What to pack

Packing is key to a successful trip and we want your adventure to be fantastic. Here’s a list of what you should consider packing before flying to the warm heart of Africa. Remember to pack accordingly to the climate, Malawi’s generally tropical.

Remember to pack accordingly to the climate, Malawi’s generally tropical. The rainy season runs from November to April. There is little to no rainfall throughout much of the country from May to October. The temperature and climate vary a lot depending on the terrain and altitude, the lake, for example, is warmer than Lilongwe. Mount Mulanje and Nyika Plateau can be pretty cold.

Zambia is situated in the tropics and receives good rainfall. It has a dry season from May to the end of October and a wet season from November to April. At this time many areas become inaccessible and most camps in Kafue, Lower Zambezi and more remote parks close down. The Mfuwe sector of South Luangwa is accessible year-round. The further north, the earlier the rains arrive and the later they leave. Eastern and higher areas generally receive more rain than western and lowland areas. The dry season is divided into the cool dry season (May to August) and the hot dry season (September and October).

Packing list:

  • Passport
  • Yellow Fever Certificate
  • USD for Zambian Visa and park fees
  • Malawian and Zambian Kwacha
  • Daypack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Closed walking shoes
  • A basic first aid kit


  • Lightweight clothing is recommended for the day but at night temperatures can be very cool, especially in the winter months so we recommend packing warmer covered clothing. Avoid brightly coloured clothing for game viewing. Women are advised to wear clothing that is not too revealing and dresses etc that are to the knee or below
  • Swimsuit if you are planning to stay at the lake
  • Hat, scarf, and jacket, especially if you are climbing Mulanje during winter or planning to go up North

Exchanging clothes

  • It is worthwhile bringing unwanted clothing as locals will, normally, gladly trade their crafts for clothes.

Electricity supply

  • Electric Power is 230V running at 50Hz in both Malawi and Zambia. The plug type used is a three pinned, rectangular blade plug.

Packing for a safari

  • Neutral colour clothes – although this is really only truly necessary for walking safaris. Lions are supposedly stressed by red and bright colours. However, on a game drive, this is really no big issue. Also, it is recommended that you stay away from camouflage and army fatigues as can attract unwanted attention at border patrols.
  • Beware of tsetse flies in the evenings. They are prevalent in East Africa they are attracted to dark colours. Wear long trousers and stay away from blue or black – pack mosquito spray for the evenings as well.
  • Ladies – pack a sports bra…roads are always bumpy.
  • Book – for downtime between the morning and evening drives…
  • Batteries and external chargers -drives are usually a minimum of four hours and there can be power cuts at the lodge – bring backup not miss out on the money shot!
  • Jumper – depending on the time of year it can get chilly at night, especially on game drives.
  • Heavy hiking boots are not needed a walking safari is planned. Then bring broken in shoes with a thick sole to protect from thorns.
  • headlamp
  • sunscreen
  • mosquito spray
  • binoculars
  • water bottle
  • sunglasses
  • tip money for guides and staff

Check out our ‘What to pack for a safari’ infographic.

Now you know what to pack, you need to decide (if you haven’t already) which destinations you want to visit. Find inspiration from our destinations and our tour itineraries. Remember all tours can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Any questions, let us know info@malawianstyle.com