What to pack on Safari?

If you have never been on safari before and your name is no Bear Grills or Ray Mears, then chances are you won’t fully know what to pack with you and what to leave behind on your African safari. So here is a list of useful tips to help you pack your safari luggage, to make your holiday as comfortable as possible.

Stay clear from bright fluorescent clothing, animals can easily spot you and could potentially hide from you. I would suggest wearing natural colours such as browns, greys, whites and Khaki colours whilst on safari. Shorts and t-shirts or very light walking trousers should be worn during the day whilst you’re on safari. Depending on where you’re staying on your luxury safari then you could potentially take some more formal evening wear, dependent on what was on the itinerary. But it is essential to pack long trousers and shirts to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.

Ladies should pack a high impact sports bra to avoid discomfort on road safaris as the tracks are very rough.

Try to pack something like a fleece or a warm jumper for the chillier early mornings when on safari, especially in the Masai Mara highlands.
Most lodges have swimming pools so be sure to pack your trunks and bikini.

First aid kits –your tour guide will have a first aid kit but you can never be too safe, so take one just in case as the African bush can be very unpredictable, personal medication is allowed to be taken on safari. Mosquito/ insect repellent is a must and must be applied to the areas of bare skin such as the face, neck, hands and arms during the day and evening.

Toiletries – pack as light as you possibly can and try to purchase the airplane friendly sized toiletries so that they don’t take up too much space in your back pack, leaving you more room for essential clothing items.

If your planning on going on a bush walking safari then a good pair of comfortable walking boots, if you don’t have any then I suggest trying to buy some a few weeks in advance so your feet can get used to the shape of the boot, which will prevent blisters and other painful foot problems.

Take plenty of memory cards/ film for your digital camera and be sure to pack enough batteries so that your camera doesn’t die whilst you’re out there. I could think of nothing worse than not being able to take pictures of the amazing wildlife you will see and the surrounding stunning landscape.

A good pair of sunglasses is essential especially being closer to the equator, as the sun’s rays are much more potent. It is important to have UV protective sunglasses; they don’t have to cost a fortune, just look out for the small 100% UV badge on the sunglasses.

Just in case nature calls be sure to take a small roll of toilet paper and a plastic bag to place your non organic waste in.

I hope you have found these points helpful, if you have any more handy tips on what to take on safari then please feel free to make any suggestions, enjoy your safari.

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This post was submitted by Richard White.


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