What to Bring
What to bring on a Safari?
Tips from our Across Africa Team:
- Baggage on safari should be carefully considered. One soft-sided bag and one smaller piece of hand luggage (such as a backpack) per person is recommended, weighing not more than 20kg.
- Days on safari are generally hot and call for shorts and t-shirt. In the mornings and evenings, long-sleeved shirts and pants are better and will also protect you from mosquitoes. For those sensitive to the sun, a loose cotton shirt is a good bet during the day, as is sunscreen. For colder mornings, layering clothing helps keep you warm and is a convenient way to ensure you’re wearing what you need as the day heats up.
- Dull and/ or neutral colours are suitable for safari, especially for gorilla & chimp tracking; you want to blend in as much as possible with nature. White is not practical. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing. Best stay away from camo, as in many places in Africa only the military wear camouflage clothing and – in those areas – you might be arrested for it.
What To Take
- Sun block, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, lip balm with an SPF of at least 15
- Blouses/ shirts with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
- Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
- T-shirts; shorts or a light skirt; cotton pants or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer)
- Sandals and rubber thongs (for showers) and boots as you’re going to want to protect your feet from poisonous snakes, thorns and rocky terrain.
- Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
- Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Light, compact raincoat is a good idea
- Swimsuit, for the hotels and lodges that have swimming pools
- Binoculars and a camera are a must
We also recommend
- Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, etc.
- Batteries for small electronics and cameras
- Flashlight/ torch/ headlamp
- First aid kit
- Personal toiletries
- Tissues (for when the dust gets up your nose on a game drive)
- Insect repellent and malaria tablets, depending on where you’re going
The Nitty Gritty
- Credit and ATM cards – check to see if your bank has international ATM locations to avoid high fees, and let your bank know you’ll be traveling abroad before you leave
- Leave behind contact information for the family
- Health-insurance card
- Local guidebooks, bird and animal guidebooks
- Passport and photocopies of passport (stored seperately)
- Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss
- Printouts of reservations and general travel documents
- Travel journal