Travel essentials for Zambezi Valley trip September

Does anyone know if its advisable to take a mossie hat and/or mossie net on the Zambezi river trip? Also, can you recommend the best mossie spray to take and how much of it I would need? Was thinking of Off! Deep Woods which comes in a 6oz pump spray - would this be enough?

Thanks

Hi Elaine,

I'm hoping that you've now returned from this trip?

What would you say are the absolute essentials to take?

Thanks 

Andy

Hi, I'm hoping one of you might see and answer this - don't know if you've done the trip now Andy? Any ideas if I need to take proper shoes on this trip for any of the walking or will I get away with Teva's on any walks as well - trying to travel as light as possible! Any advice appreciated, thanks.

Hi Lorna,

I bought some wet shoes which were £20 from Go outdoors. But anything which you don't mind getting reasonably wet or some which are easy to dry are fine.

There is some walking involved too, so I would recommened some walking boot or trail shoes.

Hope this helps

Hi Lorna,

I bought some wet shoes which were £20 from Go outdoors. But anything which you don't mind getting reasonably wet or some which are easy to dry are fine.

There is some walking involved too, so I would recommened some walking boot or trail shoes.

Hope this helps

Thanks Andy - that's helpful. Teva's and my salomon's it is. Did you enjoy the trip? Any other top tips? I go in 7 weeks and really looking forward to it.

It was just amazing. It was my first time on a trip like this and I was apprehensive before I went but I had absolutely no reason to be. The leader, CB, is great as is his helper Besty.

 

Few things I would advise:

There isn't a shower until the middle of the trip, so take baby wipes. On the back of that, don't take many clothes, everyone is in the same boat (Not literally). I would say a change of underwear everyday would do

It gets really cold at night so take some pants and layers.

If you fancy an alcoholic drink after a day's canoeing, buy some at the supermarket as you're heading to the first camp. You do not need any food really.

 

I can't think of much else at the moment. If I do I will let you know

I did this trip a few years ago - hardly any mosquitoes at all, you should be fine with just Deet, no need for a net. Gloves are a good idea to save your hands from the paddling. For shoes, I took some walking sandals for the dry land bits, and just some cheapy canvas shoes for the water (with holes cut in to let the water out!), which I donated to the village at the end of the trip. It's an amazing holiday, enjoy it!

I did this trip a few years ago - hardly any mosquitoes at all, you should be fine with just Deet, no need for a net. Gloves are a good idea to save your hands from the paddling. For shoes, I took some walking sandals for the dry land bits, and just some cheapy canvas shoes for the water (with holes cut in to let the water out!), which I donated to the village at the end of the trip. It's an amazing holiday, enjoy it!

Did trip last summer. Brilliant. Pack what you need for 3 or 4 days into a waterproof bag in your main luggage; It's dark when you get to the river's edge and your main luggage is transferred on for you so you need essentials; baby wipes, sun cream, gloves etc. No real walking until you get luggage back so you could leave boots in that. We didn't need the sleeping bags as it was hot. Be prepared for great adventure and a sore backside from sitting in the kayaks for so long! Enjoy

Thanks for all the comments - I think I'll go with Teva's for the canoeing and leave my hiking boots in a holdall which will be my 'main luggage'. Got a waterproof day pack that'll go with me on the river. Think I'm all set. Now just got to wait a few weeks 'til the off! Done a lot of trips with Exodus - Africa always a favourite, so can't wait to get going again

Andyhank useful piece of advise and thanks for all the information which can only be gained from experience. Great going and kudos to you.

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