What to bring

Clothing & Toiletries

In Africa there is often a big difference between day time and night time temperatures, and so it is important to pack accordingly. Layered clothing that is light, breathable and durable is most suitable. If travelling in the winter period, bring along a few extra layers, as the nights can get very cold.

Mainly casual clothing is required whilst on Safari, so it is important to dress comfortably, and neutral colours such as khaki, brown or olive green work best. Try to also avoid bright colours for activities such as game drives and bush walks. As you will likely be travelling via small aircraft to your destinations, it is recommended that you keep your luggage to the basics, and soft bags are preferred over hard suitcases. Also keep in mind that most establishments provide a laundry service, but dry cleaning is mostly not available.

 

For a typical 12 Day Safari, below is a recommended head to toe packing list for clothing:
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts (3)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (3)
  • Light jacket and/or Fleece – Layers are needed for those early mornings and night drives)
  • Sweater
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer (2)
  • Long pants – zip-off pants are very useful (3)
  • Belt
  • Underwear – Sports bras for those bumpy roads
  • Swimsuit
  • Sock – both light and heavy socks are recommended (4)
  • Sandals
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Light Rain Gear (if travelling in summer months – November to March)
  • Scarf/gloves/warm hat (if travelling in winter months – May to September)

 

Most establishments will provide basic toiletries for your use, but all items of a personal nature, you will be required to bring along.
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments)
  • Moisturizing cream & sunscreen lotion with minimum UV 30 protection
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable)
  • Basic medical kit (aspirin, Imodium, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, etc.)

 

Safari Kit

While you will always be under the attentive and watchful eye of your Guide, there are a few items that will help enhance you experience as well as keep you comfortable and safe on safari.

  • Day Pack (to take along any items you need for the day’s Safari)
  • Strong binoculars (no smaller than 8×40)
  • Quality camera with long lens
  • Extra camera battery, charger, many memory cards
  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Journal, notebook, pencil and pen
  • Small flashlight
  • Electrical adapters
  • Animal and bird guide books