What to pack for a safari

January 28, 2016


Everything plus the kitchen sink right? Not quite the packing formula needed for a safari trip.

Packing for a safari can be a daunting task for anybody and there is nothing worse than the feeling that you have forgotten something vital at home. Not only is it not the ‘typical’ holiday style, but small charter planes often have strict weight restrictions for luggage which can make packing a little more tricky. Everything from your choice of toiletries to your choice of clothing is important. To help you along, we’ve put together a basic outline of what you will need to pack when going on safari in Africa…


1. Camera: Of course, your camera is going to be one of the most important things while on safari! How else are you going to make everyone back at home jealous of your adventures?

2. Extra memory card: To make sure you can take as many photos as your heart desires.

3. Chargers: Also plug convertors would be a good idea.

4. Small torch: For late nights and early mornings.

5. Binoculars: For spotting those animals in the distance (and spying on other travellers).

6. Waterproof bag/Ziploc bags: These double as ‘dust-proof’ bags.


Toiletries/First Aid (other than the obvious):

1. Malarial prophylactics: This depends on where about in Africa you will be travelling to.

2. Insect repellent: Very important – especially if camping.

3. Anti-diarrheal medication: Just in case!

4. Waterless hand wash

5. Sunblock: Factor 30 at least

6. Spare glasses if you wear contacts: it’s often too dusty to wear them comfortably


Clothing (based on a 10 day safari)

1. 3 t-shirts and 2 long sleeve shirts: Choose neutral tones and light fabrics like cotton as these fabrics are the best in a hot climate. Avoid wearing white as it can stick out and scare the animals away. Also avoid black and blue if going to an area with Tsetse flies.

2. Something warm for the evenings: A sweatshirt or fleece.

3. A pair of comfortable shorts and 2 pairs of cotton pants.

4. At least 2 pairs of socks

5. 4 pairs cotton underwear (you can wash and dry overnight)

6. A thin waterproof raincoat (only needed if travelling in the wet season)

7. Swimming costume

8. Warm pyjama pants

9. Sunglasses: this will help with the dust as well as the sun.

10. Wide-brimmed hat with strap to stop it blowing off your head.

11. Lightweight, waterproof walking shoes as well as some flip flops or sandals for around camp.

See, no kitchen sink needed. Just the necessities for safari living.

Posted by tfhadmin

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