Packing tips for an African safariJuly 5, 2018
Make sure to include these five items in your packing list for a great safari experience.
From trekking through the mountains of Uganda and Rwanda to find the mighty silverback gorilla to dining with your fellow travellers back at your lodge in Namibia, going on safari is a diverse experience and versatile packing is key to a successful trip.
Packing for a safari holiday, however, might seem like a daunting task, particularly if it’s your first time travelling to Africa. Here’s a handy list of some of the most important, although often forgotten, items you’ll need on safari.
Notebook and binoculars – If you intend taking a hiatus from the digital world, you can still record your safari experience. Small and lightweight, a notebook can be carried everywhere and pulled out at any moment to journal the memorable moments of your safari. Binoculars are key to seeing all the exciting details you’ll want to include in your daily journal entry.
Scarf – When going on safari, packing a scarf is useful for those chilly early morning game drives and evening sundowners next to a floodplain. As it also adds delicate luxury to a dinner outfit, a scarf is both functional and stylish.
Sports bra – Ladies, if you’re going on safari, you’re going off-road. To make a long bumpy ride comfortable, pack a quality sports bra that is designed for high impact. A sports bra will also be useful if the lodge you’re visiting has a gym.
Soft bag and combination lock – When packing for safari less is definitely more. Investing in a strong but lightweight, soft duffel bag will make it much easier to pack luggage neatly into the transfer vehicle or small charter flight. Before checking your luggage into the airplane hold, secure all the zips with a combination lock for extra security.
Neutral coloured clothing – Camouflage pattern is strongly advised against, as some African countries reserve this pattern for military personnel only. In order to blend in with the environment when out on game drives or guided walks, it’s important to wear neutral coloured clothing such as khaki, olive and brown. Stay away from dark coloured clothes as they will absorb heat and attract pesky tsetse flies. In bold, bright clothing, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb in the wilderness.
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