29 Sep 2021
When going on safari, you want to bring the right things to be prepared for your time in the bush, but you don’t want to pack too much either. Thus, what to pack when going on safari is a crucial question. Because a safari is not like any other trip, we compiled a list of things you should not forget to pack when venturing into the wild..
Your travels are all about seeing things, so do yourself a favour and pack some binoculars when going on safari. Even if you have eagle eyes, binoculars will make your game drives so much more exciting. These small devices are incredibly helpful to spot animals and enable you to closely inspect nature and wildlife. To make sure your friends at home believe the thrilling stories you tell them, don’t forget to pack your camera when going on safari. You will want to capture the moment when the elephant herd that doesn’t follow priority rules crosses the street right in front of you. You can charge your battery packs at your accommodation or in your safari vehicle.
Whether you go to Tanzania or Kenya, – the sun can be very strong and stressful on your skin. There is one body part that is particularly at risk that many of us forget: Our heads. Getting a sunburn on your hairline or even your whole head is not very nice. Bring a baseball cap or hat, something that sits tightly on your head, to protect your scalp from the harsh sun and to keep dust out of your hair while on safari. When thinking about what to pack when going on safari, a cap or hat is a definite must.
Headlamps are admittedly not the most glamorous fashion accessory, and you might end up looking a bit like a miner. But when contemplating what to pack when going on safari, headlamps should definitely be on your list. These lamps are incredibly useful: Being able to see in the dark while having your hands free is a big advantage, especially on camping safaris. On the equator, the sun sets early around 7pm – using your headlamp you can still read a book, play cards or rummage in your rucksack while it’s dark outside.
Packing for your first safari can be a bit daunting. What do you bring? What don’t you need? Below you’ll find our recommended list of things to bring along with you when you’re on safari.
While there is plenty of room in our safari vehicles for your larger suitcase, it's always handy to have a more manageable bag that you can have with you in the vehicle.
A WARM SWEATER OR LIGHT FLEECE
Nights and mornings in East Africa can be cold, so it's always good to have something a little warmer to throw on until the sun warms the plains up.
A WINDBREAKER OR WATERPROOF JACKET
You never know when there's going to be a sudden squall or downpour, so packing a lightweight rain jacket is a good idea.
While you'll be safe and dry inside your safari vehicle, a rain jacket is a good option for when you're getting about camp.
WALKING SHOES OR BOOTS
Much of your safari takes place within your safari vehicle, but you'll need a comfortable pair of shoes or hiking boots for walking to your lodges, snapping photos from the picnic spot, or if you've added any walking safaris to your itinerary.
Even in the car, you'll want a pair of comfortable shoes that cover your skin to prevent against sunburn and insect bites.
A LONG SLEEVE DRESS SHIRT AND TROUSERS
Perfect for both sun protection and to ward off hungry mosquitoes, a long sleeve shirt and trousers are also a good option for a cold morning or evening.
If you're staying in nicer lodges, you'll also wants these handy for dinner and drinks at the end of a long day.
The sun in East Africa can be quite intense, so sunglasses are a good protective measure and have the benefit of reducing glare while you're game-viewing.
Sun protection should be a priority while you're on safari. While your vehicle provides shade, having the top up for game-viewing means you'll be exposed to the elements.
A good hat is a great way to avoid nasty burns or heatstroke.
SUNSCREEN AND LIP BALM
Another valuable precaution against the often harsh equatorial sun, sunscreen and lip balm will protect you where your clothes don't.
Mosquitoes and tsetse flies are both capable of carrying diseases and their bites can be quite irritating or painful. Tsetse flies can deliver a particularly nasty sting.
A good insect repellent is a good way to ward off these blood-thirsty little guys.
And not forget to enjoy the safari experience