to survive in my hotel room. It was a close call, but I survived after defeating my enemy. Victorinox. Accept no substitutes!

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    VT CUSTOM TRAVEL GUIDE PAGES!

    by DAO Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Miscellaneous:
    Don’t forget we have the wonderful CUSTOM TRAVEL GUIDE facility on VT where you can save the tips you like and print them to take along with you! Never miss the opening times of a museum or that great restaurant!

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    How should one dress?

    by Jenniflower Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:

    Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.

    Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.

    Take a warm jacket for game drives; and, if you're going in summer, make sure it's water-proof.

    A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.

    Long socks if you are going hiking (extra protection against snakes if you come across one).

    Sunglasses.

    Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, Tabard for the mossies (mosquitos), cotton wool, germolene etc.

    ***Check if your area is a malaria area! If it is, you'll have to take medication PRIOR, DURING AND AFTER your stay***

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a SOUTH AFRICAN plug extension.

    Bring along the best lens you can - a zoom lens will be needed as the animals are often in the distance and may only look like tiny specks in your photos when they are developed.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

    This is so that you don’t get lost, plus can appreciate all that’s around you that much more.

    It is not just a place to sight-see, but a place to learn from too.

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    SUN SCREEN

    by DAO Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
    Want to look older? Well keep getting too much sun and your skin will. Burn too many times and get cancer. Yep, Sun Screen is a modern medical miracle. It’s a pain, but you need it. Europeans and North Americans may think they don’t, but just look at a map. You will often be closer to the Equator than probably any other time in your life. Look again at that map. The Equator is very far away from where you live and what your skin is used to. You can burn here in a few minutes. I would suggest you buy before you fly. Many African countries have a 100% TAX on imported goods like this and the demand is a lot lower than say Europe. That means really expensive! And you may not be able to find any!

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    Binoculars

    by Wafro Written Jun 24, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Binoculars can be very handy when you are on safari, observing wildlife out of a hideout are when you wanna see the birds flying high in the sky. I use an 8x30 field 6.7° type, the larger you get the closer the objects will be, the more space you need in your luggage.

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    Travel Guides

    by Wafro Written Jun 24, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: A Travel guide or guidebook is always useful when you are in Africa. Travel advice, tips and destination information of travellers that have been there before you, can be guidance. You don’t have to follow it unconditionally, but you always can give it an own interpretation.
    Here are some travel guides that I bought in Belgium:
    Lonely Planet
    Bradt
    Dominicus
    Footprint
    Nelles Guide
    Rough Guide

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    SINK PLUGS

    by DAO Updated May 3, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: Who stole all the sink plugs? I don’t know why, but there just does not seem to be sink plugs in Africa. Bath plugs either. If you are going to be travelling a bit here I suggest you bring your own humble rubber sink plug. Even in hotels where there is a chain on them I have found a former guest stole it. This includes some rather nice hotels too. You can sometimes use a bit of a plastic bag, but you really need a proper plug to take a bath.

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    Underwater camera

    by Wafro Written Apr 4, 2008

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    Photo Equipment: When you go diving or snorkelling in the Red Sea, Mediterranean or Indian Ocean be prepared and bring all your photo equipment with you.
    You can buy an underwater camera at the spot, but be ready to pay a lot of money.

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    Copy all your documents.

    by Wafro Written Mar 31, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: It isn’t necessary but advisable to make a copy of all you important documents. Passport, visas, traveller cheques, vaccination certificate, flight ticket, etc…. Just in case, you’ll never now when you gonna need it.

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