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Packing tips for your African safari

The good, the bad and the leave behind!

Packing for a safari doesn't have to be hard, thanks to this handy guide to help you choose what to bring and what needs to stay in the cupboard!

1. Travel Light

You’re not going to need a massive suitcase filled with clothes for all occasions, so choose a lightweight but durable travel bag that provides all the space you need without being difficult to manoeuvre.

We recommend duffel-type bags with soft sides and wheels that are easy to carry when you have to but can squeeze easily into safari vehicles when you’re travelling from camp to camp and are squishy enough to squeeze into the belly of a small plane if you’re going to be doing flight transfers into camps with us.

If you are going to be doing a short hop in a small plane, it’s useful to know that generally speaking, the weight limit is 15kg, meaning that you need to leave the kitchen sink at home!

So you’re going to need protection on game activities in the form of a beanie-style hat, gloves and a scarf, as well as a lightweight fleece or puffer-style jacket, long pants and closed shoes or boots.

2. Clothes

Choose a selection of clothing in neutral, earth colours that blend into the African wilderness. Khaki, beige, brown and grey are great and muted pastels also work. White is impractical but wonderfully cool, so restrict it to around camp and leave it behind when on a game drive as it makes you stand out too much. 

Bring a selection of layers that allow you to mix and match. Choose clothes that offer a variety of outfits while being easily layered to add warmth where necessary. Even in the peak of summer, it can get chilly in the early mornings, so make sure you have a lightweight sweater or jacket on hand.

Long-sleeved shirts and trousers are also a great idea as they offer protection from the sun and biting insects too, and add warmth if needed.

Here's our recommendations of what to bring with you:

Any time of year:

  • Three of four tee-shirts
  • Two long-sleeved shirts
  • Two or three pairs of shorts and/or cargo pants
  • Two pairs of long trousers
  • A lightweight windbreaker or weatherproof jacket
  • A couple of lightweight sweaters
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Thongs/flipflops
  • Closed walking shoes
  • Rugged sandals/open walking shoes

Winter (June to September each year)

  • Lightweight fleece or puffer jacket
  • Beanie hat, scarf and gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Warm socks
  • Walking boots
  • Cosmetics
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser
  • Medicines

Note: It’s always a good idea to make copies of any prescriptions just in case you are asked about any scheduled medicines you may have.

  • Camera gear
  • Cellphone
  • Tablet/Laptop
  • Charging cables and plug adaptors
  • Binoculars
  • Passport
  • Visas where required
  • Travel insurance
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

If there’s anything you’re not sure of, we’re always on hand to answer questions and help solve problems, so just pick up the phone or drop us an email.

Happy packing!