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What to Take on Safari

Packing for Safari: Essential Tips and Recommendations

Embarking on a safari adventure requires thoughtful packing to ensure comfort, safety, and convenience throughout your journey. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you pack smartly and efficiently:

Pack Lightly:

  • Laundry Services: Most smaller camps offer excellent and often complimentary laundry services, so avoid overpacking.
  • Versatile Clothing: Opt for versatile clothing options that can be mixed and matched. Prioritize layers for flexibility in changing temperatures and conditions.
    Clothing Essentials:
  • Game Drives: Bring shorts and a long-sleeved shirt for protection against the sun and insects. Long sleeves provide additional protection, and shorts ensure comfort during warmer periods.
  • Chilly Mornings and Evenings: Pack a light jersey and a warm, sleeveless fleece for cooler temperatures, especially during early mornings and evenings.
  • Rainy Weather: Consider carrying a light rain jacket that can be easily stuffed into your bag to stay dry during unexpected showers, particularly in the green season.
  • Walking Safaris: Choose between shorts and a long-sleeved shirt or convertible trousers for walking safaris. Long trousers can help protect against grass seeds and ticks.
  • Footwear: Select comfortable and well-broken-in footwear, such as lightweight Gore-Tex boots or slip-on shoes. Comfort is key, especially for long walks and drives.
    Color Palette:
  • Neutral Colors: Stick to khakis and natural earth tones to blend with the natural environment and avoid startling wildlife.
  • Bright Colors: Avoid wearing bright colours that may disrupt the safari experience or attract unwanted attention from animals.

Sun Protection and Accessories:

  • Hats: Wide-brimmed hats with ties are ideal for sun protection and to prevent loss during game drives or boat trips.
    Sunscreen: Pack plenty of sunscreen/block with high SPF to protect against sunburn, especially during prolonged outdoor activities.
  • Eye Protection: Sunglasses are essential for eye protection against glare and dust. Consider bringing eye drops or eyewash for relief from dry and dusty conditions.

Swimwear and Leisure:

  • Swimming Attire: Take swimming/beach attire for coastal destinations or camps with swimming pools to enjoy leisure time.
  • Versatile Fabrics: Kikois or kangas are versatile fabrics that can be used as sarongs, scarves, or towels, offering practicality and convenience during travel.
    Entertainment: Bring entertainment options such as an iPod or travel games for downtime in camp or during long journeys.

Recommended Clothing List (Varies Depending on Duration/Season):

  • Smart/Casual Trousers: 1-2 pairs
  • Shorts: 3-4 pairs
  • Shirts/T-shirts: 7
    Light Cotton
  • Dress/Sarong: For ladies
  • Jersey for Evenings: (April to August)
    Tracksuit: (April to August)
  • Windbreaker Rain Jacket: (December to March)
  • Warm Jacket: (May to September)
    Walking/Running Shoes
    Sandals/Thongs/Rafting or Canoeing Shoes
    Underwear and Socks
    Sun Hat

Additional Essentials:

  • Respect Local Customs: In Zanzibar, adhere to local customs and Islamic religion by dressing discreetly, and covering knees and shoulders in towns and villages.
  • Optics: Binoculars are essential for wildlife observation. Recommended power is 8 x 32. Consider bringing a pair for each traveler for optimal viewing experiences.
  • Photography and Video Equipment: Pack extra camera memory cards for photography and video recording. Ensure your charger and batteries are compatible with local outlets for charging. Bring extra batteries because it may not always be possible to charge batteries in your room and chargers used in your room or in the vehicle tend to run slowly.

Be aware that Wi-Fi service, although available in most lodges, may not be adequate for backing up images online.

Beanbags are available upon request.

  • Baggage: Stick to baggage allowances for light aircraft flights and utilize soft bags for convenience and ease of handling.
  • Personal Medical Kit: Include essential medications, toiletries, and first-aid supplies in your personal medical kit for emergencies.

We suggest that you take along the following:

  • Plasters/bandaids
  • Aspirins/paracetamol
  • Anti-diarrhea pills and laxatives (consult your pharmacist for advice)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Insect bite cream
  • Eye drops
  • Anti-malaria tablets are recommended by your doctor
  • Any other prescription medicines and toiletries you regularly use
  • Rehydrating powder/sachets

Maps and Field Guides:

Navigation: Bring relevant maps and field guides for wildlife identification and exploration, enhancing your safari experience.
These are some of our favourites:

  • Michelin Map No 955 – Africa Central & South, Madagascar
  • Robert’s Birds of Southern Africa – G L Maclean
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa – Kenneth Newman
  • Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa – Chris & Tilde Stuart
  • Southern Africa Mammals – Robin Frandsen

By following these detailed packing guidelines and recommendations, you’ll be well-prepared for an unforgettable safari experience. Tailor your packing list to suit the duration, destination, and activities planned for your safari adventure, ensuring a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable journey into the heart of the wilderness.

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